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Tuesday
Jun102008

Bow Tying Exercise

Here is a bow tying exercise that is an old classic we had posted on our old website. Still good for practice!

Monday
Jun092008

Art Project: Flower Box

Connie Bradley from Trussville, Alabama shares her original Art project, titled “Flower Box.”



Instructions: Prepare a wooden box with various compartments to hold items a child can use to create different flowers. Use different types of paper to create various size stems, leaves and flower patterns. Buttons, stones and other creative craft ideas can be added to the box to offer more than just paper.

In the box Katie, age 5, and I created, we decided to add lavender oil. Katie wanted the flowers to smell good, and I had lavender oil I use on the children’s pillows at night. In addition to the flower box, you will need newspaper, apron and cardboard or paper on a tray.

Katie designed the flowers in the finished photo, and enjoyed every part of this project from preparation through cleanup.

Wednesday
Jun042008

A Sensorial Exercise w/Knobbed Cylinders

UMA is developing more video tutorials for UMA students. Here's a sample:

Enjoy.

Wednesday
Jun042008

African Folktale Children's Book

Children’s Book based on African Folktale –
For the elementary level.

Kunle Oguneye, author of the Children’s Book “Sikulu & Harambe” recently contacted Trudy and asked if we would review his book and pass it on to the Montessori community.

The story is set in Zambia and used to teach children about kindness. We would recommend it to children age 7+, as it does include an element of fantasy, not suited for the primary-age level (early childhood – sensitive periods). It makes for an easy reader for the older child, as well as a fun and interesting look at the South African culture through traditional folktale.

For more information, check out: www.sikulu.com
You can read through the book at www.sikulu.com/sikulu_book.php
You can also watch the animated version at www.sikulu.com/sikulu_videos.php

Enjoy!

Thursday
May292008

Math Project: Counting Apples

Martha Huester of Muenster, Germany shares a Math Project: "Counting Apples"
Great project Martha! Thank you.

Materials
1. Tray
2. Mat with the dividing line
3. 1 – 10 laminated numbers - randomly. (for a younger children, start from 1 – 5 )
4. 55 (fifty five) wood green apples (for a younger children, 15)
5. Small container for wood apples.

Control of Error
1. 55 apples
2. Visual stair shape; each step increasing by one
3. Lines for apples
4. Ten spaces for numbers

Thursday
May292008

Math Worksheet

Martha Huster shares an original math worksheet:

Here's the worksheet:

Tuesday
May272008

Welcome to our New Blog Site!

Welcome to our new blog site!

Our old blog suffered under the stress of spammers so we have decided to create a new blog. We will be adding more information, lessons, etc. soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday
May212008

Some thoughts from Dr. Montessori

I thought these random thoughts from Dr. Montessori might be of some help:

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'"

"If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men."

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world."

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."

"The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil."

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."

"That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life."

Friday
May162008

The weight of the world

Does our healthy living habits have anything to do with the present food crisis?
Here is a link that says "yes". What are your thoughts?

Obese blamed for world's ills

Wednesday
May142008

Important Safety Warning

Here is an important safety warning to keep in mind. Trudy