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Monday
Jan092012

Bedtime Story

Trevor Eissler has written another Montessor-inspired book entitled "4,962,571" - perfect as a bedtime story. The book is for sale at JuneBooks.com and Amazon.com. Enjoy the YouTube narration by the author, below:

Tuesday
Jan032012

Math Twister

Here's a fun Math game you can make at home, suggested by "The Inadvertent Farmer"...(click image, below). It involves using the whole body in finding combinations of 10. Besides the Math benefits, this activity includes motor coordination, balance, visual discrimination, concentration, cooperation, and FUN!

PLEASE NOTE: Before introducing this game, make sure the child recognizes and has a concrete understanding of the numerical symbols, 1-10. Plus, provide a demonstration on how to make combinations of ten with concrete manipulatives. Examples: the Montessori Golden Beads, Addition Strip Board, Snake Game beads, colored Math Beads... 

Enjoy!

Monday
Dec122011

Holiday Blessings to One and All!

UMA is currently on Winter Break. Applications for Montessori Teacher Training and Certification will continue to be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact us at any time!  Peace, love, and joy...
Wednesday
Dec072011

The Linguistic Genius of Babies

(Click Photo for Video)

At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

Patricia Kuhl is co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington. She's internationally recognized for her research on early language and brain development, and studies that show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Video Games - Brain Development

Ah...'Tis the Season!

If you are thinking of buying video games for your children...consider some of the research.

Video games can be good for manual dexterity and computer literacy, however, research indicates they can affect (and even stunt) the process of certain brain development - in particular, the frontal lobes - the areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, emotion, and impulse control. 

So what’s one alternative to video games (and might we add, television)? 

Go outside...play with friends and explore!  

 Here's an excellent article on early childhood brain development. Another reason to choose a Montessori environment for your child! 

 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Happy Thanksgiving!

 From our Montessori family to yours...

May this day of Thanksgiving create special memories with family and friends,

to be cherished in the years ahead.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Blessings,

The Staff at UMA

Friday
Nov182011

How can Failure be Good?

We all want our children to succeed. How do we best help them do that? By providing them an environment that allows freedom - freedom to explore, discover, and learn. And part of this freedom is allowing mistakes. It is part of the learning process.

This is, after all, real life! 

Our Montessori children are provided an environment that lets them be confident. They do not have a fear of failure...why? Because they do not look at "failure" as something that hinders them, but instead, they are challenged to continue on...to seek solutions, to correct mistakes, or simply accept them. It is all part of the joy of learning!

Here is a recent Time Magazine article entitled "The Importance of Failure: Why We're Wrong About Being Right" It's a great read about adult risk takers who's successes were preceded by failures. Click on link, above...and then...be open to failure in life!

 

Photo: Courtesy of Daphnea Solomon-Tupelo Children's House, Montessori School

Wednesday
Nov092011

Free Download

Here's a "worksheet" for the classroom that was inspired by Renata Lamire, UMA student. If you are a UMA Member, you may download it for free on our website by clicking "free downloads" on the side bar. The worksheet (entitled: "LANG Does it Belong") will enlarge to full size. 

Not a UMA Member? Then sign up today! There are no fees...just benefits! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Nov042011

Nature's Beauty - Smooth and Bumpy

UMA student, Renata Lemire from Alberta, Canada, shares her Montessori original Sensorial Project which she entitled: Nature's Beauty - Smooth and Bumpy.

Materials:

  1. Wooden Tray
  2. Willow Basket
  3. Transparent vinyl smooth/bumpy mat cut same size as floor mat. One side is left smooth the other size has dried, clear, white glue ‘bumps’ randomly placed on it
  4. Cotton floor mat 
  5. 5 objects found in nature that are bumpy in texture with a corresponding match of the same object that is smooth in texture. Each pair of objects should be approximately the same size to one another. i.e.:  

*Birch and maple tree bark (better if cross section of a small log from each tree is available, so you do not have to kill a tree to obtain it

*A bumpy and a smooth stone

*An open, mature and an immature, but brown spruce pinecone

*Smooth wild berry and a berry made of tiny smaller ‘bumps’ similar to a raspberry (non-poisonous, of course!

*A smooth and a bumpy branch 

 

 

 

1) VISUAL: match the "same to same"

2) TACTILE: separate by "smooth and bumpy"

 

A very beautiful and inviting original Sensorial project!

 

 

The very clever "Smooth and Bumpy Mat" (below)

Monday
Oct312011

Good-for-you Pumpkin Seeds

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone! 

 

Remember to compost your Jack O' Lantern or feed it to your livestock after all the fun is done! 

And, don't throw out those pumpkin seeds! They are not only delicious, but also are high in zinc, other minerals, amino acids, and vitamin K. As a Practical Life exercise, roast some in your classroom...or at home! 

 

 

Recipe: 

  • preheat to 350 degrees
  • rinse seeds in strainer under cold water (compost the stringy pieces)
  • place seeds in bowl
  • add 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cumin (mix well)
  • spread out on baking sheet
  • Bake 15-20 minutes (until golden brown and crunchy)
  • Cool before eating (alone as a snack or add to trail mix or salad)

  Enjoy! 

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