April was such a fun month … filled with my 6th blogiversary giveaways and spring activities! Thanks so much to everyone who participated! ūüôā Top 10s and Thank You‚Äôs for April 2016 … from my Google Analytics Report Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Natural Beach Living 2. Totschooling 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. Montessori Nature 5. Fantastic Fun and Learning 6. Mama’s Happy Hive 7. Fun-a-Day 8. Teaching Mama 9. Busy Toddler 10. PreK + K Sharing Thank you to all my readers!

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Shhh! Don’t tell Zoey’s mom! My 2¬Ĺ-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, made her Mother’s Day gift yesterday, and it turned out so cute! I love how inexpensive, simple, sweet, and versatile a craft stick photo frame is. And it’s the type of gift a mom will treasure forever! Of course, this isn’t just a great gift for Mother’s Day … it’s perfect for Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, a special person’s birthday, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Day … any time you need a heartfelt, handmade gift. Materials Used for Craft Stick Photo Frame Gift I actually had all the materials from other projects,

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Whenever possible, it’s fun to take learning outdoors. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to do that, though. I found a fun way to take learning letter sounds outdoors with our tactile nature letters. My 2¬Ĺ-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, my daughter, Christina (Zoey’s aunt), and I were able to combine a nature walk with work on fine-motor skills and learning phonetic letter sounds! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Free Printable Letter Templates for Tactile Letters To download, click here¬†and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF¬†to save

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Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated in the U.S., but too few Americans actually understand what Cinco de Mayo is (other than Spanish for the 5th of May). No, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Your children can learn what it’s about and learn some Cinco de Mayo songs, too! Note: This post is part of my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. For non-holiday spring¬†songs and rhymes, see my “Free Spring¬†Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time” post. For educational songs and rhymes at any time of year, see my “Free Educational Songs for

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I’m a chocoholic. But I want to eat a healthy, balanced diet. And I want¬†to add super foods like blueberries into my diet. So I was very excited to discover that¬†these protein-rich blueberry muffins¬†satisfy¬†even a chocoholic like me. And my almost-2-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves them! These gluten-free blueberry muffins are both healthy and tasty … even a bit addicting! One of these blueberry muffins with soymilk (especially chocolate soymilk!) makes me a happy camper for the morning! As I said last month, we have a number of food allergies in our family. On top of that, my husband and

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I’ve been in love with the Maestro Classics collection for kids for a number of years now but was frustrated that it wasn’t around when my kids were growing up. I’m so excited that now I’m able to share the CDs¬†with my almost-2-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Zoey! Today, I‚Äôm sharing Montessori-inspired activities that work well for a¬†unit study for multiple ages centered on the title¬†Juanita the Spanish Lobster (Juanita la langosta espa√Īola). I have a Montessori-inspired music appreciation series with activities to go with the wonderful Maestro Classics albums. I love Maestro Classics as a way for families (or classes) to

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Parents and teachers often have difficulty finding books that are truly Montessori-friendly when teaching concepts such as letters and numbers. I’m excited today to share books from a Montessori-inspired publisher that might be new to you. That Montessori-inspired book publisher is¬†Hands-on-Prints. Disclosure: Hands-on-Prints gave me a copy of each book in this review. I was not required to write anything positive, and my opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains Amazon and Book Depository Affiliate Links. I love finding a publisher that specifically focuses on Montessori-inspired books for children. Not only do the books from Hands-on-Prints

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The giveaway has now ended. Check the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winner! And be sure to check your newsletter on Sunday for a special deal from Maestro Classics! It’s time for my final 6th blogiversary giveaway! I have a FABULOUS giveaway sponsored by Maestro Classics! Someone from the U.S. has a chance to win the Maestro Classics 12-CD Collection for a child, homeschool, preschool, or elementary school!!! (Total value approximately $150!) And there‚Äôs a worldwide option, too!¬† If the winner is from outside the U.S., the winner will receive

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Earth Day is so important, yet it can be hard to know how to fully honor it. My daughter and I have been creating some special printables to help. Today, we have a free recycling do-a-dot printable. It’s another instant download … super simple and super versatile! Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now My daughter, Christina¬†(a former Montessori child),¬†and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The¬†printables are¬†typically themed and¬†use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them): They use isolation of quality. They

