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Friday
Jul032009

Frequently Asked Questions About Montessori

Information can often overwhelm with too many choices without ever getting to the bottomline. Here is a great FAQ page from http://montessori.edu that is simple and concise and may be of help to you or to parents who are interested in Montessori education.

Check it out: http://www.montessori.edu/FAQ.html

For those of us in the USA, have a great 4th of July!

John

Tuesday
Jun302009

Cooking with Children

What better way to bring Practical Life into the home but through planning and preparing a meal with your child. Healthy cooking gives us a deeper appreciation for the natural goodness that comes from the soil and other foods we eat. Plus it can help us with skills in pouring, mixing, organization, teamwork and more... .

Here's a link to some great recipes to use with children:
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/search-results.php?convenienceId=1

UMA is serious about your overall health and the health of children!

Saturday
Jun272009

New Urbanism: Rooftop Farming

There are several ways for us to make a difference in our children's lives. Perhaps this video will stir some imagination on how we can help our children see the earth as alive and a part of who we are!

http://www.babelgum.com/html/clip.php?clipId=3021540

Enjoy and Learn...!

Wednesday
Jun242009

Positive Thinking for Kids

Positive Thinking for Kids
By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting

During their growth and development, children go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing themselves to others, and they often see themselves as coming up short. As parents, we can offset this natural tendency in our children by giving them the skills to think more positively. It is important that you really listen to your children, and help them overcome their negative thoughts and beliefs. This is, of course, easier to do if you practice positive thinking yourself.

Our world is so full of negative feedback. We need to arm our children with a positive attitude, so that they can stay focused in the right direction. Let’s look at some typical negative statements from children, along with some positive responses from their wise parents:

I can’t do it.
Take your time and try again. I have confidence in you.

Heather hates me.
Sounds like you’re feeling rejected by Heather, and that must hurt. I know you want Heather to like you. Remember that you’re a very lovable kid and a terrific person, no matter what Heather, or anyone else, says or does. And, you know, she may have a problem that has nothing to do with you.

I’m just no good in history.
You’ve brought up Cs before—I know you can do it again. Besides that, honey, nobody is good at everything. And look at this A in math, you’ve always done well with numbers!

I’m so clumsy. I’ll never learn to rollerblade!
It’s tough learning something new. Remember when you first tried to ski, how hard it was? But you stuck with it, and now you’re really good at skiing.

There is real value in discussing positive thinking and self-esteem with your children on a regular basis. Sadly, these subjects are not yet included in the school curriculum. There are good books written for children, as well as adults, which demonstrate the use of positive thinking. Reading a book together is a good launching pad for starting a conversation. Pointing out positive versus negative attitudes from news stories or life stories is an excellent way of showing your children just how this all works in real life, too.
A great web site for finding lots of wonderful positive messages is: http://greatday.com

Modeling a positive attitude is one of the most effective ways of teaching your children. Children learn what they live. So start presenting your thoughts in a positive way, Oh well, I burned the dinner—guess that means we get to eat cereal for dinner!

Parents always hope that their children will have a positive outlook on life, but most often how this happens is left to chance. When you take this matter into your hands, and look for ways to guide your children’s thoughts in a positive direction, you will see very exciting results.

Excerpted with permission by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (http://www.newharbinger.com/) from Kid Cooperation, How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate by Elizabeth Pantley (http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth, copyright 1996)

Tuesday
Jun162009

History: Making a Timeline

Paula Whitaker of Redmond, Washington shares her original project of “Timeline for Light.”

Materials needed:
-1 Tray
-1 Worksheet with 4 pictures of lighting, with dotted lines to cut out
-1 Blank sheet with divided lines to paste on the pictures to make a timeline
-1 Glue stick
-1 Control chart with correct sequence



 

Sunday
Jun142009

Features you would like to see offered on a new website?

Here at UMA we are working to create another website that would be linked but separate from our present site. We hope to have many expanded features on it but we want you input. Please click on the link below and fill out the form. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this. It will help in our research.

We appreciate your input! Fill out this form!

Tuesday
Jun092009

Providing Clean Water to some of World's Poorest- H2Oh No!

I just watched a video from charity: water, in which Jennifer Connelly shows us the terrible plight of the hundreds of millions of people who live without access to clean water and sanitation. You can introduce this through a science/cultural activity.

Be Creative! And if you are, share it with the rest of us.

Then I took action with ONE and asked my senators to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 (S.624), which will help bring first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation to a hundred million of the world's poorest people. Check out the video and then make that commitment, too, by adding your voice.

Go here to make the commitment: http://www.one.org/us/waterfortheworld/index.html?rc=wftwtaf

Get parents involved with this as well and make sure your children are aware of the need.

Thanks! John

Monday
Jun082009

We love getting pictures! Clarksburg Children's House

UMA graduates, Kyra Schlosser and Jennifer Brazier started a Montessori School in Clarksburg, W. VA, over a year ago and recently sent a photo of this year's class. They have a total of 11 children but only 9 were there for the photo op.

Thanks for sharing Kyra and Jennifer!

P.S.- If you send a photo to share on the web, be sure to have parental approval and permssion before sending to post.

Thursday
Jun042009

Environment and Children: Interview with Rebecca Mottano

This interview was with Rebecca Mottano, educator, environmentalists, and author. You can find her on the web at: http://thelittleenvironmentalists.com

Tuesday
Jun022009

Video: Salmon Berry Bush? How can you tell?

Here's another short video for a nature/culture event for the children:

Find this also on UMA YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fH_6mRJN9U