A common question of Montessori parents is … what to do about books? Should you have only Montessori-friendly books? And what are Montessori-friendly books anyway? Should you focus on Montessori-friendly books for babies and young toddlers only? Do you need Montessori-friendly books for a 2 year old child or a preschooler? What about the fantasy characters and stories your child will encounter almost everywhere? Eek! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). I consider myself a progressive Montessorian, so I won’t be speaking from a purist point of view. I do love the simplicity and beauty of many

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Handwashing skills are so important for toddlers and preschoolers, both for cleanliness and to help with disease prevention. Fortunately, handwashing can be lots of fun! My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, is a good example of just how much fun a Montessori toddler can have with simple handwashing. Fun with Handwashing + Handwashing Song by a 2 Year Old – YouTube Video Every day when we return from the park, I ask Zoey, “What’s the first thing we do when we get back from the park?” She says, “Wash our hands!” Here she demonstrates her handwashing and the handwashing song she uses

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Can you believe it’s already March??! Even with Leap Day, February went by too quickly for me. But it was an awesome month anyway! Top 10s and Thank You’s for February 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. No Time for Flash Cards 3. Natural Beach Living 4. Fun-a-Day 5. PreK + K Sharing 6. Trillium Montessori 7. Kids Activities Blog 8. Fantastic Fun and Learning 9. Teaching Mama 10. Lemon Lime Adventures Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Montessori

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If you love books, you’re probably frustrated, maybe horrified, to see the way toddlers typically treat books. But there’s hope! In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and NEA’s Read Across America Day tomorrow, I want to share some ideas that can help your toddler or preschooler learn to take care of books. My husband and I have always loved books. So it was important for us that our children learn to love and take care of books, too. I kept my now-adult children’s favorite books for grandkids. And I’ve been amazed by the condition of the books. Even though they were looked

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I was looking at some of my granddaughter’s favorite Spielgaben materials the other day … the wooden sticks and dots. And I couldn’t help but think of digital numbers and wonder if the sticks could be used to build numbers. I couldn’t find exactly what I was envisioning for digital clock numbers to use with the sticks, so I got to work creating a digital numbers printable. Using that and two other printables for a variety of ages from toddlers through early elementary, I prepared 3 different trays to use to give an introduction to digital numbers and telling

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I needed some digital clock numbers for my post tomorrow, and I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. So we put some together … and I’m sharing a free digital clock numbers printable with you today! It’s even an instant download! 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). These digital number cards follow the Montessori

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I love having themed cutting strips for toddlers and preschoolers to work on their scissor skills. I’m so excited to share free Montessori-inspired frog cutting strips with you today! The cutting strips are an instant download … and couldn’t be easier to download or prepare! 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). The cutting strips use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Preschoolers

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I’m a real Dr. Seuss fan, so I wanted to find a fun way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) with my 2-year-old granddaughter. I’ve just started to introduce Zoey to Dr. Seuss books, first through rhyming fun and now through the silliness of The Cat in the Hat … with a Cat in the Hat sensory bin.   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). {Dr. Seuss Inspired} Cat in the Hat Sensory Bin – YouTube Video I love Zoey’s response to the sensory bin! {Dr. Seuss Inspired} Cat in the Hat Sensory Bin (and DIY

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It can be confusing to know the best way to help your child get the most out of his or her toys. Toddlers especially can get frustrated easily when they first try to use a new toy. Montessori principles can help! I want to share our experiences with a Russian matryoshka nesting doll to show how you can use toys to help teach your child. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). How We Use a Russian Matryoshka Nesting Doll I had a wooden Russian nesting doll from when I owned a Montessori school. I kept that

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I’m so excited to share a free Montessori-inspired frog do-a-dot printable with you today! It’s an instant download … super simple! And the activities you can make with it are super simple to prepare, 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

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What parent doesn’t worry at some point about toilet learning (toilet training, potty learning, or potty training … whichever term you’re using)? YouTube can help! I’ve researched to find a number of helpful toilet learning songs. I don’t recommend screen time before age 2, so the videos are best for 2-3 year olds. The songs alone could be fun to sing with a younger toddler, too. If you follow my blog, you know I love songs and rhymes to help teach and reinforce concepts. Toilet learning doesn’t need to be any different. I think these fit perfectly into my series of

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I’m so excited to publish my first post that features a Living Montessori Now subscriber freebie! Frogs are a popular theme in the spring, and Leap Year is a perfect time to focus on frogs even before spring arrives! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free frog 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 frogs. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired frog

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I want to tell you about some amazing Montessori resources that are free worldwide! Free Montessori Resources for Everyone If you subscribe to my mailing list, you’ll get the 177-page KHT Montessori geography album free! You’ll also get the free eBook – Mom Bloggers Talk Montessori: Favorite Ideas and Activities. And you’ll get the password each month to a new Montessori-inspired subscriber freebie!   Of course, don’t forget my free printables page. There you’ll find more free materials available worldwide! Giveaway – KHT Montessori 12-Month Online Course and 12 Albums Giveaway (ARV $330)! The giveaway is now closed. I’m thrilled to

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Consistency and stability are essential for young children. And knowing about the importance of order in meeting a young child’s sensitive periods makes a Montessori caregiver even more focused on consistency.  But routines can disappear quickly in the craziness of everyday life. So what’s a Montessori caregiver to do? I’m a Montessori grandma (and formerly a Montessori teacher, Montessori school owner, Montessori parent, and Montessori homeschooler). Today I want to share with you some of the rhythms and routines that have worked for me, both in my former roles and in my role as Montessori grandma and caregiver to my

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves scissor cutting activities. Like all 2 year olds, she’s working on the fine-motor skills and technique needed for cutting. So I put together some inexpensive and super-simple cutting activities using strings of beads. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Super-Simple Cutting Activity with Strings of Beads – 21-Second Video Preparing an Inexpensive and Super-Simple Cutting Activity with Strings of Beads One of the easiest and most appealing cutting activities to have available for 2 year olds through preschoolers is one that uses strings of beads. Strings of beads are easier

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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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