2016 has been off to a great start (going by too fast, but a great start)! Thanks so much to everyone who’s helped 2016 be an awesome year so far! Top 10s and Thank You’s for January 2016 … from my Google Analytics Report Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. iGame Mom 2. Natural Beach Living 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. Pre-K Pages 5. Kids Activities Blog 6. Teaching Mama 7. Fantastic Fun and Learning 8. Mama’s Happy Hive 9. Bits of Positivity 10. Montessori Nature Thank you to all my readers!

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Many parents worry that it will be too expensive and difficult to prepare Montessori activities at home. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Once I had the materials, this easy-to-prepare valentine heart and colander fine-motor activity took less than 10 minutes to put together.   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Making Montessori Activity Preparation Simple Generally, the key to activities that are easy to prepare is having the necessary materials on hand. Since we use trays or baskets in Montessori education, you’ll want to have a variety of those available. You’ll

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Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday that I just had to create a sweet Valentine’s Day sensory bin for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. I already had my DIY sensory table and was able to easily put together a few activities within the table. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Sweet Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin with Practical Life and Math Activities – YouTube Video Now this is TOO SWEET!!! Sweet Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin with Practical Life and Math Activities Materials Used for Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin metal mailbox I got at the Target dollar spot

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I have had a lot of fun with winter activities recently, and I wanted to add some Spielgaben activities to our shelves. Today, I’m sharing some ideas for Spielgaben activities using free printables I found online. Two of the activities will work for older toddlers who don’t mouth objects and preschoolers, while two are for older preschoolers through 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 affiliate links (at no cost to you). In case you’re not familiar with

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I love the idea of observing the 100th day of school. It’s a great extension to the Montessori  hundred board, a perfect time to reinforce math concepts, and – simply – a fun event! Many schools and homeschools reach 100 days in late January or early February. Even if you’ve already passed 100 days, you can still sing songs about 100 to observe the day you reached 100 days of school for this school year. And you can sing songs about 100 any time you want to reinforce the concept. So today, I’m adding songs and rhymes about 100 to my series of free songs

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I love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, does now, too. I decided to combine two popular Montessori activities, eggshell crushing and pin poking, with a literature-based craft. Zoey and I both had a great time with the resulting activity. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Introduction to Winter Concepts and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats For awhile now, I’ve been introducing Zoey to winter concepts. You can read more about that in my post (and the YouTube video) on teaching toddlers about winter with the Montessori 3-period lesson

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I’ve been wanting to do a literature-based  art project with my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. But it requires the use of two very popular Montessori activities, which needed to be introduced. The first practical life activity was eggshell crushing. Today’s activity, pin poking, is also a favorite activity of many children in Montessori schools around the world. Montessori Pin Poking to Develop Concentration, Coordination, and Pincer Grip for Writing – Video You’ll see my daughter, Christina, and Zoey (Christina’s niece) in this 1 minute, 53 second video about pin poking: Materials Used in Our Pin Poking Activity Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no

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I decided it was time to introduce my 2-year-old granddaughter to a practical life activity that was always very popular when I was a Montessori teacher – eggshell crushing. I had an idea for a project and needed to start preparing in advance. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Eggshell crushing in itself is simple to set up if you have a mortar and pestle. I had received one in the Montessori By Mom Art Appreciation Toolbox. Montessori Services has a nice mortar and pestle, too. Eggshell Crushing – Montessori Practical Life Fun for

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UPDATE: The giveaway is now over. Please see the bottom of the post for the announcement of the winners. And be sure to read my review of some wonderful Alison’s Montessori materials! I’m THRILLED to announce a FABULOUS giveaway that will allow 5 very lucky people from the U.S. to win a $100 gift certificate to Alison’s Montessori!!! I love Alison’s Montessori materials, and I have both an Alison’s Montessori review and the giveaway for you! Thank you to Alison’s Montessori for sponsoring this review and giveaway!  Disclosure: To help you know more about Alison’s Montessori  products, I was given a number of Alison’s Montessori materials to review.

