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Monday, June 18, 2012

People of the Ancient World - series of books

Scholastic now publishes this great set of books. The books are mostly 6th grade reading level and appropriate for history studies of the Montessori elementary children. Scholastic lists the Mayan book as 3rd grade reading level; reviews are forthcoming when our copy arrives!

These books are great for pulling information to give to the lower elementary children, then inviting the 3rd graders to read selections for themselves. With wonderful artwork, non-bias explanations, the civilizations shine forth on their own merit, demonstrating to the children their development and decline over periods of centuries.

A list of available books on Amazon - as of the date of this post, all the books are available for less than $10 each, and are on 4-for-3 - buy 4 and the 4th is free! includes free super saver shipping too!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life of Fred Mathematics

Life of Fred Mathematics books are great reading books with some practice for ways to apply mathematics to every day life.

As a supplement, they are great for a Montessori child looking for humor and applicability.

They could also be used in the adolescent years as a way of preparing for high school mathematics, while affirming the young adolescent's need for consolidation and applicability.

Life of Fred Elementary Set

Monday, June 11, 2012

History: Magazine Subscription - DIG

Dig - Archaeology for Kids

This website and related magazine are great for Montessori children aged 7 and up, for those with a love and appreciation for history.

The whole website is rich in resources: articles, art, submissions, teacher's area with lesson plans and ideas for setting up a history-friendly environment, and so much more.

The teacher's area even includes the topics for at least the next year's worth of issues.

Friday, June 8, 2012

History of Mathematics - YouTube Videos

YouTube has videos on the history of mathematics:

A series of 4 BBC documentaries on the History of Maths
Could be used for the adult to preview and share the stories orally with your younger elementary children; older elementary, middle school and older might be interested in actually watching them. They are geared more for older children and adults in the style of presentation.

The Story of 1 - presented by Terry Jones - BBC
This one would be great for older elementary and older children to watch as a review of what they've already learned, tying in things like the Pythagorean Theorem, non-real numbers and the like. There is some borderline crass humor and some "violence" (Arabic/Indian numeral 1s eradicating the Roman Numeral I; later the 1s and 0s are seen doing some slight graffiti - British humor, all in good fun).

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Maestro Classics

Maestro ClassicsMaestro Classics is a great site for classical music studies.

In addition to their great collection, they have samples, downloadable lesson plans for school or homeschool, a kids club newsletter with activities and more. Each CD is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and some CDs have varying options - for example Swan Lake has both a narrated and a purely orchestral version.

Their website is just beautiful too!

Currently available:
9 CD Collection• Peter and the Wolf
• The Story of Swan Lake

• The Sorcerer's Apprentice
• My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel's Water Music
• The Solider's Tale
• The Tortoise and the Hare

• Juanita the Spanish Lobster
• Casey at the Bat

• Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Monday, June 4, 2012

Celestial Almanack - Astronomy for Everyone

Celestial Almanack, Vol. 1, No. 5 - May, 2012The Celestial Almanack has been a great resource for studying the night sky withOUT the use of any equipment besides one's own eyes (and a notebook, drawing pad and an open mind).

There is enough in every issue for the youngest crowd, while still providing new material for the oldest; and lots in between!

Back issues are currently deeply discounted. Each issue includes current events as well as what happens EVERY year at this time.

Please support this resource! It is written by a homeschooling dad who has a passion for astronomy. His main website can be found at Classical Astronomy.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Business Math for Elementary Children

Your Business Math Series: Pet, Sports, and Book Store

Simple Charlotte Mason - Your Business Math Series - Printed
Simply Charlotte Mason - Your Business Math Series - E-Book

Your Business Math is geared for 8-12 year olds; but with Montessori experience, a child could use it sooner OR it could be an excellent introduction into the business world for the older elementary or early adolescent student.

Or if you have an older student transitioning into elementary Montessori, this could be a good way to purge any math-phobia, make the subject applicable to their lives, while you are introducing the other areas of the Montessori elementary environment. Then delve into math slowly as the child becomes ready.

Adolescent children should be delving into economics, running their own real business; this program is an excellent introduction for them, given either in elementary or as soon as you consider Montessori for your adolescent.