I’m so excited to introduce you to a new book, Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning! I’m one of the co-authors. There are 94 co-authors from Kid Blogger Network and 150+ activities for babies through kindergarteners  … LOTS AND LOTS of AMAZING activities for parents, other relatives, and caregivers! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning   Check out the topics included in Learn with Play: Fine Motor Skills Sensory DIY Toys Play Recipes Busy Bags Imaginative Play Color Learning Math Shapes Science

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Perseverance is an important trait for any child. One of the best ways to help your child develop perseverance is by giving many opportunities for work with practical life activities. Toddlers often need extra help in developing perseverance. They can get frustrated easily and can especially be helped by seeing you model perseverance for them. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Modeling Perseverance for Toddlers – Video In the following video, my daughter, Christina, and my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter (Christina’s niece), Zoey, show one way Christina and I model perseverance. Related Posts: Help Your Child

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When young children are learning to put away their toys and other work, it’s helpful to have a clean up song. Singing while cleaning up simply makes the process of cleaning up more fun. My family’s favorite clean up song came from Barney. We didn’t have a television when my children were little, but we did have a video monitor that we used to watch some videos. My daughter, Christina, especially fell in love with Barney videos. Barney’s “Clean Up Song” became our official clean up song. “Barney: The Clean Up Song” – Video Introducing the “Clean Up Song” to Babies and

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From my Google Analytics report for June 2015 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Montessori en Casa 2. Kids Activities Blog 3. Fun-A-Day 4. Teaching Mama 5. Fantastic Fun and Learning 6. Be the Best Parent You Can Be 7. Buggy and Buddy 8. Montessori Nature 9. Lemon Lime Adventures 10. PreK + K Sharing Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home 3. In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler? 4. Free LEGO

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I love putting together fine-motor activities for toddlers …and I love to watch toddlers progress in developing new skills. Today, I’m sharing some toddler fine-motor activities that are simple to prepare using Spielgaben educational toys.   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 Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in

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Welcome to my calendar of July themed activities for kids. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts listed by themes in my “Montessori-Inspired Unit Studies + Seasonal and Holiday Activities” post. Here you’ll find lots of themes for July according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for July 2015 (July changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) Free American Patriotic Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time Montessori Monday – Patriotic Practical Life and Math Activity Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit Montessori-Inspired Insect Unit for Summer Learning and Fun Montessori Monday

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Montessori education for infants is rather magical. It’s amazing to see what babies do when they’re given freedom of movement and activities that meet their needs. Montessori for Infants: A Window Into the Nido at LePort Montessori Video I love this video. Whether you’re a parent or teacher, you can get lots of inspiration and ideas for helping infants by using Montessori principles. What is your favorite part of the video? Montessori for Infants – Resources Montessori Baby Resources Infantsand Toddlers – Category on Living Montessori Now   Learn more aboutMontessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy!

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I love watching Montessori in action. Whether you’re a teacher, parent considering Montessori education, or Montessori homeschooler, you’ll find lots of helpful ideas by watching videos from Montessori schools. Montessori: Learning for Life gives a glimpse into a Montessori school and gives tips for parents to follow at home as well. Montessori: Learning for Life Video What is your favorite part of the video? Montessori Videos on Living Montessori Now You can find many more Montessori videos here! Check out these areas: Montessori Schools- Video Ideas and Inspiration Free Montessori Video Lessons Online Living Montessori Now YouTube Channel Montessori Resources See

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Woodworking is a great practical life activity for children at a variety of ages. It’s a popular activity for fathers to do with their children, although mothers can do woodworking as well. Woodworking is a perfect activity for outdoors (wonderful for summer or whenever the weather is nice enough to work outdoors). In Montessori education, children work with real, child-size woodworking tools. After developing their woodworking skills, children are able to undertake a wide range of woodworking projects. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you) Montessori Practical Life – Woodworking Skills When I had a Montessori school, woodworking activities were

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Montessori frog life cycle activities can be fun for toddlers as well as preschoolers. My 19-month-old granddaughter has been in love with frogs lately. She adores the miniature frog in our beginning sounds object game, and she’s fascinated with three small frog lawn ornaments on a neighbor’s front lawn that we pass in our regular walks. So I put together a frog life cycle tray for her. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I was given a copy of the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle with the frog materials used in this post. Montessori Frog

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some Montessori-inspired dinosaur activities using free dinosaur printables … fun for dinosaur lovers at any time. A dinosaur theme is one of my favorite summer units (especially fun this summer with the opening of Jurassic World)! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free dinosaur 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 dinosaurs. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where

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I love the relaxed days of summer! Today, I’m adding lots of non-holiday summer songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’d like American patriotic songs for Flag day and 4th of July, check out my American patriotic songs and rhymes post. That post includes general patriotic songs plus videos for each holiday.If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, check out my winter songs and rhymes post!   There are lots of CDs you can buy, but I’m just listing free resources here. You can typically find links to buy the CDs for songs on

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We’ve always had lots of books in our house. As homeschoolers, many of our walls were lined with bookcases filled with books. But whether you have many or a few books, Montessori book baskets can be an inexpensive, yet attractive way to feature books and make them easily accessible for young children. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Using Montessori Book Baskets for a Variety of Ages My 19-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has loved her book baskets since she was just a few months old. A book basket is still one of the first places she goes

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I love it when kids prepare a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day breakfast! (A birthday breakfast is wonderful, too!) Whether it’s in bed or at the table, simple or elaborate … it’s awesome! Montessori Food Preparation Activities Food preparation is an important part of Montessori practical life activities. If your child has been working on food-preparation skills, there are many breakfast items they can prepare, even as preschoolers. And toddlers can also help prepare a special breakfast. The level of difficulty will simply depend on your child’s age and experience with food preparation. You’ll find lots of food-preparation activities in

