This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for August 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my August Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of August 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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I’ve published a lot of posts about Montessori education and homeschooling in the four years I’ve been blogging. Today, I want to put some of my main Montessori homeschool resource posts in one place. Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning Become a More Successful Homeschooler by Using Montessori Principles How to Set Up a Montessori Preschool Classroom at Home How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom (This post contains LOTS of resources and is probably my main Montessori homeschool resource post other than this one.) Setting a Montessori Homeschool Classroom Schedule Starting a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori

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Spielgaben educational toys are recommended for ages 3-12. If you consider the Spielgaben yarn balls, then the Spielgaben toys are appropriate for birth through age 12. (Only the yarn balls are safe for babies and toddlers, though.) Spielgaben yarn balls have been my 8-month-old granddaughter’s favorite toys for some time now. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired ideas for babies and toddlers using the yarn balls. 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). Note: Spielgaben toys are

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Russia is the first package of the year-two Little Passports World Edition Subscription. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Russia package. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a 2-year subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. I have posts for each of the year-one packages with Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. Periodically, I’ll be sharing posts for the year-two packages. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired

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  It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun alligator activities! Here, I’m sharing the links to free alligator printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired alligator activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Alligator Activities at PreK + K Sharing Less Than, Greater Than Alligator Mouth Symbols by Montessori Mac at Teachers Pay Teachers Comparing Numbers, Alligator Style! by

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Mystery bags are typically popular sensorial materials in Montessori schools and homeschools. They’re often used with geometric solids, but I love that they can be used for many different activities. They’re a great way to add interest to many sensorial activities. Today, I’m sharing a number of ideas for DIY Montessori mystery bags, including DIY drawstring bag tutorials (both sewn and no-sew drawstring bags), ideas for a variety of mystery bag activities, and mystery bag presentations. DIY Drawstring Bag Tutorials for Montessori Mystery Bags Mystery Bag Tutorial from Montessori by Hand How to Make Versatile Drawstring Bags from Martha

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My granddaughter is now 8 months old, and we’re still having a great time with Montessori treasure baskets. Today, I want to share one of my granddaughter’s all-time favorite “toys” … her Montessori-inspired ball treasure basket. Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you). Treasure Baskets for Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers of Babies Treasure baskets are extremely versatile. They’re amazingly easy to prepare and adapt for a baby’s needs and interests. Here are my previous posts about treasure baskets for babies: How to Make a Treasure Basket for Your Baby Themed Treasure Baskets for Babies

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I published a post previously about “Montessori Practical Life Materials I Recommend Buying.” Today, I want to share ideas of sensorial materials I recommend homeschoolers buy. I’m always hesitant to give my opinion since each homeschool is unique. Because I’ve often been asked, I’m going to give some recommendations. But feel free to choose materials according to your child’s needs and interests and your family’s budget. Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you). For more information on sensorial activities in general, you’ll find lots of resources in my Montessori sensorial activities post. Sensorial Material

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John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook is filled with treasures. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt about free play tubs (also known as sensory bins or sensory tubs). A sensory bin is a wonderful activity at any time of the year and gives young children a simple introduction to Montessori-inspired activities. You’ll find some great ideas in John’s book for sensory bin materials, presentations, points of interest, and extensions. This is just one of the MANY sections in the Montessori at Home eBook. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Free Play Tubs Excerpt from Montessori

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From my Google Analytics report for June 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Buggy and Buddy 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Dirt and Boogers 4. Free Homeschool Deals 5. Kids Activities Blog 6. No Time for Flash Cards 7. Teaching Mama 8. Fun-A-Day! 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Hands On : As We Grow Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori Monday – Help Your Child Develop Concentration 2. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning

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The giveaway is now closed. The winners are announced on the Rafflecopter form near the bottom of the post and will receive emails from John Bowman about their prize. Check out these great specials from Montessori Print Shop and Montessori at Home! Montessori Print Shop has a discount code for my readers: 20% OFF  Coupon Code: LMNGAJuly2014  Valid throughout July 2014 Here is a direct link for the discount (it will apply the coupon directly to the shopping cart) : http://www.shop.montessoriprintshop.com/?coupon=LMNGAJuly2014 Montessori at Home is giving my readers $2 off the normally $10.95 Montessori at Home eBook! Click on

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Argentina is the final country you’ll study with a 1-year Little Passports World Edition Subscription. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Argentina 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’ve been 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

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I’m excited to be part of the ABC’s of Nature series! My post today represents the letter N. For “N is for Nature Walks,” I’m sharing a roundup of 40+ summer nature walks with free printables. I’m including neighborhood walks for families who live in urban areas. Summer Nature Walks with Free Printables Simple Nature Scavenger Hunt from Mom Trusted ABC Nature Walk by Rachel Lynette on Teachers Pay Teachers How to Go on a Nature Walk from My Merry Messy Life Hiking Scavenger Hunt Printable from Make and Takes Tens Frame Fun Build (using objects from nature walks)