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Montessori By Mom has done it again! The Earth Exploration Toolbox is designed for ages 3-6, but it’s perfect for homeschoolers needing activities for multiple ages (or for parents wanting activities that can grow with a child). I wanted to use the toolbox with my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I was able to find a number of activities I could use. Of course, there are many activities designed specifically for 3-6 year olds. Plus, there are activities that would work well even for elementary age! Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the Earth Exploration Toolbox for this review. This

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I’m so excited to be part of a very unique and AWESOME GIVEAWAY … one where EVERYONE WINS!!! Trillium Montessori blog is celebrating its 3rd blogiversary, and Seemi came up with a creative, wonderful idea … a giveaway where everyone wins! #EveryoneWinsWithMontessori A group of fabulous bloggers are joining together to bring you this celebration gift! We have pooled some of our favorite Montessori printable products together into a massive bundle for you. It’s worth over $60 and we’re selling it for…. $0. That’s not a typo. The bundle is free. It’s our gift to you. You don’t have

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I have been having so much fun with winter activities that I decided to research free snowflake printables for today’s post! I found not only great printables for learning activities but lots of amazingly creative snowflake templates for folding and cutting activities! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free snowflake 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 snowflakes. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and

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The Montessori cultural curriculum can seem overwhelming. It’s impossible to thoroughly cover every area. But Montessori cultural areas and activities can be some of the most rewarding and fun if you approach them based on your child’s interests and ability levels. Montessori Cultural Activities Montessori Monday – Free Montessori Cultural Videos Montessori Continent Map Work Montessori Monday – DIY Cosmic Nesting Boxes Montessori Monday – Montessori Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Activity Simple Magnetic or Velcro Calendar Activity Using Free Printables {Montessori Monday} – LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Art Appreciation Montessori-Inspired Music Unit Studies Montessori-Inspired Botany/Gardening Unit Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Units Montessori

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Teaching toddlers about seasons is tricky in general. If you live in a warm climate, it’s even trickier – especially when you’re teaching  toddlers about winter. Still, the Montessori 3-period lesson can give your toddler one of the best introductions to the winter season. We’ve been introducing my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to winter concepts for a couple of months. Since we live in San Diego, we have to be creative in finding snow-themed activities. We’ve especially focused on a snowman sensory bin and Instant Snow activities. Some winter themes are introduced or reinforced through books and pictures. Here’s how we used the 3-period lesson to introduce

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My life as a grandmother is MUCH EASIER because of products from Little Partners (the makers of the Learning Tower). I’m excited to review another amazing product from Little Partners  … The Deluxe Learn and Play Art Center Easel. Update: The giveaway is now closed. Please see the bottom of the post under the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winner. Little Partners is even sponsoring a giveaway of a $140 Deluxe Learn and Play Art Center Easel (open to U.S. residents)!    Disclosure: I received a Little Partners Deluxe Learn and Play Art Center Easel to facilitate my review. I was

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2015 was Living Montessori Now’s busiest … and most fun … year ever. Not only did I have my usual posts for a variety of ages, but I was able to write about and even have a new Living Montessori Now YouTube channel with my daughter and toddler granddaughter sharing ideas for using Montessori at home. I appreciate all my readers and love seeing what you find most helpful each year. For the Top 10 Posts from 2015, I want to share my 10 most popular posts published in 2015. I still have some posts from earlier years of Living Montessori

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December is always one of my favorite months … and a very special one as a blogger. Thank you for being part of the Living Montessori Now community and making December and 2015 wonderful! Top 10s and Thank You’s for December 2015 … from my Google Analytics Report Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Kids Activities Blog 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. Natural Beach Living 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. Kid World Citizen 6. Montessori Nature 7. Fantastic Fun and Learning 8. Teaching Mama 9. Imagine Our Life

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Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been publishing posts at PreK + K Sharing on the 15th of each month since December 15, 2011! How time flies when you’re having fun.  I share free printables for a unit study or seasonal or holiday theme along with Montessori-inspired activities I create using the free printables. I typically include a variety of activities for skill levels from preschool through first grade. Following are the posts at Living Montessori Now with free printables that link to my post at PreK + K Sharing. My posts at PreK + K Sharing tell how I prepared the activities

