Monday, January 30, 2012

Fun Filled February Montessori Lesson Planning

Why not use the month of February to do a unit study about the human heart? Visit The Human Cardiovascular System to access a set of links for a complete unit study on the human cardiovascular system. These K-12 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified science reading cards, creative writing and other extensive lesson plans found in the Montessori at Home, Modern Montessori at Home and Modern Montessori at Home II books.

Science need not be presented in a vacuum. . Help children and teens develop a new hobby and learn about biology in the process. The recently released AMC Montessori Spring Hands On Newsletter is packed with fun filled science spring lesson planning. Use the information provided by Diana Ruark of Nature’s Workshop Plus!, Dale Gausman of the North American Montessori Center, and Sandy R. Wilbur, retired wildlife biologist specializing in ornithology, from Condor Tales to take you step-by-step through a series of integrated ornithology lesson presentations.

In Part I of the of the AMC Spring 2011 edition, Sandy answers general as well specific questions which will help you to understand the benefits of this hobby. You’ll learn how to get started, what types of products to buy, and what pitfalls to avoid, to name a few. Sandy is also sensitive to the concerns educators may feel about presenting lessons on this topic.

Diana Ruark of Nature’s Workshop Plus! also offers a wide array of nature lesson planning , with a tip or two about birds and bird watching, as well. Click here for specific details. For a wide array of resources, books and other information, plan to spend some time at the Nature’s Workshop Plus! website, as well.

February also provides opportunities for students to learn about specific social and political issues that have helped shaped U.S. history. Black History Month, observed in February since 1926, provides many interesting opportunities to explore history, culture and food. The Creative Process can get you started with their “Celebrate Black History Month” page, linked here:

Montessorians will appreciate the imaginative George Washington lesson planning ideas that author Sara Ambarian has provided in AMC Montessori – Spring VIII. Sara leads educators through Washington’s youthful aspirations, as well as providing the name of the resource that greatly shaped the way George Washington conducted himself in society.

Traditional colonial recipes are featured and can easily be incorporated into Montessori’s practical life exercises. Sara also provides background information about George Washington’s dining proclivities. Sara has done an excellent job of presenting sufficient information about this subject, without bogging down educators with too much data

February is a transitional lesson planning month. For March and April lesson planning, please also click on the link below.

Springtime Lesson Planning Links