Ahoy, mateys! A pirate unit is fun at any time, but it’s especially popular in the summer or at the start of the school  year when you’re looking for high-interest activities. It can also be a great unit for any time your child wants to wear a pirate costume. And International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 is a perfect time for a fun mini-unit focusing on pirates. (See “Stuff for Junior Pirates” from the original Talk Like a Pirate Day site.) Following are some fun Montessori-inspired pirate activities from around the blogosphere. I’m also adding some

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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 apples, a popular theme in the fall! Here, I’m sharing the links to free apple printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired apple activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Apple Activities at PreK + K Sharing Candy Apple Math Game from No Time for Flash Cards

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I’ve had a lot of fun starting my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. The songs and rhymes in today’s post are non-holiday fall songs and rhymes. I’ll have separate posts for Halloween and Thanksgiving songs and rhymes. There are lots of wonderful 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 teachers and childcare providers. They

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Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour 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 opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. *** I had fun preparing Montessori spaces for my children at home. Now I’m having fun preparing Montessori spaces for my granddaughter. I take care of my 10- month-old granddaughter, Zoey, a number of afternoons each week. I wouldn’t be comfortable having a home that

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Today is International Literacy Day. I want to share some great Montessori-inspired activities that can be used with the extremely popular classic book about colors Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? A Brown Bear, Brown Bear theme is great at any time, but it’s often used early in the school year as a fun way to reinforce color names. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). While not a Montessori book that uses realistic images, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., (illustrated by Eric Carle) is one

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The giveaway has ended. Check out the post below to learn more about Artterro and the Artterro Deluxe Bubble Wand kit. Also, get the link for a fun giant bubble recipe and a coupon code for 20% off at Artterro through September 30! See right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the giveaway winner. My family had a fun time with bubble wands and giant bubbles. I’m happy to host a giveaway of two Artterro eco art kits … a Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit and a Canvas Book  Kit (ARV $58)! The giveaway is open in the

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From my Google Analytics report for August 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. Dirt and Boogers 3. Free Homeschool Deals 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. 123 Homeschool 4 Me 6. Kids Activities Blog 7. Teaching Mama 8. Buggy and Buddy 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Montessori Nature Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. 30+ Free Printables for First Day of School Photos 3. In What Order

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I love that Montessori principles can be used in some way in any home. You just have to choose what’s best for you and your family. Today, I’m sharing my main posts about how to create a Montessori-friendly home. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost you you). My Posts about Creating a Montessori-Friendly Home How Can Montessori Fit into Your Family? Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home Simple Montessori at Home Set-up Montessori at Home Simplified Montessori at Home Q & A How to Prepare a

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Last month, I shared Montessori-inspired activities using the Shells and Starfish Toolbox from Montessori By Mom. Today, I’m sharing activities using the materials from the Montessori By Mom Shoots and Sprouts Toolbox and a free printable. I prepared some activities for babies through early elementary. Just choose the activities that fit the ages and skill level of your child or children. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Shoots and Sprouts package for this review/activity post. Montessori By Mom Montessori By Mom is a small business started by Nathan and Teresa Hadsall, two teachers who

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for September 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my September Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of September 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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Spielgaben educational toys are real favorites at my house already. Even though most of the Spielgaben toys are for ages 3-12, my 9-month-old granddaughter has been in love with the Spielgaben yarn balls (which are safe for babies and toddlers) for a number of months now. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities using spheres along with free printables. There will be activities here for babies through preschoolers (and one activity that can extend into early elementary). This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spielgaben. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains

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I always loved circle time with preschoolers, and I’ve been having a wonderful time sharing fun songs with my now-9-month-old grandbaby. So this school year, I want to publish a series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. I had a post previously with Free Educational Songs for Circle Time. That post had songs for any time of year. This series will have circle time songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for specific seasons or events throughout the year. The songs in today’s post work well at any time of year, but they’re especially helpful at the beginning of the

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The giveaway is now closed. See the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winners. And be sure to check out the post to learn more about the wonderful printables by Seemi from Trillium Montessori! Also, see the bottom of the post for a special discount!!! I’m excited to host a great back-to-school giveaway of the Trillium Montessori 7 Continents A-Z Bundle which sells for $50 on Teachers Pay Teachers. 3 lucky winners from anywhere in the world will win a download of Seemi’s 7 Continents A-Z Bundle! I’m sharing some ideas here

