The giveaway is now closed. See the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winners. And be sure to check out the post to learn more about the wonderful printables by Seemi from Trillium Montessori! Also, see the bottom of the post for a special discount!!! I’m excited to host a great back-to-school giveaway of the Trillium Montessori 7 Continents A-Z Bundle which sells for $50 on Teachers Pay Teachers. 3 lucky winners from anywhere in the world will win a download of Seemi’s 7 Continents A-Z Bundle! I’m sharing some ideas here

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I had so much fun with Shark Week activities that I had to prepare one more. This activity – a shark water-bead number and letter sensory bin – needed its own post. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Shark Water-Bead Number and Letter Sensory Bin This is an activity that would work well for an ocean unit study or for a more specific shark unit study. I decided to use the free shark-fin printables from “Shark in the Park Alphabet Game” by Juggling with Kids for a sensory bin. I used a shoebox-size storage

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun activities for Shark Week (and beyond)! Here, I’m sharing the links to free shark printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired shark activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Shark Activities at PreK + K Sharing Roll and Cover from the Shark Pack Update from 3 Dinosaurs Shark Bingo

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Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Friends This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about friends. *** Friendship activities fit well with Montessori education, which emphasizes peace education and lessons in courtesy. They’re especially helpful at the beginning of the school year but are great at any time. Of course, kindness/friendship activities are wonderful around Valentine’s Day, but here I’m focusing on friendship activities for back to school or any season. Today, I’m

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If you’re a Montessori teacher, preschool teacher, or homeschooler looking for free and inexpensive Montessori materials for your classroom, I have lots of amazing resources for you. In case you might have missed one or more, I’m sharing some of the main posts here. Not all of the materials are free or inexpensive, but you’ll find a good number in each post that are. Montessori Material Resources Free Montessori Materials Online Free Montessori Video Lessons Online Free Online Access to Comprehensive Montessori Scope and Sequence DIY Montessori Materials Montessori Baby and Toddler Toys Where to Buy Montessori Materials Montessori

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve loved Montessori Services materials for years … as a Montessori teacher/school owner and as a homeschooler. Today, I’m sharing ideas of activities you can easily prepare using Montessori Services language objects. Disclosure: I was given Montessori Services Language Object Starter Set 2014-2015 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 of Montessori Services reviews and

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I’m a real fan of back-to-school celebrations. They can be a wonderful way to start the school year whether your kids attend public school, private school, or homeschool. As homeschoolers, my family started each school year with a celebration. We did our celebration on the first day of the new school year, but you could celebrate a bit later if needed. The main thing is finding a way to make the new school year special and memorable. My children are now 24 and 29, and we still treasure the memories from our first-day-of-school celebrations. You can read about my

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Name recognition is an important skill for preschoolers. Fortunately, there are lots of fun and unintimidating ways to reinforce the concept. Today, I want to share some circle-time name activities for getting acquainted and Montessori-inspired name recognition activities. Even if some of the activities aren’t designed as Montessori activities, they are Montessori friendly. They use a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters rather than all uppercase letters and have a hands-on emphasis. Getting Acquainted – Name Songs for Circle Time Montessori Circle Time Routines for the First Day: Welcome Songs from North American Montessori Center Name songs for circle

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From my Google Analytics report for July 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Free Homeschool Deals 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Kids Activities Blog 4. Buggy and Buddy 5. Montessori Nature 6. B-Inspired Mama 7. Teaching Mama 8. Gift of Curiosity 9. The Measured Mom 10. No Time for Flash Cards Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. How to Start

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If you haven’t heard of Montessori By Mom, I’m thrilled to introduce to you this exciting new business and some awesome themed Montessori activities! In addition, I have a beautiful free printable created by Nathan from Montessori by Mom to share with you! Along with sharing the free printable, I’ve put together some activities using the Montessori By Mom materials. Some of these are activities using the Montessori By Mom online resources to extend the materials included in the toolbox. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori By Mom affiliate. I was given the first monthly package for this review/activity post. Montessori

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I published a roundup post earlier this year with Montessori-inspired sewing activities. Today, I’m focusing on Montessori-inspired knitting activities. Sewing and knitting are both wonderful practical life activities for advanced preschoolers as well as older children. They help develop concentration and independence as well as fine-motor coordination. Here are Montessori-inspired knitting activities from around the blogosphere along with knitting resources that are helpful for preparing Montessori-inspired knitting activities. These are typically best for 5 year olds with advanced fine-motor skills and elementary-age children. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Knitting Activities and Knitting

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for August 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my August Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of August 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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I’ve published a lot of posts about Montessori education and homeschooling in the four years I’ve been blogging. Today, I want to put some of my main Montessori homeschool resource posts in one place. Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning Become a More Successful Homeschooler by Using Montessori Principles How to Set Up a Montessori Preschool Classroom at Home How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom (This post contains LOTS of resources and is probably my main Montessori homeschool resource post other than this one.) Setting a Montessori Homeschool Classroom Schedule Starting a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori

