In Montessori education, practical life activities are the most important activities for toddlers and young preschoolers. Activities for care of the environment are both fun and great for developing order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Today, I want to share some ideas and a YouTube video with Montessori cleaning activities that work well for both toddlers and preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).  Montessori Practical Life Cleaning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers Here’s a YouTube video with my daughter, Christina, and my 16-month-old granddaughter (Christina’s niece), Zoey. I did the directing and filming, and we all had a

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I love to create educational activities with plastic Easter eggs because of the interest they add to springtime learning. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired Easter activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for up to age 12, although my activities today are for preschoolers.   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 toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys

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I love spring, so April is an especially fun month for me. Today, I’m sharing my calendar of April themed activities for kids. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts listed by themes in my “Montessori-Inspired Unit Studies + Seasonal and Holiday Activities”post. Here you’ll find lots of themes for April according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for April 2015 (April changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Life Cycle Activities Montessori-Inspired Farm Animal Matching/Vocabulary for Babies and Toddlers Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Toddler Vocabulary with Animals and

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Easter has so many wonderful songs, both classic and new, to share with children. Today, I’m adding both Christian and secular Easter songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday spring songs and rhymes, check out my Free Spring Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. For other holidays, check out the links right above my signature. There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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

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There are many Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers available to purchase. But I think the very best Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers are designed by a loved one. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). What Are Montessori-Friendly Books for Babies and Toddlers? If you read my “Best Montessori-Friendly Books for Babies {Gift Guide},” you’ll see that Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers have realistic images. The books might have real pictures or drawings, but they don’t have fantasy or smiling- or talking animals. Babies and toddlers are learning about their world, so it’s

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Parents often wonder how to teach letters and phonics to their children. It’s easy for you to teach letter sounds at home. You just need to know a few simple techniques based on Montessori principles. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Letter Sound Games with Toddlers There are many letter sound games you can play with toddlers and preschoolers. You can start with simple phonetic sound games with a toddler. The game can use any toy your child loves. In our video today, my daughter, Christina, played a phonetic sound game with Zoey (my

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Ever since I started Living Montessori Now in 2010, I’ve periodically shared YouTube videos to give ideas and inspiration for both parents and teachers. I recently started a special category of Montessori at Home videos.   Videos with Montessori Ideas and Inspiration for Parents and Teachers Here are some categories of Montessori videos you’ll find at Living Montessori Now: Teaching Videos – These are especially great for teachers but helpful for homeschoolers, too Montessori Schools – Video Ideas and Inspiration – These videos are wonderful for anyone. Parents with children in Montessori schools will understand their child’s activities better.

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some rainbow activities using free rainbow printables … perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any rainbow-themed unit! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free rainbow printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). Some of the rainbow printables are in packs specifically related to rainbows while others are part of St. Patrick’s Day or other printable packs. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired

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I’m very excited to announce a free training workshop! It’s for parents who are new to Montessori. And it’s for parents who want to use Montessori at home but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. UPDATE AFTER THE WORKSHOP : Thanks so much to everyone who attended! It was a lot of fun! You can now receive video access here: Montessori Crash Course Free Workshop. I’ve teamed up with Jo Ebisujima from My Organized Chaos to bring you a Montessori Crash Course! On Monday, March 16, we’re offering a free online workshop that will help you get

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Who doesn’t love spring?! Today, I’m adding lots of non-holiday spring songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. I’ll have separate posts for spring holiday songs. I already have a post with St. Patrick’s Day songs and rhymes. Watch for more holiday song and rhyme posts! (If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, check out my fall songs and rhymes post!)   There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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

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I’m putting together a resource today of all my unit studies plus my posts with seasonal and holiday activities. These are already in my post “Should You Use Unit Studies?” although there the list of unit studies and activities isn’t obvious from the title. Of course, if you are looking for information about using unit studies, be sure to check out that post and my follow-up post on “How to Create a Unit Study.” I will update this list as I publish new posts with unit studies or seasonal and holiday activities. Unit Studies Posts by Theme: Here’s an

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My granddaughter loves both animals and Montessori-inspired vocabulary activities. So I prepared another language activity … this time with animals and silhouettes. Disclosure: I was given a copy of the Montessori Print Shop toddler bundle. This post also contains affiliate links. To prepare this activity, I used the Montessori Print Shop Animals and Silhouette Cards. The cards are part of the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle. These cards are a wonderful way to extend the interest many toddlers have in animals.   In addition to the cards, I used a Multicraft wooden tray, Beanie Babies, and a Montessori Services

