Monday, September 7, 2009

Montessori Picks for the Week of September 7, 2009

Below, is just a sampling of what you will find in the AMC Montessori AMC Fall Hands On Newsletter.

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.

Harrisville Designs offers several felt crafts, including the Felted Ball Ornament, Felted Bead Necklaces and Felted Pouches. See Part I for details.

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 information.

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 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 the 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. Rae also submitted her new Make at Home Craft Recipes. See Part III to access the lesson plans.

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. TheDecoupage 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.