Making a Timeline

Making a timeline for the Story of Writing can be a great class or family project.

Use a rope or thick yarn as a timeline. If your kids need a start, you can mark a beginning, middle, and end.
As the students get more information, they add onto the timeline.
We used large note cards with the new information, punch a hole, add some thread or yarn and tie it to the rope. Kids can add
their projects to it as well. A clay tablet, scroll, an example of Braille, or pictures can be attached with a small clothes pin.
It’s a creative garland of information.

Roll up the timeline when you are finished, and work on it the next time during your study of the Story of Writing.

Cheerful & Cheap Pumpkin Art

The Denver Post had a great idea to recycle all those plastic, orange newspaper bags for pumpkin art. At the top of the bag, stuff a pumpkin shape with your extra bags and tie securely. Make a jack-o-lantern face with a black sharpie or marker. Fringe the bottom and hang from your porch or trees.
It’s an easy last minute decoration for Halloween.
Use different colors to make other characters.

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What do I think about flash cards?

I think flash cards can be fun and educational if you use them correctly. Introduce new flash card material with the 3 period lesson or math manipulatives. Make sure your child knows the concrete level of the material before introducing flash cards.

After successfully doing this, you can play different types of flash card games. I noticed my children made their own math facts cards after they understood the material.
Purchase or make 2 sets of reading flash cards so you can make Montessori 3 part cards.

Reading with Rose Colored Glasses

Uncle George always wore rose tinted sunglasses. He not only likes them, but uses them for reading. I asked him once why he does this. He told me he could read better with them on!
He has dyslexia and somehow made the connection between color tinting and being able to read better.

The newest research shows that children with reading problems, such as dyslexia, can be helped by using color. With so many free on line books it would be simple to use colored paper such as light pink, yellow, or tan to print out reading material. If your child has difficulty reading, I would let your child read several passages on different colored paper. Your child will tell you which color is the easiest to read.
I did this experiment myself and found that print on light pink paper was the easiest to read.

Read more at light, color and dyslexia.

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Web of Life Activity

This pdf, The Web of Life, has fun hands-on games and lessons about the food chain, sunlight energy and the interconnectedness of life.
It’s for preschool through primary grades. It includes printouts.

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How Languages Grow

How language evolves is fascinating. According to Naming Colors certain names of color appear in a society as it grows. The order of colors appearing in a language are: black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, brown, purple, pink, orange, and gray. Not all languages have all the names of colors. The first 6 colors are a part of nature’s colors.

You can use the Online Etymology Dictionary to read more about the history of words. For example, white comes from the Old English (O.E.) word, hwit.
The word black comes from the O.E. word blæc– which is derived from the word blaken “to burn.”

This study of language is a key lesson you can use with Montessori’s Great Lessons.

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