Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Native American Unit

Montessori-Inspired Native American UnitAlthough you could study Native Americans at any time of the year, fall is an especially appropriate time for a Native American unit study. Various states and regions celebrate Native American Day in the fall.

Today is Columbus Day for many people, although I think of it now as Native American Day. I grew up in South Dakota, and my husband and I lived in South Dakota when our children were little. Since 1990, South Dakota has observed Native American Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. Berkeley, California, celebrates Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October.

Native American Day is also a state holiday in California on the fourth Friday of September. The fourth Monday in September is American Indian Day in Tennessee. November is Native American Heritage Month.

In honor of Native American Day today, I’d like to share some Montessori-inspired Native American resources from around the blogosphere.

Montessori-Inspired Native American Activities

Free Native American Homes from Montessori for Everyone

Native American Card Set (affiliate link) on Sale at Montessori Services

Native American Object Tray (Photo from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori)

Native American Object Tray (Photo from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori)

Native American posts from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori (Photo from Native American Object Trays for Cultural Studies)

Series of Native American Unit YouTube videos from Inspired Montessori’s YouTube Channel

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message from The Work Plan

Montessori Thanksgiving Activities for Young Children (including a sensory tub with Native American seed beads) from Examiner

Native American Small World and Sensory Play (Photo from Crayon Box Chronicles)

Native American Small World and Sensory Play (Photo from Crayon Box Chronicles)

Native American Small World and Drum Craft from Crayon Box Chronicles

Montessori Continent Boxes (my post with resources for continent boxes from around the blogosphere)

Native American Dolls (Photo from Making Montessori Ours)

Native American Dolls (Photo from Making Montessori Ours)

North American Continent Box from Making Montessori Ours

Native American Seed Bead Loom Strips (Photo from Hands On Homeschooler)

Native American Seed Bead Loom Strips (Photo from Hands On Homeschooler)

DIY Native American Turtle Rattle by Daria of Daria’s Music at The Hands-On Homeschooler; North America Swap (Photo) and Native American tale of Grand-Mère from The Hands-On Homeschooler

Creating the Trail of Tears Map (Photo from We Don't Need No Education)

Creating the Trail of Tears Map (Photo from We Don’t Need No Education)

Creating a Map of the Trail of Tears (Photo) and Creating a Native American Themed Story from We Don’t Need No Education

General Montessori-Inspired History and Geography Resources

Montessori Cultural Geography and History – From Birth to Age Twelve from Michael Olaf

Affordable History Resources for a Montessori Environment from Montessori on a Budget

Montessori Monday Link-Up

Montessori MondayIf you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.

Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky at 6:00 a.m. EST each Monday and keep the linky open throughout the week.

Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome! I’m not able to comment on every post, but I do a lot of pinning on Pinterest and sharing on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page from the Montessori Monday link-up. Thanks for participating!


For community discussions, please join us at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page, We Teach Montessori Group, and/or Google+ Montessori Community. The We Teach Montessori group has a Member Resources Sharing (for resources such as freebies and series) as well as a Linky Party for We Teach Montessori. We Teach Montessori has a linky just like the one here except that it’s continuous where you may add your Montessori-inspired activities and ideas to the same linky. New links will go to the top of the linky. I’d love to see us build up a great collection of Montessori-inspired ideas there, too. After you link up here, why not hop over to the We Teach Montessori Group and link up there?! And don’t forget the Saturday/Sunday Parent/Teacher Preparation Days share where you may share a kid-related activity of any kind at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page!

It’s also Motivational Monday on Mondays now! I invite you to share something positive on the Bits of Positivity Facebook page (Bits of Positivity is my other blog) to help us all get a good start on the work/school week. You might share an inspirational or motivational quote, positive graphic, or post about finding balance or simplifying your life. Or you might share a post on organizing, an encouraging post, a post about making a difference in the world, or a positive parenting post. Just go ahead and share on the Bits of Positivity wall any time today! (Please “like” the Bits of Positivity Facebook page if you haven’t already.) I’ll be pinning a number of ideas to my regular Pinterest boards.

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