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Spring/Summer Issue


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American Montessori Consulting
P.O. Box 5062
Rossmoor, CA 90720
Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
ISSN 1084-743X
Copyright 2001-2008
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We are delighted to announce our new *Montessori Primary Recommended Resource Section*. Visit this new section today to find lesson planning resources. You'll find art, practical life, manipulatives, cursive writing, music, science, social science, math, classroom accessories, furniture, foreign language, teacher training, learning programs, and much, much more. These companies offer some terrific educational gifts as well. You'll also want to read below to learn more about these companies and organizations.

Contents in Part I of this newsletter include:

Make Your Own Science Classified Reading Cards Creative Care 'No Excuse' Craft Packs
Farm Country General Store - Your One Stop Center for Quality, Affordable Homeschooling Books and Supplies
Harrisville Designs - Beautiful/Fun Artistic Activities for Children/Teens
- Looms, Weaving Kits, and More!

Make Your Own Science Classified Reading Cards

Receive science lessons planning ideas for older elementary, middle and high school students by visiting Part 2 of this newsletter. You'll find links to many science and medical terminology lesson planning links as well.

Maria Montessori knew that children needed to explore the natural environment. Children learn from hands on experiences involving the planting and maintenance of a garden. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see children actively participating in all aspects of gardening in a Montessori learning environment. Often, these activities are combined with the botany classified reading exercises mentioned in the latter part of this newsletter.

Make Your Own Science Classified Reading Cards

Classified reading cards are often used in a Montessori classroom to help the child fully appreciate the concept presented. You can use these cards to increase reading comprehension in many subject areas. With the spring and summer months soon approaching, you'll want to use these classified reading cards to introduce gardening terminology.

Observation exercises help the preschooler learn more about his environment through smell, sight and taste. Classified reading cards provide yet another excellent opportunity for a child to learn about his environment by helping him to see, for example, how each part of a plant, contributes to the formation and growth of the whole plant. By studying these cards, your child learns the specific names for each part of the plant. To properly present the exercise, you'll want to use index cards for labeling and a red pencil for highlighting.

Science Classified Reading Cards - The following is from an AMC publication:

From - Modern Montessori at Home, by Heidi Anne Spietz,
published by American Montessori Consulting, ISBN 0-929487-02-8,
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data, L8775.M8S758 1989
89-14870 649'.124-dc20 CIP Copyrighted 1989. All Rights Reserved.

To learn more about this book please click here

Select *one* picture of a plant. If you love to draw, create the picture yourself. Use a copier to make several duplicates. Next, using index cards, make several labels. On one index card print the word *root*. On the second, print the word *stem*; on the third print *leaves* and on the fourth print *flower*.

Notice, that in each picture, a different area of the plant is darkened. Use a red pencil or red crayon to darken the areas. In Picture 1 only the root area is darkened. In Picture 2 only the stem area is darkened. In Picture 3 only the leaves area is darkened. Finally, in Picture 4 only the flower area is darkened. Remind your child that some plants have cones rather than flowers.

As you talk to your child about a specific part of the plant, point to the picture in which that area is darkened. Your child's attention should be totally focused on the part of the plant being discussed and illustrated. The child has an inner teacher which guides him through the understanding of the concept presented. Never rush your child through the exercise.

Explain to your child that a seed cannot become a plant unless it has a special environment in which to develop into its potential. Once planted and watered the seed receives nourishment from the soil. Now, take an index card with the word "roots" written on it, and place the card under the picture with the roots area shaded in red . Explain that the seed then grows into a young plant with roots which will insure constant nourishment. These roots are long spidery fingers that draw up moisture and nutrients from the soil. This moisture and nourishment is carried up through the "stem" of the plant. Next, place the card with the word "stem" written on it under the picture in which the stem is highlighted in red. Explain that the stem is also important because it provides shape and support for the leaves.

Place the card with *leaves* on it under the picture with leaves shaded in red. Explain that the moisture that was drawn up from the roots through the stem now reaches the *leaves*. Direct your child's attention to the picture of the leaves shaded in red.

flower_girl) Further explain that the leaves make food for the plant. Finally, draw your child's attention to the flower. Explain to your child that the flower is where seeds are formed. Thus, the cycle begins again. Visit Classroom Clipart and click on the Plants and Trees hyperlink for some pictures. Always contact the webmaster to find out if the pictures you need to use are copyrighted.

