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Montessori Lessons to Jumpstart 2016!

Happy New Year!!

Below are links to jump start your Montessori lesson planning for the new year.

Many of these lessons are free!

Getting Ready for a “New” Year

Animals in the Winter Unit Study Free Lesson Plans

Valentine Day Links

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part I

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part II

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

Beginning a Spring Garden at Home or School

Spring Tea

Year End Activities

Draw Your World Lesson Plans

Children’s Books for Summer Reading – Part II

Bird-watching with Children

Monthly Observances and Notable Data

Science Activity “I CAN’T TAKE THE PRESSURE!”

Celebrating the Personal Life of George Washington – lesson planning ideas

Valentine Origami Art & Math Activities

A Movie About Maria Montessori Worth Watching

AMC Montessori Winter Hands On Lessons

Hands-On Interdisciplinary Learning

Winter Science Links

Want more?? Click on the links below for additional free lessons and articles that are available only at the website :

Italy – Links for a Montessori Unit Study

A Maria Montessori Movie Worth Seeing

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

AMC Holiday Montessori Grammar Bingo and Extension Exercises

Apples and Oranges – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Study of the Human Respiratory System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Medical Terminology – Links for Montessori Unit Study

The Human Cardiovascular System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Cardiology Terminology

The Human Nervous System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Let’s Go on an Animal Safari – See Part VII

More in store for you in 2016!

Visit often throughout 2016 to discover new Montessori lesson planning.


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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 and to discover recipes for sour cream fudge and peanut butter fudge.

Montessorians Dale Gausman of 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



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Montessori Valentine Service Community Projects

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Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 24 Years of Serving School and Home Educators

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Valentine Origami Art & Math Activities

Many people visiting this blog really seemed to enjoy the winter holiday hands on math and origami activities, so I decided to find some similar projects for Valentine’s Day.

Recently, I discovered a Valentine art activity that will really help children see geometry in action. The instructions are easy to follow, and the images needed to complete the project are ready for you to print out and use. Just add some tape or glue to make some colorful Valentine ornaments. Visit Valentine Heart Ball Geometric Model for complete details. To see an actual visual presentation of Valentine origami visit Traditional Origami Heart and How to Make an Origami Heart (with video) – wikiHow.

I also recommend visiting Make Your Own Valentine Origami Greeting Card. Download this .pdf to view the diagram with instructions on how to make your own Valentine origami greeting card.

For additional Valentine projects for children and teens visit January and February Lesson Plans and scroll down until you see the February Valentine’s day lessons.

Enjoy! 🙂
Heidi Anne Spietz