Entries in Montessori (8)
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!
- 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)
UMA members can enjoy a free download for the classroom to commemorate Susan B. Anthony and her incredible contribution to women's rights in the United States. For a brief and informative historical outline: Susan B. Anthony UMA membership is free, so sign up and enjoy more free downloads, with updates throughout the year: UMA membership signup.
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Information can often overwhelm with too many choices without ever getting to the bottomline. Here is a great FAQ page from http://montessori.edu that is simple and concise and may be of help to you or to parents who are interested in Montessori education.
Check it out: http://www.montessori.edu/FAQ.html
For those of us in the USA, have a great 4th of July!
UMA student, Tracey Corbishley from Christchurch, New Zealand shares this beautiful Geography activity that she created for her UMA original project.
3. Bag titled ‘felt costumes’.
Inside is a large felt board and a booklet. Booklet contains a picture on each page depicting a male and female in their country’s national dress. Each page is labeled with the country’s name as well as each article of clothing with its correct name.
4. Box titled ‘felt costumes’.
Inside the box is divided into nine different compartments incorporating: robes (and felt bodies), pants, skirts, tops, headwear, hair, footwear, jewellery and accessories.
What I learned from creating this original project:
I really wanted to create an activity that did not use cards this time. I’m also a perfectionist and found it quite challenging (but interesting) to find the best ways to decorate the felt to look as close as possible to the pictures. I was quite amazed at the amount of plastic containers there are in the shops. Since my materials and crafty bits are still in boxes, I went searching for plain storage options of natural materials and found that quite difficult. Everything is plastic and brightly colored. I enjoyed working on something totally different and my 12 year old daughter has enjoyed working with this activity as well.
Brief overall summary of my demonstration:
My neighbor’s daughter, Claire, is 4 years old and not a Montessori child, so she found it hard to sit still and watch, She was very keen to touch all the felts. I waited till she was paying attention and them demonstrated the activity to her. When I let her work at the activity I sat back and watched, noting with interest her smile on her face as she carefully held all the pieces, talking quietly to herself, whether they were the right piece, comparing to the picture and then deciding yes or no.
What I learned from the child’s response:
Felts have always been interesting for children to work with. Claire was no exception. Although she could not read the written words, she was still interested in making up the correct outfit that matched the booklet.
Kyra Schlosser of Bristol, WV shares her yoga project with us. Kyra states, “I believe that yoga and the Montessori method are made for each other! Yoga uses movement to encourage the child to quiet the mind and make sense out of the chaos around them. Concentration and self-awareness are developed.”
Thank you, Kyra!