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Summer is Coming! – Let’s Celebrate

As we approach the first day of  summer, take time now to focus or refocus on the summer months ahead.  You’ll discover why these links are well worth a second look.

http://www.amonco.org/montessori_summer_handson.html

AMC Montessori Summer Hands-On Learning Newsletter

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/experiencing-fine-art-in-person-with-your-children/

Experiencing Fine Art in Person with Your Children

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/indoor-activities-to-get-you-out-of-the-sun/

Indoor Activities Get You Out of the Sun

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/family-fun-and-outdoor-science-pursuits-a-%E2%80%9Cnatural%E2%80%9D-combination/

FAMILY FUN AND OUTDOOR SCIENCE PURSUITS: A “NATURAL” COMBINATION

http://www.amonco.org/montessorisummergardening.html

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on the Summer)

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/innovative-montessori-music-for-the-summer/

Innovative Montessori Music for the Summer

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2008/07/montessori-summer-activities.html

Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

I wish you and your family a very blessed upcoming summer.

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study

Below, are links for a complete summer gardening unit study. These PreK and K-8 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, phonics, grammar, creative writing, science, social studies and other extensive lesson plans found in Montessori books.

This unit study was brought to you by Heidi Spietz. To learn more about Heidi, click here.

Montessori Classified Reading Cards and Other Aids to Learn About Summer and Year Round Gardening

Make Your Own Classified Reading Cards for PreK – Grade 5
Nurturing Budding Botanists – Learning and Teaching the Basics
of Plant Science

Names of Flowers in English, French and Latin
Names of Vegetables in Spanish with Pronunciation Key
Names of Fruits in Spanish – Spanish Vocabulary
Names of Fruits in Spanish – with Pronunciation Key
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – English
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – English
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – French
Fruits and Vegetables – Frutas y Verduras
Vegetable Names in European Languages
Names of Flowers in English, French and Latin
Mature Flower Diagram Clip Art
Plant Cell Wall Diagram Clip Art
Summer Flowers – Names and Facts
Northwest Coloring Book Scientific Plant Name Index
Let’s Study About the Cycle of a Flowering Plants and Trees
– Extension of Montessori’s Classified Reading Cards for Elementary Students

Plant Identification by Characteristics (Reference Guide)
The Garden Game

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Sensory Exercises/Motor Development Involving the Study of Summer Gardening

Sunflower Seed Activities (Pre K – Grade 6)
Seed Match
Collecting Seeds – Fun for the Whole Family
Learning Center Grdening Table for the Classroom
A Close-Up Look at Seeds
Backyard Detective
Sensory Table (Sunflower Seeds)

Practical Life Exercises Involving the Study of Summer Gardening

Summer Flower Bulbs
Itching to Plant (Germinating Seeds)
What Shall I Grow?
Home-grown “Fast Food” for Busy Families by Sara L. Ambarian
Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert
Learn What Mulch Can Do For You!
International Gardening Information – Scroll Down Half Way through Newsletter
A Child’s Garden
Grow It Cook It
Planting a Gardem – Lower Elementary Ages
Garden Planters and Containers
Preparing a Container Garden
Gardening Tools
Homegrown Vegetables in Any Space
Complete Gardening Archive
Organic Garden Seeds
Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions – Wildflower How-to-Guide

Language Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

My Vegetable Gardening Diary
Special Summer Food Fun – Word Puzzles for Middle Schoolers
The Secret Garden
Garden Tales
Montessori Gardening Grammar Bingo
Growing Poems
Experience of Nature (Flora: Plants & Flowers) PreK – Grade 2
Recommended Children’s Poetry Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Recommended Children’s Poetry Books (Ages 9 – 13)
Figurative Speech: Analogies, Similes, and Metaphors

Science and Social Science Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

Growing Plants Unit Study – Upper Elementary Level
Vegetable Planting Guide Worksheet
Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes (Grades 2 – 6)
Comparing Leaves
Growing Plants Unit
Science With Plants
Cultivating Hope
Microscopes for Observation and Science Experiments
The Garden Game
Cultivating History Lessons Gardens for Schools
Planting a Gardem Thematic Unit Study – Lower Elementary Ages
Vegetable Guide to Planting in Late Summer
Seeds to Plant in Late Summer/Fall
Farmers’ Almanc Gardening Calendar
Plant a Summer Crop of Beans
Curriculum Connections
The Science of Gardening
Harvest of History – The Farmers’ Museum
Aromatic History
– Herbs in Colonial Life
Hands On Flower Model

Music and Art Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

Let’s Make Pressed Flowers – Elementary Level
Draw Your World – Drawing Enriches the Curriculum
Flower Themes, Flowers in Art
Sharing Food, Food in Art
Changing a Flower’s Color
Seed Collages (Scroll down until you see this activity)
Painting a Garden (Scroll down until you see this activity
Flowers Posters, Prints, Charts, Photographs & Calendars
Garden-Inspired Performing Arts
Sing and Learn About Science

