Spring/Summer 1998 AMC Newsletter - Revised and Expanded(2008)

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Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
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Young children in a Montessori setting are introduced to exercises which help them to recognize shapes, sizes and colors by participating in hands-on activities. The pink tower, cylinders, the broad stair and the long stair are just a few of many such activities. Preschoolers also learn to identify primary colors and arrange colors according to shade.

Maria Montessori provides examples of these and other exercises in Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook. The following lessons provided in this issue, augment, in my opinion, many of her lesson planning ideas as outlined in her handbook. To learn more about the pedagogy, borrow Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook, as well as many of her other titles. You should be able to easily obtain copies at your local library. To further assist you with your spring/summer creative lesson planning ideas, you'll want to visit many of the sites we have recommended in this issue.

The following web sites mentioned throughout this newsletter provide excellent supplemental lesson planning activities for the younger set.

Springtime is an ideal time to apply interdisciplinary lessons involving shape, color, science and math. Preschoolers and older children appreciate informative, creative activities which combine academic topics with nature studies. Lessons in art can be combined with all that springtime has to offer.

Spend some time with younger children discussing the the color and intricate patterns of butterflies, the variations of color appearing on different types of seashells, the beautiful flower covered landscape of hillsides and so forth.

Paper Strip Sculpture, desgined for the younger set, is an integrated activity combining the learning of shapes with art. You'll find complete instructions by visiting at Gryphon House Books:Preschool Art The Gryphon site has other activities which in our opinion are consistent with the Montessori method as well. Be sure to also click on Five Block Prints and Nature Collage Activities for additional exercises and detailed lessons.

Color gradient learning can be reinforced by inviting preschoolers to participate in the craft exercise found at Fingerweaving Fun You can even use a rainbow to further illustrate color variations.

Properties of Light
Visit The Rainbow Maker site for additional information.

Looking for some online research for your art and nature lesson plans?

Design an interesting discussion about wildflowers by first visiting the Wildflowers website. Then, invite your child to visit the site at a subsequent time, so that he can enjoy learning new vocabulary about wildflowers in an interactive environment.


Butterfly Gardening in North Dakota

The Butterfly Website!

Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

As mentioned earlier, young children in a Montessori environment use color tablets to learn colors and their gradients. Parents and teachers wishing to extend this type of learning activity will be interested in the Gem Shapes and Cuts. You, as an educator, will find useful information at this site for presenting integrated lessons which will help children identify the different shapes and colors. Children will also have an opportunity to learn new vocabulary related to gemology. Click on The World of Gemstones, Gem by Gem, and you will be given the opportunity to select additional resource information.

Are you presenting lessons in French, German, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Italian, and German?

If so, you'll enjoy the opportunity to present the gem names and accompanying historical information associated with each gem described in these languages as well. Children learn by classifying objects. Click on Gemstones by Color. Here you'll find the information you need to help young children categorize the gems according to color.

If your child enjoyed the gem lesson presentations, expand the topic to focus on rocks and minerals by visiting Rockdoctors Guide to Minerals. Here you'll find an ample amount of data for lesson plans on this dynamic theme, i.e. Collecting rocks and minerals, Field equipment and necessities, Home equipment, and Organizing Your Collection. Click on the Rocks and Minerals link to locate detailed information about igneous and metamorphic rocks. For additional lesson planning visit the *Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age* page

Those looking for lesson planning art activities involving seashells will treasure Sea Shell Clipart. You'll also want to visit Seashells on Bolivar Peninsula Beaches, Art Lessons - Seashell Painting and Art Lessons.

If you are lucky enough to be traveling to North Carolina this summer, be sure to visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Your children will be delighted with the large collection of sea shells found along the coastline. He can then compare what he has seen with the treasures he discovers the museum.

Teachers and homeschoolers presenting lessons in shapes and mathematics to older students will appreciate The Fractal Microscope The site provides educators with pictures, graphs, and detailed information of math related topics like fractal geometry. Children who have a Montessori background will be particularly receptive to seeing the relationship of fractals to inanimate objects. You'll also find examples of how the computer can be used as a tool to help children see the relationship of fractals to science.

Now for all of you bibliophiles.....

The following books will be very helpful for those of you looking for substantive information which will help you with your presentations. As you peruse the list of following related titles, keep in mind that your local library may have purchased the book(s) you are interested in.

