A construction unit is fun for preschoolers at any time of year. I especially like a construction theme in the summer because of its high interest for many children … and because it can easily be moved outdoors. Today I want to share some fun construction activities that work well for a Montessori-inspired construction unit. Since there are so many activities that can be used for a construction theme, I’ll keep this post manageable by focusing on activities with tools, construction sites, and construction vehicles. The sensory bins I’m featuring are ones with construction vehicles that would work especially

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When most people think of Montessori and birthdays, they think of the Montessori celebration of life. I want to add to that fabulous activity with a few more Montessori-inspired activities to celebrate a child’s age or birthday. These are activities that can work well at home or in a classroom setting. 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). My Previous Spielgaben Posts: Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in

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There are so many activities that can be done for a study of China! Not only is there a country study, but Chinese New Year activities are a natural part of a China unit study. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports China package. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a year’s subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. Once a month, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all

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If you’ve ever wondered what happens during a 3-hour work cycle in a Montessori school, don’t miss watching this 5-minute stop-motion video. It gives a fabulous glimpse into one child’s Montessori morning. The child in the video is 4 years old and is shown throughout his morning at Dundas Valley Montessori School in Ontario, Canada. Enjoy! What was your favorite part of the video? Trinomial Cube image from Wikisori Learn more about Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy! If this is your first time visiting Living Montessori Now, welcome! If you haven’t already, please

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Spring and summer are especially great times for an animal unit. I love that there are so many different themes that are perfect for teaching about animals. Today, I want to share my Montessori-inspired animal unit studies. Helpful Montessori Lessons for Any Animal Unit Living and Non-Living Activities Montessori Plant and Animal Sorting Montessori Animal Classification (including vertebrate/invertebrate and classes of vertebrates) Montessori-Inspired Animal Units Some of these include units within units (such as frog or turtle units within the pond unit or ladybug unit within the insect unit). Continent Activities with Animal Figures Montessori-Inspired Bird Unit Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur

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My post today gives a way for babies (and toddlers) to enjoy all those little objects that are a choking hazard. Mini discovery boxes are similar to discovery bottles. I especially like that the mini discovery boxes are both safe and easy for babies to grasp and explore. Like 6-month-old babies everywhere, my granddaughter would love to explore – and mouth – any small objects she could get her hands on. I was trying to think of the best way to give her a fun and safe way to explore those sorts of objects. She loves her treasure baskets,

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I prepared Montessori baby rooms for both of my now-adult children as babies. I also prepared a baby space in our living room for naps and playtime. You can see a photo of those spaces in my posts “My Top 3 Natural Parenting Principles” and “How to Set Up Your Home for an Infant by Using Montessori Principles.” I always found the living room Montessori baby space to be a very important part of our Montessori home. Now I’ve prepared a Montessori baby space in our living room for my granddaughter, Zoey. Zoey is 6-months old, so she’s already

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It’s the 15th of the month today, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … something special for vehicle lovers! Here, I’m sharing the links to free transportation printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. I won’t be using printables specifically for planes, trains, or boats here, although they might be included in a printable pack with other transportation printables. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired transportation activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Transportation

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I LOVE the Montessori weaning table … so much that I used one for both of my now-adult children when they were babies, and I’m using one for my granddaughter. The Montessori weaning table is designed to be heavy and also uses a heavy chair that will give support to a baby sitting upright. Its measurements are made specifically for a baby’s body, allowing the baby to sit at the table unassisted. The table is best for babies and toddlers up to age two. My children loved their weaning table so much that we kept it as the only

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I’ve enjoyed publishing posts with introductory biology activities for preschoolers and early elementary-age children. I published a roundup of living and non-living activities. I have a sorting activity with plants and animals. I also have posts on animal life cycles and animals of each continent. Today, I’ll share some resources for helping children understand the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates and classes of vertebrates. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori Vertebrate and Invertebrate Sorting Montessori Compass and Montessori Foundation have a free online Montessori scope and sequence which includes vertebrates and invertebrates and

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Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful mothers around the world! I’m excited to celebrate my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother! My granddaughter was born on November 2, 2013, and my life hasn’t been the same since. My husband and I even moved from Colorado Springs to San Diego to be close to our children and granddaughter … one of the best moves we ever made. The World’s Best Job Thank you to my awesome son and daughter-in-law for giving me the world’s best job … being a grandma. I’m borrowing the phrase “world’s best job” in reference to

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The giveaway is now closed.  On orders of $75 or more from the Alison’s Montessori online store, my readers can save $10 by using coupon code LMN at checkout! Great news!!! Alison’s Montessori added a third prize – a set of geometric solids, bases, and nomenclature cards worth $70 – to my giveaway! Here’s a description of the Geometric Solids with Bases and Planes from the Alison’s Montessori online catalog: This material helps develop a child’s stereognostic sense, which creates a mental picture through touch. To help make the child more awake of the basic shapes found in the

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The giveaway is now closed. See the announcement of the winners right below the Rafflecopter form. Be sure to read the post for my review of the Alison’s Montessori knobbed and knobless cylinders!  On orders of $75 or more from the Alison’s Montessori online store, my readers can save $10 by using coupon code LMN at checkout! It’s the time of year when many schools and homeschools are planning their purchases for next school year. I’m excited to host a giveaway for Alison’s Montessori! Alison’s Montessori materials are perfect for home or school. Thank you to Alison’s Montessori for