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From my Google Analytics report for February 2015 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Fun-A-Day! 2. No Time for Flash Cards 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. Edventures with Kids 5. Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds 6. Fantastic Fun and Learning 7. Kids Activities Blog 8. iGame Mom 9. PreKinders 10. The Measured Mom Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori-Inspired Dr. Seuss Activities and Dr. Seuss Linky Party 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. Montessori-Inspired

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If you’re looking for a way to teach phonics at home, you might want to check out the book Montessori: Letter Work by Bobby and June George. I’ll give you some ideas here for helping your child get the most benefit from the book. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). My 16-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves Montessori: Letter Work. It’s most important for a toddler to do practical life activities, so this isn’t a book that’s suggested before your child is preschool age. I haven’t introduced sandpaper letters to Zoey because of her age, but

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I’m happy to be part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups and an AWESOME spring and Easter cash giveaway! (Note: The Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway is at the bottom of this post!) My roundup has 20+ Easter phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills. 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

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You might be wondering if Montessori education is right for your child. The American Montessori Society has an inspiring video with a number of Montessori parents telling their experiences of having a child attend a Montessori school. If you’re wondering about Montessori education for your own child (either in a Montessori school or Montessori homeschool), you’ll find this video very helpful. “Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective” My Experiences as a Parent with Montessori Education I was a Montessori teacher and school director. I was also a Montessori parent with two children in Montessori homeschool. The following two posts tell

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Welcome to my calendar of March themed activities for kids. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts listed by themes in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. Here you’ll find lots of themes for March according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for March 2015 (March changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) You’ll find more links for calendar observances in my “Enliven Your Homeschool with Some Calendar Fun” post. The post has links to resources for calendar observances for any level. I’m focusing here on March themes for preschoolers

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I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with children! Today, I’m adding some fun St. Patrick’s Day songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday winter songs and rhymes, check out my Free Winter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. For other holidays, check out the links right above my signature. There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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

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I love the simplicity of the Montessori 3-period lesson for teaching vocabulary and concepts. I’ve been using the 3-period to teach vocabulary to my 15-month old granddaughter, Zoey. I also showed my daughter, Christina, how to use the 3-period lesson. Today, I’m sharing a video I directed of Christina using the 3-period lesson with Zoey. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Introducing the Melissa & Doug Wooden Animal Magnets to a Toddler You don’t need Montessori materials to make use of the 3-period lesson. It works for many different types of activities. In the

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I love rainbow activities for St. Patrick’s Day, spring, and rainbow unit studies. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired rainbow activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for up to age 12, although my activities today are for toddlers and preschoolers. 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 toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages

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Note: The giveaway has ended. Check the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winner! I’ve heard lots of positive things about balance bikes in the past few years.  I wanted to get one for my granddaughter, Zoey, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to host a review and giveaway of a Strider balance bike. Strider Bikes is giving away a green Strider 12 Sport Bike to a lucky winner in the continental U.S.! Disclosure: I was given a Strider Sport Bike to facilitate my review. All ideas here are honest

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Chinese New Year starts on February 19! Today, I’m adding Chinese New Year songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday winter songs and rhymes, check out my Free Winter Songs and rhymes for Circle Time. For other holidays, check out the links right above my signature. There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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 teachers and

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My 15-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been in love with beluga whales for a number of months. Because of her interest in beluga whales, I prepared some Montessori-inspired whale activities for her. We’ve had LOTS of fun with toddler geography activities based on baby beluga. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Toddler Activities with Baby Beluga Zoey’s love of beluga whales started with Raffi’s Baby Beluga CD. That was the favorite CD of my son, Will, (Zoey’s dad) when he was a toddler, too! Then, Zoey was given the Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to

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I’ve been having fun with a Montessori By Mom toolbox again … this time the Land, Water, Air Toolbox. Montessori land, water, and air activities are important Montessori early geography activities. Following are land, water, air activities that work well at home for multiple ages. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Land, Water, Air Toolbox for this review/activity post. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori By Mom Montessori By Mom is a small business started by Nathan and Teresa Hadsall, two teachers who wanted to empower parents to teach

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some St. Patrick’s Day phonics activities using free St. Patrick’s Day printables! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free St. Patrick’s Day printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). Even though they fit with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, I won’t be sharing rainbow printables unless they’re part of a St. Patrick’s Day pack. (I’ll share those in March.) At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used

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President songs are great for Presidents’ Day, presidential elections, Inauguration Day, and president unit studies. Today, I’m adding lots of president songs for any of those occasions to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. Note: see the bottom of the post for non-holiday songs and rhymes as well as for other holiday songs throughout the year. There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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

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Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself 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 are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new. *** I love sensory bottles, and so does my 15-month-old granddaughter. And I love that sensory bottles are very adaptable for babies through preschoolers. Today, I want to share a simple tutorial for making water-bead sensory bottles in a rainbow of colors. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no

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