For the younger set, you can also use identical pictures of a tree, plant, flower, etc. to make the matching picture exercise. For instructions on how to present these exercises please visit The AMC Fall/Winter 1998 Newsletter. You'll see how the matching picture and missing letter exercises are used to present French. You'll also want to read Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method for additional examples.

For pre-made, well designed, durable Montessori science materials visit the AMC Montessori Resource Center

Lessons About The Human Body Using Classified Reading Cards

In Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age a presentation of the circulation of the human heart is provided. Classified reading cards are used to help children understand the structure and function of the heart. Each section of the heart is highlighted and presented separately. (See the plant classified card activity mentioned above.) The presenter discusses each part of the heart, and its isolated function in maintaining proper cardiac circulation. Once again, children see how each component is essential in making the whole organ perform efficiently.

You can also make classified reading cards for the study of the human body. Focus your child's attention on one organ. Visit Arthur's Medical Clip Art and 321cliparat.com, for some ideas. In some instances, you will need to type in the word *anatomy* to locate that section of the clip art collection. You'll want to obtain permission from the site owners and artists before using the clip art at *any* website.

Don't stop now! Read Part Two of the AMC Montessori Spring/Summer 2000 Part II Supplemental Newsletter of this newsletter to obtain lesson planning ideas in the following subject areas:

Greek and Latin Prefixes
Roots and Suffixes
Basic Anatomy
Medical Terminology

See how color coding is used to introduce general vocabulary, medical terminology and general science vocabulary.

You'll also discover some marvelous new resources to help you with your lesson planning. To see our general collection of resources Click Here

Creative Care

creative care) Creative Care "No Excuses" Craft Packs are perfect for the home and school educator who wants *everything needed in one package* to complete a craft activity. All of the preparations have been done for you. The activities in these craft packs are age appropriate for children two to eight years of age. The crafts can be individualized to meet specific abilities and needs. These hands on activities help children to learn about colors, shapes, counting numbers, seasons, and more!

Jaye Leazer, creator of Creative Care "No Excuses" has provided her kits to over 75 day care homes, to stay-at-home moms, and to grandparents.

To learn more about Creative Craft 'No Excuse' Craft Packs please visit the AMC Resource Directory/Creative Care.

Farm Country General Store

The Farm Country General Store is well known within the homeschooling community for having an eclectic supply of merchandise to meet their needs. The company carries an impressive line of products for pre-K through high school in all academic areas - preschool, character building, Bible resources, economics, science, math, language arts, foreign language, history, geography, games, health and nutrition, software, videos, music, arts & crafts, art supplies and more...

Some unique titles I found to be especially of interest include: Victorian Sewing and Quilting, The Bird Unit Study, Exploring Planet Earth, Stratton House Science Learning Kits, Colonial Kids, Classical Kids, Loaves of fun, Shakespeare for Kids, Fun with Architecture Kit and Mosaic Pottery. Other popular titles include: Learning Language Arts through Literature, Easy Grammar, Spelling Power, Beautiful Feet Titles, Lamb's Book of Art, G.A. Titles and Five in a Row Unit Study. This is just a small sampling of what you'll find in this 140 page catalog.

Whether you are just getting started or have homeschooled for many years you're more than likely to find just what you need at this website. Learn more about the company's products by visiting AMC Resource Directory/Farm Country General Store.

Harrisville Designs

Crafts that Educate, Inspire and Entertain

The following is from Harrisville Designs:

"Handweaving is a simple process, yet it requires measuring and counting, color, patterning and understanding spatial relationships, finger manipulation, hand-eye coordination and concentration.

This creative, quiet, and gentle art provides children the visual and tactile pleasure of working with fibers such as cotton and wool. In the classroom, weaving is an excellent way to bring the study of history and culture to life.

  Most children love weaving, but often children who have a difficult time sitting in a classroom or staying 'on task' in any situation, find weaving especially engrossing and calming. At the same time, for a child to be able to say," I made it myself", the pride in achievement is not only felt in that child's mind and heart, it is represented in a tangible form by something beautiful and practical to own or to give as a gift."

The pegLoom is a great and affordable way to discover the excitement of real weaving. This Teachers' Choice and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal educational product has been used in home and classroom environments. Children can make wallhangings, purses, coasters, "mug rugs", blankets and more! Learn more about the Harrisville Designs, in general, and the pegLoom, in particular, by visiting the AMC Resource Directory/Harrisville Designs.

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American Montessori Consulting
P.O. Box 5062
Rossmoor, CA 90720

Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
The AMC Montessori Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2001
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