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Studying individual continents is an activity that even preschoolers can enjoy. In Montessori education, children begin their study of continents with the continent globe and continent map before studying individual continents through specific continent maps and continent boxes. For posts with lots of DIY continent ideas, see DIY Montessori

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The Chinese New Year starts soon, and it’s a good time to prepare activities to celebrate. Montessori-inspired activities work well because you can prepare an activity tray to use for as many days or weeks as you wish. Following are some Montessori-inspired printables and activities to celebrate the Chinese

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Montessori thermic materials are great for any time of the year. Of course, an extra focus in winter or summer makes sense, since there’s an extra focus on temperature in those seasons already. Thermic bottles and thermic tablets are traditional Montessori sensorial materials. For most homeschools and other schools,

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Winter is a great time for playdough activities with either regular playdough or snow dough. You can easily set up a Montessori-inspired playdough activity on a tray or as a separate playdough table. For ideas on creating Montessori-inspired playdough activities in general, see my original playdough roundup: Montessori-Inspired Playdough

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My kids always loved to make special gifts for family members at Christmas. From the time they were preschoolers on, they wrapped the gifts they made, too. It made my life a bit easier and was a fun and special activity for my kids. Whether or not your kids

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I LOVE sensory tubs. That said, sensory tubs weren’t created by Maria Montessori, and they aren’t considered Montessori materials. Still, they are very Montessori compatible and can incorporate many Montessori techniques. Sensorial activities are an important part of Montessori education as are practical life activities. Sensory tubs are a

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While the holiday season should be a time of joy and fun family activities, it’s also a time of year when it’s easy to feel totally overwhelmed. Finding your family’s rhythm and creating Montessori-inspired activity trays can help. With activity trays, you’re less likely to feel you need a

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This is an especially good time to focus on grace and courtesy if you have any family gatherings coming up. Even if you don’t have any family gatherings this week or don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in your country, it’s also a good time to focus on etiquette before the December

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Using realistic dinosaur models for hands-on activities is a perfect introduction to paleontology. I’ve been having lots of fun putting together Montessori-inspired dinosaur activities using replicas from Safari Ltd. dinosaur TOOBS and Montessori Print Shop dinosaur printables! The activities here are designed for preschool through early elementary. For these

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Montessori constructive triangles are brilliant for their hands-on geometry lessons and adaptability for preschool through elementary. At the same time, they’re sensorial materials you can make fairly easily using printables and tutorials found online. Here I’ll include links to printables, tutorials, and ideas for presenting and extending Montessori constructive

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Human anatomy can be a fascinating subject, and many children especially enjoy studying bones. A variety of Montessori-inspired skeleton activities can be used to create a multi-level skeleton unit for preschoolers on up. October is a fun time to study skeletons. While it might be most logical to study

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post with some friendly ghost learning fun at PreK + K Sharing! Today, I’m sharing the link to free printables that I’ve used to create Montessori-inspired ghost activities for preschoolers through first graders. While ghosts aren’t a typical

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I LOVE all the fun activities for kids in the fall. Those include lots of great playdough activities. Today, I want to share some Montessori-inspired fall playdough activities. For basic ideas for preparing Montessori-inspired playdough activities, check out my roundup post: Montessori-Inspired Playdough Activities 101. It would be impossible

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It’s difficult for young children to understand their relationship to the larger world – and to the universe especially. Cosmic nesting cubes, map towers, and “Me on the Map” activities are great ways for them to gain a better understanding. While these aren’t all specific Montessori activities, they are

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I had never thought about making Montessori number rods until I discovered some amazing examples online. For a homeschool, I would probably purchase the regular-size pink tower, brown stair, and red rods to give the child an accurate sensorial impression of size. Of course, if you’re very crafty, even

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Spindle boxes are part of the Montessori math curriculum, but they’re a material homeschoolers will often be much happier making than buying. While the spindle boxes are important in Montessori schools, they typically aren’t a popular material. Spindle boxes were one of the least-used materials when I had a

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Grace and courtesy exercises are always helpful at the start of the school year in Montessori classrooms and even in Montessori homeschools. Montessori practical life preliminary exercises, such as how to roll a mat, are also important for the child’s concentration, control of movement, and the smooth functioning of

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