Winter and the holidays are now just around the corner, and once again, the AMC resource participants have not let their readers down. Many of the participants have contributed outstanding lesson plans, recipes, crafts and more that you can use right now in your school and home classrooms. Below, are just some of the highlights of what you will find in this issue.
In Part 1 you will discover the following:
Montessori teacher Mollie Heaberlin introduces the Collage Paste Mix activity. Mollie has undoubtedly used this activity many times in her Montessori classroom.
Rae, from the Creative Process, has offered three free activities that will spark the imagination of your students. Scribble Designs, Masks and Mask Making, Sharing Food Unit Study and a wonderful, brand new Teaching Alternative Energy Ideas will all add some zip to your winter lesson planning.
Rick, from Fun With Languages, contributed a Miami style Pistachio Poppy Seed Cake recipe. This recipe would be a great addition to any holiday gathering. Speaking of recipes, renowned Montessori teacher, Kathy O’Reilly, from Cooking With Children Can Be Easy, submitted a yummy Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Cutouts. This recipe is also perfect for your holiday celebrations.
Nan Barchowsky has once again generously contributed to the seasonal AMC Montessori newsletters. For the winter edition, Nan contributed the new Big Numbers Writing Activity. Receive directions and templates for a writing activity that you can use right now with your children.
Why not have some hands on science fun this winter? John, from Exploration Education, introduces the Science Activity “Air Lift”.
Receive a direct link to Montessori Napkin Folding exercise. This exercise was contributed, courtesy of the North American Montessori Center. This Montessori practical life exercise will be enjoyed by children as they participate in preparing the holiday dinner table for guests.
I love the smell of baked apples. This autumn and winter try a new apple recipe. Ginger-Coconut Baked Apples is sure to delight your family and friends. Dale, from North American Montessori Center, has also shared the Montessori Button-Buddy activity. Dale takes you step by step on how to present this lesson and provides an extension exercises as well.
Finally, in Part III, Dale contributed the Montessori Acting Out How Animals Survive Winter exercise. This exercise will greatly aid children in their understanding of hibernation, adaptation, and other key science terms.
Richard, from LORD Company, has uploaded some FREE materials for you to use in your school and home classrooms. Read Part II of this newsletter to learn more about The Land and Water Forms Cards and Labels set and how to use them.
Shari from Shari and Jerry, contributed the delicious Nanny’s Zucchini’s Bread. Yum!! Shari has also provided excerpts from the Cooks in the Classroom. Among the topics discussed are
the relationship of nutrition to ADHD and a discussion of essential fats.
Verna, from The Music House, contributed the Aromatic Basmatic Rice with Saffron. This delicious dish could be served at any upcoming multicultural event or be an unexpected delicious treat for your holiday meal.
Wenda, from Birdcage Press, has provided an amazing set of free lesson planning materials for a unit study about Renaissance and Impressionist artists.
The Scented Basket project, contributed by Mariaemma of Coaching for Learning Success, provides an opportunity for your students to learn more about art, and they will end up with a special holiday gift. Dianne, from Conceptual Learning, provides yet another tasty Nutty Chocolate Pudding Squares recipe that is great for your holiday parties. Dianne, has also graciously contributed some outstanding Montessori Math Sequencing lessons in .pdf
Georgette, from Cantemos, has compiled information for an integrated, fun pineapple unit study. She has also contributed the delicious Chocolate Dusted Almonds recipe.
It’s not to late for the younger children to participate in the fall squirrel project. This is one new project that you will want to tuck away for next fall as well. Your students are also sure to enjoy the papier mache activity submitted by Shari of Shari and Jerry.
Dr. Borenson, from Hands On Equations, has once again contributed a free hands-on algebra activity. In this section, you will also discover more about the free Montessori Animals in the Winter unit study.
Have some fun with words pertaining to food this winter! Alan Stillson has generously contributed to yet another edition of the Montessori seasonal newsletter. See this section to access the free Middle School Word Puzzles by Stillsonworks.
Karen, from Fun Felt, has consistently demonstrated her creative talents. In this issue, she has shared her Handprint Towel. This activity is a wonderful hands-on project, with the dual effect of doing something truly meaningful with children and helping them to create a gift with lasting memories. Karen has also shared her special Pumpkin Pie Scented Playdough Recipe. This is sure to delight the younger set!!
Joan, from Nation Relation, submitted a Recipe of World Tolerance. This is something we continually need to impart to those we educate.
Ligia, from Childsake, submitted an easy to make, delicious Holiday Cheesecake. Yum!!
Another recipe that is sure to delight the chocolate lovers in your family is Farmer’s Favorite Fudge recipe. This was contributed by Larry of Farm Country General Store.
Elaine, from Kimbo Educational, makes informal entertaining quick and easy with her delicious Spinach Dip Recipe. Elaine also provided a literature link activity for Three Little Kittens.
Angela, from Wildridge Software, submitted a Hearty Fall Kale Soup recipe that is sure to warm you up on chilly wintery days.
Now for some soapy science fun!!! You read that right. John, from Exploration Education contributed a free Soap That Grows lesson. This lesson is in .pdf and contains all of the illustrations, pictures and detailed lesson plans you need to make this activity a success.
Try a unique, tasty recipe that is sure to delight your friends and family. Mary Roberts, from Hello Wood, sums up the taste of her Onion Pie recipe with one word…..Yum-m-m-m!!
Crepes Recipe for Children can be used as part of a unit study about the French culture. It could also be used for specific multicultural celebrations, and would be a scrumptious addition to a holiday meal.
Rita, from homeschool.literatureplace.com, has written a brand new article for homeschoolers.
Historical Fiction: Where Fact and Fiction Merge Planning a New Literature Program for Your Child will be a boon for parents who have been searching for ways in which to select and organize their booklists.
Marjorie Kiel Persons contributed Winter by Vivaldi. Educators can use her complete lesson plan by customizing it to fit most age groups. Here are just a few ways educators can use the unit study:
*Put into historical context, i.e. Baroque Period – the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
*Creatively used in conjunction with art, science and geography activities
*Easily incorporated into other existing music programs
Marjorie includes links to lyrics and to a portrait of Vivaldi.
Please see http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf
to view this entire lesson plan.
Author Sara Ambarian is well known by AMC readers for her past contributions to the AMC eLibrary. For the past two years, readers have enjoyed her article Thanksgiving Thoughts: Passing Along Some Positive Perspective with the Pumpkin Pie,
http://www.amonco.org/sara_ambarian08.pdf. Now, in Part XIII, Sara provides some timely advice for those of us struggling to make our upcoming holiday season less stressful. In
Re-thinking Holiday Priorities During Tough Times Sara provides ideas and resources to help us minimize the cost and maximize the enjoyment of this season. Numerous helpful links will help you to get started on your family gift giving projects, as well. Don’t delay, begin planning today! Please http://www.amonco.org/winter8/montessori_winter8.pdf to access this article.
Now, that you have some new lesson plans, delve in and begin to put some extra sparkle into your school and home school settings. I wish you a fun filled winter
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