I love creating new activities for my grandbaby. Today, I want to share ideas for simple sensory bottles for babies and toddlers using miniature farm animals, zoo animals, and ocean animals. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. I could have prepared sensory bottles for my granddaughter, Zoey, before she was 11 months old. I didn’t partly because she loved her Montessori-inspired mini discovery boxes, and I appreciated that they fit into her hand so well. Zoey was also obsessed with learning to walk and then with large-motor skills involved in walking and running. When

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Scissor cutting skills are important and challenging practical life skills for preschoolers. Today, I want to share some helpful ideas for creating Montessori-inspired scissor cutting activities. First, I want to share some helpful posts about developing scissor cutting skills. The posts aren’t intended as Montessori-inspired ideas, but they have helpful ideas that can be applied to a Montessori-inspired curriculum. Scissor Skills Information 10 activities to help develop pre-scissor skills to get the body ready for cutting from PediaStaff Cutting up: Fine motor activities to help develop scissor skills from Creative Connections for Kids Scissor Skills from Therapy Street for

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I had a lot of fun with my post today, finding free printables for phonics activities using wooden dots. 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). The wooden dots used in this post are from the complete Spielgaben set. The wooden dots are called points in the Spielgaben literature, although I’ve also seen them referred to as dots or small circles. In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed

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As much as I love Montessori private schools and Montessori homeschooling, I have a wish that Montessori public schools will someday become available everywhere. Today, I want to share some YouTube videos and other resources with Montessori public school ideas and inspiration. Montessori Public School Inspiration I always love to see Montessori in action, and it’s exciting to know that this video is from a Montessori public school … the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School in Hartford. Inspiration from Research: Does it Work? What Research Says About Montessori and Student Outcomes from National Center for Montessori in the Public

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun activities using free owl printables! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free owl printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired owl activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Owl Activities at PreK + K Sharing Owl Tot Pack (“5 Little Owls”)

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Practical life activities are some of the most important Montessori activities. They help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence … skills which help in all learning. I’m excited today to share some wonderful practical life activities from Montessori by Mom. They use materials from the Montessori By Mom Helping Hands Toolbox and a free printable. There are activities for babies through early elementary in the toolbox. Just choose the activities that fit the age and skill level of your child or children. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Helping Hands package for this

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My birthday was last week, and I’m lucky to have a husband who gives me a dozen roses for special occasions like birthdays. I hate to throw the roses away when they get old, so I was very happy today to create sensory activities for my granddaughter with the rose petals. Rose-petal sensory activities would work well after Mother’s Day, an anniversary, or any time you receive a bouquet of roses. If you have rose bushes, you’ll have even more times to create rose-petal activities. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Zoey is now

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Halloween songs are so much fun! I’ve been having a great time with my free circle time song series, and this one is extra fun! I like Halloween to be a non-scary holiday for young children, so I’m sharing songs that are fun and not too scary. There are many great CDs you can buy that I absolutely love (and used both as a teacher and homeschooler), but I’m just listing free resources here. You can typically find links to buy the CDs for songs on YouTube if you wish. These are songs that I’ve found online for preschool

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The Montessori grammar curriculum is truly amazing … a perfect hands-on way for children to understand grammar. Today, I’m sharing a number of traditional Montessori grammar activities and resources as well as some Montessori-inspired grammar activities. There are grammar activities for both 3-6 year olds and elementary-level students. Since Montessori education is individualized, I’m including both levels in this post so you can choose the activities that are best for your child or students. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Free Montessori Grammar Printables Noun Sorting Cards from Montessori Print Shop Grammar Printables from

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From my Google Analytics report for September 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. 123 Homeschool 4 Me 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. Fun-a-Day! 6. Edventures with Kids 7. Gift of Curiosity 8. PreK + K Sharing 9. Crystal & Co. 10. No Time for Flash Cards Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Fall Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. Free

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I had a great time last Sunday meeting with Tanya from The Natural Homeschool when her family was in San Diego for a visit. She did a sweet interview and even had questions for me from a number of lovely Montessori bloggers. Tanya’s Interview at The Natural Homeschool Here’s the link to Tanya’s interview: Fun Interview with Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now. Be sure to check out The Natural Homeschool blog while you’re there … it’s awesome! And check out the blogs of all the Montessori bloggers who asked questions … amazing blogs! Thanks so much to Tanya

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Singing “Old MacDonald” and saying animal sounds with babies and toddlers is always fun, so I decided to prepare a Montessori-inspired farm-animal matching and vocabulary activity for a baby or toddler. My granddaughter, Zoey, is now 10 months old and loves animals. She doesn’t have a pet, but she loves seeing dogs during our walks around the neighborhood. She also loves watching the animals at the zoo. Since Zoey lives in San Diego and doesn’t have many opportunities to see farm animals other than the ones that are at the zoo, I decided to make an animal activity focusing

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I had fun preparing some Montessori-inspired activities using spheres, cubes, and cylinders along with free printables. The activities can be adapted for a variety of levels. 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). The spheres, cubes, and cylinders used in this post are from the complete Spielgaben set. Spielgaben toys are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. They come with over 1,000 pages of supplementary learning materials that help you as a parent or

