This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for December 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my December Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of December 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’m excited to be part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups and an AMAZING Christmas cash giveaway! My roundup has 20+ Christmas phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills during the Christmas season. 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 to follow Montessori tradition, make the letters lowercase for your activities. Of course,

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I had a lot of fun putting together some activities in a number of curriculum areas using materials from the Building and Blocks Toolbox from Montessori By Mom. To go along with the building and blocks materials, there’s also a versatile free shape punching printable for my readers. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Building and Blocks 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

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Israel is the second 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 Israel package … not too long before Hanukkah! I also have a special giveaway of a 3-month subscription for the new Little Passports Early Explorers Edition! (Giveaway is open in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia.) 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

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I had a super-fun experience last week … making banana playdough for the first time and watching my granddaughter’s first experience with playdough! Thanks to Asia Citro and her FABULOUS new book, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, I’m a convert to playdough making. Back when I was a Montessori preschool teacher in the 1970s and school owner/teacher in the 1980s, I purchased playdough and other art and craft materials for my classroom. It’s exciting to see that many moms today are making their own playdough and craft materials.  As the first-time grandma of a just-turned one year old, I

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I’ve always loved preparing holiday-themed educational activities. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired Christmas activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. For one of the activities, I created free printables. 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. The yarn balls from the 1st set can be used with babies and toddlers, too.

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun activities using free printables to go with the book (and ballet) The Nutcracker! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free Nutcracker 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 Nutcracker activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Nutcracker Activities at PreK +

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As the grandma of a 12-month old, I’ve had LOTS of fun reading books to a baby over the last year. For my gift guide today, I want to share some of my favorite Montessori-friendly books for babies. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori-friendly books for babies have realistic images. The books might have real pictures or drawings, but they don’t have fantasy or smiling or talking animals. Because babies are learning about their world, it’s most helpful for their books to show reality. (Note: I’m not a strict Montessorian. I use a

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If you’re a Montessori homeschooler, you might like to buy special gifts of Montessori materials for your homeschool. Or, grandparents might like to buy a gift for your homeschool. Today, I’ll share my gift guide with ideas of Montessori materials and Montessori-friendly products that would be helpful for Montessori homeschools. I’ll focus mainly here on materials for preschoolers through age 7. For elementary Montessori materials, see my post “Where to Buy Montessori Elementary Albums and Materials.” Following is a variety of products I think are wonderful for Montessori homeschools. Choose according to the materials you need and your budget.

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I love both Montessori education and Little Passports. I’ve found that they can work well together in a Montessori homeschool and/or Montessori-friendly home. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Little Passports has had some exciting happenings recently: Inc 500/5000: Little Passports was ranked No. 609 overall and 46 in the Consumer Products & Services category on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Time for Kids: Last month Little Passports was on the cover of Time Magazine for Kids! Going Global: Little Passports just launched in the UK

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Check out the special deals at Little Partners! If you purchase the Learning Tower, you can receive the $29.99 puppet theatre/popcorn stand free with the promo code puppet at checkout! OR, with the code montessori, you can get $20 off the price of the Learning Tower! (Choose one code to use … codes are valid until November 25!) And there’s even free shipping in the continental U.S.! Disclosure: I received a Little Partners Learning Tower to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are honest and my own. I’ve always loved having

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I’m having so much fun with my free circle time song series! I LOVE Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving songs are lots of fun for circle time in the classroom or at home! 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 that I’ve found online for preschool teachers and childcare providers. They are also great if you’re a homeschooler or parent supplementing your child’s learning at home. And I think they’re

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Thanksgiving was always one of my family’s favorite holidays. It’s a perfect time for fun learning activities, etiquette practice, and family togetherness. Here are some posts with lots of Montessori-inspired Thanksgiving activities and ideas to use throughout November. At the end of the post, you’ll find the Montessori Monday linky (open throughout the week) and the AMAZING Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway (with prizes worth a total of $1800)! Montessori-Inspired Thanksgiving Ideas Montessori-Inspired Gratitude Activities How to Help Your Child Feel Comfortable Greeting Relatives Table Setting How to Teach Your Child Table Manners for Holiday Gatherings

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From my Google Analytics report for October 2014 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. B-Inspired Mama 5. Teach Preschool 6. Montessori Nature 7. Crystal & Co. 8. Free Homeschool Deals 9. Edventures with Kids 10. Gift of Curiosity Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Fall Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 2. Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 3. Free Fire Safety

