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 new KHT Montessori online certificate course that begins on Monday, July 13! 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

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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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When young children are learning to put away their toys and other work, it’s helpful to have a clean up song. Singing while cleaning up simply makes the process of cleaning up more fun. My family’s favorite clean up song came from Barney. We didn’t have a television when my children were little, but we did have a video monitor that we used to watch some videos. My daughter, Christina, especially fell in love with Barney videos. Barney’s “Clean Up Song” became our official clean up song. “Barney: The Clean Up Song” – Video Introducing the “Clean Up Song” to Babies and

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From my Google Analytics report for June 2015 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. Kids Activities Blog 3. Fun-A-Day 4. Teaching Mama 5. Fantastic Fun and Learning 6. Be the Best Parent You Can Be 7. Buggy and Buddy 8. Montessori Nature 9. Lemon Lime Adventures 10. PreK + K Sharing Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home 3. In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler? 4. Free LEGO

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I love putting together fine-motor activities for toddlers …and I love to watch toddlers progress in developing new skills. Today, I’m sharing some toddler fine-motor activities that are simple to prepare using Spielgaben educational toys.   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

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Welcome to my calendar of July 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 July according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for July 2015 (July changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) Free American Patriotic Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time Montessori Monday – Patriotic Practical Life and Math Activity Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit Montessori-Inspired Insect Unit for Summer Learning and Fun Montessori Monday

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Montessori education for infants is rather magical. It’s amazing to see what babies do when they’re given freedom of movement and activities that meet their needs. Montessori for Infants: A Window Into the Nido at LePort Montessori Video I love this video. Whether you’re a parent or teacher, you can get lots of inspiration and ideas for helping infants by using Montessori principles. What is your favorite part of the video? Montessori for Infants – Resources Montessori Baby Resources Infantsand Toddlers – Category on Living Montessori Now   Learn more aboutMontessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy!

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I love watching Montessori in action. Whether you’re a teacher, parent considering Montessori education, or Montessori homeschooler, you’ll find lots of helpful ideas by watching videos from Montessori schools. Montessori: Learning for Life gives a glimpse into a Montessori school and gives tips for parents to follow at home as well. Montessori: Learning for Life Video What is your favorite part of the video? Montessori Videos on Living Montessori Now You can find many more Montessori videos here! Check out these areas: Montessori Schools- Video Ideas and Inspiration Free Montessori Video Lessons Online Living Montessori Now YouTube Channel Montessori Resources See

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Woodworking is a great practical life activity for children at a variety of ages. It’s a popular activity for fathers to do with their children, although mothers can do woodworking as well. Woodworking is a perfect activity for outdoors (wonderful for summer or whenever the weather is nice enough to work outdoors). In Montessori education, children work with real, child-size woodworking tools. After developing their woodworking skills, children are able to undertake a wide range of woodworking projects. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you) Montessori Practical Life – Woodworking Skills When I had a Montessori school, woodworking activities were

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Montessori frog life cycle activities can be fun for toddlers as well as preschoolers. My 19-month-old granddaughter has been in love with frogs lately. She adores the miniature frog in our beginning sounds object game, and she’s fascinated with three small frog lawn ornaments on a neighbor’s front lawn that we pass in our regular walks. So I put together a frog life cycle tray for her. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I was given a copy of the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle with the frog materials used in this post. Montessori Frog

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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 dinosaur activities using free dinosaur printables … fun for dinosaur lovers at any time. A dinosaur theme is one of my favorite summer units (especially fun this summer with the opening of Jurassic World)! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free dinosaur 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 dinosaurs. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where

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I love the relaxed days of summer! Today, I’m adding lots of non-holiday summer songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’d like American patriotic songs for Flag day and 4th of July, check out my American patriotic songs and rhymes post. That post includes general patriotic songs plus videos for each holiday.If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, check out my winter songs and rhymes post!   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

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We’ve always had lots of books in our house. As homeschoolers, many of our walls were lined with bookcases filled with books. But whether you have many or a few books, Montessori book baskets can be an inexpensive, yet attractive way to feature books and make them easily accessible for young children. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Using Montessori Book Baskets for a Variety of Ages My 19-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has loved her book baskets since she was just a few months old. A book basket is still one of the first places she goes

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I love it when kids prepare a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day breakfast! (A birthday breakfast is wonderful, too!) Whether it’s in bed or at the table, simple or elaborate … it’s awesome! Montessori Food Preparation Activities Food preparation is an important part of Montessori practical life activities. If your child has been working on food-preparation skills, there are many breakfast items they can prepare, even as preschoolers. And toddlers can also help prepare a special breakfast. The level of difficulty will simply depend on your child’s age and experience with food preparation. You’ll find lots of food-preparation activities in

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My granddaughter and I are continuing to have lots of fun with 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 music package. Plus, you’ll find two Little Passports giveaways at the end of this post! (One of the giveaways is now closed.) Also, don’t miss the Cool Summer Savings sale at Little Passports! 15% off all subscription plans with code SUMMER15 at checkout! Sale ends

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