April is National Poetry Month. It’s also the start of the Major League Baseball season. So it’s a perfect time to study the famous “Casey at the Bat” poem. Today, I’m sharing Montessori-inspired activities that work well for any study of “Casey at the Bat,” including a study of the Maestro Classics’ Casey at the Bat title. You could focus both on the baseball theme and the poetry of “Casey at the Bat.” I have a Montessori-inspired music appreciation series with activities to go with the fabulous Maestro Classics CDs or MP3s. I’m very impressed with Maestro Classics as

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April is National Kite Month! It’s the 15th of the month today, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … especially for National Kite Month! Here, I’m sharing the links to free kite printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired kite activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Kite Activities at PreK + K Sharing Prek Letter K Printables from Confessions of Homeschooler Romping and Roaring Letter K Pack

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I love printables because they make creating attractive-looking activities easy. Just looking at the printables often gives me ideas of activities I can prepare. If you teach in a Montessori-inspired homeschool, preschool, or co-op, there are many places to find printables, including free printables. Whether you’re a Montessori purist or a progressive Montessorian, you can use printables to make your life much easier. Here are some ideas of places to check for free printables. (Note: You’ll find the printables used in the collage in my “Free Spanish Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spanish Color Activities,” “Free Montessori Materials Online,” and “3-Part

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I love activities that bring interest to the study of geography, and I had a lot of fun putting together a post of continent activities using the North America continent materials from Montessori Print Shop. Although I prepared materials for a study of North America, the ideas could easily be applied to other continents. Disclosure: I was given the Geography Bundles from Montessori Print Shop to facilitate my review. My opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Montessori Print Shop Geography Bundles (Six Continent Bundles + Antarctica Geography Folder and Antarctic Animals, World Pin

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I love using plastic Easter eggs to create Montessori-inspired sound sets. I have a DIY Easter egg sound set for preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing an idea for inexpensive DIY Montessori-inspired Easter egg sound shakers for babies and toddlers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori Sound Cylinders To learn more about Montessori sound cylinders and how to present them, check out my DIY Montessori Sound Cylinders post. I used a number of the same Montessori techniques to prepare an Easter egg sound set for babies and toddlers. In a traditional Montessori sound box, you’ll

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Today’s activity has sentimental value for me. My husband and I were given the Easter tree from my mother-in-law years ago when our kids were little. I’ve saved it through a number of moves, and I’ve used it here to create a Montessori-inspired Easter activity for preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Easter Tree Sorting, Math, and Decorating Activity Decorating an Easter tree can be a popular practical life activity similar to a Montessori Christmas tree activity. I’ve added some additional steps today to work on extra skills along with the decorating-a-tree

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The giveaway is now closed. Please check the bottom of the post right under the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winners. And don’t miss the special discounts from Montessori Print Shop and Montessori at Home for my readers! Montessori Print Shop has a discount code for my readers: 15% OFF  Coupon Code: LMN4BlogParty  Valid April 13– April 20, 2014 Direct link (applies the code directly to your shopping cart): http://www.shop.montessoriprintshop.com/?coupon=LMN4BlogParty 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

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From my Google Analytics report for March 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Free Homeschool Deals 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. No Time for Flash Cards 4. Fantastic Fun and Learning 5. Buggy and Buddy 6. B-Inspired Mama! 7. Edventures with Kids 8. Kids Activities Blog 9. Learn with Play at Home 10. Gift of Curiosity Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 2. Free Easter Egg Printables and

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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). My previous Spielgaben posts focused more on the preschool years, but Spielgaben toys are designed for ages 3-12. So, today I’m sharing some ideas for using Spielgaben toys for elementary-level learning activities. I’ve had fun preparing some Montessori-inspired activities for children ages 6-12. My Previous Spielgaben Posts:   Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage above) to find out more

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for April 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my April Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of April 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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Even though I’m an adult, I still love receiving Little Passports packages in the mail! Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities about India. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a year’s subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. Once a month, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired Little Passports posts: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (which contained the Little Passports suitcase, passport, and world map used each

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I had fun reviewing six life cycle materials from Safari Ltd. for the Safari Ltd. giveaway I’m hosting with the prize of 3 Safari Ltd. TOOBS and 3 life cycle sets. Today, I’m sharing some simple life cycle activities – one activity for each of the life cycles I reviewed. Disclosure: I received each of the 6 Safari Ltd. life cycle sets to review for the giveaway. This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links (at no cost to you). Life Cycle of a Bean Plant I used the Safari Ltd. Life Cycle of a Green Bean Plant and free

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If you’ve followed my Montessori-inspired music appreciation series, you know that I love Maestro Classics. Maestro Classics is an amazing way for families to enjoy classical music together through stories and high-quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Disclosure: Maestro Classics is one of my blog sponsors. Previously, I received the complete set of Maestro Classics CDs. I’ve also received a number of the downloadable MP3/PDF titles. I recently received the MP3 and PDF for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice CD is $16.98 and the MP3/PDF is $9.98. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice can also be purchased as part

