Learning About South America

by on April 13, 2014

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Learning About South AmericaA Thematic Unit for Preschool and Kindergarten

Materials for Learning About South America

This is what our Geography shelf looks like with the South America Materials

Books about South America

Books about South America

Books for Children About South America

South America Montessori Geography Folder

Photo cards from South America (Source: Montessori Printshop)

South America A to Z three part cards

3-part cards to go with the South America A-Z printable book (Source: South America A-Z)  The pack also comes with a clipart version of the book along with blacklines so the children can make their own booklet.

Living and Non Living Things from South America

Sorting living and non-living things from South America (Source: South America A-Z)

Sorting Plants and Animals from South America

Sorting plants and animals from South America (Source: South America A-Z)

Sorting Landmarks Food and instruments from South America

Sorting Landmarks, food, and instruments from South America  (Source: Montessori Printshop)

Animals of South America Matching

Matching animals from South America.   The cards are from Montessori Printshop and the animals are from a set of Safari TOOBs.

Parts of a Toco Toucan Printable Book

Parts of a Toco Toucan printable book  (Source: South America A-Z)

Parts of a Toco Toucan 3 Part Cards

Parts of a Toco Toucan 3-Part Cards  (Source: South America A-Z)

Biomes of South America

Biomes of South America 3-part cards  (Source: South America A-Z)  The map is from Waseca Biomes

South America Pinpunching

Pinpunching (or push-pin) South America

South America Syllable Cards from Every Star is Different

I love this syllable counting work from Every Star is Different

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Phonetic reading sentences for South America ( I printed out the pink version but there’s a blue version if you’d prefer to put it on your Language shelves with your blue series work) (Source: South America A-Z)

Fine Motor Shelf Pink to go with Montessori South America Unit

And a pink theme on our fine motor shelves to coordinate with our South America work

Pink Ribbon Weaving to go with a Montessori unit on South America

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Learning About East Asia

A few items from East Asia on our shelves for the children to examine

Asia A Z Printable Cards about East Asia

These photo-description cards are from the Asia A-Z Montessori Printables Pack

Learning how to write numbers in Chinese

Writing numbers in Chinese

Origami for a unit on Asia

Origami fun

Simple Zen Garden

A simple zen garden found at the dollar store

Japanese Brush Caligraphy and Painting on a Budha Board

Learning how to make some Chinese and Japanese characters with our Sumi E Board from Montessori Services

Cherry Blossom Gluing

A simple cherry blossom tissue gluing work.  Many thanks to Pink Stripey Socks for the free printable!

Music Playlist for Childrens Unit on East Asia

Our music playlist while studying about this region of Asia:

Sakura Sakura

Hana (Cherry Blossom Time)

Chinese Boogie : Fried Rice

Omochano Cha Cha Cha (Dance Of Toys)

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More About Asia

Learning About Asia: Introduction

Learning About Asia: South Asia

Learning About Asia: Middle East

Learning About Japan

Asia A-Z Montessori Printables Pack

Asia A-Z by Trillium Montessori

Ideas for an Asia Unit on Pinterest

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Continuing on with our study of Asia…

A Montessori Unit on the Middle East

Learn the names of the Middle Eastern countries with this song by Kathy Troxel

Displaying Items for an Asia Unit with a Middle East Focus

Our display took on more of a Middle Eastern theme

Display for Middle East Unit

I found these treasures on one of my trips to Qatar.  The last frame has different colored sand from the deserts of Arabia.

Objects from the Middle East for a Mystery Bag or Continent Box

A few items to add to our mystery bag.  There’s a glass mosque, a coin purse, and a “miswak“.  A miswak is a special twig used as a toothbrush.

Folding a Guthra or Kufiyeh

Folding a ghutra (also called a keffiyeh).  This is part of the headdress worn by men in many parts of the Middle East.  The red and white patterned ghutra is most typical of Saudi Arabia.  I photographed it next to the 10 Number Rod so you can see just how big it is.  That’s a lot of folding!

