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AMC Spring/Summer Part IV

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American Montessori Consulting
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Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
ISSN 1084-743X
Copyright 2002
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We are delighted to announce *many* new additions to our *Montessori Primary Recommended Resource Section*. Visit this new section today to find lesson planning resources. You'll find art, crafts, practical life, manipulatives, books, magazines, cursive writing, music, science, social science, math, classroom accessories, multicultural resources, furniture, foreign language, puppets, puzzles, 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 IV of this newsletter include:

Patria Press - Hook Kids on History with the Young Patriots Series of Fictional Biographies!

This issue spotlights the new additions to our resource center. You'll also receive extensive music and art lesson ideas and plans in Part I and Part II of this issue. Read Part III and IV of this newsletter to learn how to present the free AMC Montessori Grammar Bingo game. See how you can use this game as an interdisciplinary tool. Download this game today! Read Parts III and Part IV for details.


Patria Press

Hook Kids on History with the Young Patriots Series of fictional biographies!

Recently, a Patria Press shared the following with us:

Originally published nearly 50 years ago as part of the original Childhood of Famous Americans Series, Patria Press is reintroducing selected titles with colorful, child-friendly covers, historically detailed illustrations but the same classic text that has delighted generations of children.

As young readers share the youthful adventures of American heroes and heroines, they not only meet those who made a contribution to our country's growth and development but learn of the courage, persistence, and sense of responsibility that led each one to greatness. Written for ages 8-12, each Young Patriots book includes a section at the end entitled "What Happened Next," which gives a brief summary of the subject's adult accomplishments.

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"All titles in this outstanding Series would make a popular and much appreciated addition to any personal, school or community library ...collection for young readers," says the Midwest Book Review.

Amelia Earhart, William Henry Harrison, Lew Wallace, Juliette Low, and James Whitcomb Riley are current titles in the Young Patriots Series with many more to come." Contact Information: Visit the AMC Resource Directory/Patria Press to discover more about the award-winning books in the Young Patriots Series and to connect to the site where you can download the free Teacher's Guides that accompany each title.




Interdisciplinary Learning through Grammar - Part II

Part I of this newsletter contains Renaissance music lesson planning information. Part II of this newsletter contains detailed Renaissance art lesson planning information. Part III of this newsletter shows you can use combine music and grammar to present interdisciplinary lessons.

Part IV contains additional instructions on how to present the AMC Montessori Grammar Bingo Game. Download this free game and feel free to make copies for your home and school classrooms. Be sure to read all parts of this newsletter so that you have a complete set of lessons. Download the game to see how you use simple sentences to illustrate the parts of speech. Later, as your child becomes familiar with identifying the parts of speech, you can use an interdisciplinary approach. You can compose simple sentences about artists and musicians, Native Americans, the American Revolution to name a few.

This game is meant to be used by Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age and Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10 through 12 Years of Age.

Click here to read AMC Spring/Summer 2001 Part I by Part I.

Click here to read AMC Spring/Summer 2001 Part II by Part II.

Click here to read AMC Spring/Summer 2001 Part III by Part III.

Click here to for downloading instructions

Playing the Game

Ask your child to select a game card. He will select either Game Card 1 or Game Card 2. You will use the remaining one. Next, take the pile of parts of speech cards and place the pile between the two of you. You will have a total of three cards (article, noun and verb) for the three parts of speech you will be reviewing.

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Next, draw the top card. Read the part of speech given. For example, if the card says noun both you and your child will search your game cards for words relating to persons, places or things. You both will place a black equilateral triangle game piece on every noun you see. The AMC Grammar Bingo Master Card should be consulted so that the child can check his work.

Now, it is your child's turn to select a card from the parts of speech pile. Let's assume that the word verb is written on the card he selects. You and your child will search your game cards for state of being and action verbs. A red circle game piece will be placed over each verb on the card. The AMC Grammar Bingo Master Card should be consulted so that the child can check his work.

The game will continue until one of you has three grammar symbols appearing on the top, middle or on the bottom row. Let's use Game Card 1 as an example. Game symbol pieces over the words an, gave and friend constitute a win. Game symbol pieces over the words school, see, and a or is, father and jump would also constitute a win. These are just some examples. The first person who gets three game symbol pieces in a row wins the game!

After you feel that your child has a good understanding of what an article, noun and verb represent, you can proceed on to introducing Cards 3 and 4. These cards focus on adverbs, prepositions and pronouns. You can supplement this game exercise by constructing sentences that illustrate how these parts of speech are used. Once again, your child can draw the corresponding symbol for every adverb, preposition and pronoun he sees.

Your child will probably want to review Cards 1 and 2 to make sure that he can still readily distinguish the article, noun and verb from the adverb, preposition and pronoun. Once he signals that he is ready, you can proceed on to Cards 5 and 6.

Children often like to spend time reviewing, and this should be encouraged. By the time your child reaches Cards 7 through 9, he will have some basic recognition of the parts of speech. Now, he will have the opportunity to identify more than three parts of speech per card.

Cards 10 through 12 provide the ultimate review of the parts of speech. Playing with Cards 10 through 12 will take a bit longer; the game will continue until one of you has five in a row, in either the top, middle or lower row. The first person who gets five in a row wins the game!

Remember, you can download all of the instructions, color coded grammar symbols, game cards plus free templates and examples of how to use sentences to reinforce parts of speech recognition. Click here to for downloading instructions

Then, combine the grammar lesson presentations with your art and music history presentations for some truly meaningful, interdisciplinary learning experiences. You'll also want to download the free Spanish grammar templates as well. Don't forget to bookmark this page for lesson planning! Don't stop now!! Click here to read Part III of this newsletter. You'll discover some additional music lesson planning ideas and resources for your home and school classrooms.

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American Montessori Consulting
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Rossmoor, CA 90720

Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
Frances Henderson, Manager
The AMC Montessori Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2002
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