I love the silliness of Groundhog Day every February 2. So I had to add Groundhog Day 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. There are lots of wonderful 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 preschool teachers and childcare providers. They are also great if you’re

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I’ve always loved preparing valentine activities. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired valentine activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. 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 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in well in a room with traditional Montessori materials. I

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Montessori education is always multi-level. Yet, it was fun to see how easy it was to include activities for toddlers through first graders when preparing Montessori-inspired penguin activities. While a Montessori school will typically have separate classes for 18 months-3 years, 3-6 years, and 6-9 years, a homeschool might want to include activities for all three levels within the same unit study. Disclosure: I was given the materials for this post. My opinions are always honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). For these activities, I used printables from Montessori Print

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Welcome to S is for Subtraction in the A-Z STEM Series! I love preparing hands-on activities to help young children understand basic math concepts. Subtraction is especially well suited to activities with food. A Montessori-inspired snacktime subtraction activity is a fun way for preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on subtraction concepts independently. For this activity, I used organic bunny-shaped snacks, although you could use Goldfish crackers or almost any type of snack along with subtraction problems written on cardstock. The subtraction problems wouldn’t have to be written on a shape related to the snack, although it adds interest if

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Over the past few years, Safari Ltd. gave me TOOB keys to host as free downloads at Living Montessori Now. Thanks, Safari Ltd.! I’ve always found the TOOB keys very helpful, both as ways to identify the replicas in specific TOOBS and as simple-to-prepare Montessori-inspired activities. Typically, all you need to do is print out the TOOB Key, laminate it, and cut it out. Then have your child place the matching replicas on or next to the TOOB key. Below, I’m sharing the Safari Ltd. TOOB Keys and coordinating Montessori-inspired activities at Living Montessori Now. Safari Ltd. TOOB Keys

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A DIY Montessori open and close basket is one of the easiest materials to prepare, yet it works on many important skills for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I love that you can easily adapt the activity for your child’s age and skill level. Like other practical life activities, an open and close basket is wonderful for developing order, concentration, coordination, and independence. The work of opening and closing containers also helps prepare a young child’s fingers for writing. You can focus on other curriculum areas through objects you might place inside the containers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun valentine activities using free valentine printables! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free valentine printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep this from being the longest post ever, I’m just sharing free printables for valentine learning activities here. As much as I love the free printables for Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, those won’t be the focus in this post. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials

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Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** Care of the Environment in My Family I was lucky. I taught both of my now-adult kids to help take care of our home environment from the time they were toddlers. And it stuck. We didn’t

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I’m excited today to gather and update my Montessori toddler resources. Montessori toddler activities are especially relevant to me right now, since my granddaughter, Zoey, is 14 months old. I’m having lots of fun preparing toddler activities for my own home again. Here are some helpful resources for toddlers. (Above photo from my post “Helping Hands Practical Life Activities + Free Printable from Montessori By Mom.“) Montessori Toddler Resources Toddler Activities and Ideas from Living Montessori Now (my toddler posts) How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home (updated for 2015!) “Setting Up Your Home for Montessori Children”

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It’s time to add to the new year with a post for my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time! Today, I’m sharing free songs and rhymes for a very special holiday in January … Martin Luther King Day. The third Monday in January is always Martin Luther King Day, a great holiday for a variety of songs. Note: For non-holiday winter songs and rhymes, see my “Free Winter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time” post. For educational songs and rhymes at any time of year, see my “Free Educational Songs for Circle Time” post. There are

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From my Google Analytics report for December 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Kids Activities Blog 2. Montessori Nature 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. Fantastic Fun and Learning 6. Dirt and Boogers 7. Spielgaben 8. Buggy and Buddy 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Imagine Our Life Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 3. How to Start Using Montessori at

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Thank you for a wonderful 2014! I appreciate all my readers and love seeing what you find most helpful each year. Today, for the Top 10 Posts from 2014, I want to share my 10 most popular posts published in 2014. I still have some posts from earlier years of Living Montessori Now that are consistently among my most popular posts each month, but here I just want to focus on posts from 2014. According to Google Analytics, these are my top-10 posts published on Living Montessori Now in 2014: Top 10 Posts from 2014 on Living Montessori Now

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I have fun publishing Montessori-inspired posts using free printables at PreK + K Sharing on the 15th of each month. I’ve been doing it since December 15, 2011. I share free printables for a unit study or seasonal or holiday theme along with Montessori-inspired activities I create using the free printables. I typically include a range of activities for skill levels from preschool through first grade. Following are the posts at Living Montessori Now with free printables that link to my post at PreK + K Sharing. My posts at PreK + K Sharing contain Montessori-inspired activities and tell

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Happy 2015! I’m excited to share my most popular post from 2014 as part of “The Best Kids Activities from 2014 Blog Hop”! Thanks so much for helping make 2014 an amazing year for Living Montessori Now … and for me! I’ve loved watching the growth of my blog and the Living Montessori Now community over the last year. The Living Montessori Now community on Facebook currently has 142,443 members! My Most Popular Post from 2014 on Living Montessori Now According to Google Analytics, my most popular post from 2014 was Free Fall Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time.

