The Black Lemur
Did you know?...The blue-eyed black lemur is the only primate besides humans to have blue eyes.
A great resource for the classroom and home schoolers is FACTZOO. Read this interesting article...includes beautiful photos. (click photo)
Cutting a Banana
Want to provide a healthy snack in the classroom (or at home)? Rather than simply setting out a bowl bowl of bananas, provide instead a banana cutting activity, allowing each child to prepare his/her own snack.
Children love to cut their own bananas...and we love to hear them say, "I can do it myself!"
*For the classroom, we recommend using a duller knife than shown in this photo (to meet possible licensing requirements). At home, you may use use a sharper knife. The child will need to ask for the knife, rather than having it sit out on the tray. This cues the adult to be keenly (but subtly) observant.
Photos provided by Sarah D, UMA student in training from South Africa...thanks Sarah!
Tea Time for Everyone
Preparing, pouring, and offering tea to guests and friends - an act of grace and courtesy EVERY child can enjoy.
(From the ©UMA archives. Photo: Daphnea Solomon)
The Cottage Montessori School
It's all in one's mindset, isn't it? Face difficulties with optimism and don't forget to ENJOY the challenges!
Tasting Olive Oil
What a great idea! Sylvia Muccillo, owner of Peachtree City Montessori School says, "Just wanted to share...we just added this olive oil tasting activity in our Practical Life area...the children love it!"
The tray shown on the shelf: (ready to carry)
The tray shown on the table: (ready to taste)
(From the ©UMA archives)
What your children don't and DO need!
Take time to read this article (click photo):
Photo contribution: Daphnea Solomon, ©UMA
Out of our archives...Kellie Stubblefield of Whitsett, North Carolina shares her original project entitled The Felt Continents Map. “I really enjoyed working with cloth and utilizing a wooden board that I already had, to create what I believe is a pretty high quality home-made Montessori material.”
Kellie cut the boards and hinged them so that the maps fold up for easy storage and carrying. The top map functions as a control. This is yet another fine example of creativity, resourcefulness, and attention to detail. The materials are natural, inviting for the child...simply beautiful. Thank you, Kellie