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for July 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my July Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of July 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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Music has been an important part of my life from elementary school on. For years, I’ve enjoyed helping young children develop an appreciation for music. As a Montessori teacher, sharing music with young children was one of my favorite activities. With my own children, music was one of my favorite subjects to teach. I love introducing music to my 7½-month-old granddaughter. As a blogger, I’ve had fun publishing a number of Montessori-inspired music appreciation unit studies. Today, I want to put those unit studies into one post so they’re easier to find. Many of the unit studies feature the

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I love the versatility of the Spielgaben wooden cubes. They can be used for everything from creating simple, fun designs at the early preschool level to calculating volume at the elementary level. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired math ideas using the wooden cubes 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). My Previous Spielgaben Posts: Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage

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This post is part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups! My roundup has 20 outdoor phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills during the summer. Montessori Phonics Phonics is a very important part of Montessori education, and outdoor games during the summer (or any time the weather allows) can be a fun way to reinforce phonics skills. 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 to follow

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If you follow my blog, you know that I love unit studies. You’ll find links to all my unit studies in my post “Should You Use Unit Studies?” If you’d like some monthly activities for a number of levels this summer, you’ll find them in my “June Themed Activities for Kids,” “July Themed Activities for Kids,” and “August Themed Activities for Kids.” Today, I’m excited to be participating in the “School’s Out: Top 10 Summer Learning Activities” blog hop. Through the blog hop, 35 bloggers have teamed up to share top 10 learning activities and tips that will help

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Last week, I published a post about Montessori care of pets, which is part of the Montessori practical life curriculum. Today, I want to expand on that theme by adding Montessori-inspired learning activities for a pet theme that can be used at home or in the classroom. A pet theme is especially popular in preschool, although there are activities that can be used through early elementary as well. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori-Inspired Pet Activities at Living Montessori Now Montessori-Inspired Animal Units (my post with links to lots of resources for introducing

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Happy Father’s Day! Since it’s the 15th of the month, I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun construction vehicle activities! Here, I’m sharing the links to free construction vehicle printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired construction vehicle activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Construction Vehicle Activities at PreK + K Sharing Construction Site Vehicle Match Up Printable from Every Star Is Different Construction Vehicle

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My 7-month old granddaughter LOVES necklaces and wants to play with and chew on any necklaces she sees. I tend to wear necklaces a lot but didn’t want Zoey chewing on my necklaces for fear of the necklace breaking and causing her to swallow beads. I also worried that the the necklace metals and finishes were unsafe for a baby. So I decided to make something I could give my granddaughter to chew on instead. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. When I did a search, I found a number of ideas of chewelry

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Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals 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 and wisdom about kids and pets. *** Care of the environment, including care of plants and animals, is part of the practical life curriculum and an important part of Montessori education. Care of pets can be a perfect way for young children to develop a number of skills along with many positive character traits. Cynthia from The Montessori Child

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I’ve had fun finding new ways to introduce music appreciation to young children. Today, I’m sharing Montessori-inspired activities that work well for a study of composer George Frideric Handel. I have a Montessori-inspired music appreciation series with activities to go with the wonderful Maestro Classics albums. I love Maestro Classics as a way for families (or classes) to enjoy classical music together through stories and high-quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Disclosure: Previously, I received the complete set of Maestro Classics CDs. I’ve also received a number of the downloadable MP3/PDF titles. Normally, My Name is Handel:

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The giveaway has ended, but check out these great specials from Maestro Classics: Until June 30, use code LIVINGMONTESSORINOW on Maestro Classics Store for $10 off any order over $39.00 (that would be any 4 MP3 downloads, or any 3 CDs, or combo of)! Get a Juanita the Spanish Lobster CD (Spanish version) for $5  which comes with a FREE download of the English version of the CD – great for kids learning Spanish! You’ll find the giveaway winner at the end of the post, right below the Rafflecopter form. Also, be sure to check out the reviews and

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From my Google Analytics report for May 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Fantastic Fun and Learning 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. B-Inspired Mama! 4. Kids Activities Blog 5. No Time for Flash Cards 6. Lemon Lime Adventures 7. Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies 8. Gift of Curiosity 9. Hands On : As We Grow 10. Spielgaben Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle

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My children enjoyed studying rocks and minerals at various times during our homeschooling. Today, I’m sharing a roundup of Montessori-inspired activities and materials for a rocks and minerals unit study. You’ll find preschool through elementary level activities in this post. The hands-on activities are a great way to introduce the study of geology. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Rocks and Minerals Printables and Materials Free Rocks and Minerals Packet from The Homeschool Den Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Famous Rocks Around the World from The Homeschool Den Free Rocks and Minerals Classified Cards

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for June 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my June Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of June 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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