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It’s no secret that babies have an intense need for movement. When your baby is crawling and wants to learn to walk, you might find that your baby seems to lose interest in toys and other learning experiences, instead focusing on moving as much as possible. Don’t worry if that’s the case. It’s simply the urgency of your baby’s sensitive period that you’re observing. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Both my kids walked early, and Zoey started walking at nine months. They each had plenty of practice crawling before walking as well. While

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for October 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my October Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of October dates, making it less likely that you’ll miss an event. I love using unit studies and themed activities for holidays and calendar observances. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. You might choose to plan unit studies based on your

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I LOVE the greater than, less than alligator for introducing the concepts of greater than and less than to young children. I have links to some free greater than, less than alligator printables as well as Montessori-inspired greater than, less than alligator math activities in previous posts. Today, I want to consolidate the greater than, less than alligator free printables and activities into this post so they’re easy to find. Free Greater Than, Less Than Alligator Math Printables Alligator Work Station from The Littlest Scholars (used in my previous “Montessori-Inspired Greater Than Less Than Alligator Math” post at PreK

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I’m excited to be part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups! My roundup has 20 pumpkin phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills in the fall. Montessori Phonics Phonics is a very important part of the Montessori language curriculum. Note: In Montessori education, we teach phonetic sounds before letter names. For any of the activities below, I would emphasize the letter sounds. Also, if you want to follow Montessori tradition, make the letters lowercase for your activities. Of course, set up your activities however works best

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Ahoy, mateys! It’s time for some pirate fun! A pirate unit is great at any time, but it works especially well in the summer or at the start of the school year when you’re looking for high-interest activities. It can also be a fun unit for any time your child wants to wear a pirate costume. And International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 is a perfect time for a mini-unit focusing on pirates. (See “Stuff for Junior Pirates” from the original Talk Like a Pirate Day site.) Following are some fun Montessori-inspired pirate activities from around

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun activities using apples, a popular theme in the fall! Here, I’m sharing the links to free apple printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired apple activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Apple Activities at PreK + K Sharing Candy Apple Math Game from No Time for Flash Cards

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I’ve had a lot of fun starting my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. The songs and rhymes in today’s post are non-holiday fall songs and rhymes. I’ll have separate posts for Halloween and Thanksgiving songs and rhymes. UPDATE: See my “Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time” for fun, non-scary Halloween songs. There are lots of wonderful CDs you can buy that I absolutely love (and used both as a teacher and homeschooler), but I’m just listing free resources here. You can typically find links to buy the CDs for songs on YouTube if

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Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. *** I had fun preparing Montessori spaces for my children at home. Now I’m having fun preparing Montessori spaces for my granddaughter. I take care of my 10- month-old granddaughter, Zoey, a number of afternoons each week. I wouldn’t be comfortable having a home that

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Today is International Literacy Day. I want to share some great Montessori-inspired activities that can be used with the extremely popular classic book about colors Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? A Brown Bear, Brown Bear theme is great at any time, but it’s often used early in the school year as a fun way to reinforce color names. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). While not a Montessori book that uses realistic images, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., (illustrated by Eric Carle) is one

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The giveaway has ended. Check out the post below to learn more about Artterro and the Artterro Deluxe Bubble Wand kit. Also, get the link for a fun giant bubble recipe and a coupon code for 20% off at Artterro through September 30! See right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the giveaway winner. My family had a fun time with bubble wands and giant bubbles. I’m happy to host a giveaway of two Artterro eco art kits … a Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit and a Canvas Book  Kit (ARV $58)! The giveaway is open in the

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From my Google Analytics report for August 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Fantastic Fun and Learning 2. Dirt and Boogers 3. Free Homeschool Deals 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. 123 Homeschool 4 Me 6. Kids Activities Blog 7. Teaching Mama 8. Buggy and Buddy 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Montessori Nature Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. 30+ Free Printables for First Day of School Photos 3. In What Order

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I love that Montessori principles can be used in some way in any home. You just have to choose what’s best for you and your family. Today, I’m sharing my main posts about how to create a Montessori-friendly home. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost you you). My Posts about Creating a Montessori-Friendly Home How Can Montessori Fit into Your Family? Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home Simple Montessori at Home Set-up Montessori at Home Simplified Montessori at Home Q & A How to Prepare a

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Last month, I shared Montessori-inspired activities using the Shells and Starfish Toolbox from Montessori By Mom. Today, I’m sharing activities using the materials from the Montessori By Mom Shoots and Sprouts Toolbox and a free printable. I prepared some activities for babies through early elementary. Just choose the activities that fit the ages and skill level of your child or children. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Shoots and Sprouts package for this review/activity post. Montessori By Mom Montessori By Mom is a small business started by Nathan and Teresa Hadsall, two teachers who

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for September 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my September Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of September dates, making it less likely that you’ll miss an event. I love using unit studies and themed activities for holidays and calendar observances. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. You might choose to plan unit studies based on your

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