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Are you looking for some hands-on Earth Day activities? I’ve got some special Earth Day printables and activities for you!¬†I‚Äôm excited today to share free recycling¬†cutting strips! The cutting strips are¬†an instant download and super easy¬†to download and¬†prepare. Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now My daughter, Christina¬†(a former Montessori child),¬†and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. (Note: Christina has some sweet spring- and summer-themed kids’ fitness printables that are great for homes or classrooms!) The¬†printables are¬†typically themed and¬†use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler

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Do you wonder how to get your child or students interested in recycling? The Earth Day celebration each spring is a perfect time to focus on recycling awareness and activities, although, of course, it should be Earth Day every day! To help you out, my¬†new post at PreK + K Sharing focuses on recycling. Today, I have some Montessori-inspired recycling¬†activities using free recycling¬†printables …¬†perfect for Earth Day every day. I’m also excited to share my latest subscriber freebie … a Montessori-inspired recycling¬†pack! Here, I‚Äôm also sharing the links to lots of free recycling¬†printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and

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Happy¬†Songkran (Thai New Year)! April 13 is also the official day of¬†my Living Montessori Now 6th blogiversary! Thailand is the third package of the year-two Little Passports World Edition Subscription. If you’d like some supplemental activities, you’re in luck! Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Thailand¬†package. Disclosure: I‚Äôm an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a 2-year subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. I have posts for each of the year-one packages with Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. Periodically, I’ll be sharing posts for

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been in love¬†with the moon for quite awhile now. I wanted to help extend that interest. So I’ve gathered some Montessori-inspired moon activities that work well for toddlers or preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Observing the Moon Zoey has the most contagious excitement about seeing the moon! So, of course, we have to look for the moon each night. We sometimes even look during the day. Talking about moon phases has already become a long-running activity of ours. Moon Shelf for Toddlers and Preschoolers I often use

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If you’ve studied Montessori sensitive periods, you know that children from ages 1¬Ĺ-4 have an extreme interest in small objects and details. You can use that interest to make teaching phonics easier at home or in the classroom. I’ve put together some spring phonics activities using¬†¬†small objects that my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been having fun with lately. Note: With children under age 3, be extra careful if you use small objects. If your toddler¬†still mouths objects, you will need to constantly supervise any activity and put it up out of reach as soon as you’re finished or use

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My daughter’s cat (and our family’s cat), Caressa, died on Tuesday. Caressa was 15 years old, had lymphoma, and lived two years longer than the vet initially expected. But still, it was sad … and is sad. Even though Caressa didn’t live with my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey (Caressa lived with my daughter, Christina, and her husband, Tom), Zoey loved Caressa. So I needed to explain Caressa’s death to Zoey in the best way possible. I like to use books to discuss difficult topics with children, so I used some special children’s books to help Zoey¬†understand a bit about the

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The giveaway is now closed, but my 6th blogiversary¬†party is just getting started! See the announcement of the winner at the bottom of my post right below the Rafflecopter form … and check out my new giveaway starting this morning! Also,¬†check out the special discounts! Montessori Print Shop has a discount code for my readers: 15% OFF¬† Coupon Code: LMN6BLOG¬† Valid April 13‚Äď April 20, 2016 Montessori at Home is giving my readers $2 off the normally $10.95 Montessori at Home eBook! Click on this link for the discount: Montessori At Home! eBook $2 Discount It’s time for the

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Focusing on letter sounds with toddlers and preschoolers can be a daunting task for parents … or it can be quite¬†easy. Today, I have a simple, easily rotated activity that you can use to teach letter sounds one at a time to toddlers and preschoolers. Simple, Easily Rotated Activity to Teach Letter Sounds¬†– YouTube¬†Video In this video, my daughter, Christina, tells about a simple way we focus on individual letters with my 2-year-old (almost 2 1/2 year old) granddaughter, Zoey (Christina’s niece). Zoey loves songs and rhymes, so this is perfect for her … and easy for me to