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for November 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my November Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of November 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 love non-scary learning activities for Halloween. Today, I want to share my posts with fun, non-scary activities that work well for Montessori-inspired Halloween themes and parties in the classroom or at home. Halloween Activities for Montessori-Inspired Themes and Parties Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Activities Homeschool Halloween Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Unit 25+ Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities Halloween Grace and Courtesy Montessori-Inspired Friendly Ghost Activities Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Activities Free Spider Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spider Activities 20 Pumpkin Phonics Activities Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time (These songs and rhymes aren’t Montessori-inspired but they work well for circle time in

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I love creating new activities for my grandbaby. Today, I want to share ideas for simple sensory bottles for babies and toddlers using miniature farm animals, zoo animals, and ocean animals. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. I could have prepared sensory bottles for my granddaughter, Zoey, before she was 11 months old. I didn’t partly because she loved her Montessori-inspired mini discovery boxes, and I appreciated that they fit into her hand so well. Zoey was also obsessed with learning to walk and then with large-motor skills involved in walking and running. When

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Scissor cutting skills are important and challenging practical life skills for preschoolers. Today, I want to share some helpful ideas for creating Montessori-inspired scissor cutting activities. First, I want to share some helpful posts about developing scissor cutting skills. The posts aren’t intended as Montessori-inspired ideas, but they have helpful ideas that can be applied to a Montessori-inspired curriculum. Scissor Skills Information 10 activities to help develop pre-scissor skills to get the body ready for cutting from PediaStaff Cutting up: Fine motor activities to help develop scissor skills from Creative Connections for Kids Scissor Skills from Therapy Street for

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I had a lot of fun with my post today, finding free printables for phonics activities using wooden dots. 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). The wooden dots used in this post are from the complete Spielgaben set. The wooden dots are called points in the Spielgaben literature, although I’ve also seen them referred to as dots or small circles. In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed

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As much as I love Montessori private schools and Montessori homeschooling, I have a wish that Montessori public schools will someday become available everywhere. Today, I want to share some YouTube videos and other resources with Montessori public school ideas and inspiration. Montessori Public School Inspiration I always love to see Montessori in action, and it’s exciting to know that this video is from a Montessori public school … the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School in Hartford. Inspiration from Research: Does it Work? What Research Says About Montessori and Student Outcomes from National Center for Montessori in the Public

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun activities using free owl printables! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free owl 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 owl activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Owl Activities at PreK + K Sharing Owl Tot Pack (“5 Little Owls”)

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Practical life activities are some of the most important Montessori activities. They help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence … skills which help in all learning. I’m excited today to share some wonderful practical life activities from Montessori by Mom. They use materials from the Montessori By Mom Helping Hands Toolbox and a free printable. There are activities for babies through early elementary in the toolbox. Just choose the activities that fit the age and skill level of your child or children. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Helping Hands package for this

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My birthday was last week, and I’m lucky to have a husband who gives me a dozen roses for special occasions like birthdays. I hate to throw the roses away when they get old, so I was very happy today to create sensory activities for my granddaughter with the rose petals. Rose-petal sensory activities would work well after Mother’s Day, an anniversary, or any time you receive a bouquet of roses. If you have rose bushes, you’ll have even more times to create rose-petal activities. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Zoey is now

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Halloween songs are so much fun! I’ve been having a great time with my free circle time song series, and this one is extra fun! I like Halloween to be a non-scary holiday for young children, so I’m sharing songs that are fun and not too scary. There are many great CDs you can buy that I absolutely love (and used both as a teacher and homeschooler), 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

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The Montessori grammar curriculum is truly amazing … a perfect hands-on way for children to understand grammar. Today, I’m sharing a number of traditional Montessori grammar activities and resources as well as some Montessori-inspired grammar activities. There are grammar activities for both 3-6 year olds and elementary-level students. Since Montessori education is individualized, I’m including both levels in this post so you can choose the activities that are best for your child or students. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Free Montessori Grammar Printables Noun Sorting Cards from Montessori Print Shop Grammar Printables from

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From my Google Analytics report for September 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. 123 Homeschool 4 Me 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. Fun-a-Day! 6. Edventures with Kids 7. Gift of Curiosity 8. PreK + K Sharing 9. Crystal & Co. 10. No Time for Flash Cards Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Fall Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. Free

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I had a great time last Sunday meeting with Tanya from The Natural Homeschool when her family was in San Diego for a visit. She did a sweet interview and even had questions for me from a number of lovely Montessori bloggers. Tanya’s Interview at The Natural Homeschool Here’s the link to Tanya’s interview: Fun Interview with Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now. Be sure to check out The Natural Homeschool blog while you’re there … it’s awesome! And check out the blogs of all the Montessori bloggers who asked questions … amazing blogs! Thanks so much to Tanya

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