Amazing Butterflies and Moths
Eyewitness Juniors
by John Still
Jerry Young, Illustrator
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Publisher
ISBN#: 0679815155

Backyards & Butterflies: Ways to Include Children with
Disabilities in Outdoor Activities
by Doreen Greenstein, Suzanne Bloom and Naomi Miner
by Brookline
ISBN#: 1571290117

Birds, Beasts, and Butterflies Postcards
by Chronicle Books
ISBN#: 0811819523

Butterflies for Kids
by E. Jaediker Norsgaard
Illustrated by John F. Mcgee
NorthWord Press, Incorporated, Publisher
ISBN#: 1559715464

Butterflies of Alberta
by John Acorn
Lone Pine, Publisher
ISBN#: 1551050285

The Butterflies of Costa Rica & Other Natural History:
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae, Vol. 1
by Philip J. DeVries
Princeton Publishing Company, Incorporated
ISBN#: 0691024030

The Butterflies of Hispaniola
University of Florida
ISBN#: 0813009022

Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas
by John Tveten and Gloria A. Tveten
University of Texas, Publisher
ISBN#: 0292781431
Publisher: U of Tex P

The Butterflies of Indiana
by Ernest M. Shull
Indiana University Press, Publisher
ISBN#: 0253312922
Publisher: Indiana University Press

Butterflies of the World
by Valerio Sbordoni and Saverio Forestiero
ISBN#: 1552092100
Firefly Book, Publisher

Butterflies through Binoculars: The East
by Jeffrey Glassberg
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, Publisher
ISBN#: 0195106687

The Butterfly Alphabet Book
by Brian Cassie and Jerry Pallotta
Mark Astrella, Illustrator
Charlesbri, Publisher
ISBN#: 0881068942

Butterflies of Ireland
by Norman E. Hicklin and Norman E. Hickin
Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Incorporated
ISBN#: 1879373017

Butterflies of Kenya: And Their Natural History
by Torben B. Larsen
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
ISBN#: 019850005X

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Tomie dePaola
Putnam Publication
ISBN#: 0698113608

Let 100 Flowers Bloom
by Feng Jicai
Viking Chi, Publisher
ISBN#: 0670858056

The Rose in My Garden
Arnold Lobel
ISBN#: 0688025862
Publisher: Greenwillo

Baby Safe Houseplants and Cut Flowers: A Guide to Keeping
Children and Plants Safely under the Same Roof
by Delores M. Alber
Genus Books, Publisher
ISBN#: 0962606618

Pinatas and Paper Flowers: Holidays of the Americas in English
and Spanish = PI Natas Y FL
by Lila Perl
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN 089919155X

Chinese Children's Stories: From Rice into Flowers, the Shy
Hwa-I Publishing Co. Staff
Wonder Kids Publications Staff
ISBN#: 1561621005
Published by Wonder Kid

The Rose in My Garden
by Arnold Lobel
Illustrated by Anita Lobel
ISBN#: 0688025862
Publisher: Greenwillo

Wildflower Gardener's Guide: Midwest, Great Plains &
Canadian Prairies Edition
by Henry Warren Art
Publisher: Storey Com

Texas Wildflowers: A Children's Field Guide
to the State's Most
Common Flowers
by Beverly Magley
ISBN#: 1560441836
Publisher Falcon Press Publishing Company, Incorporated

Wild Flowers of Japan
by Ran Levy
ISBN#: 4770018096
Published by Kodansha America, Inc.

Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies
by George Wilby Scotter
ISBN#: 088830286X
Published by McClelland and Stewart

The English Flower Garden
by William Robinson
ISBN#: 0898310318
Published by Sagapress, Incorporated

North Carolina Wildflowers: A Children's Field Guide to the
State's Most Common Flowers
by Beverly Magley
ISBN#: 1560441844
Published by Falcon Press Publishing Company, Incorporated

The Fantastic Fashion Show
by Dagmar Foslien
ISBN#: 0910313504
Published by Parker Brothers Publishing

Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
ISBN#: 0152626093
Published by Harcourt Brace & Company

Carolina Seashells
by Nancy Rhyne
Published by Sandlapper
ISBN: 0878440771

The Encyclopedia of Shells
by Kenneth R. Wye
Published by Facts on Fille
ISBN 0816027021

Familiar Seashells North America
by Harold Rehder
ISBN 0394757955
Published by Knopf

A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and
Gulf Coasts and the West India (The Peterson
Field Guide)
by R. Tucker Abbott and Percy A Morris
Published by Houghton, Mifflin Co.
ISBN 0395697794

Learning About Shells
by Sy Barlowe
Published by Dover
ISBN 0486297616

Seashells in My Pocket: A Child's Guide
to Exploring the Atlantic Coast
by Judith Hansen
ISBN 1878239155

Florida's Fabulous Seashells - And Other Seashore Life
by Winston Williams
ISBN 091197058

A Child's Guide to Exploring the Atlantic Coast
by Judith Hansen
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club
ISBN 1878239155

Texas Monthly Field Guide to Shells of
the Texas Coast
by Jean Andrews
Published by Gulf Pub Company