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I had so much fun with Shark Week activities that I had to prepare one more. This activity – a shark water-bead number and letter sensory bin – needed its own post. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Shark Water-Bead Number and Letter Sensory Bin This is an activity that would work well for an ocean unit study or for a more specific shark unit study. I decided to use the free shark-fin printables from “Shark in the Park Alphabet Game” by Juggling with Kids for a sensory bin. I used a shoebox-size storage

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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 for Shark Week (and beyond)! Here, I’m sharing the links to free shark printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired shark activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Shark Activities at PreK + K Sharing Roll and Cover from the Shark Pack Update from 3 Dinosaurs Shark Bingo

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Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Friends 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 friends. *** Friendship activities fit well with Montessori education, which emphasizes peace education and lessons in courtesy. They’re especially helpful at the beginning of the school year but are great at any time. Of course, kindness/friendship activities are wonderful around Valentine’s Day, but here I’m focusing on friendship activities for back to school or any season. Today, I’m

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If you’re a Montessori teacher, preschool teacher, or homeschooler looking for free and inexpensive Montessori materials for your classroom, I have lots of amazing resources for you. In case you might have missed one or more, I’m sharing some of the main posts here. Not all of the materials are free or inexpensive, but you’ll find a good number in each post that are. Montessori Material Resources Free Montessori Materials Online Free Montessori Video Lessons Online Free Online Access to Comprehensive Montessori Scope and Sequence DIY Montessori Materials Montessori Baby and Toddler Toys Where to Buy Montessori Materials Montessori

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve loved Montessori Services materials for years … as a Montessori teacher/school owner and as a homeschooler. Today, I’m sharing ideas of activities you can easily prepare using Montessori Services language objects. Disclosure: I was given Montessori Services Language Object Starter Set 2014-2015 to review for this post. I was never required to write a positive review for Montessori Services, and any opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).  Since I started blogging, I’ve hosted a number of Montessori Services reviews and

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I’m a real fan of back-to-school celebrations. They can be a wonderful way to start the school year whether your kids attend public school, private school, or homeschool. As homeschoolers, my family started each school year with a celebration. We did our celebration on the first day of the new school year, but you could celebrate a bit later if needed. The main thing is finding a way to make the new school year special and memorable. My children are now 24 and 29, and we still treasure the memories from our first-day-of-school celebrations. You can read about my

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Name recognition is an important skill for preschoolers. Fortunately, there are lots of fun and unintimidating ways to reinforce the concept. Today, I want to share some circle-time name activities for getting acquainted and Montessori-inspired name recognition activities. Even if some of the activities aren’t designed as Montessori activities, they are Montessori friendly. They use a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters rather than all uppercase letters and have a hands-on emphasis. Getting Acquainted – Name Songs for Circle Time Montessori Circle Time Routines for the First Day: Welcome Songs from North American Montessori Center Name songs for circle

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From my Google Analytics report for July 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. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. Buggy and Buddy 5. Montessori Nature 6. B-Inspired Mama 7. Teaching Mama 8. Gift of Curiosity 9. The Measured Mom 10. No Time for Flash Cards 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 Time 3. How to Start

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If you haven’t heard of Montessori By Mom, I’m thrilled to introduce to you this exciting new business and some awesome themed Montessori activities! In addition, I have a beautiful free printable created by Nathan from Montessori by Mom to share with you! Along with sharing the free printable, I’ve put together some activities using the Montessori By Mom materials. Some of these are activities using the Montessori By Mom online resources to extend the materials included in the toolbox. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the first monthly package for this review/activity post. Montessori

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I published a roundup post earlier this year with Montessori-inspired sewing activities. Today, I’m focusing on Montessori-inspired knitting activities. Sewing and knitting are both wonderful practical life activities for advanced preschoolers as well as older children. They help develop concentration and independence as well as fine-motor coordination. Here are Montessori-inspired knitting activities from around the blogosphere along with knitting resources that are helpful for preparing Montessori-inspired knitting activities. These are typically best for 5 year olds with advanced fine-motor skills and elementary-age children. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Knitting Activities and Knitting

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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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