Matching Cards Arab Faces

Matching cards of Saudi faces  (Here’s a good song to go with this: I Have a Face with Two Eyes (Li Wajhon) Track 15)  [Source: Google images]

Matching Cards Fish From the Red Sea

Matching cards of fish from the Red Sea  (Try this song: We are Fish by Sana Mouasher (Track 8)  [Source: Google images]

Counting Palm Trees at the Oasis for Middle East and Desert Unit

Counting palm trees at the oasis

Count Your Way Through the Arab World Arabic Number Matching Cards

Learning Arabic numerals

Parts of a Camel for Middle East and Desert Unit

Parts of a camel

[Source: I made these almost 15 years ago and I'm afraid I no longer have a master for it.  I'll try to remake them and post here when I get a chance]

Gluin Work with Camel and Palm Tree for Middle East and Desert Unit

Pinpunching and gluing (glue some sand as the back drop)

Geometric Solids in the Middle East

Geometric solids matching to hand drawn pictures from the Middle East.

[Source: yes, I drew these a long long time ago. When I get a chance I will redo them with photographs and share them with you]

Rectangular prism: box with Saudi emblem

Sphere: Prayer beads

Cone: Minaret

Cube: Ka’aba

Cylinder: a Coke can!

Middle East Music Playlist for Children

Some Arabic songs to enjoy during your study of the Middle East

Middle East by Kathy Troxel  Learn the names of the countries of the Middle East

1,2,3 Hayya Bina Learn numbers and the names of many Arab countries with this song (Track 7)

Ahlan  Learn an Arab greeting and some common Arab names and countries (Track 6)

We are Fish by Sana Mouasher (Track 8)

Grandpa’s Farm by Sana Mouasher Learn the names of animals in Arabic (Track 5)

If You’re Happy and You Know It by Sana Mouasher (Track 4)

Happy Birthday by Sana Mouasher (Track 3)

Colors All Around (Track 2)

I Have a Face with Two Eyes (Li Wajhon) Learn the names for parts of the face and body (Track 15)

Tabla Makes You Dance Instrumental belly dance music (great for a variety of movement games)

More About Asia

Learning About Asia: Introduction

Learning About Asia: South Asia

Learning About Japan

Asia A-Z Montessori Printables Pack

Asia A-Z by Trillium Montessori

Ideas for an Asia Unit on Pinterest

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The Countries of South Asia

We’re focusing in on the countries of South Asia.  We love Kathy Troxel’s song about South Asia on the album Geography Songs to learn the names of the countries in this region.  (Track 15)

Items from Asia

We added a few items from South Asia to our display shelf.  There’s a model of the Taj Mahal, a peacock feather fan, a jeweled elephant, and some embroidered shoes.  You can find a lot of great souvenirs at your local Indian grocery and gifts store.  I found the peacock fan at a street market in New Delhi.  There are some peacock feathers available on Amazon too:  Pack of 30pc Natural Peacock Feathers 10-12”

Asia A to Z South Asia Cards

These are some of the cards about South Asia in the Asia A-Z book.  (Source: Asia A-Z Montessori Pack)

Yoga Cards

We’ve always had our yoga cards out for independent work, but this was a great time to talk a little bit about where yoga originated.  I found this book and card set on the bargain shelf at Barnes and Nobles a few years ago.  I haven’t been able to find it anywhere since.  You can get the paperback book on Amazon here:  Yoga Kids: Keeping Busy Kids Fit and Relaxed   Here’s a nice song to introduce with this: Namaste by Kira Willey

Parts of a Peacock Cards

Making a booklet about the parts of a peacock (Source: Asia A-Z Montessori Pack)

Peacock Craft

Peacock craft.  Making that accordion fold is tricky!

Indian Elephant

Pinpunching and decorating an elephant

Clothing from South Asia

We were lucky to have a few parents come in and talk to us about South Asia.  We got to taste some aloo roti (flat bread with potatoes) and try on lots of clothes!  We got some bindis for our foreheads and even played with some powdered color to celebrate Holi (the Indian spring festival of color)

By the River Ganges

These are the pages of a little booklet I made to go with the song “By the River Ganges” by Mr. I, Gary Q. and the Rainbow Singers (we love them!)  Available on the album “Asia”, track 20.

South Asia Playlist

Here are a few more songs to enjoy while learning about South Asia

Jhuri Jhuri : a children’s song about fireworks (language: Bengali)

Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai: a nursery rhyme about fish (language: Hindi)

Chitti Chitti Miriyalu: a children’s song (language: Telugu)

Aliya Puliya:  Nursery rhyme (language: Sinhalese)

Two Children’s Songs with lyrics (language: Afghani)

Sana Sana Aankha Tara: Children’s song (language: Nepali)

And you can’t leave South Asia without a little Bhangra!  Bhangra is a popular contemporary dance and music style based on traditional Punjabi sounds and moves.

