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Winter Crafting Ideas on Pinterest

Receive some additional winter crafting resources by visiting Winter Crafting Ideas on Pinterest

Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz
www.amonco.org

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Crafting the Winter Weekends Away

Brrrrr… . Now that we are in throes of winter, some families choose to spend the weekends snuggled in their warm homes reading their favorite book or finishing a craft project.    Why not make some lasting memories in the process?

Knitting, needlepoint, embroidery, crocheting, woodworking and other such activities serve multiple purposes and can be enjoyed by all. 

The benefits of crafting stretch far beyond just making memories.  First, young children receive practical life applications as well as learning how to combine colors and textures.  Second, crafting gives family members an opportunity to share a creative experience.   Third, we all know that you can’t put a price on the value of  handmade gift.  Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are not far off, so, let’s examine some of the homemade gifts that can be used for these occasions.

 Knitting and Crocheting Resources 

 Whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional your first stop should be to the How to Knit and Crochet Learning Center http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/learn-home.html

You will find most of what is needed here – from the basics to a discussion forum where you can ask questions, look for project ideas and share the fun. You will also discover links to free projects.


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Additional free knitting patterns are available at: http://crafts.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Free_Knitting_Patterns_for_Children  -

Bountiful Spinweave http://www.bountifulspinweave.com also offers fun and unique projects for children and teens.   Be sure to check out their beautiful selection of yarn for your knitting and crocheting projects, http://www.bountifulspinweave.com/yarns.php#.UPROneiR3UQand free patterns at Bountiful Spinweave Free Patterns http://www.bountifulspinweave.com/patterns.php#.UPROZ-iR3UQ

To see some of the crochet projects completed by the children at a Montessori school visit the Seattle Montessori Blog entries  Crochet! http://seattlemontessorian.blogspot.com/2009/10/crochet.html and French Knitting and Pom Poms http://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2012/04/french-knitting-and-pom-poms.html .

Since the price of yarn can be quite expensive, it’s always best to check the bins and discount tables at your local crafts or yardage store for bargains.  If it’s too cold to venture outside, visit Closeouts from Bountiful Spinweave http://www.bountifulspinweave.com

You can also find out more about fibers, books, spinning and weaving by visiting http://www.bountifulspinweave.com

 Needlepoint and Sewing Resources

 Have you admired those who create beautiful needlepoint masterpieces, but felt too timid to try to make one?  The sites below offer clear instructions for beginners and offer many interesting projects for children.

Visit Embroidery for Children – Save the Stitches http://www.nordicneedle.net/guides/stitching-techniques/embroidery-101/embroidery-for-children/ and How to Needlepoint http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-needlepoint.html

Receive a free Beginning Cross Stitch and Continental Stitch for Making Coasters by a visiting http://www.amonco.org/creative6/montessori_fall6.pdf   These coasters make a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

The Stacy Sews blog is filled with ideas that you and your children can do together this winter. Pont your browser to The Forty Minute Tote Bag http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/6/3/mollys-sketchbook-the-forty-minute-tote.html and http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/christmas-in-july-a-book-cover-tutorial/Christmas in July – A Book Cover Tutorial. 

 Woodworking Resources

Woodworking projects take on a whole new meaning when older children and teens help out.    Most projects, at some point, must be finished outside, but there are a few on the lists below that can be completed indoors.

Here are sites to explore:

http://www.absolutelyfreeplans.com/PROJECTS%20FOR%20CHILDREN/projects_for_children.htm Projects for Children

 http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Basic-List-of-Hand-Tools-Needed-For-Kids-to-Get-Started-in-Woodworking&id=728003 A Basic List of Hand Tools Needed for Kids to Get Started in Woodworking

 http://www.thewoodbox.com/woodcrafts/box/bxbasicinfo.htm The Basic Wooden Box

 http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/kids-woodworking-projects.aspx Kid’s Woodworking Projects (For ages 7 and older)

All Art Supplies.com www.allartsupplies.com/ carries a wide range of art supplies for those interested in painting a design on their creation.

