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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My 18-month-old granddaughter and I created a Mother’s Day gift for my daughter-in-law yesterday afternoon. (Shhh, don’t tell!) This thumbprint keepsake keychain is easy to make and a perfect gift for mothers, grandmothers, and teachers. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links (at no cost to you) I was inspired by the finger print key chains by My Life of Travels and Adventures. Krystal made a version for under $10. I used a special heart-shaped metal and glass locket because we were creating a gift for Zoey’s mom only. I wanted to add lockets for photos of Zoey, but any type of charm could

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I’ve been having fun creating color activities for my 18-month-old granddaughter because of her interest in matching colors. I started with a simple activity of placing Zoey’s beloved yarn balls in matching DIY colored gift bags. (See “Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Color Activities for Toddlers {Free Printables}”).  She fell in love with the idea of matching colored yarn balls to the colored bags. So I decided to prepare today’s Montessori-inspired color scavenger hunt using the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Color Books from the MPS Toddler Bundle. Disclosure: I was given a copy of the toddler bundle. All opinions are honest and

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If you want to use Montessori activities with your children at home, you’ll often find Montessori 3-part cards helpful for teaching vocabulary and a variety of concepts.   Make Your Own Montessori 3-Part Cards Class Montessori 3-part cards can be used for a variety of ages, which is especially helpful in a homeschool or for teachers of young children. You’ll find resources for preparing, presenting, and storing 3-part cards in this post: Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Peter and the Wolf. There are many great resources for free Montessori materials as well as for inexpensive 3-part cards. But sometimes, you might not

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From my Google Analytics report for April 2015  Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Lemon Lime Adventures 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Montessori Nature 4.  Kids Activities Blog 5.  PreK + K Sharing 6. Powerful Mothering 7. Edventures with Kids 8. Fun-A-Day 9. Teaching Mama 10. Imagine Our Life Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Earth Day Printables and Activities 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. Handprint Keepsake for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparents Day 4. Free Montessori Materials Online 5. In

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Welcome to my calendar of May 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 May according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for May 2015 (May changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list.) Free Water Cycle Printables and Montessori-Inspired Water Cycle Activities – LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Activities for the Tortoise and the Hare Free Spanish Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spanish Color Activities Community Helpers Activity Trays and Sensory Tubs Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Screen-Free

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Today, I want to share some simple ways to introduce colors to toddlers. For these activities, I’m using Spielgaben yarn balls and wooden beads along with some free printables. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for ages 3-12, but I have safe ways to use some of the toys with toddlers. 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

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This giveaway is now closed. Please see the announcement of the winner at the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form. Don’t miss this special deal from Little Partners: If you purchase the 3-in 1 Growing Step Stool with code stool at checkout by May 23, 2015, you’ll get $25 off! I have one more giveaway in the Living Montessori Now 5th blogiversary celebration! I’m excited today to host a review and giveaway of the Little Partners new 3-in-1 Growing Step Stool (ARV $130)! Disclosure: I received a Little Partners 3-in-1 Growing Step Stool to facilitate my review.

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I had a lot of fun with this post. It combines a wonderful book, The Garden Classroom by Cathy James, with a Montessori treasure basket and my 17-month-old granddaughter’s love of rocks. Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Garden Classroom. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you) Sneak Peek inside The Garden Classroom The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art has creative outdoor garden activities for 4-8 year olds. The author, Cathy James, has a blog I’ve always loved, the popular UK-based NurtureStore. Cathy’s book is divided into six

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Horses are a fun, high-interest topic for many children, and Montessori education has materials that are great for a Montessori-inspired horse unit. Many bloggers have prepared creative Montessori-inspired horse activities as well. Here are Montessori-inspired horse printables and materials along with horse activities for a variety of ages. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Horse Printables and Materials Free Montessori Horse breed Cards and Montessori Horse Breed Cards {Part 2} from Professor Poppins Free Parts of the Horse Cards from The Helpful Garden Horse Printables, including free English Bridle Nomenclature Cards from Montessori Print Shop Safari

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Flower arranging was always a popular activity in my Montessori classroom, so I love to include it as an activity at home as well. Today’s activity includes the popular practical life activity of flower arranging along with botany activities for plant identification. There are even some sensorial aspects to the activity! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Flower Identification for Toddlers and Preschoolers’ For an activity that’s simple enough for a toddler, use the 3-period lesson to teach the name of each flower that will be in your flower arranging activity. Generally, you’ll introduce the

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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 water cycle activities using free water cycle printables … perfect for spring. They’re also great for Earth Day if you talk about water conservation.  Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free water cycle printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). I’m mainly sharing links that are specifically related to the water cycle along with a few large weather packs.   At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the

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It’s my 5th blogiversary today! To celebrate, I have a fun post that includes a Montessori practical life cloth washing activity, a feature on the author Laura Ingalls Wilder, a collaborative Booking Across the USA tour, the Montessori Monday linky, and a $50 gift certificate giveaway sponsored by Montessori Services!!! Disclosure: I was given Montessori Services cloth washing activity to review for this post. I was never required to write a positive review for Montessori Services, and any opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).  Since I started blogging, I’ve hosted a number

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I’m 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 landmarks package. Of course, all opinions are 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 of multiple

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Montessori rules and routines are a natural part of Montessori schools. They’re very helpful in the home environment, too. You can often start to introduce some of the basic Montessori rules and routines when your toddler is between the ages of 15 and 18 months. Introducing Basic Rules and Routines to Your Toddler You can introduce simple routines such as taking out and using a rug for work, carrying a basket or tray, and putting work back on the shelf after using it. Demonstrate each activity for your toddler. Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t follow all the rules and routines

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Using Montessori principles at home is often easier than you’d expect. Much of Montessori education consists of observing the child and presenting activities based on that observation. Observation of my 17-month-old granddaughter during Easter weekend led me to recycle plastic eggs to create an open and close basket. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Using Observation to Decide on a Montessori-Inspired Activity After a neighborhood Easter egg hunt on Saturday, my granddaughter, Zoey, had a basket with plastic eggs of various colors and sizes. I watched her sit down with her basket and start opening and

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The giveaway is now closed, but my 5th blogiversary party is just getting started! See the announcement of the winners at the bottom of my post right below the Rafflecopter form. And check out these great discounts from Montessori Print Shop and Montessori at Home Book: 15% OFF Montessori Print Shop products. Valid April 13 – April 20, 2015. Coupon Code: LMN5BlogParty or use direct link Montessori at Home is giving my readers $2 off the normally $10.95 Montessori at Home eBook! Click on this link for the discount: Montessori At Home! eBook $2 Discount Let the party begin at Living Montessori Now!!!

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From my Google Analytics report for March 2015  Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. PreKinders 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. No Time for Flash Cards 5. Fun-A-Day! 6. Kids Activities Blog 7. Edventures with Kids 8. Montessori Nature 9. Imagine Our Life 10. Lemon Lime Adventures Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 2. Free Montessori Materials Online 3. Montessori Crash Course – Free Training! 4. In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler? 5. Free LEGO Printables and

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