Free Toddler to College Fall 2008 Lesson Plans, Activities and More...
- Fun Filled Autumn Lessons, Activities, Recipes and Crafts
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Autumn is just around the corner, and the AMC 2008 Fall Hands On Newsletter is filled
with ideas to help make Autumn 2008 truly meaningful for the children in your life. Most
of the ideas, lesson plans and other creative offerings have been generously donated by
the participants of the AMC Resource Center http://www.amonco.org/directory.html, and I
have contributed a few myself. This newsletter is free of charge and contains free lesson
plans, recipes and crafts.
Perhaps, you don't live in an area where you can see the change of seasons firsthand. You
have only seen the changing color of the leaves via a travelogue and can only imagine such
majesty of nature. In Part I of the AMC Hands On Fall Montessori Newsletter, you will find
the resources you need to help children learn about how and why leaves change color and
how to grow and pick pumpkins and other aspects of fall gardening.
Links to apple unit studies and apple recipes and crafts and more are available by clicking
here and other sections of this newsletter.
Rae, from the Creative Process, provides autumn planting tips. See
Janet, from Garden Artisans, shared her Nectar Recipe for Hummingbirds plus offers
additional free information featuring Remembering the
Wildlife in our Fall Cleanup,Planting Bulbs for
Spring and Summer Color and Collecting Seeds - Great Fall Fun! See
http://www.amonco.org/creative9/montessori_fall9.pdf for details.
Special Apple Recipes and Crafts
Ann, from Kids Quality Toys, has whipped up a delicious Easy Pecan Granola Apple
Crumb-Pie recipe for all to enjoy.
Author and homeschooling mom, Marty Layne, offers a Simple Wreath craft, to add just the
perfect touch to a centerpiece or wall. See
Jaye, from Creative Care, contributed the Apple Wreath and song that can be used for
children ages two to five. Visit Part V for details.
Montessorian Kathy O'Reilly, from Cooking with Children Can Be Easy has shared her
Apple Sauce Parfait recipe. Kathy tells us that she has used this recipe with toddlers (18
months) through adults
(81 years) and that it tastes kind of like apple pie. Kathy provides the reader with a very
complete set of practical life exercises. Sequence cards, shopping list, station setup of
equipment, booklist, finger play and extension activities are also provided.
Want more?? Kathy has generously also included a Fresh Fruit Freeze recipe with practical
life exercises. Both can be viewed and downloaded
by clicking here.
Dale, from North American Montessori Center, contributed two excellent practical life
First, you will want to read through the Making Apple-Cinnamon Muffins unit. Let Dale
walk you through setup, presentation, making the muffins, tidying up and tasting - all
Montessori style. Extension exercises are also included. See Part V of this newsletter for
details. For Dale's second presentation, scroll down until you see The Friendship Quilt.
Don't forget to download both the http://www.amonco.org/creative7/montessori_fall7.pdf
to access the delicious Old Fashioned Apple Crisp, courtesy of MindWare and the Apple
Angel Food Cake recipe from Conceptual Learning.
Janet, from Chinaberry, forwarded a Frozen Jack-O-Lanterns recipe and Gari, from Music
for Little Folks contributed a very special chocolate pudding recipe. Both are perfect for
autumn parties. See Part IV
Looking for some other creative recipes? Char, from Zoo-phonics, offered the Recipes for
Elephant Ears Pizza, Elephant Ears Sugar Cookies and Tiger Tail Cookies. See
The Danish Aebleskiver contributed by Rae of the Creative Process, Lithuanian Cranberry
Cake by Ligia of Childsake http://www.amonco.org/creative6/montessori_fall6.pdf and
the German Oma's Cake shared by Carolyn of Excellence in Education are three recipes
that are perfect for the upcoming fall and winter months. Carolyn has also used the dough
in the classroom for many creative projects. See
In a hurry? Try the Omelet in a Bag contributed by Joyful Noise Publications and Macaroni
and Cheese contributed by Millie of Insta-Learn. See Part VIII
In Part II you will also find a rice pudding recipe submitted by Vera of The Music House.
Georgette, from Cantemos, will lead you step by step on how to make a guiro. Think of
the fun this musical instrument will create in your school and home classrooms. It will add
much to multicultural discussions involving music and musical instruments of Latin
America. Visit this link for details.
Shari, from Shari and Jerry, has provided some fun sensory extension exercises that will
help children identify and discern different sounds. See Sound Effects Activities
Marjorie, from Classical Magic, offers a lesson plan for autumn by Vivaldi - from The Four
Season. See Part VII You will discover that her very creative ideas can be adapted for
various age groups.
Back to School Montessori Crafts and Exercises
In Part III, Rita, from the North American Montessori Center, shares a great back to school
exercise called The Friendship Tree. Click here
Another great back to school Children Around the World unit study is offered by
Montessori teacher, Frida, from Montessori Greeting Cards Click here to access this unit
study. In Part VI, Joan of Nation Relation, shares her Geography Catch Games. See
http://www.amonco.org/creative6/montessori_fall6.pdf for details.
Sewing, Knitting and Needlepoint
In Part V, Dale from North American Montessori Center, provides a very organized practical
life exercise that includes the materials, presentation, setting up, sewing and finally
finishing a Friendship Quilt. See Part V for details.
