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Entries in Montessori teacher training (24)


UMA Enrollment Alert

Our UMA Fall Quarter 2013 enrollment is full

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for the September 15th starting date, please fill out the UMA application (include your enrollment fee). This fee will be fully refunded if we are unable to provide you a space. 

We are currentlly accepting applications for the UMA Winter Quarter

The Winter online class series will start on January 15th, 2014.

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 (UMA music workshop - FUN!)


WELCOME New UMA Students!

September 15th - the start of the new school year at UMA

Welcome new students!

We are all on this exciting journey together

For a lifetime!


The Staff at UMA

~Committed to help and to guide you along the way~

"The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. 
 It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit."

 Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori Song: Parts of an Insect

Here is Diana Zegers, of Central Kitsap Montessori, at a UMA music workshop, teaching a fun song she created to help children learn the parts of an insect. Enjoy!

Montessori Song – Parts of an Insect from United Montessori Association on Vimeo.


Don't Underestimate your Child!

Wow! Great article in last week's NY Times which confirms many of the principles Dr. Montessori laid out decades ago about the child. A worthy full reading:

Op-Ed Contributor: Your Baby Is Smarter Than You Think

Babies and young children are designed to explore, and they should be encouraged to do so. Children learn more through natural interaction with a parent and play than with any toy.


Frequently Asked Questions About Montessori

Information can often overwhelm with too many choices without ever getting to the bottomline. Here is a great FAQ page from that is simple and concise and may be of help to you or to parents who are interested in Montessori education.

Check it out:

For those of us in the USA, have a great 4th of July!



Positive Thinking for Kids

Positive Thinking for Kids
By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting

During their growth and development, children go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing themselves to others, and they often see themselves as coming up short. As parents, we can offset this natural tendency in our children by giving them the skills to think more positively. It is important that you really listen to your children, and help them overcome their negative thoughts and beliefs. This is, of course, easier to do if you practice positive thinking yourself.

Our world is so full of negative feedback. We need to arm our children with a positive attitude, so that they can stay focused in the right direction. Let’s look at some typical negative statements from children, along with some positive responses from their wise parents:

I can’t do it.
Take your time and try again. I have confidence in you.

Heather hates me.
Sounds like you’re feeling rejected by Heather, and that must hurt. I know you want Heather to like you. Remember that you’re a very lovable kid and a terrific person, no matter what Heather, or anyone else, says or does. And, you know, she may have a problem that has nothing to do with you.

I’m just no good in history.
You’ve brought up Cs before—I know you can do it again. Besides that, honey, nobody is good at everything. And look at this A in math, you’ve always done well with numbers!

I’m so clumsy. I’ll never learn to rollerblade!
It’s tough learning something new. Remember when you first tried to ski, how hard it was? But you stuck with it, and now you’re really good at skiing.

There is real value in discussing positive thinking and self-esteem with your children on a regular basis. Sadly, these subjects are not yet included in the school curriculum. There are good books written for children, as well as adults, which demonstrate the use of positive thinking. Reading a book together is a good launching pad for starting a conversation. Pointing out positive versus negative attitudes from news stories or life stories is an excellent way of showing your children just how this all works in real life, too.
A great web site for finding lots of wonderful positive messages is:

Modeling a positive attitude is one of the most effective ways of teaching your children. Children learn what they live. So start presenting your thoughts in a positive way, Oh well, I burned the dinner—guess that means we get to eat cereal for dinner!

Parents always hope that their children will have a positive outlook on life, but most often how this happens is left to chance. When you take this matter into your hands, and look for ways to guide your children’s thoughts in a positive direction, you will see very exciting results.

Excerpted with permission by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. ( from Kid Cooperation, How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate by Elizabeth Pantley (, copyright 1996)


History: Making a Timeline

Paula Whitaker of Redmond, Washington shares her original project of “Timeline for Light.”

Materials needed:
-1 Tray
-1 Worksheet with 4 pictures of lighting, with dotted lines to cut out
-1 Blank sheet with divided lines to paste on the pictures to make a timeline
-1 Glue stick
-1 Control chart with correct sequence



Features you would like to see offered on a new website?

Here at UMA we are working to create another website that would be linked but separate from our present site. We hope to have many expanded features on it but we want you input. Please click on the link below and fill out the form. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this. It will help in our research.

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We love getting pictures! Clarksburg Children's House

UMA graduates, Kyra Schlosser and Jennifer Brazier started a Montessori School in Clarksburg, W. VA, over a year ago and recently sent a photo of this year's class. They have a total of 11 children but only 9 were there for the photo op.

Thanks for sharing Kyra and Jennifer!

P.S.- If you send a photo to share on the web, be sure to have parental approval and permssion before sending to post.


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: