This month we have the absolute pleasure of giving away a digital copy of “Creative Yoga for Children“. It’s contains over 200 pages of mindful goodness!
It’s a wonderful resource of 40 (clearly laid-out) lesson plans for children ages 4-12 years. It compliments the Montessori classroom beautifully (developed and written by an experienced Montessori and yoga teacher), but can be implemented in any style of classroom with great success.
Why bring yoga into your classroom? Studies show that yoga improves students’ behavior, physical health, academic performance, and attitudes toward themselves.
Creative Yoga for Children is a perfect resource for schools seeking to incorporate yoga and mindfulness programs into their curriculum, or for parents to encourage body-mind awareness at home. Creative Yoga for Children promotes physical, emotional, and social development through stress reduction, movement, and free exploration.
What makes this book such a gem? There are so many reasons!
- It’s not limited to experienced Yoga teachers; anyone can use this book.
- The book is clearly laid out with class themes relevant to any system of education.
- It’s divided into three age groups: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12.
- It incorporates yoga and educational concepts; full body and mind experiences.
- Each class includes the following: educational elements, props, intention, warm-up, connect, activity, breath, book, meditation, and gratitude. There is also an indication of the length of time for each segment of the class.
- The book also includes: Book List, Arts & Crafts, Partner Pose Guide, photographic Poses (sea creatures, birds, mammals, amphibians & reptiles, insects, vegetables, minerals), Mudra Guide, Vinyasas (Warm-Up Flows), and Breathing Exercises.
To learn more about Creative Yoga for Children please visit their website.
We’re giving away 1 digital copy of Creative Yoga for Children.
Open World-Wide from Monday Nov 24 – Wednesday Dec 3, 2014
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NOTE: We were provided a free copy of Creative Yoga for Children for this review, however all opinions are our own and were not influenced by this. This post contains links to purchase this book through various sources – these are not affiliate links (we do not receive any financial compensation for the sale of Creative Yoga for Children).
We’ve previously discussed the goals of a Primary Montessori Program to help Administrators and Teachers keep focus on their program. And to also help parents to begin to understand what to look for in a strong Primary Montessori program.
One of the difficulties in running a Primary Montessori program is keeping the families in the program for the full 3 year cycle. Most often there are financial issues involved, pressure from family, friends, and neighbors to send the children to the local (free) Kindergarten program.
There are so many reasons to keep a child in a Primary Montessori program for the full 3 years. Unfortunately, many parents don’t consider the long-term gain and goals of completing the program – they’re only looking at the short-term financial/transportation/social relief that might accompany their decision to leave the program after the second year.
AMS (American Montessori Society) has created a lovely video that outlines many of the reasons for the children to complete the Primary Montessori three-year cycle.
Side Note: We’re not fond of the constant use of the word ‘kindergarten’ used throughout this video. A traditional Kindergarten program and a Montessori program offer entirely different philosophies and materials. We’re not sure why AMS uses the term throughout the video. However, the video is well done and certainly deserves 3½ minutes of your time.
Great News! We’ve completed all 217 sets of Montessori Nomenclature in red accents. So now all nomenclature is available in both color accents and red accents.
AMI schools tend to use the red accent nomenclature cards and books. The red isolates each part without any distraction of various colors or shades. Our nomenclature cards are formatted in a 3-part card series and include 1 card with a label, 1 card without a label, and 1 label for each part of nomenclature. A black-line master is included so that the children can create their own booklet once they have learned all the parts.
Some of the nomenclature also has a book available that illustrates and describes the various parts that are shown in the cards. The books are typically introduced once the children are familiar with the nomenclature cards and are showing interest in the finer details of a subject.
On our website we offer tutorials on how to prepare 3-part cards, Bind a Booklet, store black-line masters, store Nomenclature Cards and Books, and most importantly – How to Use Montessori Nomenclature.
To get you started on your new red nomenclature cards and books we’re offering you a great deal: Save 20% on all Red Nomenclature Cards! Valid Nov 14 – Nov 28, 2014.
The coupon is only valid on Nomenclature with red accents. Use this link to apply the 20% OFF discount code directly to your shopping cart
Free Halloween Photo Matching Cards
This work includes:
- 12 photographic cards with black borders – print 2 copies
- 12 photographic cards without black borders (same images as the bordered ones)
To download this free item visit our Free Downloads page (you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the download page to find this item).
It’s been a busy month here at MPS! Lots of New Materials have been completed this month (full list of New Materials). As always, you can find them in our online store.