Nature’s Wokshop Plus!.com http://www.workshopplus.com/ offers the Wikki Stix Creativity Kit in which children can make wooden shapes, frames plus other interesting projects. 

Care and Concern Crafting

 For an activity that you can make for shut-ins,  please visit

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/montessori-february-community-service-projects/

                                                       Community Service Projects

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 For more creative fun visit http://www.amonco.org/montessori_library.html and click on the free hands on lesson planning idea-planning newsletters.

Happy Crafting!

 Heidi Anne Spietz

American Montessori Consulting

http://www.amonco.org

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving School and Home Educators

Montessori for the 21st Century

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Montessori February Community Service Projects

Please note: If the links don’t come through, please visit http://www.amonco.org/montessoricommunityprojects.html

This year commit to do something fun yet really meaningful for those in your community who are sad and lonely. Become involved in a project and possibly enlist the help of other families and friends. First, call your local nursing home or children’s hospital and explain that you would like to bring handmade gifts to the patients. Find out the dos and don’ts of acceptable gift giving.

Now, get busy and go to work. :-) Visit the Kids Activities – Community Service Ideas website. Scroll down until you see Project Ideas. Decide whether you want to make a cooking, sewing or other type of craft project. One word of caution here. The first time we became involved in a community project, we got a little carried away by our enthusiasm and spent more than we wanted. Don’t make the same mistake. Meet with your other community project partners and agree that you will set a spending limit. To make the project enjoyable for everyone, be sure to also consider the age, ability, interest, and attention span of the children/teens involved in making the gifts.

Bargain hunting does take time but is well worth the effort. These trips are useful for children and teens as they learn about budgeting, units of measurement in cooking and how much yardage of material to buy.

Visit some craft, yardage and stationery stores in your area and explain what your group is doing and ask to see the discount and bins. Also inquire about possible discounts.

You can also cut costs by purchasing baking items at many discount grocery chains. Below, are some additional sites and recipes to consider for your cooking projects.

Although the service project mentioned in this posting is designed for the young, the elderly enjoy these projects as well. A 91-year-old member of our family recently created the Valentine bag pictured above. She continues to be housebound because of illness but is motivated to reach out and help others. She currently is making these organza Valentine bags to give to women in need.

We did some bargain shopping and found some good buys through eBay auctions. Among the best bargains were the satin rosettes and organza bags. By clipping coupons and waiting for sales, we were also able to purchase ribbon and other trimming at deeply discounted prices.

This year, we knew that it was mandatory that we stay within our budget. Again, we made some price comparisons and found some very inexpensive lots of lip balm, mini hand lotion, etc. These items will be inserted into the 30 completed organza Valentine bags and given as gifts.

May the love and compassion that you send out to others be returned to you.

Visit American Montessori Consulting and look under New and Notable for other holiday related lessons and unit studies.

Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 24 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
Montessori for the 21st Century
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This Winter Cook and Bake Up a Storm

The winter months are perfect for practical life cooking lessons indoors. Begin the first month of the new year discovering some fun new meals and treats you can make in the kitchen. Members of my family and friends made cookies for holiday gift giving, and we had so much fun in the process. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not try some new cookie recipes? As you know, cooking and baking can be educational as well. Suddenly, boring math lessons involving measuring and estimating take on practical applications.

First, select what types of cookies you want to make. Fun Felt has created a wonderful blog that you will want to explore in detail at some point. Karen offers many varied types of hands-on lesson plans, crafts and other activities for you and your family to enjoy. For now, let’s just concentrate on her link to some delicious chocolate candy recipes. Visit Fun Activities for Kids and look to the right of her blog. There you will find a link to Chocolate Candy Recipes. If you thought making truffles would be too difficult to tackle, think again! You will find additional delicious candy recipes at this link as well.

By clicking here, you will find recipes for pumpkin cookies, elephant ears sugar cookies and Oma’s cookies. Turn a common fudge recipe into something spectacular. Go to http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf and http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf to discover recipes for sour cream fudge and peanut butter fudge.

