Entries in United Montessori Association (26)


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.


Okay, sometimes we put in items that have no direct relation to the Montessori community except to say, this one is rock solid. Amazing how music can help us connect around the globe.

Take a look:

Stand By Me from Stan Glaser on Vimeo.

Linked by UMA


5 Easy Steps to Bring Better Meals to your local school

Often in running your own classroom, you can get tied up just thinking about what goes on inside the four walls of your school. How about being an advocate for children everywhere? Here is something you can pass on to parents, other teachers and your community at large that is good for children.

5 Easy steps to bing better meals to your local school:



Montessori 101: A Great set of articles on Montessori

The summer is always a great opportunity to go back to basics and I have found a great little series on Montessori basics by Jocelyn Scotty. Great to share with new parents who have their children enrolled for the fall. Also simply a great refresher for teachers and classroom assistants:
Here is the first installment:

Who is Maria Montessori and what is the Montessori Philosophy?

Enjoy and tell me what you think of them?


Providing Clean Water to some of World's Poorest- H2Oh No!

I just watched a video from charity: water, in which Jennifer Connelly shows us the terrible plight of the hundreds of millions of people who live without access to clean water and sanitation. You can introduce this through a science/cultural activity.

Be Creative! And if you are, share it with the rest of us.

Then I took action with ONE and asked my senators to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 (S.624), which will help bring first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation to a hundred million of the world's poorest people. Check out the video and then make that commitment, too, by adding your voice.

Go here to make the commitment: http://www.one.org/us/waterfortheworld/index.html?rc=wftwtaf

Get parents involved with this as well and make sure your children are aware of the need.

Thanks! John


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


Video: Cultural Activity of the Legend of the Douglas Fir Cone!

Recently, we headed off on a Sunday hike to Twin Falls near North Bend, WA and shot some great video!

This activity is a cultural activity to share with your students.

UMA Video


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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.


Audio Interview with Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone!

UMA's weekly interview is with Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone- Creator and seller of high quality materials for the classroom. In this interview, I ask Lori about the genesis of her business and what she has discovered in being a web-based enterprise. Lots of content.

Find them on the web at: http://montessoriforeveryone.com