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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Over the years, Carolyn from The Montessori Learning Center of Dundee in Omaha, Nebraska, has been one of our Montessori Monday participants. Ideas from Dundee Montessori I’ve often been inspired by Carolyn’s beautiful art projects and amazing materials for unit studies. In addition to her Montessori certification, Carolyn has a BFA in Art Education. With her unique background, you’ll find many creative art projects and activities. Carolyn also specializes in the science units she’s developed in her 30 years of teaching. Look at Dundee Montessori for ideas of inexpensive materials that work well for home or classroom, too. In

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From my Google Analytics report for January 2015 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Fantastic Fun and Learning 2. Kids Activities Blog 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. Edventures with Kids 5. My Life and Kids 6. Gift of Curiosity 7. The Measured Mom 8. Montessori Nature 9. No Time for Flash Cards 10. Teaching Mama Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. Free Mitten Printables and Montessori-Inspired Mitten Activities 3. Free LEGO

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with kids. Today, I’m adding lots of sweet Valentine’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. 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 teachers and childcare providers. They

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The Margaret Homfray free Montessori video lectures are back at Montessori World! Margaret Homfray trained directly with Dr. Montessori and was responsible for re-establishing Montessori education in Great Britain after World War II. Her video lectures are popular as inspiration for Montessori teachers and as guidance for Montessori homeschoolers. Margaret Homfray covers the Montessori materials in depth, so many of the lectures won’t be of interest to other Montessori parents except for the first videos with a brief background about the early work of Dr. Montessori and the needs of the baby and young child. The Margaret Homfray lectures

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for February. Updated for February 2015 (February changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) 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 child’s interests. Many unit studies, such as a dinosaur unit or transportation unit, work well at any time of the year. Some unit studies naturally fit best into specific seasons or

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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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