Spring Forward with Free Springtime Online Lesson Plans
- Visit http://www.amonco.org/montessori_spring_handson.html and download the new
AMC Montessori Hands-On Creative Lesson Planning Newsletter. You can also access
this newsletter by visiting http://www.amonco.org clicking on the new eBook Library. You
will find all of the
AMC seasonal newsletters housed in this new library as well.
Below, is just a partial listing of the offerings included in the newly uploaded
AMC Montessori Spring Hands-On Newsletter.
Part I - AMC Spring Newsletter
Georgette shows us how to use newspaper to make a festive hat for Easter, Cinco de
Day and shares many multicultural techniques for
combining Spanish and English in the classroom.
"Los Pollitos is a traditional children's song learned in all Spanish speaking
countries. Children can be given the opportunity to learn the song and the hand
movements to go with it as
well as the English translation (performed to the same movements). "
A timely integrated lesson plan with the focus on the hatching and nurturing of chicks can
also be included.
Part II - AMC Spring Newsletter
Jan shares information about the imaginative Hippitty Hoppitty Bunny Topiary:
"Whimsical topiary has been an admired art form for thousands of years and
now you too can create your very own. It's simple and easy.
Materials: 3-D bunny topiary frame, gardening container, potting soil,
small boxwood plant or rosemary plant, pruning sheers."
Read the newsletter for complete details.
Jan has donated a pair of gardening gloves for the March Montessori drawing. See
http://www.amonco.org for details and to enter.
Rae continues to show us why we should visit the Creative Process website. Her creative,
innovative ideas will greatly add to your spring lesson planning.
"A new feature on Creative Process is a Monthly Observances and Notable
Dates list. Educators can see what's happening in a particular month-
holidays, awareness month, week or day for a special cause, with links
to resource materials.
Have you ever used crayon resist techniques? This activity is always a
experience for children and teachers. At the most basic level, and
using easily available materials - construction paper, a wax candle,
a large brush and black tempera paint, even the youngest children's
scribble designs are satisfying to watch emerge from the background."
Rae also just contributed the new Picture-A-Day and Time Lapse Photography Ideas
Put some music in your young child's life with Shari and Jerry - Speak and Sing. Children
will love making and using the tambourine/maracas , drums, tome tests and
shaker/maracas as well as participating in the Here is My Bunny - Finger Play activity.
Karen shares tips on how to make your own flannel board and homemade ice cream.
Part III - AMC Spring Newsletter
John shares his entertaining as well as educational activities entitled "I CAN'T TAKE THE
PRESSURE and The Needle Proof Balloon."
"This simple and effective activity about air pressure has a big "wow" factor
and is for children (and adults) of all ages."
Nan shows us how to make some truly beautiful "homemade" colored Easter eggs.
Does your middle school student enjoy participating in fun, challenging puzzles? Are you
looking for some activities to help your student prepare for the ACT or SAT?
If so, you are likely to find some wonderful puzzles here to supplement your
language presentations in this section of the newsletter.
Part IV -- AMC Spring Newsletter
Rita, from the North American Montessori Center, shares two outstanding Montessori
extension exercises - My Family Tree and Marble Design Paper.
Julia , from Pal Toys, introduces us to the entertaining Silly Basket (Ages 3 & Up) activity
which is an extension of Maria Montessori's Command Card exercise. Pal Toys has
donated the (Bright and Beyond) Smart & Simple Preschool Activities to do with Your Child
(from Pal Toys) for the March Montessori drawing. See http://www.amonco.org for
Part V - AMC Spring Newsletter
Char shows us a fun and easy way to present Montessori extension exercises involving the
Marty ushers in the season with her delightful Sing a Song of Spring. Marty has
generously donated her Learning at Home - A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling book for
the Montessori March drawing. See http://www.amonco.org for details and to enter.
Marie and Kim illustrate how drawing helps children develop a mental map.
We see, again, a Montessori extension exercise that is designed for age group: 5 to 95.
basic lesson is easily adjusted for multi-age classes."
In Part VI Dr. Paul Reinhold shares how to create science in a pepper shaker.
"The objective is to have students model the motion of pepper in water due to
detergent. The emphasized skills include observation, modeling, problem solving,
experimentation, prediction, trial and error
The applications to the real world are that scientists use models to explain
everyday observations. The model used to explain the movement in this experiment
is often a "push" model, when it really should be a "pull" model."
Part VII - AMC Spring Newsletter
Ruth shares a needlepoint lesson which is designed for students 12 years and
Marjorie shares a lesson plan for springtime from The Four Seasons by Antonio
"These are designed for Pre-K up. Choose the activities that suit the age group.
All children can learn to recognize Vivaldi and know the themes from his music."
Don't forget to take advantage of the free for Sam's Online Adventures. Simply
sign up for their newsletter and have them emailed directly, free of charge, to
you once a month. Michelle has also contributed an outstanding ocean study unit,
complete with an activity pages and teacher's guide.
Part VIII - AMC Spring Newsletter
Dr. Alexandra Delis-Abrams shares her Life Change Lesson -Tools that Change Your
Life. We learn how to distinguish between the ego consciousness and soul/spirit
consciousness attitudes. This is a must read article for teachers and parents!
Jennifer explains to us why creative movement is the key to happy and healthy
living and shows how it impacts are children's social needs and sensory
awareness. Children receive benefits that are demonstrable in the classroom,
with increased concentration and language acquisition to name a few. The
advantage of creative movement in children with special needs is also addressed
in this outstanding article.
Diana knows that we are all looking forward to the beauty of spring, so she
showers us with some springtime nature activities that are sure to be enjoyed in any
Don't forget to Read Part IX!! - AMC Spring Newsletter
Barbara takes on an exciting journey to explore how we can use images from the
web as part of a notebook approach to history. Barbara has also generously shared her
new Ancient Egypt Mini Unit.
Are you interested is seeing how you can integrate letter recognition, phonics
and drawing into your lesson planning? Sharon has provided some wonderful free
sample lessons from her Artsy Animals Learn to Read book.
Montessorian Kathy O'Reilly uses eggs as the focus of food related exercises.
Her multi-subject integrated approach is supplemented with a Booklist for
additional extension lessons. Visit http://www.amonco.org and enter the Montessori
March drawing for an opportunity to win Kathy's Cooking With Children Can Be Easy
This blurb contains only a very small sampling of what is offered. All of the
lessons contained in the newsletter are free of charge.
American Montessori Consulting