I love printables because they make creating attractive-looking activities easy. Just looking at the printables often gives me ideas of activities I can prepare.
If you teach in a Montessori-inspired homeschool, preschool, or co-op, there are many places to find printables, including free printables. Whether you’re a Montessori purist or a progressive Montessorian, you can use printables to make your life much easier.
Here are some ideas of places to check for free printables. (Note: You’ll find the printables used in the collage in my “Free Spanish Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spanish Color Activities,” “Free Montessori Materials Online,” and “3-Part Recycle Cards” posts.)
Free Printables for Montessori Purists and Progressive Montessorians
For any Montessori approach to teaching, be sure to check out the resources in my “Free Montessori Materials Online” post.
Follow our Living Montessori Now Facebook page for my Free Printable of the Day. Not all the free printables I feature are specifically Montessori printables, but I often share free Montessori printables there. You can often find the latest ones published if you follow the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. I feature at least one free printable each day and sometimes more. Throughout April, I’m featuring more than one each day as part of the Living Montessori Now 4th blogiversary celebration.
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Free Printables for Progressive Montessorians and Montessori-Inspired Homeschools/Preschools
If you’re a progressive Montessorian (like I am), you’ll find lots and lots of options for free printables from around the blogosphere.
In addition to my “Free Montessori Materials Online” post, I have a post with “Free Preschool Printables for Activity Trays” with links to sites that have free printables that work especially well for creating hands-on learning activities. These typically aren’t the sites listed in my “Free Montessori Materials Online,” but it’s easy to create Montessori-inspired activities using their free printables.
My PreK + K Sharing post on the 15th of each month features lots of free printables centered on a theme, and I share ideas for using some of the printables to create Montessori-inspired activities.
The Free Printable of the Day at our Living Montessori Now Facebook page will typically work well for creating Montessori-inspired activities. Occasionally, I feature printables that aren’t for a Montessori-style activity at all, but those are easy to identify as fun family activities or ideas rather than specific learning activities.
How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities
I have a post with lots of suggestions for creating Montessori-inspired activities using a number of different types of printables in my “How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities” post. Also check out the preparation instructions for Montessori printables in the Montessori Print Shop “Learn How To” Section.
Even though I’m drawing challenged and not a particularly crafty person, I love preparing Montessori-inspired activities when I can use printables. Free printables can help you have a variety of activities for numerous themes and save enough money to purchase the printables and materials you need to complete your homeschool or preschool.
Montessori Monday Link-Up
If you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post. If you’re wondering what’s considered “Montessori inspired” and what to link up (or not link up), check out my “What Is Montessori Inspired?” post. Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post).
I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky each Monday morning and keep the linky open throughout the week. Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome!
Notes For community discussions, please join us at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page, We Teach Montessori Group, and/or Google+ Montessori Community. The We Teach Montessori group has a Member Resources Sharing (for resources such as freebies and series) as well as a Linky Party for We Teach Montessori. We Teach Montessori has a linky just like the one here except that it’s continuous where you may add your Montessori-inspired activities and ideas to the same linky. New links will go to the top of the linky. I’d love to see us build up a great collection of Montessori-inspired ideas there, too. After you link up here, why not hop over to the We Teach Montessori Group and link up there?!
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