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The giveaway is now closed. You’ll find the announcement of the winner at the bottom of this post right below the Rafflecopter form! Read my review for information about the awesome Safari Ltd. Life Cycles! You can find more ideas for activities to use with Safari Life Cycles here: Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Life Cycle Activities. This is a special giveaway sponsored by Safari Ltd. I’m hosting it in celebration of our Living Montessori Now Facebook community reaching 100,000 members and the coming of spring! If you’re a parent or teacher or are close to a young child, don’t

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I had fun putting together a practical life and sensorial activity for Easter. It also includes a rainbow theme. I’m calling it an Easter egg rainbow. This activity could work especially well even before St. Patrick’s Day when Easter is in March or early April. Disclosure: This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links at no cost to you. Easter Egg Rainbow Activity This activity was very easy to prepare once I had the materials. I used an inexpensive glass chicken and decorative eggs from Michaels craft store, 6 colors of plastic egg halves to hold the sorted eggs, a

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing! Here, I’m sharing the links to free Easter egg printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired Easter egg learning activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Easter Egg Activities  at PreK + K Sharing Mini-Center: Match Easter Egg Numbers with Chick Sets to 10 from KidSparkz at Teachers Pay Teachers Chicken Life Cycle Fact Cards (and

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Welcome to the March 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Everyday Superheroes 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 the remarkable people and characteristics that have touched their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** When I asked myself who my everyday superheroes are, the first thought that came to mind was the loving parents of children with special needs. I have many online friends who are parents

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I’ve been meaning to write about Montessori-inspired sewing activities for awhile now. Last week, I was asked about sewing activities on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. So I decided today was a good day to do a roundup of Montessori-inspired sewing activities from around the blogosphere. Sewing is a wonderful Montessori practical life activity. Not only is it great for developing skills such as fine-motor coordination and concentration, but many sewing projects have added value as “real work” projects children can complete. Here are a variety of Montessori-inspired sewing activities for preschoolers on up. Although sewing activities generally

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Montessori color-mixing activities are popular activities in Montessori schools and homeschools. Color-mixing activities are great at any time of the year, but they’re especially fun for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime in the spring or summer as ways to create rainbows of color. Today, I’d like to share some helpful Montessori color-mixing activities from around the blogosphere. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori Color Mixing Activities Four Montessori Color Mixing Lessons from Montessori Works Rainbows! (Color Mixing and Making Indigo and Violet) and Playdough Color Mixing Work from Trillium Montessori Color Mixing Extravaganza

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From my Google Analytics report for February 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Edventures with Kids 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. No Time for Flash Cards 4. Fantastic Fun and Learning 5. Learn with Play at Home 6. Fun-a-Day 7. Motherhood on a Dime 8. Teach Preschool 9. Toddler Art Projects 10. B-Inspired Mama! Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 2. Montessori-Inspired Dr. Seuss Activities and Dr. Seuss

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St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday. It’s a great theme for playdough activities. You can set up a Montessori-inspired playdough activity on a tray or as a separate playdough table. For ideas on creating Montessori-inspired playdough activities in general, see my original playdough roundup: Montessori-Inspired Playdough Activities 101. Following are some fun ideas for Montessori-inspired playdough activities with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Activities Green St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Activities St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough Gold Hunt from H is for Homeschooling

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for March 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my March Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of March 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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Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired activities about South Africa! These are all designed to work well with the Little Passports South Africa package. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a year’s subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. Once a month, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired Little Passports posts: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (which contained the Little Passports suitcase, passport, and world map used

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spielgaben. All opinions are honest and my own. Today, I’m happy to share some fun extensions for work with geometric solids, including mathematical reasoning, fine motor skills, and even manners. My Previous Spielgaben Posts:   Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage above) to find out more about Spielgaben educational toys. 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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Today, I want to share some ideas of activities for the last continent in my continent series – Antarctica. Disclosure: Safari Ltd. gave me the TOOB used in this post. This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links. My opinions are honest and my own. For this post, I used the Safari Ltd. Penguins TOOB. As with each continent, there are many different ways to introduce animals of Antarctica. In this post, I’m just focusing on the penguins of Antarctica. Check out my Montessori-inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit for more ideas. The activities in this post work well in conjunction

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love Dr. Seuss books. They’re lots of fun and a great way to extend learning in many curriculum areas. Dr. Seuss promoted phonics. Using the rhyme found in Dr. Seuss books, Dr. Seuss literature-based activities can be an especially fun and effective way to extend phonics instruction. Note: If you’d like to know more about Montessori phonics, check out my DIY Beginning Montessori Phonics for Preschoolers post. Here are some fun Dr. Seuss inspired ideas for reinforcing phonics: Hop on Pop Phonics Activities Dr. Seuss with a Touch of

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It can feel overwhelming to try to prepare a Montessori-friendly home, but it doesn’t have to.  If you haven’t seen the “Montessori in Our Home” videos on YouTube, you’ll find they’re a simple, sweet introduction to Montessori at home. I love that they don’t require expensive materials or an elaborate setup. Here are the “Montessori in Our Home” videos part 1 and part2: If you’d like more ideas for using Montessori at home, you can find a number of different levels of preparation in my “How to Start Using Montessori at Home” post. You’ll find even more on my

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