Earth Day, Celebrating Life

Earth Day is a wonderful time to celebrate life. Here are some newsletters with free reading cards about animals and insects that live on our beautiful planet.
Just click on these fun activities and printouts.
Frog Life Cycle
All About Snails
Beavers References, Ideas and Nomenclature
Studying Squirrels with free Anatomy Cards
Butterfly Life Cycle Cards

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Easy to Make Sweater Bag

You can make a unique, one of a kind sweater bag in 30 minutes. Recycle your old sweaters for this great project. This would be a fun Montessori handwork project for your children.
Here is how to make a sweater purse in 30 minutes.
This link has directions too.

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All About Roots-Kids Science

As the weather gets warmer it is time to start thinking about your garden.
Here is an informative newsletter with free Montessori science reading cards about primary, secondary, tap and fibrous roots.
Happy botany!

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Earthquakes

The earth has been in constant movement. Sometimes this movement causes earthquakes. Learn more about the history of the earth and plate movement at this newsletter.
It includes reading science cards ( Montessori 3 part cards) and nomenclature cards of Pangea’s continental plates.

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Haiti Rescue

You can help Haiti after this devastating earthquake by donating to the Mennonite Central Committee. They serve the needs of people around the world with their peaceful ways.
They already have their workers in Haiti. Even during Hurricane Katrina they were some of the first people on the ground to help. You can’t find a better organization that uses their money and resources for those they serve. You won’t find high paid CEO’s with this organization.

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Counting

Counting is an important math skill. Montessori classrooms use the pink tower stacking blocks to teach the first concrete steps for counting. Here is a newsletter with free printouts and lesson ideas to use with your child. There is even a printout in Spanish.

If you don’t have a pink or natural tower you can use nesting blocks or other stacking blocks. You can find them at toy departments or stores.

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Penmanship and Writing

Montessori classrooms don’t use lined paper for teaching early penmanship. In the beginning, it is more important to lean how to write the letter. Also, children are taught only cursive letters for writing. Teaching children how to write one way, and then another way is very confusing and frustrating for grade school children.
Here is a free printout of the Montessori sandpaper cursive letters we used for penmanship.
Miss Homfray has a great video lesson about teaching writing in the Montessori classroom.

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