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Happy 2016! I’m excited to discover and share my most popular post from 2015 as part of The Best Crafts, Education, & Parenting Posts of 2015!   Thanks so much for being part of the Living Montessori Now Community! You help make each year a joy for me! The Living Montessori Now community on Facebook (a place where you’ll find me every day) currently has 158,018 members! Best of 2015 – My Most Popular Post from 2015 on Living Montessori Now   According to Google Analytics, my most popular post from 2015 was Teach Letter Sounds to Your Child Using Montessori Principles. I love that this post was

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Even though most children aren’t at school over the New Year, it’s still fun to sing special New Year’s songs. And many New Year’s songs work well for the beginning of the new year, not just on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. I’m excited to add these free New Year’s 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. If you’re looking for songs for Chinese New year, you’ll find those in my free Chinese

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I’ve been looking for a simple-to-prepare calendar activity that would work for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and continue to work well throughout her preschool years. I finally decided on an activity that should be simple to prepare each month as well as adaptable for a number of ages. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Supplies Needed: For Magnetic Calendar Activity: Free Printable Monthly Calendars Month and Number Cards Magnetic Board, such as Melissa & Doug Magnetic Chalk/Dry Erase Board, Little Partners Easel, Little Partners Free-Standing Easel (on sale at $30 off with code montessori), or even

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrated)! I have some very special after-Christmas and year-end deals for families and teachers! I’ll divide the specials into those that end soon after Christmas, those that go from today through the end of the year, and those that are for a few days only at the end of the year. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). 2015 After-Christmas Deals (Deals ending soon after Christmas)   Gymboree (where I shop for clothes for my granddaughter)! Entire Gymboree Store (and Online) on sale up

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It was time for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to wrap the ornaments she had made as Christmas presents for her parents. I wanted a quick and simple process-art activity that could be used as wrapping paper that would look nice underneath the Christmas tree. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I’d seen DIY wrapping paper made with office sticker dots at Red Ted Art. Since I have lots of color coding dot labels in my supply area, I figured that would be a perfect place to start for Christmas wrapping paper. Just for fun, I also

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I’m not a fan of cold weather, but I love to prepare activities with winter themes … as long as I’m nice and warm while I’m preparing them! I’ve done a lot of research over the years and curated hundreds of Montessori-inspired activities (and some activities that may not be Montessori-inspired but would work well in a Montessori-friendly home or school). Today, I’m putting all those posts together so they’ll be easier for you to find. Montessori-Inspired Winter Themes and Activities Arctic and Antarctic: Montessori-Inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit, Montessori-Inspired Continent Activities – Penguins of Antarctica, Montessori-Inspired Multi-Level Penguin Activities, Kids’

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My 2-year-old granddaughter loves art postcards. Luckily, I didn’t have to search far to find art postcards for her. I have enough to last as long as she wishes!   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). When I owned a Montessori school in the 1980s, I discovered the work of Aline Wolf from Parent Child Press, which is now owned by Montessori Services. At the time, I was able to purchase Mommy, It’s a Renoir! Art Postcards for Art Appreciation along with packets of art postcards for the steps in Aline Wolf’s art postcard curriculum. I

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I want my granddaughter to be safe, independent, and happily engaged in her work. The Little Partners Learning Tower/Art Easel Combo helps her to do all three. Disclosure: I received the new Little Partners Learn and Share Easel to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are honest and my own. My granddaughter, Zoey, recently turned 2 years old. She has been using the Little Partners Learning Tower in my home since she was 1 year old. Recently, I was able to add the new Learn and Share Easel to the Learning Tower.

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I’m not a fan of cold weather (notice that I’m living in San Diego!), but I do love snowman activities that are warm and cozy. Free snowman printables with hands-on activities are some of my favorite ways to enjoy snowmen! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free snowman 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 snowmen. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare

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