Entries in montessori online education (13)


Video: Salmon Berry Bush? How can you tell?

Here's another short video for a nature/culture event for the children:

Find this also on UMA YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fH_6mRJN9U


Just Published: "The Self-Awakened Child" series

Jonathan Wolff, mentor/trainer, has just published THE SELF-AWAKENED CHILD SERIES, a dynamic character education program (for teachers and parents) he created to build self esteem, critical thinking, and healthy relationships in children 3 - 9 years old.

Each of the 15 books in the series focuses on a specific quality of character: “Acceptance,” “Assertiveness,” “Compassion,” “Courage,” “Creativity,” “Forgiveness,” “Honesty,” “Kindness,” “Loyalty,” “Peace,” “Respect,” “Responsibility,” “Self-Discipline,” “Trust,” and “Unity.”

Each book features exercises specifically designed to help children reach the full expression of their character that have been tested in the heat of battle by parents and teachers around the world with proven success. The books can be purchased separately ($12/each) or as a series ($165).

To order: http://www.jonathanwolff.org/catalog.htm . If you order the series by June 30th, you will receive a complimentary copy of CENTERSTONES, an illustrated collection of affirmations that develop clarity, calmness, courage, concentration, confidence, cheerfulness and compassion in children 3 - 9 years old.


Interview with Courtney Holland, Director of Harbour Pt. Montessori Early Learning Center,Mukilteo, WA

Listen to my interview with Courtney and learn more about her work with special needs children. Courtney also provided us with some additional resources to address special needs individuals and their families (see below):

Contact Courtney Holland at: CRH80@aol.com

Special Education Resources

-Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP): This is the state lead agency for identifying and serving children under 3 years of age with disabilities.

-The ARC of Snohomish County: This is a national advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. This organization provides a great deal of support and resources for those in the community.

-Circle of Inclusion: This is a website that provides great information about the benefits of inclusive practices for children and families of those with disabilities as well as the benefits for those children and families without disabilities.

-Disability is Natural: This is a website that has wonderful resources including information about “People First Language.” This way of speaking and thinking includes identifying an individual with a disability just that, an individual before their disability. They therefore are a person or child first.


Audio Interview with Jim Fay of Love and Logic

Last week I interviewed the co-founder of Love and Logic, Jim Fay. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and is based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids. It provides simple and practical techniques to help teachers and parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. Love and Logic offers many useful techniques that teachers and parents can begin experimenting with immediately.

Every Wednesday Love and Logic has a Free Weekly Tip. Signup for it on their website at: http://www.loveandlogic.com



We are collecting photos of children’s faces for our website. We are currently taking submissions and would love to involve our Montessori community at large...as a united effort. (This sample photo is provided by UMA graduate, Martha Huester of Surabaja, Indonesia.)

Photo requirements:
High quality (1mb or less in size)
Clear facial close up (we are able to crop if necessary)
Minimal background (no clutter, crowds…)
Ages 2 1/2 – 6 years
Clothing should have no printed advertising or cartoon characters
Natural pose (any expression)

We will need official permission to post your child’s photo on the UMA website. You may download this permission form, and submit with your photo(s).

We look forward to hearing from you!


The Eco-kitchen, (courtesy of PCC Natural Markets)

Here is a great article to share with parents and staff! And it may even be something you could work into lesson.
Go to: http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com-Eco-kitchen


Going back in time!

Emilia Gomez of San Salvador, El Salvador is a student at UMA. As part of the UMA training, she has been recalling some of her own early childhood experiences. Emilia sends a precious photo of her and her sister when they were little in San Salvador. Thanks, Emilia, for giving us permission to do so. What a treat, as your evaluator, to go back in time with you, visually!

Trudy Shepard


Creative Art idea, submitted by Ann Mannie of Greenville, NC.

The following is a conversation Trudy and Ann had about the use of balloons:

Ann: My question to you is a safety issue. The project uses partially inflated balloons as a tool for painting. The children loved the bright colors and the squishy, bouncy feeling of the balloons and enjoyed mixing primary colors. I used helium balloons and only partially inflated the balloons so that they were less easy to pop, but I started to get concerned about balloons as a choking hazard with young children (and that they can be inhaled and not easily dislodged) so I have taken up the project for now. What are your thoughts about balloons in the classroom with young children?

Trudy: I am aware of the standard warnings on latex balloons for children under 8 years old. I am very big on safety, however, I believe this balloon Art exercise poses no threat to children. First, no primary-aged child is going to be tempted swallow a balloon with paint on it. Second, the Montessori classroom is all about observation. An adult is always aware of who is working with the balloons and observing. Any child working on this particular Art exercise will have had a proper demonstration, which could include a “safety warning.” Naturally, you would not put this activity out until the class was normalized. If we carried each “safety issue” to the extreme, then certainly we would have to remove all knives, sewing needles, magnets, marbles, small beads, glassware, etc. from the Montessori classroom. In this case, the three balloons sitting in paint are just fine!

Thanks for your reassurance about the balloons in the classroom. My daughters agreed with you, saying that if we have knives and pin punching tools in the classroom, we should be able to handle balloons also! That said, I feel comfortable with the balloons and will use that as my art activity. 

So, readers...what do you think? We welcome your comments!


Seven Essential Traits of Leaders (cont.)

The "considerate leader" helps in very practical ways, explaining actions, giving detailed instruction, and seeking to improve working conditions for his or her employees. Considerate leaders are not necessarily warm and sympathetic, but they are concerned when employees encounter problems and barriers on the job.

 It will enhance your capacity for leadership if you develop your ability to be considerate in ways that your employees find practical and helpful. An example of consideration would be assisting an employee who is tied up in "red tape" and is uncertain about what to do. It is important that you be aware of the difficulties that may confront your employees, and that you are both willing and able to help them overcome these difficulties.



Seven Essential Traits of Leaders (cont.)

The second is Emotional Stability

A quality exhibited by many good leaders is having a stable emotional outlook especially in times of crisis. With few exceptions, the great leaders in history have exhibited the ability to control their emotions in the face of immense situations and problems.

Winston Churchill, George Washington, Napoleon, and Robert E. Lee were each viewed by their contemporaries as "islands of calm" during the heat of battle.

 Women such as Rosa Parks, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher- demonstrated a keen mix of intelligence, humility and inner strength.

Why is emotional control important? Consider two people who lose emotional control during an argument. Both lose objectivity. Both say and do things that they later regret. Nothing is accomplished except alienation. Unfortunately this scenario is probably repeated thousands of times each day in the business world. The effective leader, however, keeps his or her emotions in check, thereby remaining in a position to make intelligent decisions, accomplish positive results, and serve as an "anchor" for his or her group during times of change or crisis.

Question: does your administrative and teaching team at school see you as the calm voice of reason even in the midst of chaos?