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Why Montessori?



Food for thought...


How Many Teeth?

Does anyone know how many primary teeth a child has and how many permanent teeth an adult has? This activity, contributed at the 2012 PNMA Sharing Fair, is a great way to find out, using the Montessori Golden Beads! 


Below is a worksheet that can be used in conjunction with this exercise. Download the full-sized version (by clicking "free downloads" on UMA sidebar on the right), laminate the sheet onto sturdy cardstock, and then provide a dry-erase marker for tracing the dotted letters.

Another great idea...




Happy Mother's Day!

"Children and mothers never truly part - Bound in the beating of each other's heart." 

~Charlotte Gray 

History of Mother's Day

In the United States of America Mother's Day was first suggested in the year 1872 by Julia Ward Howe who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic as a day dedicated to peace. She would hold an organized Mother's Day meeting in Boston, Massachusetts every year.

It wasn't until in 1907 when Anna Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

She and several of her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their endeavour to establish a national Mother's Day. In 1910, the governor of West Virginia proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and a year later every state celebrated it. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

©Photo: University of Leiden - Horticultural Center by Trudy Coumou Shepard


Teacher Appreciation Week

"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future." M. Montessori


PNMA Spring Sharing Fair - Seattle 2012

On Saturday the 28th, the staff at UMA attended the annual PNMA Sharing Fair, which was held at the lovely Bellevue Montesori School - Bellevue, Washington. So many creative ideas were shared by many of the Montessori teachers and interns residing in the area. In the upcoming week, we will be sharing many of these inspiring ideas with come back to visit!

Laveeta Sweeney, UMA Staff (visiting from Washington DC), at the interior entrance of BMS:

Just a few of the vendors & workshop presenters we met:

Marshall Balick and his wife Megan Jepson are the owners of Montessori 123. Their materials are stunningly beautiful (their new website to be up in a few weeks). Stay tuned for information about a discount opportunity for UMA students and UMA members in upcoming blog:

Montessorian, Marnie Stromseth's workshop on "Movement and Cognitiive Development" as she shared how fundamental locomotor skills can be encouraged in the classroom and on the playground... here she demonstraties child-sized stilts: 

Brad Meyer ( held a fun and informative workshop entitled "Hammers and Nails"...demonstrating tools, techniques, and safety for constructing simple woodworking projects, using a heavy-duty workbench designed for children:

Rowbes, the Puppeteer...True, these are fantasy characters, but he and his "pals" definitely made us giggle:


Montessori Quote 

 “Children are human beings to whom respect is due; superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

M. Montessori


Math - Rock Dominoes

What a fun craft project to make for your Math area. This looks so inviting...makes you want to play! Click on image and you will be directed to the website for more information...thank you Martha Stewart. :-)


Earth Day Celebration - Tip # 5

What does it mean to be green?

This simple eco picture book helps children ages 4-8 and their parents start the conversation about how we can protect the earth's precious resources.


  • Respect and Responsibility begin at home!
  • Parents, YOU set the example. Your children are watching and imitating you...PLEASE, make conservation a daily habit. 

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Earth Day Celebration - Tip #4

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency current website. It is packed with GREAT ideas for Earth Day activities - and all year long! Also you can download an "Endangered Species Coloring Book" on their website. The illustrations are beautiful. Click on the picture to access the direct link.

Don't miss this:
You can order a free bound copy of the "Endangered Species Coloring Book" by contacting: National Service Center for Environmental Publications


Phone Number: (800)490-9198 
Fax Number: (301)604-3408 

Title: Endangered Species: Save Our Species (Coloring Book)
EPA Order Number: EPA-735K08001

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