Small dots are great for a number of activities … both for fine-motor skills and a variety of learning activities. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired addition activities created using free printables and Spielgaben wooden dots. These hands-on addition activities make it easier for preschoolers and kindergarteners to memorize addition facts later on.   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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Welcome to my calendar of September 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 September according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for September 2015 (September changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) Montessori Monday – Free Apple Printables and Montessori-Inspired Apple Activities Montessori Monday – 20+ Apple Phonics Activities Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit Community Helpers Activity Trays and Sensory Tubs Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Brown Bear,

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My 21-month old granddaughter, Zoey, has been fascinated with counting lately. I honored that interest by adding a few new math items along with counting books and activities. Today, I want to focus on Montessori-inspired activities that can be done together with a toddler to reinforce the concept of quantity. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I added a few books with counting to Zoey’s living room book basket (National Geographic Little Kids Look and Learn: Count, Madeline, and Madeline’s Rescue) and the Melissa and Doug shape-sorting clock to her shelves.   I also added a simple basket of objects

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I’m happy to be part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups and an AWESOME fall and back to school cash giveaway! (Note: The Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway is near the bottom of this post!) My roundup has 20+ apple phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills. For the Montessori Monday link-up, go way to the bottom of the post. (AFTER the roundup linky and the Rafflecopter form, there’ll be a second linky for Montessori Monday.) Thanks!   Montessori Phonics Phonics is a very important part of the

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My 21-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, is in love with walking on the line. Walking on the line is a great Montessori practical life activity for control of movement in preschoolers. While the process and results won’t be quite the same with toddlers, Montessori walking on the line remains a wonderful activity with many extensions. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori Walking on the Line Materials needed: any line, indoors or outdoors. I make a specific line indoors using electrical tape. The traditional line used in many Montessori schools is in the shape of an ellipse,

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I love Montessori-inspired geography activities for children, so I was happy to review 3 sets of maps for Pin-It! Maps, a new Montessori homeschool company. I chose the Land and Water Map Set, World Map Set, and North America Map Set as the three maps I would first introduce to young children. Today, I’m reviewing Pin It! Maps and sharing Montessori-inspired map activities for a variety of ages using the maps.   Disclosure: Pin It! Maps is one of my blog sponsors. I was given the 3 Pin-It Map Sets. I was not required to give a positive review, and

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I love preparing Montessori spaces in the home. I’ve been lucky to take care of my 21-month-old granddaughter a few afternoons a week since she was a baby. I’ve prepared a number of Montessori spaces for her in my home. When Zoey was 15-18 months, I gradually adapted the Montessori spaces for a toddler. Many of the Montessori spaces were started in my post about “Preparing a Montessori Baby Space in Your Living Room.” The transformation continued with my post about “Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home.” If you go to those posts, you’ll find many of the resources

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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 Montessori-inspired ambulance activities using free ambulance printables. An ambulance/medical theme is especially popular at the beginning of the school year when many preschools focus on “All About Me” and/or “All About My Community” activities. The ambulance activities would fit perfectly in a community helper unit.   Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free ambulance printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep my list manageable, I don’t share coloring pages unless a page has a specific educational

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There are a number of common misconceptions about Montessori education. One is that Montessori education is too structured and controlled. Another is that children are allowed to do whatever they want. Instead, Montessori education embodies an important concept … freedom within limits. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). What is “Freedom within Limits”? “Let us leave the life free to develop within the limits of the good, and let us observe this inner life developing. This is the whole of our mission.” Maria Montessori, Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook “To let the child do as he likes when he

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My 21-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has loved the DIY books I’ve made using the Montessori Print Shop toddler bundle. She’s also loved the work we’ve done with beginning letter sounds and small objects. Today, I’m sharing our latest phonics activities using a DIY alphabet book and letter sounds with objects. Zoey loves the activities! Disclosure: I was given a copy of the Montessori Print Shop toddler bundle. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). DIY Alphabet Book and Letter Sounds with Objects Zoey was still 20 months old when we took the video. My daughter, Christina, introduces the book

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Lately, my 21-month-old granddaughter has been spending hours each day she’s at my home with her coral reef sensory bin. The coral reef sensory bin started with the Little Passports Coral Reef Kit. The Coral Reef Kit is designed for older children, but I want to share ideas for using the kit with preschoolers as well as children who are elementary age. Disclosure: I was given a Coral Reef Kit to review. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. About the Little Passports Coral Reef Kit Here’s the information about the Coral Reef Kit ($12.95) from

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Top 10s and Thank You’s for July 2015 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. Montessori en Casa 2. This Mumma’s Life 3. Teaching Mama 4. Kids Activities Blog 5. Fantastic Fun and Learning 6. Montessori Nature 7. Free Homeschool Deals 8. Fun-A-Day 9. Natural Beach Living 10. Buggy and Buddy Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2.  In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler? 3. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 4. Free

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Magnifying glass activities are typically high-interest activities for young children. I love them as a way to reinforce phonics skills. Today, I’m sharing some free magnifying glass phonics printables and activities that can add extra fun to learning phonics skills. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Free Magnifying Glass Phonics Printables and Activities Dinosaur Literacy center, Word Families by Katie Mense at Teachers Pay Teachers I Spy St. Patrick’s Day Words from Teach with Laughter (post with directions: Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Phonics Activities Using Free Printables) Fire Safety I-Spy Letters and Sounds-Differentiated and

