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Helping Each Other

The children always delight in helping to care for the environment. Here is one way to make sure everyone gets a turn in the Montessori classroom.

This chart lists daily classroom responsiblities with assigned names and can be posted on the wall. This, by the way, also prevents the classroom animals from being over fed by too many eager helpers!  

Tasks Indicated:

  • Count Total (how many children)
  • Crumb Catcher (cleaning up snack crumbs)
  • Dusting Shelves
  • Fish Care (may be other animals as well)
  • Laundry
  • Lights (turn off when leaving to save energy)

For the non-readers in the classroom, you may post a photo of the child next to his/her name for easy recognition. 


Healthy Eating Habits

To read the first lady's checklist for promoting healthy eating habits for children at childcare facilities, click the photo for full article. It is a good BASIC reminder:


  1. Provide one to two hours of physical activity daily
  2. No screen time for children under 2...
  3. Serve fruits and vegetables at every meal, eat family-style when possible, and no fried foods
  4. Provide access to water throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks
  5. Support mothers who want to breastfeed by providing mother's milk to infants and welcoming mothers who want to breastfeed their children during the childcare day

Sign Language 

Here is a sign language activity displayed at the 2011 Seattle Spring Sharing Fair. It consists of matching the sign language sign to each letter of the alphabet. Easy to make and add to your classroom! 

Suggestion: When creating the alphabet strips and cards, use lower case letters.


Full Circle 

Read how Mountain Valley Montessori School in North Bend, Washington is helping children "learn about eating well and appreciating food through experience."

Click for FULL CIRCLE FARM article.



A Tooth Graph

Here's an idea for the whole classroom to participate in: A Tooth Graph

Write the number of teeth lost on the left and the names of the months along the bottom. 

(Displayed at Whole Earth Montessori School - Open House, Bothell, WA)


Science & Nature Songs!

Wendy Duvall, UMA student from Oxford, OH, sends us this amazing and fun link!

"While I was hunting around for physics songs (for a UMA Science Theme Project) I stumbled upon this great series of LPs from the 50's. They have such great songs that match up fantastically with much of the Montessori material. I thought I'd pass it along..." 

(Click here for YouTube video) 

Thanks Wendy! Check out more Nature Songs, sung by Marais & Miranda, on this YouTube site. This is just one part of a 6 LP set called Singing Science. This set came out in the late 50's/early 60's and exposed children to different science topics through fun and catchy little songs. 


(Photo courtesy of Daphnea Solomon, UMA graduate and owner/director of Tupelo Children's House - Montessori School)


Math - Fractions Booklet

Here's another idea taken from the 2011 PNMA Montessori Spring Sharing Fair in the Seattle area. It's self explanatory, so follow along with the photos. Enjoy! 

Use the laminated booklet (above) as a "control" and allow the child can construct his/her own individual "Fractions Booklet." We recommend using all one color (below), keeping "isolation of stimulus" in mind.


Grain Matching - Food Unit

Contributed by Connie Jones Ostrowski from the 2011 Seattle PNMA Sharing Fair.

Curriculum Area: SENSORIAL

Age Group: 3-5

Prerequisites: Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets

Direct Aim: Classification skills, sorting/matching different textures of grains


  1. "Today I would like to show you some different types of grains. Let's see if we can match them up."
  2. Take out each container of grain and take a close look and briefly describe the texture, color, and say the name of the grain.
  3. Show the grain 'wheel' and say, "Now I will find the match."
  4. Match them, placing the containers of grains to the corresponding spot on the grain wheel.

Variations/Extensions: After doing basic match ups for a week or so, you could add a 'texture art project' using the same grains and with glue on cardboard.

Materials: Use a basket or tray, create a 'grain wheel,' dividing the circle into 10' pie slices and cover with different types of grains. The more varied, the better.

Source of Materials or Supplies: Go to the bulk section of your grocery store (PCC or Whole Foods) to acquire varied grains. This was used for a Food Unit to demonstrate the different kinds of grains used as staple foods around the world.

Ideas for Grains: black quinoa, oats, emmer, buckwheat groats, corn, wild rice, millet, brown rice...and things made from grains (cereal, wheat flour rainbow pasta)


Science-Botany Experiment

UMA's Jennifer Bailey (Silverdale, WA) shares an idea for the Science area of the classroom: 

"We are doing a spring botany unit and are discussing the needs of plants. We have an experiment going to see what happens when plants don't get what they need...

1. The first plant is the control getting both sun and water (L=sun, R=raindrop)
2. The next gets sun but no water (L=sun, R=slash-marked raindrop)

There are two plants under the boxes:

3. One gets water (L=slash-marked sun, R=raindrop)
4. The other does not (L=slash-marked sun, R=slash-marked raindrop)

We check them every couple of days and we're talking about the results that we are seeing." 

Great idea...thanks, Jennifer!


Take a Good Look - Science

Just a couple of interesting activities to put on your Science Table... (Photos taken at the 2011 Seattle PNMA Montessori Spring Sharing Fair.)

Looking at nature through a magnifying glass!

Classifying "living" and "non-living"