Welcome To Our Spring/Summer 2001 AMC Newsletter Page

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 2001-2009
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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 by clicking here. 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 Vocabulary Lessons
Make Your Own Anatomy Classified Reading Cards
Make Your Own Medical Terminology Lessons
Extension Science and Medical Terminology Exercises
for Middle/High School Students
Lord Company - Children's Furniture/Educational Equipment for
Infants - Elementary Students

Receive science lessons planning ideas for preschoolers and K-6 students by visiting Part I of this newsletter. Learn how to make science classified reading cards for younger students.

Make Your Own Materials - Part II

Color Coding Used In Vocabulary Development

Color coding can be used to assist your child or teen to assist in understanding of scientific terminology. See how color coding is used to help a young child learn how to read by viewing the latter portions of Part I and Part II of the AMC Montessori Fall/Winter 2000 Supplemental Newsletter . You'll find an overview of how color coding is used to present phonograms. For a more thorough discussion of color coding and phonograms borrow Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age from your local library. Reviews of this book have appeared in in both BOOKLIST and Library Journal, so your local library should have a copy. Use the lessons from this book to present Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes color coded exercises.

By learning many of the Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes he will also be able to decode the meaning of many new words. You'll see a rapid increase in your child's vocabulary level.

The sites below contain helpful reference lists for your lesson planning. You'll want to obtain the permission from each site owner before using the vocabulary materials.

Greek and Latin Roots
Lit Cafe: Latin Roots and Prefixes
Greek Suffixes and Prefixes
Latin and Greek Word Elements

Extension Activities for Teens

Motivated middle schoolers and older teens taking AP Biology and other advanced placement science courses will benefit from the following links. Older students who received an early Montessori foundation have developed the needed skills and desire to independently explore concepts. These students will find many of these sites helpful as well. The medical terms should not be memorized. Students need to learn about the structure and function of the human body in order to fully understand the meaning of each medical term studied.

Online Medical Dictionary

CancerWEB offers a very useful online medical dictionary for students of medical terminology. Words considered to be possibly unfamiliar to the student are highlighted, making for clear comprehension. Students can find detailed descriptions of the terms that they are currently studying. This website will also be an asset for the student who is interested in pursuing advanced health science studies.

Offline Medical Terminology Overview

A list of commonly used prefixes, roots and suffixes with online review exercises to complete is available from the Medical Terminology website. Also, be sure to visit the Medical Terminology Unit Study.

Basic Anatomy

Systems) Human Anatomy Online offers a truly interactive set of lessons in anatomy. The student can learn the intricate parts that make up the skeletal system, by first clicking on the human skull. By moving the mouse cursor over each different part of the skeletal system, the student is able to familiarize himself with the name for each bone in the human body. The nervous, digestive, reproductive, muscular, endocrine, urinary, lymphatic, cardiovascular and other systems are likewise represented at this site.

Each system contains detailed information. For example, when the student clicks on the muscular system he will also find details about nerve/muscle connections, muscle cell types, and other relevant information which will aid in understanding the structure and function of the system. The animations and human anatomy online lessons found at this site are helpful follow-up activities.

Greek and Latin Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes
As Applied to the Field of Health/Medicine

Medical Terminology

Middle and high school students will also find color coding the prefixes, roots and suffixes to be useful. Each part of the term can be classified and more thoroughly understood by designating one color to the root, a different color to the prefix and yet another to the suffix.

The Medical Terminology Website of the English Centre is a site beginning students of medical terminology will want to bookmark. The site contains excellent examples of how prefixes, roots and suffixes are used, a section devoted to the commonly used medical prefixes and suffixes, and a pronunciation guide and self assessment tasks. These self assessment exercises (quizzes) are available in PDF format for easy off line practice.

Extensive List of Roots, Suffixes and Prefixes

The List and Glossry of Medical Terms: English and Medical Terminology Basics provide the student with an overview of medical terminology plus an explanation of how linking or combining vowels are used in medical terminology. The student will find a very lengthy list, presented alphabetically, of prefixes, roots and suffixes.

Middle and high school students searching for some basic terminology will find the Free Medical Terminology Games very useful. A Students can play medical terminology games and complete free advanced vocabulary and SAT exercises.


The Museum of Human Disease is designed for students of medicine but will also greatly assist the AP high school student and as well as the university student with their pathology coursework. At this site, students can actually visualize what is obliquely covered in some beginning medical terminology or pathophysiology texts. In order to thoroughly understand how medical terms are used, it's helpful to visualize what is written in a case history or in written lab test reports.


Visitors to the The Pathology Guy - Online Help are also given an opportunity to read a definition of pathology and associated terms related to this branch of medicine. As students progress through their medical terminology sojourns and become more familiar with medical terms they will want to come back to this site and read the clinicopathological correlations. Reading the case presentations will help students see how the pathologist uses medical terminology.

Additional pathology case studies are available at the UVA Site Pathology Case Studies site. Cases are divided into known pathology cases and unknown pathology cases. Both include the basic history/physical findings, laboratory findings with selected slides, and a discussion of the case and diagnosis.

Remember to get permission before using any clip art, lesson plans or lists on the sites not affiliated with AMC that are mentioned throughout this newsletter.

Don't stop now! You'll want to read Part I of the Spring/Summer 2001 Newsletter for additional resources. You'll also find information about science materials you can make for younger children.

Lord Company

Lord) LORD Company is well known for product design and durability. The company manufactures children's furniture and educational equipment, designed to maximize self-help skills for infants, toddlers, pre-school and elementary-aged children.

Montessori educators will be pleased with the wide selection of tables, chairs, shelving and cubbies the company offers. LORD Company also carries learning aids, manipulatives, integrated curriculum (reading and writing), and specialized furniture for home schools, child care, church schools, and Montessori education.

The company is also introducing an "Easy Reading" series of books that can be downloaded for FREE from their website. You are encouraged to involve the children in the downloading, construction, binding and decorating of each book.

The company president notes: "This makes the book a special treasure for the children and encourages them to learn to read. Our newest title is "Too Many Coconuts". To learn more about these books and the fine line of furniture for infants and children please visit the AMC Resource Directory/LORD.

You'll also discover some marvelous new resources to help you with your lesson planning. To see our general collection of resources Click Here. For additional gift ideas, CLICK HERE

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

Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
The AMC Montessori Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2001-2009
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