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Apple Angel Food Recipe

Conceptual Learning

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Recipe Submitted by Montessorian Dianne Knesek

Apple Angel Food

Prepare angel food cake batter.

Mix in 1/2 lb of pecans.

Pour into angel food cake pan.

Slice a couple of Granny Smith apples on top.

Bake as directed.


With spatula, loosen cake from sides

Place on platter and invert

Serve and enjoy!

About Conceptual Learning

Conceptual Learning Materials has introduced several new series into the Insights into Math Concepts line.

To ease the children into more abstract fraction work, we have introduced “Fraction Match,” a series of 15 matching exercises that include graphics, verbal expressions, and fraction symbols for various configurations. These include numerators of one, numerators greater than one, fraction of a set, improper fractions, mixed numbers, fractions on a number line, equivalencies, and simple addition of fractions. The work is appropriate for students in 2nd through 4th grades. Other recent fraction releases include “Fraction Operations” which focuses on addition & subtraction of unlike fractions. “More Fraction Operations” includes multiplication and division of fractions and mixed numbers as well as a comprehensive overview of all fraction operations. Previously released fraction series include “Fraction Concepts,” “Fraction Line and Labels,” and “Fraction Order.”

Three levels of time have also been introduced. The incremental matching cards encompass time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, five-minutes, and time intervals of varying difficulty.

“Introduction to Decimals” has been expanded to include mixed rounding and as well as operations involving one and two-place decimals. Previously released decimal series include “Decimal Line and Labels,” “Decimal Order,” “Advanced Decimals, ” as well as “Decimal/Fraction Equivalencies.”

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Dianne Knesek

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Holiday Food Fare

Children often look forward to entertaining guests and welcome the opportunity to be included in helping with holiday meal preparations. With that in mind, parents can enlist the help of their children in making some or all of the recipes listed below. Click on the selected links below to locate the direction(s) of the recipe(s) that interest you.

Gingered Turkey Salad
The variety of ingredients provides an interesting lesson in the origins and forms of food; and little hands could help with the mixing and serving.

More Autumn and Holiday Salad Recipes
This holiday season, introduce some new salads into your holiday menu planning.

This recipe contains a Montessori presentation of making applesauce.

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins
Use this Montessori presentation for making delicious apple-cinnamon muffins.

Holiday Turkey Meatballs
Serve as an appetizer or as a main entree

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower

Holiday Stuffing
This is a hearty staple for any holiday meal.

Spinach Dip Recipe
Whet the appetite of your guests with this delicious dip.

Zesty Cranberry Relish
This recipe includes a no-knife version for younger children.

Holiday Side Dishes
Here are some more easy, nutritious and festive side dishes for the holidays! You will even find some gluten-free side dishes. With adult supervision, children can make some of the delicious dishes!

Christmas Tamales and Sauce
These tamales freeze wonderfully in large ziplock bags, and the sauce freezes well, too, making them perfect as a hearty and quick casual Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve dinner

Crêpes Recipe For Children
This recipe is an easy and fun activity that you both will enjoy.

German Farmer’s Breakfast – Bauernfruhstuck

Aebleskiver – Danish Pancake
Children can participate in separating the eggs, measuring and mixing the ingredients.

Pistachio Poppy Seed Cake ~ A Miami Favorite
You family will love the green cake!!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie
This is a very simple recipe that very young children can help to prepare

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Cutouts
It is fun to trace around their hand to make cookies for
other relatives, even though they look like catchers’ mitts after they bake.

Ginger-Coconut Baked Apples
Delicious with whipped cream, yogurt or sour cream on the side.

Nutty Chocolate Pudding Squares
Nuts, graham crackers and chocolate pudding al rolled into deliciousness!

Holiday Cheesecake
Be creative and decorate with berries and a little powdered sugar for a winter holiday winter cake or use blueberries and strawberries for an American motif.

Farmer’s Favorite Fudge
This recipe is sure to delight the chocolate lovers in your family,

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
Serve alone or with whipped or ice cream. Either way, it’s delicious!