Montessorians Dale Gausman of http://www.montessoritraining.net and the late Kathy O’Reilly, courtesy of her daughter, of Cooking with Children Can Be Easy provide invaluable information that can be found in the seasonal AMC hands-on newsletters.

First, you will want to read through the Making Apple-Cinnamon Muffins unit. Let Dale walk you through setup, presentation, making the muffins, tidying up and tasting – all Montessori style. Extension exercises are also included.
Click here for details. Kathy always incorporated organic products into her recipe planning, whenever possible.
Click here and
here for two of Kathy’s recipes..

Cooking will also be appealing to your children, especially if you steer them to resources where they can locate information about recipes and the ingredients. The Internet is full of useful information, but the public library also has a collection of outstanding books about cooking, baking, dessert planning and more.

For additional information on nutritional meal planning and tips on how to involve your children in the meal planning and preparation visit
Healthy Nutritional Tips for the 21st Century Families

Make 2011 a year for incorporating home-grown food into your diet. Sara Ambarian, author of A Bride’s Touch, embraces the philosophy of providing integrated lessons in gardening and cooking for children and teens, to help them become more environmentally aware, nutritionally informed and consumer savvy. Sara also shares how the family can become interested in growing different varieties, and how these sprouts add flavor and texture to various salads, sandwiches, etc.
Click here to access her gardening tips and recipe information.

Now, with these few leads, you and your family have no choice but to get started and cook up a storm this winter in your kitchen.

Don’t forget to enter the January contest for your chance to win an apron for a boy and an apron for a girl. Visit http://www.amonco.org/directory.html

Enjoy!

Heidi

www.amonco.org

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Montessori Valentine Service Community Projects

Please see https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/montessori-february-community-service-projects/ for updated post. :-)

Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 24 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
http://www.amonco.org

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Special Montessori Valentine Community Projects

This Valentine’s Day commit to do something fun yet really meaningful for those in your community who are are sad and lonely. Involve your students in a special Valentine’s project

Please visit Montessori Community Projects for complete details.

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Montessori Valentine Community Projects

This Valentine’s Day commit to do something fun yet really meaningful for those in your community who are are sad and lonely. Become involved in a Valentine’s project and possibly enlist the help of other families and friends.

Visit https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/category/valentine-art-projects/ and scroll down until you see Fun Valentine Projects for the Community.

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Fun Valentine Projects for Your Community

This Valentine’s Day commit to do something fun yet really meaningful for those in your community who are are sad and lonely. Become involved in a Valentine’s project and possibly enlist the help of other families and friends.  

First, call your local nursing home or children’s hospital and explain that you would like to bring Valentine gifts to the patients.  Find out the do’s and don’ts of acceptable gift giving. Now, get busy and go to work. :)  

Visit the FamilyCares website. Scroll down until you see Valentine’s Day Projects, FamilyCares Valentine Visits, and Be my Valentine Kits. One word of caution here. The first time we became involved in a community project, we got a little carried away by our enthusiasm and spent more than we wanted. Don’t make the same mistake. Meet with your other community project partners and agree that you will set a spending limit. To make the project enjoyable for everyone, be sure to also consider the age, ability. interest, and attention span of the children/teens involved in making the gifts.

Bargain hunting does take time but is well worth the effort. These trips are useful for children and teens as they learn about budgeting, units of measurement in cooking and how much yardage of material to buy.

Visit some craft, yardage and stationery stores in your area and explain what your group is doing and ask to see the remant racks and bins. Also inquire about possible discounts. You can also cut costs by purchasing baking items at many discount grocery chains. Below, are some additional sites and recipes to consider for your Valentine projects.

FamilyCares

Free Valentine’s Day Cards

Craftown Valentine Projects

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Cutouts ~ Recipe from Montessorian Kathy O’Reilly

Chocolate Chip Bars

Scented Baskets

Have fun!!
Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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