Math Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

It’s Juice! Reading and Interpreting Graphs
Exploring Math in the Garden
Sprouting Math Activities – Algebra
http://www.kidsgardening.org/article/grappling-data
Sprouting Math Activities – Problem Solving
Flowers: Graph & Graph Again
Inside hte Coordinate Grid

Business Marketing Activities

Plant Sale Grows Kids
Peddling Plants
Cultivating Funds with Indoor Plants
Fungi Fever

Additional Extension Exercises – Let’s Write, Discuss and Talk About Gardening

Granny’s Garden School
More Fruits and Vegetables
How To Pick Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Season
Farmer’s How to Pick Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Spanish
Farmer’s Market Fruit and Vegetable Bargains
Curriculum Connections – Incorporate Selected Ideas for Montessori Environment
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade(Part I)
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade (Part II)

Visit American Montessori Consulting and look under New and Notable for other unit studies. Copyright 2007 – 2013 Heidi Spietz – American Montessori Consulting

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Heidi Anne Spietz

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New! Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study

April is national gardening month! To celebrate, I have designed an interdisciplinary gardening unit study for you to use right now. Math, English, music, art, science, literature, and social studies are fused in this comprehensive study, making the lesson format consistent with Montessori methodology. Use the ideas found at the unit study links in your own unique Montessori school or homeschool environment.

Please visit Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study to access the information.

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

On July 19, 2008, I attended a very interesting program, sponsored by the Long Beach Public Library, which featured how to grow plants year round. Lonnie Brundage, 1st Vice President, of the Long Beach Community Garden http://lbcg.org, spoke at length about the history and function of the Long Beach Community Garden, the individual member’s role in starting and maintaining a successful garden plot, plus provided excellent gardening information that we all can use. I wish that all who are reading this article could spend an hour listening and learning from this gifted educator.

According to Lonnie, almost every school in Long Beach has a garden. The County of Los Angeles has promoted this. Gardening provides children with an opportunity to make some general analogies. For example, Lonnie uses gardening as a tool to help young children see and compare the gardening cycle with the human life cycle. Children see a small bud beginning to grow. A comparison can then be made to the growth of a human baby. A baby and a young plant both need to be nurtured and protected from harm. “Children can see the life cycle. They then understand death,” Lonnie said. She added, “It doesn’t take a lot of space to grow your own garden. Just a lot of love.”

Why not take some time this week to plan and start your very own small garden. Besides growing your own plants in a backyard setting, according to Lonnie, you can start your garden at your school or in your apartment. She also feels that a garden would be a good library project.

Space doesn’t have to be an issue. Sone individuals use buckets and such. You can grow your garden in a bag of compost! Just cut an X in the bag and place a tomato plant inside. Cut another X in the bag and repeat by placing a tomato plant or some other plant inside. Just add water and fertilizer, and of course maintain with water. Lonnie has coined this type of gardening as a ‘pillow garden’. Isn’t that a clever idea? When the nutrients are spent, just discard the bag and start again.

Individuals purchasing a plot at the Long Beach Community Garden http://lbcg.org become well informed about the dos and don’ts of maintaining their plot. Each new owner must attend an orientation where he learns about the natural habitat and how a balance is achieved and maintained. The new owner learns about the foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, opossum, hawks, rats, mice and other critters residing at the Long Beach Community Garden and the checks and balances that are used to make certain that the environment remains biologically homeostatic. “We encourage people to be as natural or organic as possible,” Lonnie said.

During the presentation, Lonnie reommended the UC Davis website and encouraged people to read the How to Manage Pests in Gardens and Landscapes article found there. I visited the website and could readily see why she mentioned this invaluable resource.

For those living in or around Long Beach, California, who will be starting their gardens this month,
Lonnie suggests planting tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumber or corn. If you live near Long Beach, California the LBCG Plant Calendar will be useful. Visit http://lbcg.org and click on the Plant Calendar hyperlink. For people living outside of California as well as outside the United States, please visit the AMC Montessori Fall Newsletter Scroll past the information about fall and winter cooking. You will easily be able to locate many links to vegetable charts, planting resources and fall/winter meal preparation.

To receive general information about the Long Beach Garden Association, please visit http://lbcg.org If you will be visiting Long Beach, California this summer or at some point in the future, visit http://lbcg.org for tour information.

The Garden Artisans website and the AMC Montessori Fall 2007 Hands On Lessons Part I newsletter also offer readers a wealth of additional gardening information.

This blog contains multiple free Montessori lesson plans, reviews and more. For a small sampling click on the links below:

The Sensitive Period for the Acquisition of Language

Walking the Line: Montessori Style

Homeschooling? Feeling stressed out? Let me offer a few suggestions…

Enjoy! 🙂

Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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