Lithuanian Cranberry Cake
Depending on age, children can participate, supervised by adults.

Apple Angel Food Cake
This is a delicious treat that friends and family will enjoy.

Oma’s Cake
Try this German recipe and discover a light, tasty dessert that will be enjoyed by family and friends.

Filipino Leche Flan
Try this alternative to the traditional flan recipes.

Enjoy! :-)



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Decorating the Holiday Table with Your Child

Tis the season to apply Maria Montessori’s Practical life Exercises to decorating the holiday table.  For starters, children can learn how to properly fold and place the napkins on the table.  See  NAMC Montessori Teacher’s Blog.

table+set                                                From NAMC Montessori Teacher’s Blog

Find an NAMC lesson presentation for holiday flower arranging by visiting

Nan Barchowsky, a recognized handwriting expert, offers some valuable tips on how to improve your child’s handwriting.  See    Nan’s program is used by countless schools and homeschoolers.  See  for details.  Even in this “electronic age”, handwriting is an essential communication skill.  To improve comfort and coordination, Nan Barchowsky of Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting suggests “A Bit of Yarn for a Good Pen Hold”.

Find instructions for making some beautiful hoilday place cards by visiting

Here are some other sites to explore.

Decorative Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Holders

Homemade Christmas Place Cards – YouTube

Christmas Place Mats

Candy Basket

Free Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

20 Gorgeous Holiday Table Settings

Origami Christmas Tree

Origami Holiday Wreath

Christmas Homeschooling Activities, Books, Crafts and Printables List

Pot Holders

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Have fun exploring these activities with the children and teens in your life!

Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 26 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
Montessori for the 21st Century

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Dinner & A Lesson – Bowling Green Daily News: Local News

Jenn Hewett at The Montessori School of Bowling Green says the children are concerned about what happened to Squanto and whether the Pilgrims …

via Dinner & A Lesson – Bowling Green Daily News: Local News.

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Missoula Montessori students learn lessons in holiday feast

Missoula Montessori students learn lessons in holiday feast.

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Practical Life Lessons for the Holidays

Holiday events provide a wealth of opportunities for children to practice their practical life skills. Of course children should be reminded of the basic grace and courtesy skills if they will be guests or hosts (if you will entertain at our home).  However, do not forget other activities which are natural practical life lessons, as well.  Choosing, washing, and donning holiday clothing are all good self-care activities. Straightening the house for guests or before putting up holiday decorations teaches care of the home environment.  Participating in decorating activities and/or food preparation gives the child a sense of their part in the event, as well as a chance to practice toward mastery of these household skills.

In guiding children through the many interesting activities and chores of the holiday season, remember the words of Maria Montessori “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” We all need to develop a sense of mastery and confidence, and these experiences when we are young provide the foundation for lifelong self-esteem and self-reliance.

Please enjoy the following practical life lesson resources.

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North American Montessori Center has provided a whole array of interesting holiday-themed activities that help children practice many different skills. Don’t miss the interesting and versatile Furoshiki fabric package wrapping instructions, the cute cinnamon-scented gingerbread men project, the counting exercises, flower arranging, and more.

Find another nice activity  that is appropriate for the holidays in their Napkin Folding Exercise.

For more general information on day-to-day mastery opportunities, NAMC offers a very useful listing of Practical Life lessons here:

Fun Felt’s Handprint Towel craft/gift project is a nice way to combine a fun craft with an item that can be used during daily activities.

Kimbo’s Self-Regulatory Exercises use music to help young children learn to concentrate and control their own bodies.

Manners are the building blocks of the characteristics of grace and courtesy mentioned in the NAMC 3-6 Classroom Guides ( Find many manners books at Farm Country General Store.  They have a wide selection for different ages and personalities.

Another important life skill for children to practice around the holidays is writing “thank you” notes. Find some good hints on the subject here: and

Working together as a family is also a practical life exercise. Find suggestions for modeling positive perspective, gratitude, generosity, and more in Rethinking Holiday Priorities During Tough Times by Sara L. Ambarian.

