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Montessori Original Project-Geography: Costumes Around the World

UMA student, Tracey Corbishley from Christchurch, New Zealand shares this beautiful Geography activity that she created for her UMA original project.

Materials used:
1. Tray
2. Mat
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.

Tracey writes:

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.


A Montessori Moment ! Exercise.

Here is "A Montessori Moment" podcast for the week:

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Do you have resources to share? Let us know.


Materials Presentation: Sequencing Exercises!

Here are four sets of sequencing exercises, submitted by UMA graduate, Darlene Mullen of Silverdale, Washington.

Thank you Darlene!


Sequencing and Matching Exercise, Pam Morgan

Pam Morgan of Elkin WV shares with us the beautiful, natural materials she used to make a sequencing and matching exercise, using cross sections of tree limbs. It was a joint project, in that her husband had made the tray by hand. Thank you, Pam, for inspiring us to utilize the beauty of creation, so that we might, in turn, inspire the children to appreciate and value their natural environment.


From our Archives: Geography- Alaska

Once again, here is a lesson/project from our archives from one of our graduates, Laura McIntyre of Lincoln, California.

Thanks again Laura!


Pre-Reading Activities, from Montessori for Everyone

Thank you to Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone for this great set of activities for pre-reading:


Part Two: "Being Thrifty in these tough Economic Times"

Our mortgage broker recently sent out these helpful hints on tightening our financial belts.

How to Save Money in Any Economy
(Suggestion: print this up or post on your website for Parents to have too.)

Many people these days are worrying more and more about the state of the economy. Here’s a suggestion: instead of worrying about things out of your control begin thinking about doing something about things you can control! This is a great time to focus on bulking up your savings. Maintaining the savings habit will really look smart when our economy turns around. Finding a way to save can be difficult but with a little diligence and creativity you can take some cost cutting measures that you’ll hardly notice.

* Set up your savings goals. Have a clear and determined goal in mind. With a goal in mind you can accomplish what you have set out to do. Create a budget and decide how much you can comfortably spend each month. Stick to it and carry cash. Leave the credit cards at home. Note expenditures in a ledger or small notebook. This way, you can track where your money is going, and you will know where the biggest cuts need to come from. Having the evidence in black and white will help you curb your impulse buying. Add an amount to your budget in which you pay yourself. This amount goes into savings each month. Decide when you will transfer this money each month, or better yet, sign up for an automatic transfer and include it with your monthly bills.

* Have a no-spend weekend. This can be a fun challenge for the entire family. The rewards may even bring your family closer together. Try to go the entire weekend without purchasing anything, eating out or ordering anything on line. Try having a family game night or watching DVDs with some popcorn and a simple homemade dinner. Go ahead, explore other ways for a no-spend weekend!

* Check out the library. If you haven’t been to a library recently you’re in for a surprise. They have movies, video games, books and magazines for free. If there is something particular you are looking for, they may be able to get it for you by calling other libraries in the area. Also, signing up for an online DVD service can be a great way to skip the theatre. There are many low cost plans available.

* Save energy and money. Doing laundry in cold water uses 90% less energy than using hot. It not only reduces hot water usage, but it’s actually better for your clothing. Many new laundry products have been reformulated specifically for cold water washing. Run full loads in your washer and dryer as much as possible. Also, clean the lint filter in the dryer after each load. This will make it run more efficiently. Use a drying rack or line dry heavy clothing if possible. When these heavier clothes are nearly dry, put them into the drying to complete the drying cycle, remove wrinkles and soften up the clothes.

* Compact fluorescent light bulbs cost slightly more at first, but they can save you a lot of money in the long run. Think long term in this area. Replace regular bulbs as they go out and conserve on energy throughout the year. These bulbs reduce electrical use by 75 percent. Compact fluorescent bulbs are available in many stores. They have great energy savings plus they last a lot longer than traditional bulbs. The CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb, and they last 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs. They use two-thirds less energy than a regular bulb. Recycle CFL bulbs wherever possible, and turn off all lights that are not being used.

* Conserve on your heating bill by cutting the thermostat down about 5 degrees at night. Cooler air makes you sleep more comfortably. Just throw some extra blankets on the bed. Sleep in warmer clothing and close doors to rooms that aren’t being used. Keep the thermostat on 68 degrees or lower during the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Install a programmable thermostat. Make sure to get one that is compatible with your current heating and cooling system. When you are home during the summer, 78 degrees F is a comfortable, energy-efficient temperature. You may have to adjust according to your comfort level. You will see a savings of seven percent on your cooling costs for every degree you increase the setting on your thermostat above 78 degrees. When you will be away from home during the day, raise the thermostat 5-10 degrees to reduce the amount of energy needed to keep your home cool all day. Your air conditioner will have to work three to four times harder if the shades are open during the day. Keep them closed while it is running.

* Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Try never to run the dishwasher or washing machine unless they have a full load. Air dry dishes if possible rather than turning on the heated drying feature on the dishwasher. Also, look for the Energy Star label when selecting appliances. They meet strict guidelines set by the US Department of Energy.

* Carpool whenever possible. Do you have a co-worker near where you live? Try to share the ride a couple times per week. Also, consolidate errands when setting out for the day. Try to save single trips and group them with other errands you need done another day. This will avoid driving back and forth from home to store.

* Save on groceries. Take a calculator with you as you shop. Comparison shopping will help you save each time you shop. Is that 24 ounce bottle a better price than the 32 ounce? Use your coupons. Take the coupons that come in the paper and match them up to your grocery store circular. Buy only what makes sense for your family. Don’t use a coupon for something your family simply won’t use. Eat a snack before you shop so that you don’t impulse buy. Look for items above and below your eye level. Some of your best savings can be found on the lower shelves.

* Shop at a Farmer’s Market for in-season produce. You support local growers when visiting a farmer’s market. The produce is grown locally and may even be fresher than that at the grocers. The cost savings will be substantial.

* Eat and drink healthy. Cut back on buying soda and bottled water. Drinking tap water is better for your body, and if you just can’t stand the taste, purchase a filter for your tap. Get a refillable bottle to refill and carry it with you.

This article is courtesy of Steve Jaffe- Certified Mortgage Planner
Caroline Jaffe - Loan Coordinator
Steve Office: (425) 945-8092
Caroline Office: (425) 818-1823
150 120th Ave NE Ste 200
Bellevue, WA 98005


Pandemic Flu Preparedness Resources

I am sure by now that many of you have already made preparations in your school and with parents for the possible flu pandemic. The information below is courtesy of the James Lee Witt Associates.
(Disclaimer: These materials have been prepared by James Lee Witt Associates for informational purposes only. In no way are they to be considered medical advice, or advice regarding diagnosis or treatment and are not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from licensed healthcare professionals.)

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
• Take common-sense steps to limit the spread of germs – Make good hygiene a habit.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or anti-bacterial wash.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in a waste basket.
• Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
• Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Keep on hand a hygiene kit that includes the following items.
• Anti-Microbial Alcohol Wipes (in addition to antiseptic wipes in First Aid Kit)
• Non-Latex Gloves, in addition to those in First Aid Kit (readily available at paint supply and hardware stores)
• Soap less/Waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Face masks. (available at drug or hardware stores)

Here are some additional resources you may be interested in: Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice. Centers for Disease Control. Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal government. Emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery information. Health and Human Services. Federal government. Human health information. World Health Organization. Information of pandemic for the world United Nations. Information related to Pandemic for countries throughout the world World Bank. Financial information related to pandemic


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:



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 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!