The new school year is a great time for a Kissing Hand unit, especially for children who might be experiencing separation anxiety. Any time can be great for a forest unit. This free printable is perfect for either a Kissing Hand unit or forest unit. The printable reinforces work on the letter r sound. It’s an instant download, too!
Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
My daughter, Christina (a former Montessori child), and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them):
- They use isolation of quality.
- They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Whenever I can, I’ll tell you the name of the object or animal featured. This month, we just focused on the North American raccoon, though, so that any of the printables could be used for a Kissing Hand unit.
- They typically use traditional Montessori colors such as red for consonants and blue for vowels.
- They use lowercase letters, which are what we introduce letter sounds with in Montessori education. (Children tend to pick up the uppercase letters without being introduced if they’re introduced to the lowercase letter sounds.)
- They often feature themed printable versions of Montessori materials.
Free Raccoon Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter R
To download, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
Montessori-Inspired Activities Using the Raccoon Do-a-Dot Printable
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Raccoon Do-a-Dot Letter R Sticker Tray
This sticker tray is wonderful for fine-motor skills and works well for toddlers as well as preschoolers. I used a Montessori Services large plastic tray, ¾” color coding dots, and the raccoon do-a-dot printable.
My 2¾-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been loving her Kissing Hand work recently. She enjoyed this addition to her work.
You could add a tracing activity to the printable. If you laminate your printable, you can use an erasable crayon like the Melissa & Doug Learning Mat Crayons or Crayola Erasable Crayons. For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayons.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s blouse and skirt are from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for r, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
More Kissing Hand Posts
More Free Do-a-Dot Printables and Ideas for Using Them
I love the versatility of do-a-dot printables! If you’re doing a month-long theme, you could easily change out the type of do-a-dot activity weekly to add interest. Here are four ideas of hands-on activities for any of our do-a-dot printables from my frog do-a-dot printable post (see post for details and materials used).
(Note: the frog do-a-dot printable is available in either black or red outline.)
In last month’s post, you’ll find a free ant do-a-dot printable and activity using Power Magnets.
In another post, you’ll find a free snail do-a-dot printable and activity using Do-a-Dot markers.
In another post, you’ll get a free car do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and quick sticks with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free recycling do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using glass gems and toast tongs with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free butterfly do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and toast tongs with the printable.
Montessori-Inspired Packs – Subscriber Freebies
And don’t miss our subscriber freebie raccoon pack, subscriber freebie ant pack, subscriber freebie snail pack, subscriber freebie car pack, subscriber freebie frog pack, subscriber freebie butterfly pack, and subscriber freebie recycling pack! You’ll get a monthly freebie with link and password if you subscribe to the Living Montessori Now weekly newsletter!
You can buy an Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack (with 26 different animals and letters) in the Living Montessori Now shop! There’s also a Healthy Food Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack!
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