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Entries in Montessori teacher training (24)


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.


Practical Life: Putting away Dishes

At least once a week, we are posting old blog entries and they are great! What a treasure trove of goodness!

Here is one sent almost 4 years ago to us by Jenny Bright – Hollywood, CA
"Put Away the Dishes"

1. Dish Cabinet

2. 3 Tea Cups

3. 1 Teapot with Lid

4. 1 Vase with 5 Spoons Inside 5. 5 Plates

Thanks Jenny!


News to Use: "Chemicals in Baby Products"

Our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Tamara Cullen, was recently featured in this local newscast, alerting parents to the potential risks of harmful chemicals in baby products. To view, click on the link below:

If you have other links related to this topic, please share with us through posting a "Comment" below.


Sensorial Exercise, Material Composition Board

It is great posting materials demonstrations from past blogs UMA has hosted. Here is one from Tracy Charlesworth-John of Port Orford, OR.

She writes:

"The idea for the "Materials Composition Blocks" was inspired by my daughter and her friend.

We were all sitting around the table, drinking and eating. My daughter's friend says, "I know what that is," (pointing to a glass), "That's glass.”
And my daughter replied, "That's plastic," (pointing to another cup). And her friend continued, "That's ceramic.”

So I held up a lid to a mason jar, and my daughter replies, "metal.” And we continued with the different materials that we see in our everyday settings. They were both really proud of their ability to identify and feel the varying textures and weights and seemed excited to express their knowledge!

The sensorial exercise is in the style of the "rough and smooth" boards and the "material match". There are 6 pairs of wooden blocks- each pair mounted with one of the following compositions: Metal, plastic, wood, cork, rubber, glass or ceramic. (Blocks are sorted into baskets, one of each pair (6 total) per basket."

Thanks again Tracy!

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