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My granddaughter and I are continuing to have lots of fun with the new Little Passports Early Explorers edition! I’m a Little Passports affiliate and ambassador. As an ambassador, I received a 3-month subscription to the Early Explorers Edition of Little Passports. Today, I want to share some ideas for using a Montessori-inspired approach with the Early Explorers music package. All opinions are honest and my own. (Note: my Little Passports posts contain affiliate links at no cost to you.)   I love the excitement Little Passports can bring to any study of geography. It can work well in a home with children

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From my Google Analytics report for May 2015    Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Fantastic Fun and Learning 2. Montessori Nature 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. B-Inspired Mama 5. Hands On : As We Grow 6. Fun-A-Day 7. Teaching Mama 8. Lemon Lime Adventures 9. Imagine Our Life 10. Powerful Mothering Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Handprint Keepsake for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparents Day 2. In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler? 3. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 4. Free LEGO Printables and

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This activity was inspired by MaryAnne from Mama Smiles. She has lots of great ideas for mess-free finger painting. I added a Montessori-inspired color mixing and matching activity to the mess-free finger painting. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Mess-Free Finger Painting and Color Mixing This activity works well for older babies (minus the color tablets), toddlers, and preschoolers. Older children (and adults!) could have fun with the finger painting, too. It’s very easy to prepare, appealing, and a fun way for children to experience process art. It’s also a hands-on introduction to color mixing.

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This post is about a variation of a traditional Montessori phonics activity. It uses Montessori sandpaper letters but is more about small objects, vocabulary, and hearing the beginning sound of each object. Because it isn’t actually about the sandpaper letters, it’s appropriate to introduce to toddlers as well as to preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Beginning Sounds Phonics Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers This game is based on “The Fun Game” that my toddler son (who’s now 30 years old) fell in love with. My daughter (who’s 5 years younger) also loved

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Today, I’m sharing my calendar of June themed activities for kids. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts listed by themes in my “Montessori-Inspired Unit Studies + Seasonal and Holiday Activities”post. Here you’ll find lots of themes for June according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for June 2015 (June changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) You’ll find more links for calendar observances in my “Enliven Your Homeschool with Some Calendar Fun” post. The post has links to resources for calendar observances for any level. I’m especially focusing here on June themes for

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Today, I want to share some fun summer learning activities using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for ages 3-12, but the activities in this post are for toddlers 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 Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality

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I’m lucky that I get flowers around Mother’s Day each year. And I often share Mother’s Day with my wedding anniversary. This year, my husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary on Mother’s Day weekend! I hate to throw away my flowers once they get old, so I’ve discovered ways to use them for Montessori-inspired activities. Today, I want to share an after Mother’s Day flower petal transfer activity that can be adapted for toddlers or preschoolers.   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Preparing and Demonstrating a Montessori-Inspired Flower Petal Transfer Activity  Materials

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Patriotic songs and rhymes are perfect for a number of U.S. holidays. Today, I’m adding free patriotic songs and rhymes that can be used for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. For other holidays and seasons throughout the year, check out the links right above my signature.   There are lots of CDs you can buy, 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

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In Montessori education, practical life (daily living) activities are some of the most important activities. Not only do they help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence, but they help children learn to contribute to their families and communities. Today, I’ll be sharing some age-appropriate chores in lists and free printables from around the blogosphere. Older babies and young toddlers can start learning care-of-the-environment activities. Cleaning activities are fun at that age and the perfect time for children to start contributing to the family chores, even if the result is much less than perfect. In Montessori, we don’t recommend

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I have many fond memories of children’s work with Montessori cylinder blocks. You’ve probably noticed that my now-adult daughter is part of the Living Montessori Now logo. She’s working with a cylinder block at age 1 1/2.  Today, I’m sharing ideas for the first presentation of a Montessori cylinder block. This can be introduced as early as age 1 1/2. First Cylinder Block Presentation for Toddlers The Montessori cylinder blocks are amazing materials for developing visual size discrimination. In the first Montessori cylinder block, the cylinders vary only in diameter but not in height. I love that they’re a beautiful introduction to Montessori sensorial

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some Montessori-inspired butterfly activities using free butterfly printables … perfect for spring and summer. Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free butterfly printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep the list manageable, I’m sharing links that are specifically related to butterflies rather than caterpillars except where the printable focuses on the complete butterfly life cycle.   At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired butterfly activities. I

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Have you heard of Montessori for the Earth? Through Montessori for the Earth, Lisa Nolan offers online Montessori and homeschool lesson plans for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, lower elementary, and special needs children. The programs are designed for parents and educators who want to incorporate Montessori into their home, classroom, or daycare setting. Montessori for the Earth is one of the programs Jo Ebisujima and I recommend as the next step after our Montessori Crash Course. Disclosure: This post contains Montessori for the Earth affiliate links (at no cost to you). About Lisa Nolan In case you aren’t familiar with Lisa Nolan, she’s a highly

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Working with real objects is an important way to encourage vocabulary and sensory experiences for toddlers. My 18-month-old granddaughter had a lot of fun with a special vocabulary and sensory experience using real fruit and Montessori toddler fruit cards. Along with real fruit, this activity uses the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Fruit Cards from the MPS Toddler Bundle. Disclosure: I was given a copy of the toddler bundle. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Fruit Matching and Tasting for Toddlers This was a fun activity for Zoey. It involves a

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