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Welcome to my calendar of January themed activities for kids. I have monthly themed activities for each month of the year. I update each month’s themed activities for kids post in the last week before the month begins. Updated for January 2015 (January changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) Preparing for New Year’s Family Celebrations | LivingMontessoriNow.com Celebrating Epiphany with Your Child | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Art Appreciation | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori Monday – Make Fossils from Montessori at Home! | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Physical Fitness for

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I’m so excited to have received the new Spielgaben version 4! Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired color games I prepared for preschoolers using some of the new Spielgaben educational toys along with free printables I found online. 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 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality

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Happy Christmas Eve! Today, I have a Montessori-inspired activity for babies and toddlers that’s very easy to prepare and can be used both before and after Christmas. It’s a good way to recycle Christmas gift boxes and bags. Preparing the Montessori-Inspired Christmas Gift Box and Bag Treasure Basket This activity just needs a large basket with Christmas boxes and/or Christmas bags to fit into the basket.  I recommend placing a surprise in each container (of course, one that’s large enough not to be a choking hazard). I have Beanie Baby ornaments on the lower branches of the Christmas tree.

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I’ve had a great time so far with my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. The free songs and rhymes in today’s post are non-holiday winter songs and rhymes. (A couple of the songs mention Christmas, but they’re primarily about winter.) I have separate posts for Free Christmas Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time, Free Hanukkah Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time, and Free Kwanzaa Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. Later, I’ll have posts with songs and rhymes for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. There are lots of

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My 13-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has always loved her treasure baskets. She enjoyed her kitchen treasure basket and ball treasure basket for months. For the Christmas season, I put together a Christmas bell treasure basket that took about 5 minutes to prepare. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Preparing a Montessori-Inspired Christmas Bell Basket I did have the jingle bells and Christmas basket from last Christmas season. They were 55mm jingle bells and a Christmas bell basket from Michaels craft store. I didn’t use the textured bells until this Christmas when Zoey was less likely

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I’m excited about the new Little Passports Early Explorers edition! I’m a Little Passports affiliate and ambassador. As an ambassador, I received a 3-month subscription to the Early Explorers Edition of Little Passports. Today, I want to share some ideas for using a Montessori-inspired approach with the Early Explorers subscription. Of course, all opinions are my own. (Note: my Little Passports posts contain affiliate links at no cost to you.) I love the excitement Little Passports can bring to any study of geography. It can work well in a home with children of multiple ages. In my previous Little

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I’ve had a lot of fun finding resources for December holiday songs and rhymes in my free circle time song series! I already published Free Christmas Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time and Free Hanukkah Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. Today, I’m sharing free songs and rhymes for another special December holiday: Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26-January 1. It’s a holiday in the United States honoring African heritage and culture. I think it’s important to introduce children to a variety of customs, and Kwanzaa has some lovely customs. If you’d like more information to share with

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun Christmas activities using free gingerbread printables! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free gingerbread 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 gingerbread activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Gingerbread Activities at PreK + K Sharing Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Printable from Pre-K

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I’m continuing the December holiday fun in my free circle time song series! Today, I’m sharing Hanukkah songs and rhymes. I love to introduce children to other religions and cultures, and music is a great way to help young children learn to appreciate differences. If you’d like more information to share with children about Hanukkah, here are some fun, helpful videos for a variety of ages: Sesame Street: “Hanukkah With Veronica Monica” “The Story of Hanukkah” The Maccabeats: “Candlelight” The Maccabeats – “Miracle” “Hanukkah Songs” “Chanukah Jewish Rock of Ages” – Official Hanukkah Song (Video) There are many great

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Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts 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 suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones. *** Music was one of my favorite curriculum areas with young children. I always had lots of fun singing songs and accompanying them on guitar. As the grandma of a 12-month old, I’ve had a great time reacquainting myself with some favorite CDs (originally cassettes) of mine

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It’s been a year since my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy was published. I’m happy today to share a free grace and courtesy printable created by a very sweet blogger, Carolyn Wilhelm from Wise Owl Factory. The free printable manners cards can be used for matching or a concentration game. Just print out two copies of the cards. Here’s the download link for the Manners Matching Cards. There’s also a Free Save My Ink Version of Manners Matching Cards! Thanks so much to Carolyn for creating and generously sharing the free manners

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I love handprint and footprint keepsake crafts. I made sure I had a handprint from both of my kids when they were little. So I wanted my granddaughter’s presents to her parents this Christmas to be handprint and footprint keepsake ornaments. I had helped Zoey make a special keepsake handprint craft for Mother’s Day, but I wanted to add ornaments as well. Shhh! If you know Will or Chea, don’t tell! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). This post is part of 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas featuring 70+ ornaments inspired by books.

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It’s time to start adding some December holiday fun to my free circle time song series! Christmas is an extra special time for kids, and Christmas songs and rhymes make it even more special. Today, I’m sharing lots of fun, free Christmas songs – both religious and secular songs. I’ll share Hanukkah songs, Kwanzaa songs, and winter songs in upcoming posts. There are many great CDs you can buy that I absolutely love, 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

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