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I pulled out my Asia storage box a couple of weeks ago and was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I’ve put in it over the years.

Contents of Asia Storage Box

I decided it was finally time to get it properly organized. (More thoughts about organizing thematic units here.)  Here are the preliminary results!

Asia Wall Decorations

I put a few things up on the wall for a little display

Asia Spooning Tamarind Seeds

We added some tamarind seeds and pretty Asian dishes to our spooning tray

Asia Mini Spooning Rice

Spooning rice with miniature cups and spoon

Asia Spooning Rice with Soup Spoon

Spooning rice with a big soup spoon

Asia Flat Bead Transfer

Transferring flat beads in these old school ash trays!

Asia Folder Photo Cards

Our Asia folder has photograph cards from the Montessori Printshop

Asia Categories

We’re using these cards from the Montessori Printshop for sorting landmarks, foods, and instruments from Asia.  The little Taj Mahal is from Safari Ltd World Landmarks TOOB
the sushi object is from a pack of Sushi Erasers
and the palm leaf rattle is from Ten Thousand Villages.

Asia Flags and Coloring

Some flag coloring work

Asia Living and Non Living Cards

Sorting Living and Non Living things from Asia (Source: Asia A-Z Montessori Pack)

Asia Plant and Animal Cards

Sorting plants and animals from Asia (Source: Asia A-Z Montessori Pack)

Asia Animals and Pictures

Matching animal models to pictures.  These cards are also from the Montessori Printshop.

Asia Parts of a Peacock

Parts of a Peacock Pack (Source: Asia A-Z Montessori Pack)

Asia Biomes Book Pages

I adapted these wonderful cards from my set of Waseca Biome materials.  This set shows the people of the grasslands of Asia.  I added some simple sentences and then bound them together to make a book.

Asia Biomes Photos and Books

Here are the books for each biome, along with a photo from the region that the book describes.  The photo biome cards can be found in the Asia A-Z Montessori Pack.

Asia Biomes Books and Map

And here’s a map of the biomes (also adapted from my set of Waseca Biomes materials)

Over the next few weeks I will share more of the activities we’ve put together for Asia.  In the meantime, here are some posts from previous years:

Learning About Japan at Trillium Montessori

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A St. Patrick’s Day Theme

by on March 2, 2014

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We’re getting the classroom ready for a St. Patrick’s Day and Rainbow theme!

St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activities

Montessori Fine Motor Activities for St. Patrick's Day- Trillium Montessori

Check out our St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities post from last year

Rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day Art Activities

Rainbow Activities at Trillium Montessori

See more details in this post about rainbow activities from last year.

St Patricks Day Cutting Shapes

Cutting shapes.  I used one of the writing pages from 3 Dinosaurs St. Patrick’s Day Pack to make these.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities

Rainbow Counting Trillium Montessori

Tonging and counting pompoms.  More detail on our Rainbows! post

Count and Glue Shamrocks

St Patricks Day Counting Coins

Numbers and Counters with gold coins.  (Source: Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten)

St Patricks Day Number Counting Clip Cards

Number Clip Cards (Source: Over the Big Moon)

St Patricks Day Addition Cards

Addition Cards (Source: Teresa Williams)

St Patricks Day Number Composition with Montessori Golden Beads

2 digit number composition cards to use with the golden beads (Source: The Lesson Plan Diva)

St. Patrick’s Day Language Activities

St Patricks Day Non Fiction Book

Non fiction book and cards to learn about St. Patrick’s Day.  I like the way the information is presented in these sets from the Clever Classroom and Montessori Printshop.