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Happy April Fool’s Day! But¬†how much I appreciate all¬†of you is no joke! Special note: April is my 6th blogiversary month!!! Watch for an AWESOME giveaway starting¬†next week! ūüôā Top 10s and Thank You‚Äôs for March¬†2016¬†… from my Google Analytics Report Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. PreKinders 2. Fun-a-Day 3.¬†Natural Beach Living 4. Montessori Nature 5.¬†Kids Activities Blog 6.¬†PreK + K Sharing 7. Mama’s Happy Hive 8. Parents 9.¬†Teaching Mama 10.¬†Fantastic Fun and Learning Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited

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My daughter and I love to create Montessori-inspired printables for you! Today, I have a free butterfly do-a-dot printable to go with my other butterfly-themed printables and activities. It’s an instant download … super simple!   Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now My daughter, Christina¬†(a former Montessori child),¬†and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The¬†printables are¬†typically themed and¬†use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them): They use isolation of quality. They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Whenever I can,

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Even though we live in San Diego, I like to find seasonal activities for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. I decided to make some spring trays using free printables that would work for a variety of ages using Spielgaben toys. While the activities here are for 2 or 3 year olds through first graders, two of these trays work well for my granddaughter. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spielgaben. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been having lots of fun with our butterfly theme and /b/letter sound work, so I wanted to put together a butterfly sensory bin for her.¬†After I got the necessary materials, it was simple to put together.¬†It’s easily adaptable, so I have lots of plans for adding to the learning activities and keeping it exciting for¬†Zoey for the next month. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Butterfly Sensory Bin – YouTube Video Zoey always has so much fun with her sensory bins … and I love her reactions! Sensory bins

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Are you looking for great spring books for kids? Spring is a wonderful time for garden adventures, both in the backyard and in books. You’ll find spring book lists here of favorite garden books for ages 3-5 and 6-10. Of course, the ages will often overlap and¬†vary according to each unique child. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Little Passports. It contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).¬† Spring Book List: Children’s Books with Garden Adventures for Ages 3-5 One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book by Kathryn Cave (Author), Gis√®le Wulfsohn (Photographer) A counting book

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We have a number of food allergies in our family. On top of that, my husband and I have been vegetarians for over 40 years, our kids are lifelong vegetarians, and we have more than one family member with low thyroid¬†(including me).¬†So I’m very picky about what I cook or bake. These flourless peanut butter chocolate chip muffins work for all our family members’ diets! And they’re kid approved … my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves them and helps make them! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Quick and Delicious Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

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I love butterfly activities in the spring and summer!¬†I‚Äôm excited to share a second cutting strips printable …¬†free Montessori-inspired butterfly¬†cutting strips! The cutting strips are¬†an instant download and super easy¬†to download and¬†prepare! Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now My daughter, Christina¬†(a former Montessori child),¬†and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. (Note: Christina has some sweet spring- and summer-themed kids’ fitness printables that are great for homes or classrooms!) The¬†printables are¬†typically themed and¬†use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them). The cutting strips¬†use

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I had a lot of fun with our nature walk and nature cutting tray yesterday. I wanted to extend the activity in an inviting and easily accessible way. So I decided to prepare a Montessori nature tray with both magnification work and flower arranging. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori Nature Tray with Magnification Work and Flower Arranging It was very simple to put together a nature tray with the materials I already had from other work. This is a perfect tray for spring or summer, although it

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I’m always looking for creative ways to combine nature with learning activities. My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey is working on her scissor skills, so I was excited to find an idea that combines one of her favorite activities with scissor cutting work.   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I was given a copy of A Bit of Dirt for social media sharing. I was not required to write a review (or write anything positive about the book). Everything here is honest and my opinion. The nature cutting tray is¬†just one of the creative ideas¬†from

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Spring is in the air … and soon butterflies will be, too! It‚Äôs the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some Montessori-inspired butterfly¬†activities using free butterfly¬†printables … perfect for spring and summer. I’m excited to share my latest subscriber freebie … a Montessori-inspired butterfly pack! Here, I‚Äôm also sharing the links to lots of free butterfly¬†printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep the list manageable, I’m¬†sharing links that are specifically related to¬†butterflies rather than caterpillars except where the printable focuses¬†on the complete butterfly

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