Some of our favorite brand new Nomenclature (in a 3-part card format):And finally (because so many of you have asked over the years), Elementary Language Key Experiences (presentations and printable extension lessons):
Here is a 20% OFF Coupon Code: OctThanks2014 (link applies the coupon directly to your shopping cart). The code is valid until Oct 31, 2014 (11:59pm EDT).
We’ve recently made some revisions to our FREE Geography Passport. There are now 3 versions of it – to be more accommodating for younger children who do not have the skills to fill in the full version. Visit our Free Geography Downloads page to get those various files.
If you’ve not signed up for our Newsletters, or checked in with us on Facebook lately, then you’ve probably not received our 20% OFF “Gotta Have It” Coupon Code.
It’s now a few weeks into the new school year. You’ve had a chance to settle in your classroom and get to know your students. Perhaps you’ve found their interests lie in topics that you weren’t expecting or aren’t prepared for. Is your budget a little slim after all your back to school shopping, but you’re desperate for more materials? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Our “Gotta Have It” Coupon Code will save you 20% OFF everything (including New and Sale items).
A few New Items this month include Life Cycle of the Sea Turtle Cards and Book:By The Sea Cutting Strips
By The Sea Pin-Poke & CuttingChicken Life Cycle Cards and Book This link will apply the 20% OFF directly to your shopping cart, or use GHISept2014 at checkout. Valid until Sept 30, 2014.
Our summer is winding down here in Ontario Canada, and most teachers are busy preparing new materials for the classrooms. We know budgets for materials are usually quite tight (often coming out of the teacher’s own pocketbook), so we’re happy to be able to offer you all a nice discount before school starts.
If you click here the 20% OFF will be applied directly to your shopping cart. Enjoy!
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends. As the summer progresses we’re sure you’re starting to think about the beginning of the new school year and all of the wonderful new materials you plan on adding to your classroom.
Some of the new materials available in our store:
US State Flowers
Addition Snake Game Cards
And did you download the FREE printable we listed in June? It’s a fun set of 3-part cards that highlights 14 different marsupials. It’s a great starting point for children who are interested in marsupials. You can download it here (if it doesn’t download properly, try another browser: IE, Chrome, etc).
FREE Marsupial 3-Part CardsFor those of you who are new to MPS, you can download over 60+ free Montessori printables on our Free Downloads page.
We’ve also begun a selection of Elementary Nomenclature. What’s the difference between the Elementary Nomenclature and the Primary Nomenclature? The Primary Nomenclature is offered as 3-part cards with each “part” highlighted in color or in red. This helps bring each “part” to the attention of the children without distraction.The materials also include a black-line master so that the children can color, label, and create their own nomenclature booklet.
The Elementary Nomenclature is formatted to a black and white letter-sized page with all of the “parts” labeled (usually more parts are identified than with the Primary Nomenclature). Another page comes with lines but no labels. And yet a third page comes without lines or labels – giving the child the freedom to label, color, or make notations as desired. We’ve also included 1 page of 4 smaller black-line masters for children who still wish to make a booklet as they did in the Primary classroom.
We’d like to help you out with some new materials by hosting a giveaway! We now have 9 Elementary Nomenclature materials available and we’re going to give them away to 2 lucky winners. All materials come in pdf file format – you download the file and print it as needed.
Included in this Giveaway are the following Elementary Nomenclature files:
- honey bee
- pill bug
Remember, there will be 2 winners. Once the mandatory entry is completed you will have access to additional entries (some of which are available each day).
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Here is a wonderful short video of a 3 hour Montessori work cycle (over 3000 photographs taken at Dundas Valley Montessori School). It’s a beautiful, bright environment, lovely children, and some really fantastic work is accomplished. It will make you smile.
Happy summer holidays to those of you who have already wrapped up your school year! Take a breath, enjoy the sunshine and time with your families.
Did you read our June Newsletter? Check it out.
As you know, the summer will pass quickly and it’s important to do some prep work for the next school year. We’re going to help you out by giving away 38 sets of Nomenclature Cards (Bundle 1 and Bundle 2) that has a retail value of $89.07 in our store.
Bundle 1 includes 16 sets of different nomenclature Each of the parts are offered in a 3-part card format (learn how to use nomenclature) and are illustrated in full color.
Sample of what’s included in Bundle 1
Bundle 2 includes 22 sets of 3-part cards:
Sample of what’s included in Bundle 2So how do you win these 2 fantastic Nomenclature Bundles? Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!
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