St Patricks Day Inferencing Question Cards

The Question Game (inferencing).  I love how she selected green objects and made all the riddles rhyme!  (Source: Kari Radovich)

St Patricks Day Matching Cards

St. Patrick’s Day picture matching and vocabulary cards (Source: Speech Therapy Games)

St Patricks Day Singular and Plural Vocabulary and Sorting Cards

Vocabulary Development singular and plural sorting (Source: Just Wright Speech)

St Patricks Day Leprechaun Poem and Game

 This is a fun little game for two players.  Read the poem together as a group a few times until the children learn it.  Then they can go off and get it from the shelf independently.  One child “reads” the poem while pointing to each word.  (I drew the dots on).  The other child closes his eyes while the reader hides two coins under the hats (you can use plastic cups or anything else).  The other child has to guess where the coins are.  It’s a very simple game, but super fun for this age group!  (Source: adapted from Kathy Griffin)

St Patricks Day Flip Book

Make a little flipbook with St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary words (Source: Selma Dawani)

More Ideas for March and St. Patrick’s Day

 

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St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activities

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St. Patrick’s Day Phonological Awareness Activities Pack

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St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Word Awareness Poem and Sequencing Cards

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St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Rhyming Riddles

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St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Beginning Sounds Build a Shamrock

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St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Ending Sounds I Spy Bingo

Activity 4: Ending Sounds I-Spy Bingo

St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Middle Vowel Sorting

Activity 5: Middle Sounds Vowel Sorting

St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Phoneme Segmenting and Blending

Activity 6: Phoneme Segmenting and Blending

St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activity Phoneme Substitution Cards

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Grace and Courtesy

by on February 16, 2014

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There are many ingredients that go into making a Montessori class magical.  I think one of the more important ones is the attention we pay to grace and courtesy.

Montessori Manners Grace and Courtesy

What is Grace and Courtesy?

This is the term we use to describe manners and learning what it means to be polite.

Grace and courtesy how to welcome a new student

Greeting a new student

Why teach Grace and Courtesy?

Everything in a Montessori classroom is designed to respond to the child’s developmental needs.  Children observe carefully and want to participate in the hustle and bustle of life around them.  Learning how to be part of society and developing relationships with others is extremely attractive to children – young and old.  Grace and courtesy lessons are some of the most popular lessons in our class!

Some Basics

 

Grace and courtesy make eye contact when speaking

How to make eye contact before speaking

Grace and Courtesy How to ask to join

How to ask if you’d like to join or watch someone else’s work

Grace and Courtesy how to work together

How to work together and take turns

Grace and Courtesy Working Together

grace and courtesy how to offer food

What to say when you are offering or receiving something

Flower arranging

How to take care of your surroundings

Grace and Courtesy on the telephone

How to speak to someone on the phone

We sometimes use little question cards in our Oral Language area to reinforce Grace and Courtesy skills

Valentine Vehicles Is it Kind Questions

Valentine Vehicles: Is it Kind? Questions (Source: Valentine Vehicles Preschool Pack )

Olympics- Is it Good Sportsmanship

Olympics: Is it Good Sportsmanship? Questions (Source: Mini Unit:Winter Games in Sochi )

As we put all these little skills together, the classroom becomes a community

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How to Teach Grace and Courtesy

I could write a book about this.  But I’m not going to because Deb Chitwood of Living Montessori Now has already written one!

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 Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy covers everything from start to finish.  Really, Deb’s book is your back-pocket resource for how to teach Grace and Courtesy.   Just take a look at the table of contents:

Part I: Using the Montessori Method to teach Grace and Courtesy

Chapter 1: The Preschool Child

Chapter 2: The Elementary Age Child

Part II: Basic Social Graces

Chapter 3: Introductions

Chapter 4: Greetings and Farewells

Chapter 5: Conversations

Chapter 6: Saying “Please,” “Thank You,” and “you’re Welcome”

Chapter 7: Saying “Excuse Me” and “I’m Sorry”

Chapter 8: Coping with Problems in Public (e.g. coughing, nose blowing, grooming etc.)

Chapter 9: Bathroom Manners

Chapter 10: Cleaning Up After Yourself

Chapter 11: Having Friends Visit

Chapter 12: Being a Guest at Someone’s House

Chapter 13: Table Manners

Chapter 14: Telephone Manners

Chapter 15: Letter Writing

Chapter 16: Games and Sports

Chapter 17: Showing Respect

The index is very thorough and will help you find the lesson for almost anything you can think of in a snap.  I think everyone who works with or has children should own this book.  It’s available as a Kindle edition on Amazon.  But you don’t have to own a Kindle in order to read it.  You can easily open it on your computer and mobile devices.  There are even ways to convert Kindle ebooks to PDF if you really must print it out.

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