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My granddaughter and I had a busy afternoon yesterday making a special handprint keepsake for my daughter-in-law, Chea, for Mother’s Day. Shhhh … don’t tell Chea! Today, I’ll share how we made the handprint art along with giving a free printable to make it easier for you to make one with a special child. This is a project that requires thorough preparation and patience. Don’t expect to get it right the first time … or the second time. I think this is one of the most difficult crafts to do with a baby or young child, but it’s worth

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I did a roundup of living and non-living activities in an earlier post. In a Montessori primary (preschool) curriculum, the next step in the science curriculum after living and non-living classification is plant and animal classification. It’s natural to introduce plant and animal themes in the spring, and it helps if children understand the differences between living and non-living and plants and animals first. Today, I’ll share some resources for helping children understand the differences between plants and animals. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori Plant and Animal Classification Michael Olaf shares resources

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From my Google Analytics report for April 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. PreK + K Sharing 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. Free Homeschool Deals 5. No Time for Flash Cards 6. B-Inspired Mama! 7. Edventures with Kids 8. Buggy and Buddy 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Spielgaben Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori Monday – Free Earth Day Printables and Activities 2. Montessori Monday – Kitchen Treasure Basket for Babies

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for May 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my May Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of May dates, making it less likely that you’ll miss an event. I love using unit studies and themed activities for holidays and calendar observances. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. You might choose to plan unit studies based on your

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April 28 is International Astronomy Day. There are many other astronomy-related calendar observances throughout the year, though. Any time is a good time for an astronomy unit study. Today, I want to share my Montessori-inspired astronomy unit studies. Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Units Astronaut Unit (featuring ABC Letter Box) Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Activities Montessori-Inspired Star and Constellation Unit Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit Montessori-Inspired Solar System Activities and World Space Week Blog Hop Astronomy Unit Study Pinterest Board I have an Astronomy Unit Study Pinterest Board with astronomy activities of all kinds. Montessori Monday Link-Up If you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share,

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I’ve written a number of posts with ideas of Montessori-inspired activities using Spielgaben educational toys. Today, I want to focus specifically on the question “Are Spielgaben educational toys worth the price?” 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). My Previous Spielgaben Posts: Check out my original Spielgaben review (with examples of Montessori-inspired activities as shown in the collage above) to find out more about Spielgaben educational toys. Montessori-Inspired Color Activities Using Wooden Toys and Free Printables

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I’ve enjoyed all the Little Passports packages, but the England package was one of my very favorites! Not only did I like the 3-D bus activity, but I especially enjoyed a study of England after living in England for a year and a half while getting my master’s degree. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities about England. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a year’s subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. Once a month, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost

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I’ve been having LOTS of fun with my new granddaughter, who’s now 5½ months old. One of the items I’ve added to my home is a kitchen treasure basket. You’ll find treasure baskets in Montessori infant-toddler programs, and they’re great to have if you’re the parent, grandparent, or caregiver of a baby. Treasure Baskets for Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers of Babies A treasure basket is a perfect way to allow your baby to explore without adding new toys. For grandparents, this is especially nice since you avoid the expense of buying extra toys and can remove or vary the

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April is National Poetry Month. It’s also the start of the Major League Baseball season. So it’s a perfect time to study the famous “Casey at the Bat” poem. Today, I’m sharing Montessori-inspired activities that work well for any study of “Casey at the Bat,” including a study of the Maestro Classics’ Casey at the Bat title. You could focus both on the baseball theme and the poetry of “Casey at the Bat.” I have a Montessori-inspired music appreciation series with activities to go with the fabulous Maestro Classics CDs or MP3s. I’m very impressed with Maestro Classics as

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April is National Kite Month! It’s the 15th of the month today, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … especially for National Kite Month! Here, I’m sharing the links to free kite printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired kite activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Kite Activities at PreK + K Sharing Prek Letter K Printables from Confessions of Homeschooler Romping and Roaring Letter K Pack

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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

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I love activities that bring interest to the study of geography, and I had a lot of fun putting together a post of continent activities using the North America continent materials from Montessori Print Shop. Although I prepared materials for a study of North America, the ideas could easily be applied to other continents. Disclosure: I was given the Geography Bundles from Montessori Print Shop to facilitate my review. My opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Montessori Print Shop Geography Bundles (Six Continent Bundles + Antarctica Geography Folder and Antarctic Animals, World Pin

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I love using plastic Easter eggs to create Montessori-inspired sound sets. I have a DIY Easter egg sound set for preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing an idea for inexpensive DIY Montessori-inspired Easter egg sound shakers for babies and toddlers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori Sound Cylinders To learn more about Montessori sound cylinders and how to present them, check out my DIY Montessori Sound Cylinders post. I used a number of the same Montessori techniques to prepare an Easter egg sound set for babies and toddlers. In a traditional Montessori sound box, you’ll

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Today’s activity has sentimental value for me. My husband and I were given the Easter tree from my mother-in-law years ago when our kids were little. I’ve saved it through a number of moves, and I’ve used it here to create a Montessori-inspired Easter activity for preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Easter Tree Sorting, Math, and Decorating Activity Decorating an Easter tree can be a popular practical life activity similar to a Montessori Christmas tree activity. I’ve added some additional steps today to work on extra skills along with the decorating-a-tree

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