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Entries in culture (6)


Practical Life: Felt Sushi

Looks good enough to eat!

Here is a more advanced Chopsticks Exercise, displayed at the PNMA Spring Sharing Fair in Seattle, created by Laura Possinger. The "sushi" looks lovely on the wooden plate which is on top of the bambo mat. Other items include chopsticks and chopsticks rest below the plate. The "soy sauce" dish is placed at the top right of the plate. 

Command cards may be used to set up different plates or simply to identify the varieties. A child can even fill orders for their friends!

These "sushi" patterns and instructions are available via email at this website: (search word: "sushi")



Parental Guidance on Web Video for Children

NY Times


Published: October 8, 2009 The Internet offers a vast amount of video, not all of it suitable for young eyes. But parents can let their children explore while still curating what they see.

Check it out:

From UMA


Today is Children's Day in Several Countries

Emilia Gomez, UMA student from San Salvador, El Salvador, says, “In my country, (today) is ‘The Day of the Child’ - all the Schools make parties for their kindergarten (preschool) students. We are going to celebrate until Friday. It will be nice!”

Children’s Day was first celebrated worldwide in October, 1953, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare, Geneva. Basically this day was instituted with the sole aim of promoting communal exchange and understanding among children, as well as to bring about beneficiary action to promote the welfare of children, all over the globe. Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide on different days of the year, depending upon the country. Today, October 1st, Children’s Day is celebrated in El Salvador, Guatemala, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Thank you Emilia for sharing this with the UMA community!

Happy Children’s Day!


Okay, sometimes we put in items that have no direct relation to the Montessori community except to say, this one is rock solid. Amazing how music can help us connect around the globe.

Take a look:

Stand By Me from Stan Glaser on Vimeo.

Linked by UMA


5 Easy Steps to Bring Better Meals to your local school

Often in running your own classroom, you can get tied up just thinking about what goes on inside the four walls of your school. How about being an advocate for children everywhere? Here is something you can pass on to parents, other teachers and your community at large that is good for children.

5 Easy steps to bing better meals to your local school:


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.