The Nuts & Bolts of Practical Life
How can a very simple nuts-and-bolts activity be developmentally meaningful for a young child? So many benefits...read on.
First, our thanks to Yohanna Ruger, UMA student from Tigard, Oregon for creating this sensorially appealing (and beautifully simple!) Practical Life activity. Notice there were no plastics used here. Even the tray is made of wood.
So, what are the developmental benefits?
How to Communicate with Children
Here's a great article entitled:
"The Most Powerful Way to Love A Child"
Written by Janet Lansbury, inspired by the research and wisdom of Magda Gerber.
A long article but worth reading all the way through. (click photo for full article)
Montessori Belt Buckle Exercise
UMA student, Heather Sharma from Winchester, VA, created this simple, easy-to-assemble Belt Fastening activity, for both home or classroom. This makes an excellent Practical Life extension or variation of the traditional Montessori Belt Buckle exercise. Since the Montessori Dressing Frames tend to be pricey to purchase, this also serves as a great alternative.
Thanks for sharing, Heather!
Montessori Teacher Training
Follow your heart's desire...become a fully certified Montessori teacher!
"This was my first experience with an online course and it has been a very rewarding one. I really appreciate all of the time and consideration that went into making my experience at UMA so fulfilling." (Jenny B-California)
Here at UMA, Fall Quarter begins September 15th. There is still time for you to enroll in UMA's Montessori Teacher Training and Certification. What you will receive:
"I appreciate UMA’s unrelenting stand for thorough and quality work. Their passion for the classical Montessori method is inspiring." (Lee L-Canada)
Throughout the course, we give individual attention to YOU - always ready to guide and answer your questions. Our long history and trusted reputation as worldwide Montessori leaders, the success of our UMA graduates, and superior experience of our staff are just a few of the reasons to join our Montessori "family!"
UMA has my eternal thankfulness and gratefulness for giving me this excellent education. The professionalism and dedication of UMA to the Montessori philosophy and preparing the student to become a valuable and effective Montessori teacher is an inspiration to everyone." (Susanne V-Florida)
Do you have questions before applying? Give us a call: 206-900-1802
Email us: email@example.com
Practical Montessori School - Seattle
Practical Montessori School is an in-home Montessori preschool located in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. "Our teachers are UMA and AMS trained.
We are looking for a warm and creative assistant to join our Montessori community. This position will be approximately 20 hours per week, but may be able to extend into additional hours."
For more information and basic requirements, contact Veronica or Edwin Dutton. (206) 858-1731
A Practical Biography for Children
Stephanie Van Hook, UMA graduate and Montessori early childhood educator, has written this beautiful book that has just been released.
"Inspired by conversations with three-six year olds about the principles of nonviolence and the life of Mahatma Gandhi, I decided to write a book that could serve as a tool for deep conversations with kids about the power of nonviolence while giving some insight into Gandhi as a person. I wanted to show the children that the most important ideas about nonviolence that Gandhi discovered as an adult were really learned while he was still a child. What emerged was Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children."
(click image for details)
Instruments Made from Nature
What's more beautiful than simple percussion instruments made from nature? UMA graduate, Tamara Stoll, created a lovely basket of instruments by collecting shells, rocks, and driftwood pieces from her beach in Oregon. She included brass bells and woven wrist bands to her musical collection. Just lovely!
A Collaborative Design
Here's a lovely idea for helping to create a spirit of respect and cooperation in the classroom.
Smooth & Bumpy
UMA graduate, Renata Lemire from Alberta, Canada, shares her Montessori original Sensorial Project which she entitled: Nature's Beauty - Smooth and Bumpy.
A very beautiful and inviting original Sensorial project!
(The transparent vinyl mat lays on top of the cotton floor mat):