Seashore Life
Published by Christine Lazier
Published by The Young Discovery Library
ISBN 0944589391

Gems & Crystals - From the American
Museum of Natural History
by Anna S. Sofianides and George E. Harlow
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0671687042

Gems and Minerals of Arizona:A Guide to
Native Gemstones (Arizona Traveler Guidebooks)
by Sharon Panczner
Published by Renaissance House
ISBN 1558380973

Gems, Granites, and Gravels: Knowing and
Using Rocks and Minerals
by Richard Vincent Dietrich and Brian J. Skinner
ISBN 0521344441

Geology Crafts for Kids - 50 Nifty
Projects to Explore the Marvels of Planet Earth
by Alan Anderson, Gwen Diehn and Terry Krautwurst
Published by Sterling Publications
ISBN 0806981571

Colorado Rockhounds: A Guide to
Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils
by Stephen M. Voynick
Published by Mountain Press

National Audubon Society Field Guide to
North American Rocks and Minerals
by Charles Wesley Chesterman
Published by Knopf
ISBN 0394502698

New Mexico Rocks and Minerals
by S. Kimbler, R.I. Narsavage and Frank S. Kimler
Published by Sunstone Press
ISBN 0913270970

Rocks and Minerals of California
by Vinson Brown, David Allan and James Stark
Published by Naturegraph
ISBN 0911010580

Guide to Eastern Rocks and Minerals
by James Grandy
Publishes by Hancock House
ISBN 0888391056

Common Rocks and Minerals of Missouri
by W.D. Keller
Published by Univ of Missouri
ISBN 0826205852

Guide to Rocks and Minerals of the Northwest
by Stan Leaming and Chris Leaming
Publishes by Hancock House
ISBN 088839053X

The Encyclopedia of Gemstones and Minerals
by Martin Holden
Published by Facts on File
ISBN 0816021775

Minerals and Gems: From the American
Museum of Natural History (A Tiny Folio)
by Joseph J. Peters
and George Harlow
Published by Abbeville Press, Inc.
ISBN 1558592733

Gemstones of the World
by Walter Schumann
Published by Sterling Publications
ISBN 0806995614

50 Nifty Origami Crafts
by Andrea Urton
Published by Lowell House
ISBN 1565650115

Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Oceans
by Kathy Ross
Published by Millbrook

Easy Carpentry Projects for Children
by Jerome Edward Leavitt
ISBN 0486250571
Published by Dover Publications

Nature Crafts for Children
by Wendy L. Zhorne and Paul Stoub
ISBN 0801052661
Published by Baker Book House

Snips & Snails & Walnut Whales: Nature
Crafts for Children
by Phyllis Fiarotta
Published by Workman Publishing Company
ISBN 0911104496

The Usborne Books of Origami
by Kate Needham and L. Somerville
Published by E D C Publications
ISBN 0746014899

Arts and Crafts for Special Education
by Maryan T Winsor
Published by Pitman Learning
ISBN 0822405008

Ecology Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Ways
to Make Friends With Planet Earth
by B. Needham
ISBN 0806906855
Published by Sterling Publications

The Art of Shapes:For Children and
by Margaret Steele and Cindy Estes
Published by Museum of Contemporary Art
ISBN 0914357506

Color and Shape in American Indian Art
by Zena Pearlstone Matthews
Published by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Math Art: Projects and Activities
by Carolyn Ford Brunetto
ISBN 0590963716
Published by Scholastic Trade

Math Arts: Exploring Math Through
Art for 3 to 6 Year Olds
by Mary Ann F. Kohl, Maryann F. Kohl and
Cindy Gainer
ISBN 08765917

Creative Math-Art Activities for the
Primary Grades
by Sonia Daleki Forseth
Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 0131901095

Space, Structure, & Form (The Golden
Relationship: Art, Math and Nature)
by Rochelle Newman and Donna M. Fowler
Published by William C Brown Communications
ISBN 0697330583

Our Montessori Resource Book

*Montessori Resources* has been very well received by both Montessori teachers and parents. The newest edition is now available.

Montessori Resources: A Complete Guide to Finding Montessori
Materials for Parents and Teachers contains the following:

* indepth reviews of highly recommended resources and products designed for
preschoolers through 15 years of age

* tips on how to use the resources in a Montessori setting

* information on where to buy supplies for integrated lesson planning

* tips on how to make some of the Montessori materials yourself

* selected book lists for lesson planning

* recommended computer software

To learn more about this book, other Montessori books and other lesson planning books, please visit the AMC Montessori Bookstore

As always, we appreciate *your* input. Please e-mail us with your comments.
We hope that all of you have a happy, healthy summer!

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American Montessori Consulting
P.O. Box 5062
Rossmoor, CA 90720
Heidi Anne Spietz, editor
Frances Henderson, Manager
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