Linda, from Creative Addiction, has generously shared her PrintnStitch. Use this program
to turn a graphic into a printable cross stitch chart. Or, you may look at the bottom of
some of the
pages and find hand embroidery designs to print out and stitch. See
http://www.amonco.org/creative3/montessori_fall3.pdf for more information.
Lois, from Bountiful, forwarded an easy to knit pattern that is perfect for beginners. Visit
Broken Rib Scarf with Seed Stitch Border - EASY BEGINNER PATTERN to access this
Ruth, of Ruth Dilts Design, contributed complete instructions on how to make coasters.
See Part VI for details.
It's never to early to start preparing for holiday crafting. In Part III, Montessori teacher
Cathie Perolman shared her adorable Snow Covered Pine Trees craft. See
http://www.amonco.org/creative3/montessori_fall3.pdf for details.
Anna, from Wood, Etc., suggested that young children make Zebras that can be used in an
Animal Safari unit study This project is indeed easy and inexpensive to make. Click here
for more information.
Click here to access Color Wheel Lesson Plans shared by Rae of Creative Process. Rae tells
us that these lessons can be adapted for elementary age through adult learner, and by
seeing what is offered I thoroughly agree. The ideas can be integrated in art, social
studies, writing, and science lessons.
Crafts and Holiday Gift Giving
Why not create some unique holiday gifts? Janet, from Chinaberry, forwarded a craft idea
that children and teens are sure to love. The Decoupage Decorative Gift Box is a gift that
will be treasured for years to come. The Painted Kitchen Trivet Gift, courtesy of Karen of
Fun Felt is also a marvelous craft that serves as a unique gift.
Wood Crafting and Drawing
By clicking here you will find a Wood Dough Recipe for Sculpting from Richard Lord of
LORD Company, and a Turtle Drawing Lesson form Kim, of Draw Your World. Richard's
recipe is a great practical life extension exercise. Kim creates integrated lessons that
develop handwriting, drawing, science and more. These lessons can be customized for
different age groups.
Science and Nature
In In Part II Janette, from Cotton's Journey, shares her
COTTON BOLL'S BOUNTY ACTIVITY Janette tells us that the student will be able to
compare cotton lint varieties, predict and record, compute percentages, and discover the
properties of spinning and crushing cottonseed oil.
This activity is an interdisciplinary unit for the following grades:
1st-3rd, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Nature of Science
4th-6th, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Nature of Science
7th, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Nature of Science
John, from Exploration Education, will walk you through the science activity SIMPLY
SOUND, which helps children understand the properties of sound, and they will actually
have fun doing so. Visit http://www.amonco.org/creative08/montessori_fall8.pdf for
Don and Diana, from Nature's Workshop Plus, have authored the article Delighting in
Discovering Little Things. Set aside time to read this informative piece. Children will
discover new ways to see the world through a hand held magnifying glass or microscope.
See http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf to download this information.
Ever been on a microscope safari? Get ready, set, go! See
Part IX for additional information.
Free Educational Games
Alan, from Stillson Works, offers some unique, innovative Middle School Word Puzzles
These puzzles will be especially useful for Columbus Day, Christmas, etc. Alan's puzzles
are also unique holiday gifts.
See Part IX to access the Combine Learning and Fun at Art Museums article, Treasure
Hunt, Art Collector, I Spy an Eye and Scavenger Hunt games. These games were submitted
by Wenda of Birdcage Books.
Searching for the right book? When in doubt, start with the winners! Rita, from
literatureplace.com will show you how to do just that! Whether you are in the process of
compiling a reading booklist or in the process of creating your own book-awards
program, this is the place to start. Visit
http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf to download Rita's information.
Mel, from MTE, Ltd. provided a problem solving sample to help students learn about
transversable curves. Based on the thoughts of Piaget and Montessori; Educational Critical
Thinking is logical and productive thinking that is capable of extending
ideas, creating new ideas, and synthesizing patterns of thought.
Educational Critical Thinking is a type of disciplined reasoning and must be self-directed,
self-monitored, and self-corrective. See Part V
In Part VI, Dr. Borenson of Hands On Equations has provided some free algebra samples
for you to present to your children. Click here to download the exercises.
In Part VII Ed and Suzanne from The Puzzle Man share Fun Filled Creative Ways to Use the
Cindy, from Geography Matters, shared the following about the Family Heritage and
Timelines project. "Have you tried using a timeline yet? Here's a great family project that
opens the door to a variety of learning opportunities. It involves exercising and developing
research skills, communication, and organization, and promotes family unity to boot."
Now, that you have some new lesson plans, delve in and begin to put some extra sparkle
into your school and home school settings. I hope that this is the autumn 2008 is filled
with beautiful memories for you and the children in your life.
Many of the resource participants who contributed to this newsletter are featured in the
monthly drawings. See the AMC Montessori website for details on how to enter. Visit
http://www.amonco.org and http://www.amonco.org/directory.html today!
Visit American Montessori Consulting and look under New and Notable for additional
articles and free lesson plans.
Finally, don't forget to enter the monthly Montessori drawing for an opportunity to win
valuable classroom supplies. Visit http://www.amonco.org for details.