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PNMA Spring Sharing Fair

Last Saturday over 125 Montessori teachers, aides and directors gathered for the annual Pacific Northwest Spring Sharing Fair at Cherry Hill Montessori, part of the Seattle Muslim School. Over 15 vendors were there showing and selling their products. Plus there were classrooms full of demonstrations and exhibits for primary and elementary ages! The event ends with a raffle with many great and useful classroom items. It was great! Here are just a few pics:



We are collecting photos of children’s faces for our website. We are currently taking submissions and would love to involve our Montessori community at a united effort. (This sample photo is provided by UMA graduate, Martha Huester of Surabaja, Indonesia.)

Photo requirements:
High quality (1mb or less in size)
Clear facial close up (we are able to crop if necessary)
Minimal background (no clutter, crowds…)
Ages 2 1/2 – 6 years
Clothing should have no printed advertising or cartoon characters
Natural pose (any expression)

We will need official permission to post your child’s photo on the UMA website. You may download this permission form, and submit with your photo(s).

We look forward to hearing from you!


UMA Audiocast-Earth Day!

No use in reinventing the wheel when it comes to information on Earth Day and environmental issues that affect all of us. In this audiocast I list just a few but what I think are valuable sites:


Cultural Experience- The Norooz Table

The Norooz Table - A Cultural Experience

This Spring, UMA went for a visit to Harborpointe Montessori School in Mukilteo, WA and found a beautiful table display called “The Norooz Table.” Norooz in Persian means New Year Day. It is the traditional beginning of the new year in Iran and goes back 15,000 years. It begins at the beginning of spring on vernal equinox, March 21.

Generally, wheat, barley, lentils, and other vegetables seeds are soaked to grow on china plates and round earthenware vessels some ten days in advance, so that the sprouts are three to four inches in height by Norooz. A table is laid. Displayed here are typical items, such as candle, incense burner, bowl of water with live gold fish, the plate with green sprouts, fruit (apple), coins, fresh garlic, and painted boiled egg. Articles are prominently exhibited in small bowls or plates on the table. The whole table, beautifully laid, symbolizes the Message and the Messenger, light, reflection, warmth, life, love, joy, production, prosperity, and nature. It is considered thanksgiving table for all the good beautifully bestowed by God.


Practical Life: Putting away Dishes

At least once a week, we are posting old blog entries and they are great! What a treasure trove of goodness!

Here is one sent almost 4 years ago to us by Jenny Bright – Hollywood, CA
"Put Away the Dishes"

1. Dish Cabinet

2. 3 Tea Cups

3. 1 Teapot with Lid

4. 1 Vase with 5 Spoons Inside 5. 5 Plates

Thanks Jenny!


Parents: Article on Strollers, "Looking Back to Look Forward"

So much controversy over the ergonomics we utilize for children.

Check out this article in the blog:


News to Use: "Chemicals in Baby Products"

Our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Tamara Cullen, was recently featured in this local newscast, alerting parents to the potential risks of harmful chemicals in baby products. To view, click on the link below:

If you have other links related to this topic, please share with us through posting a "Comment" below.


Sensorial Exercise, Material Composition Board

It is great posting materials demonstrations from past blogs UMA has hosted. Here is one from Tracy Charlesworth-John of Port Orford, OR.

She writes:

"The idea for the "Materials Composition Blocks" was inspired by my daughter and her friend.

We were all sitting around the table, drinking and eating. My daughter's friend says, "I know what that is," (pointing to a glass), "That's glass.”
And my daughter replied, "That's plastic," (pointing to another cup). And her friend continued, "That's ceramic.”

So I held up a lid to a mason jar, and my daughter replies, "metal.” And we continued with the different materials that we see in our everyday settings. They were both really proud of their ability to identify and feel the varying textures and weights and seemed excited to express their knowledge!

The sensorial exercise is in the style of the "rough and smooth" boards and the "material match". There are 6 pairs of wooden blocks- each pair mounted with one of the following compositions: Metal, plastic, wood, cork, rubber, glass or ceramic. (Blocks are sorted into baskets, one of each pair (6 total) per basket."

Thanks again Tracy!


The Eco-kitchen, (courtesy of PCC Natural Markets)

Here is a great article to share with parents and staff! And it may even be something you could work into lesson.
Go to:


Going back in time!

Emilia Gomez of San Salvador, El Salvador is a student at UMA. As part of the UMA training, she has been recalling some of her own early childhood experiences. Emilia sends a precious photo of her and her sister when they were little in San Salvador. Thanks, Emilia, for giving us permission to do so. What a treat, as your evaluator, to go back in time with you, visually!

Trudy Shepard