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Sizzling Summertime 2015 Lesson Plans


Learn how to make and fly a kite in your neck of the woods.

Planning a trip to Southern California? All the fun is not necessary had at the amusement parks. Take a side trip to Seal Beach, a quaint beach town, that has much to offer. While there, you won’t want to miss the monthly Seal Beach Kite Club meetings. Click here to see what the city of Seal Beach has in store for you and your family. Then, venture to Hobby City for some additional free hands-on fun.


Learn how to make a band in minutes. Yes, you and your children can make a coffee can drum and yogurt container shakers by following the easy instructions provided by

Montessorian Dale Gausman will show you how to make and introduce rhythm sticks in your school and home classrooms. Click here for details.

The Blow Ye Winds , Paddle Wheeler and Erie Canal – and Wabash Cannonball are free extension activities from the guide written by Dr. Kathryn A. Short, for Kimbo’s CD release: “Songs About America,” Celebrating America Through Song.. See Kimbo for details.

Download The Number Eating Alligator from and discover how these songs can be incorporated into your ECE and elementary math and music lesson planning. Click here for details.

Marjorie Kiel Persons presents two marvelous integrated lessons for your summer music presentations. – Water Music Alla Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel. and Oh, How I Love Italy ? Music, Art, and Food seasoned with History and Geography See Click on this link to access both lesson plans.


Dale Gausman, owner of the North American Montessori Center, shows how children can plan, prepare, and execute a Spring or Summer Tea. Dale’s Friendship Salad makes a perfect addition to the Spring Tea menu or any other event planned for the upcoming months. Click here for details.

Encourage children to try making some new recipes this summer! Make lunchtime interesting by including some rollie poultries and stuffed apples into your meal planning. See

Learn how to present an authentic Montessori food unit study featuring the yummy Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split recipe.

DIanne Knesek, Montessori teacher and owner of Conceptual Learning, shares a mouth watering Summer Fruit, Cheese, and Meat Kabobs recipe. Visit this link for complete information

Planning a unit study about pirates? Try these three pirate snack ideas – Treasure Chests, Pirate Ships and Cannonballs, all of which, can be easily integrated into any pirate unit study. Click here to access the recipes.

For a festive change, create your own hot dog buffet and serve some fudge cupcakes for dessert. Then, cool down your lazy afternoon with some delicious green smoothies.


Are you looking for an additional aid to help inspire good penmanship? Nan Barchowsky may have just what you need. Check out A Bit of Yarn for Good Pen Hold by clicking here.


Begin the summer science learning adventure with hands on fun. Children will discover how to change the color of a flower and how water travels up plants by participating in the Changing a Flower’s Color activity submitted by Dale Gausman. See for details.

John, from Exploration Education, presents an excellent, fun-filled simple and effective activity about static electricity is for children six and up. Click here for details.

Invite children to vicariously go on an animal safari! To access resources for a unit study, visit

Children marvel at identifying the different birds that they encounter at the park, beach or even in their backyard. Find out how Backyard Birds can be incorporated into your ornithology presentations by visiting

Rae, from Creative Process, shares a leaf print activity that combines the study of botany with art. To access this information, visit

Richard, from the Montessori Materials LORD Company, is offering FREE reading books, and a Montessori land and water labels

Easily create a seashell unit study. Quickly locate links to seashell classification materials and other resources by visiting


Summer gardening can be especially meaningful if you plan ahead. A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on Summer)Montessori Lessons will provide the info you need to customize your garden lesson planning. Find the gardening resources and lesson plans now, so that you embark on your summer gardening journey when late May arrives.

In Nurturing Budding Botanists – Learning and Teaching the Basics of Plant Science, author Sara L. Ambarian has provided the indepth botany lesson planning information and resources needed Click here for details.


Receive some free hands-on algebra exercises designed by Dr. Henry Borenson See Hands On Equations for details. Check out DIanne Knesek’s Montessori problem solving lessons by clicking here.


