Montessori Resource

Jola Montessori povides a quaterly newsletter for Montessori Schools in the nation. It has contributions from authorities in ecuation.
The site also provides a Montessori Materials Guide, The Montessori Community Resource, and The Montessori Community Directory.

Backyard Bird Watching

This family project can be done anytime during the year.

Make a bird watching area in your yard or deck. Birds need several things to attract them to your yard. Make sure there is plenty of food during all four seasons and lots of fresh water. You can make a bird feeder and bath with an old pie tin or buy one at a discount store or a wild bird shop. Birds also love to eat old eggshells for calcium, which they need for laying eggs. Spread out some sand, which helps them in digestion. Buy a color illustrated bird book for the state where you live, they a less voluminous and are small enough to have near by. A good durable pair of binoculars is great for up close viewing.

What do birds like to eat?
Different birds like different types of food. Sunflowers attract many common birds.

Sunflower seeds, black oil type, black stripped, and hulled, attract-
Blue jays
Evening grosbeak
Common grackle
American goldfinch
House finch
Mourning dove
Purple finch
Scrub jay
Song sparrow
Tufted titmouse White-crowned sparrow
White throated sparrow

Try other types of food such as, millet, peanuts, breadcrumbs, cut up apples and oranges, and anything else you can think of. What types of birds like these foods? What other animals does your food attract? (Squirrels? chipmunks? etc.)

Help birds make a nest. Leave in your bird area bits of yarn & string, cotton & stuffing, straw, bright strips of cloth, and even hair for building materials for a bird’s nest. Look at the nests this spring and see if you can find any of your building materials.

Montessori & Autism

Montessor’s sandpaper letters would be helpful with language skills for children with special needs. The approach uses multiple areas including touch, sound, and visual clues. As more research is done for Austism, the more parents and educators can help their children and students.
“This finding provides more evidence to support a promising theory of autism,” says Duane Alexander, MD, director of the NICHD. “If confirmed, this theory suggests that therapies emphasizing problem solving skills and other tasks that activate multiple brain areas at the same time might benefit people with autism.” from Austim: New Brain Research