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Six Food Mistakes ( courtesy NYTimes)

UMA is now back blogging again after a long summer sojourn and infrequent blogging throughout the summer. So to start things off, I have posted a recent NY Times article on food mistakes parents often make with their children:
Six Food Mistakes Parents Make...


John and Trudy


Link to Enviroblog

Regarding environmental issues and how they may impact you and your family, go to:


Felt Continents Map - Geography

Kellie Stubblefield of Whitsett, North Carolina shares her original project entitled the Felt Continents Map. “I really enjoyed working with cloth and utilizing a wooden board that I already had, to create what I believe is a pretty high quality home-made Montessori material.”

Kellie cut the boards and hinged them so that the maps fold up for easy storage and carrying. The top map functions as a control. This is yet another fine example of creativity, resourcefulness, and attention to detail. The materials are natural, inviting for the child...simply beautiful. Thank you, Kellie.


Interesting link on The Child and Brain Research

Here is a link to an interesting conference and other information regarding the child and brain research:


The Center for Human Brain and Human Learning

Last year, the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association sponsored an event at the Center for Human Brain and Human Learning Center. It is a resource that you may perhaps may use or a parent may find of interest. Scroll down on the left navigation for some helpful information. Go to:


Kyra Schlosser and Jennifer Brazier, both UMA students, are involved in an exciting project with their students this summer.

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A Music Project: "Musical Cans"

Connie Bradley from Trussville, Alabama also shares her original Music project, titled “Musical Cans.”

Wooden dowel and knob for dowel
Eight wooden clothes pins
Four empty cans
Four pieces of string
Wooden bar to hang cans
-Glue 4 clothespins to the top of the wooden bar. Leaving a clothes pin length between each one. Glue 1 clothes pin to the bottom of each can.
-Take 1 string at a time, and glue the ends of the string to the inside of the clothespin on the wooden bar. Close the pin and allow the glue time to dry. (I used all-purpose cement glue. I put it in a smaller glue bottle because it was easier for Nathan to handle. The glue is non-toxic.)
(While the glue is drying, the cans can be used as an art project. The child can decorate them, using newspaper, buttons, stones, paints, etc…be creative!)
-Once the glue has dried, connect the string to the clothespin on the bottom of the can. Attaching largest can to the left, smallest can to the right.
-Push the wooden dowel into the wooden knob.
The child is ready to hold the wooden bar and use to dowel to hit the cans to make different sounds.
Variations to this project:
• The child can add metal washers, screws, etc. inside the cans to help make different sounds.
• Place the bar on the table, connect the clothespins in a vertical position, clip the cans upside down on the clothespins and hit the bottoms of the cans for sound. You would eliminate the need for the strings, and have a tabletop version of the instrument in lieu of one to hold.
• Once the child has mastered this project, they can add bells and other items to the strings to make additional sounds.


Looking for a Montessori Teaching Position?

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On Summer Break

UMA is on summer break June 15th - July 7th. We hope to do a few posts during that time. Check back later this week.


Employment Opportunity

Weston Montessori Children's House, Weston, Wisconsin
Brand new school in Central Wisconsin looking for Montessori trained teachers for the 2008-2009 school year. Come and be a part of our program from the beginning. Competitive salaries, we pay 80% individual health benefits, summer positions available. US citizenship a plus. Please send resume to: Weston Montessori Children's House, County Road J, Suite 3, Weston WI 54476.
fax: 715-849-8168
telephone: 715-432-3992 (Rachel)