What type of learner is your child? Mariaemma, from Coaching for Learning Success(tm), has the resources you need to discover the answer to this question, plus she has generously contributed her Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing Activity. Access this information, as well as The Whole Body Learner – Gifted for Moving! article by visiting Click here for details.

Stillsonworks offers more unique puzzles designed for middle school students. Try your hand at the free exercises included by clicking here Access additional FREE puzzles for children/teens by visiting

Be sure to check out the cooperative games by Rae from Creative Process. (Click here for details.)

THIS and THAT…. Additional unique, creative lesson planning info.

Rae from Creative Process generously has provided the following free activities], articles, and lesson plans: Calendar Activity, Teacher as Curator : Setting up a School Gallery and Sharing Food, Food in Art? Access this information by clicking here

Are you taking your class on a literature journey? Why not start with the classics. Let Rita Arpaia of show you how. Point your browser to Read Rita’s other articles and learn more about how’s resources for your school and homeschool libraries.

Sara Ambarian has written a two part article which will further help you with your selection of children’s books. In Part I of her article, you will learn about the books selected by the AMC resource participants.

In Part I read about community recommendations. This balanced article is sure to help you select just the right books for your school and homeschool classrooms.

If you would like to view the complete table of contents of the newsletter, or you have experienced any difficulties accessing the links above, please visit

Now, with these fun activities, recipes and lessons, you are set to make this summer the best yet!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Upcoming Southern California Kite Events

I am reposting this, courtesy of Glen Rothstein.

For lesson planning information about kite flying, please see

>>Hi Gang.

Even when it rains, you can still fly a kite (indoors) or read about upcoming events. Here’s a few if you’re interested:

Mother Nature is putting a damper on the 66th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival, however, it has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 10th.

Next weekend, March 8th & 9th is Huntington Beach’s Kite Party 12. I understand the “in-field” reservations are full, however there is a standby list. –

The 40th Annual Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach is that Sunday as well. Here’s a note from the shop owner, Tom:

This year will make the 40th annual Festival of the Kite, Sunday March 9th, we’ll have live music, Martial arts demonstrations, A regional yo-yo competition, performance by Dance one of Redondo Beach, Hot dog on a stick eating contest with a $200 prize for the winner, prizes for the Highest flying kite, best handmade kite, the youngest kite flyer of the day, and the youngest at heart, there will be music pumped to the beach, and we’ll have something going on throughout the day on the Pier and south of the Pier on the beach, noon to 4PM, this will be our biggest event ever, free and open to everyone.

Thanks, Tom Fine

Sunshine Kite Company

110 Fisherman’s Wharf

Redondo Beach, California

The San Diego Kite Club has a few additional events in March as follows:

Saturday, 3/22 – Up in the Air 2014 – Mission Viejo – Norman P. Murray Community Center. This event continues to gain momentum each year.

Friday, 3/28 – Indoor Fly – Alliant University Gymnasium, off Pomerado Road, near I-15. I am so pleased to see an indoor event “down here”. The Club is sharing the facility with a model airplane club. There will be a small fee per flier and trust me, it will be well worth it. I’m heading down for this and you should too!

Saturday, 4/12 – Fan for Life – Join the Club as they once again, build kites with the kiddies and support this great cause.

More info on these events at

Speaking of April and National Kite Month, we have a total of 3 events happening on Sunday, 4/13.

The 3rd Annual Otis Kite Festival brings Artisans from near and far to share their designs with the youth groups that Otis College of Art and Design works with. On hand with be the likes of Tom Van Zant, George Peters, Melanie Walker, Tyrus Wong, Jose Sainz, Ali Fujino, Ron Gibian and Bobby Stanfield. Truly a world class show. This will be on the beach, North of the Santa Monica Pier. – (310) 846-2617

Rolling up the coast a bit in Santa Barbara will be the 29th Annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival. –

Continuing up the 101 will have some of us at the 5th Annual Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Fly. –

I’ll update you on Morro Bay shortly.

IF you have an event for NKM, be sure to register it at

Fly safe and stay comfy.

Best Wishes and Winds,


Glen E. Rothstein – Director – Region 12
American Kitefliers Association<&lt;

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