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Spielgaben educational toys are recommended for ages 3-12. If you consider the Spielgaben yarn balls, then the Spielgaben toys are appropriate for birth through age 12. (Only the yarn balls are safe for babies and toddlers, though.) Spielgaben yarn balls have been my 8-month-old granddaughter’s favorite toys for some time now. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired ideas for babies and toddlers using the yarn balls. 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). Note: Spielgaben toys are

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Russia is the first package of the year-two Little Passports World Edition Subscription. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Russia package. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a 2-year subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. I have posts for each of the year-one packages with Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. Periodically, I’ll be sharing posts for the year-two packages. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired

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  It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun alligator activities! Here, I’m sharing the links to free alligator printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired alligator activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Alligator Activities at PreK + K Sharing Less Than, Greater Than Alligator Mouth Symbols by Montessori Mac at Teachers Pay Teachers Comparing Numbers, Alligator Style! by

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Mystery bags are typically popular sensorial materials in Montessori schools and homeschools. They’re often used with geometric solids, but I love that they can be used for many different activities. They’re a great way to add interest to many sensorial activities. Today, I’m sharing a number of ideas for DIY Montessori mystery bags, including DIY drawstring bag tutorials (both sewn and no-sew drawstring bags), ideas for a variety of mystery bag activities, and mystery bag presentations. DIY Drawstring Bag Tutorials for Montessori Mystery Bags Mystery Bag Tutorial from Montessori by Hand How to Make Versatile Drawstring Bags from Martha

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My granddaughter is now 8 months old, and we’re still having a great time with Montessori treasure baskets. Today, I want to share one of my granddaughter’s all-time favorite “toys” … her Montessori-inspired ball treasure basket. Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you). Treasure Baskets for Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers of Babies Treasure baskets are extremely versatile. They’re amazingly easy to prepare and adapt for a baby’s needs and interests. Here are my previous posts about treasure baskets for babies: How to Make a Treasure Basket for Your Baby Themed Treasure Baskets for Babies

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I published a post previously about “Montessori Practical Life Materials I Recommend Buying.” Today, I want to share ideas of sensorial materials I recommend homeschoolers buy. I’m always hesitant to give my opinion since each homeschool is unique. Because I’ve often been asked, I’m going to give some recommendations. But feel free to choose materials according to your child’s needs and interests and your family’s budget. Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you). For more information on sensorial activities in general, you’ll find lots of resources in my Montessori sensorial activities post. Sensorial Material

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John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook is filled with treasures. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt about free play tubs (also known as sensory bins or sensory tubs). A sensory bin is a wonderful activity at any time of the year and gives young children a simple introduction to Montessori-inspired activities. You’ll find some great ideas in John’s book for sensory bin materials, presentations, points of interest, and extensions. This is just one of the MANY sections in the Montessori at Home eBook. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Free Play Tubs Excerpt from Montessori

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From my Google Analytics report for June 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Buggy and Buddy 2. Fantastic Fun and Learning 3. Dirt and Boogers 4. Free Homeschool Deals 5. Kids Activities Blog 6. No Time for Flash Cards 7. Teaching Mama 8. Fun-A-Day! 9. Gift of Curiosity 10. Hands On : As We Grow Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori Monday – Help Your Child Develop Concentration 2. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning

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The giveaway is now closed. The winners are announced on the Rafflecopter form near the bottom of the post and will receive emails from John Bowman about their prize. Check out these great specials from Montessori Print Shop and Montessori at Home! Montessori Print Shop has a discount code for my readers: 20% OFF  Coupon Code: LMNGAJuly2014  Valid throughout July 2014 Here is a direct link for the discount (it will apply the coupon directly to the shopping cart) : http://www.shop.montessoriprintshop.com/?coupon=LMNGAJuly2014 Montessori at Home is giving my readers $2 off the normally $10.95 Montessori at Home eBook! Click on

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Argentina is the final country you’ll study with a 1-year Little Passports World Edition Subscription. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Argentina 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’ve been sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired Little Passports posts: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (which contained

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I’m excited to be part of the ABC’s of Nature series! My post today represents the letter N. For “N is for Nature Walks,” I’m sharing a roundup of 40+ summer nature walks with free printables. I’m including neighborhood walks for families who live in urban areas. Summer Nature Walks with Free Printables Simple Nature Scavenger Hunt from Mom Trusted ABC Nature Walk by Rachel Lynette on Teachers Pay Teachers How to Go on a Nature Walk from My Merry Messy Life Hiking Scavenger Hunt Printable from Make and Takes Tens Frame Fun Build (using objects from nature walks)

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for July 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my July Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of July 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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Music has been an important part of my life from elementary school on. For years, I’ve enjoyed helping young children develop an appreciation for music. As a Montessori teacher, sharing music with young children was one of my favorite activities. With my own children, music was one of my favorite subjects to teach. I love introducing music to my 7½-month-old granddaughter. As a blogger, I’ve had fun publishing a number of Montessori-inspired music appreciation unit studies. Today, I want to put those unit studies into one post so they’re easier to find. Many of the unit studies feature the

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I love the versatility of the Spielgaben wooden cubes. They can be used for everything from creating simple, fun designs at the early preschool level to calculating volume at the elementary level. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired math ideas using the wooden cubes and free printables I found online. 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

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