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I’m joining with other kid bloggers today to share some amazing resources from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. Jill, the founder of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, has experienced some health issues that prevent her from posting as much as she usually did. So we’re reminding everyone of some of the great resources you’ll find at her blog. I’m featuring some of the fun literature-based dinosaur activities found at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. Literature-Based Dinosaur Activities at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Poppins Book Nook Dinosaur Detective Fun – Be sure to check out this post at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for a fun activity based on the The Berenstain

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As part of the Cool Math for Cool Kids series, I’m joining up with lots of great bloggers to help make mathematics fun. I’m sharing a Montessori-inspired sticky paper shape sorting and counting activity. My 20-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves this activity. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you) Inspirations for Montessori-Inspired Sticky Paper Shape Sorting and Counting I had a number of inspirations for this activity. Here are some of the main ones.   Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning! This book has inspiration for LOTS AND LOTS of activities! Aysh Siddiqua

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Food preparation activities are so much fun for young children, and they’re wonderful ways to promote independence. Toddlers from about 1 1/2 on can prepare their own snack. For Montessori Monday and 31 Days of Kids’ Kitchen Activities, I want to share a banana cutting activity that’s simple enough for a toddler. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you) Cutting a Banana Practical Life Activity for Toddlers – Video In this video, my daughter, Christina, tells how we showed my granddaughter, Zoey, how to peel and slice a banana. This is one of my very favorite videos! Zoey’s response

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Today, I’m sharing my calendar of August 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 August according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for August 2015 (August changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) Montessori-Inspired Friendship Activities Montessori-Inspired Insect Unit for Summer Learning and Fun How to Help Your Child Treasure Books Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Pet Activities Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Kindergarten Readiness Activities 100+ Back-to-School Celebration Ideas

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An “All about Me” theme is a traditional and fun preschool theme for the start of the school year. Today, I’m sharing a variety of “all about me” free printables and activities for back to school. These are great for homeschools as well as classrooms. Many of the activities can be used for either toddlers or preschoolers. Free “All about Me” Printables for Back to School 30+ Free Printables for First Day of School Photos (my roundup post) All About Me Printable Book from A to Z Teacher Stuff All About Me PreK/K Pack from This Reading Mama All About

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I like to find a variety of ways to extend work with sandpaper letters and phonetic objects. One fun and memorable way is through phonics songs. There are some fun letter sound songs available that create variety and also help children enjoy phonics.   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I have posts and YouTube videos sharing how I use miniature objects and sandpaper letters to help toddlers and preschoolers hear the beginning sound of each letter.   You’ll find information on how I introduce the sounds in my “Montessori-Inspired Beginning Sounds Phonics Game

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I LOVE sharing musical activities with young children. Music was my top extracurricular activity when I was in elementary- and high school, and I’ve never lost my love of music. Even when I was a Montessori school director and no longer teaching full-time in my Montessori school, I still taught music twice a week … simply because I had too much fun with it to stop. It was also one of my favorite subjects to teach as a homeschooler. There’s SO MUCH you can do with music in Montessori education. I can’t cover it all here, but I do want to

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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 Montessori-inspired pioneer activities using free pioneer printables … great for a summer (or anytime) unit study!   Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free pioneer printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep my list manageable, I don’t share coloring pages unless a page has a specific educational purpose related to pioneers. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired pioneer activities. I also

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Welcome to the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun 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 talked about how to get out and enjoy the warmer season as a family. *** Compass activities are perfect for summer (or whenever you have good weather for outdoor walks where you live). And compass walks are great outdoor learning experiences, ones that can be fun for the whole family. For today’s post, I enjoyed searching for free Montessori-inspired compass rose printables and

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My daughter, granddaughter, and I have had fun recently creating videos that show how you can introduce the beginning sounds of words and objects to toddlers and preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing our latest video about how to introduce words that start with phonograms. This post focuses especially on helping your child hear the sound of the phonogram. When your child is learning to read, there will be a concentrated focus on identifying phonograms, both visually and by sound. But this post shows one way you can introduce words that could be confusing if you don’t introduce the phonogram sound. (Note: I’m not

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I love Montessori art appreciation activities, and Montessori By Mom has some fabulous ones in their Art Appreciation Toolbox. Although the Montessori By Mom toolboxes are designed for ages 3-6, my 20-month old granddaughter, Zoey, had a lot of fun with the learning activities in this toolbox. The Art Appreciation Toolbox has activities appropriate for toddlers through elementary.   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

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I’m happy today to share information about the KHT Montessori online certificate course! If you’re interested in an affordable, indepth online training program for teachers and homeschoolers, KHT Montessori is a course you should definitely consider. Disclosure: KHT Montessori is one of my sponsors. All opinions are honest and my own. Karen Tyler’s KHT Montessori Online Certificate Program I was a member of Karen Tyler’s first online course in 2007. I was already a certified Montessori teacher and had taught in Montessori schools before starting my own Montessori school. I had also homeschooled my two children through high school. But I

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I’m so excited to introduce you to a new book, Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning! I’m one of the co-authors. There are 94 co-authors from Kid Blogger Network and 150+ activities for babies through kindergarteners  … LOTS AND LOTS of AMAZING activities for parents, other relatives, and caregivers! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning   Check out the topics included in Learn with Play: Fine Motor Skills Sensory DIY Toys Play Recipes Busy Bags Imaginative Play Color Learning Math Shapes Science

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Perseverance is an important trait for any child. One of the best ways to help your child develop perseverance is by giving many opportunities for work with practical life activities. Toddlers often need extra help in developing perseverance. They can get frustrated easily and can especially be helped by seeing you model perseverance for them. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Modeling Perseverance for Toddlers – Video In the following video, my daughter, Christina, and my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter (Christina’s niece), Zoey, show one way Christina and I model perseverance. Related Posts: Help Your Child

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