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Some 1999 Fall Lessons and Resources Revisited – Part I

Are you looking for additional Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and other worldwide autumn/winter holiday lesson planning information?  If so, you’re likely to find some of  what you need in the original AMC 1999 autumn issue.  This issue, located at , has just received a facelift.

Put some spice in your pumpkin presentations by perusing through this issue. Locate a special pumpkin unit study that can be easily adapted for either a Montessori school or home based classroom.  If you are currently creating your own fall themed classified reading activities, check out the pumpkin based investigation link.  Jot down the types of activities you wish to use for your classified reading presentations.  With your list in hand, you can quickly and easily make an interesting pumpkin classified reading card activity that your students are sure to appreciate.


Help children experience the majestic beauty and meaning of this upcoming season.  Participating in hands-on exercises involving autumn leaves,  analyzing and creating fall themed poems, and investigating and using Thanksgiving recipes from the past, helps students truly experience just some of what autumn has to offer.

This 1999 issue also contains lesson planning for several upcoming holidays including Christmas and Hanukkah.   All dead links have been removed and new ones with fresh autumn themed material have been added.

Many of the older AMC issues are in the process of receiving a facelift, so stay tuned for more fall and winter based resources in the weeks to come!!    :-)

Heidi Anne Spietz

American Montessori Consulting

Celebrating 24 Years of Serving School and Home Educators

Montessori for the 21st Century

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Sara’s Holiday Stewed Fruit Muffins

Stewed Fruit Muffins
Sara L. Ambarian

These rich, aromatic muffins are delicious with an autumn or winter breakfast, or as a slightly-sweet accompaniment to a holiday dinner or buffet.  Makes 12 regular or 18 small muffins. /

Stewed Fruit–
1 cup mixed dried fruit (or any combination of dried apples, apricots, peaches, pears, prunes, raisins, brown or yellow raisins, cranberries, and/or sour cherries)
–pack the whole fruit in the cup to measure, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4- 1 cup water (depending on how soft you want your fruit, use more water for softer fruit)
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, optional

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, and cook at a simmer over medium-high heat.  Stir frequently initially, then constantly as the liquid absorbs, until the fruit is rehydrated to your desired consistency (approximately 10-20 minutes.)  Set aside to cool at least 15 minutes, before adding to muffin batter, or store in refrigerator up to several days.  (This recipe also makes a nice topper for oatmeal or ice cream, and can be doubled to make a simple side dish/condiment for pork or poultry.  For a topping, you may prefer to add the optional brown sugar. Serve warm or cold, as desired.)

1 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or buckwheat flour
1/4 cup flaxmeal, optional
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil

cinnamon-sugar, “Sugar in the Raw”, or decorative coarse sugar sprinkles, if desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well.  Combine egg, milk and oil in a small bowl or 2-cup liquid measuring cup, and beat egg lightly.  Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour in egg mixture all at once.  Stir together until just moistened and fully mixed.  Do not over beat. Batter should be lumpy. Gently fold in cooled stewed fruit.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling only to 2/3 of capacity.  Sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar or decorative sugar, if a glazed top and sweeter muffin is desired.  Bake 20-25 minutes for standard-sized muffins, 15-17 for small muffins.  Serve warm or room-temperature, as desired.  Makes 12 standard or 18 small muffins.  Warm muffins are delicious with butter, or with butter and apple butter if you like a sweeter muffin.

Variation: You can make a similar muffin using 1 to 1 1/2 cups packaged mincemeat in place of the stewed fruit; however, the resulting flavor is a little more “grown-up”.


About Sara L. Ambarian
Copyright 2011
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Sara L. Ambarian is the author and illustrator of /A Bride’s Touch: A Handbook of Wedding Personality and Inspiration/.  Sara is also a designer, wife, and mother with professional and personal experience in a wide range of subjects, including: arts and crafts, fashion, weddings, homeschooling, cooking, nature, and travel.

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