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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In Montessori education, practical life activities are the most important activities for toddlers and young preschoolers. Activities for care of the environment are both fun and great for developing order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Today, I want to share some ideas and a YouTube video with Montessori cleaning activities that work well for both toddlers and preschoolers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).  Montessori Practical Life Cleaning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers Here’s a YouTube video with my daughter, Christina, and my 16-month-old granddaughter (Christina’s niece), Zoey. I did the directing and filming, and we all had a

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I love to create educational activities with plastic Easter eggs because of the interest they add to springtime learning. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired Easter activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. Spielgaben educational toys are designed for up to age 12, although my activities today are for preschoolers. 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

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I love spring, so April is an especially fun month for me. Today, I’m sharing my calendar of April 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 April according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for April 2015 (April changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Life Cycle Activities Montessori-Inspired Farm Animal Matching/Vocabulary for Babies and Toddlers Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Toddler Vocabulary with Animals and

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Easter has so many wonderful songs, both classic and new, to share with children. Today, I’m adding both Christian and secular Easter songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday spring songs and rhymes, check out my Free Spring Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. For other holidays, 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

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There are many Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers available to purchase. But I think the very best Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers are designed by a loved one. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). What Are Montessori-Friendly Books for Babies and Toddlers? If you read my “Best Montessori-Friendly Books for Babies {Gift Guide},” you’ll see that Montessori-friendly books for babies and toddlers have realistic images. The books might have real pictures or drawings, but they don’t have fantasy or smiling- or talking animals. Babies and toddlers are learning about their world, so it’s

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Parents often wonder how to teach letters and phonics to their children. It’s easy for you to teach letter sounds at home. You just need to know a few simple techniques based on Montessori principles. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Letter Sound Games with Toddlers There are many letter sound games you can play with toddlers and preschoolers. You can start with simple phonetic sound games with a toddler. The game can use any toy your child loves. In our video today, my daughter, Christina, played a phonetic sound game with Zoey (my

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Ever since I started Living Montessori Now in 2010, I’ve periodically shared YouTube videos to give ideas and inspiration for both parents and teachers. I recently started a special category of Montessori at Home videos.   Videos with Montessori Ideas and Inspiration for Parents and Teachers Here are some categories of Montessori videos you’ll find at Living Montessori Now: Teaching Videos – These are especially great for teachers but helpful for homeschoolers, too Montessori Schools – Video Ideas and Inspiration – These videos are wonderful for anyone. Parents with children in Montessori schools will understand their child’s activities better.

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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 rainbow activities using free rainbow printables … perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any rainbow-themed unit! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free rainbow printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). Some of the rainbow printables are in packs specifically related to rainbows while others are part of St. Patrick’s Day or other printable packs. At PreK + K Sharing, I tell where I found my materials and how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired

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I’m very excited to announce a free training workshop! It’s for parents who are new to Montessori. And it’s for parents who want to use Montessori at home but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.   Montessori Crash Course Free Workshop and Course Introduction   I’ve teamed up with Jo Ebisujima from My Organized Chaos to bring you a Montessori Crash Course! We’re offering a free online workshop that will help you get started. Jo is awesome … she makes being organized lots of fun! Here’s Jo’s official bio: Jo Ebisujima *aka Jojoebi* is a multi passionate

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Who doesn’t love spring?! Today, I’m adding lots of non-holiday spring songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. I’ll have separate posts for spring holiday songs. I already have a post with St. Patrick’s Day songs and rhymes. Watch for more holiday song and rhyme posts! (If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, check out my fall 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 YouTube if you wish. These

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I’m putting together a resource today of all my unit studies plus my posts with seasonal and holiday activities. These are already in my post “Should You Use Unit Studies?” although there the list of unit studies and activities isn’t obvious from the title. Of course, if you are looking for information about using unit studies, be sure to check out that post and my follow-up post on “How to Create a Unit Study.” I will update this list as I publish new posts with unit studies or seasonal and holiday activities. Unit Studies Posts by Theme: Here’s an

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My granddaughter loves both animals and Montessori-inspired vocabulary activities. So I prepared another language activity … this time with animals and silhouettes. Disclosure: I was given a copy of the Montessori Print Shop toddler bundle. This post also contains affiliate links. To prepare this activity, I used the Montessori Print Shop Animals and Silhouette Cards. The cards are part of the Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle. These cards are a wonderful way to extend the interest many toddlers have in animals.   In addition to the cards, I used a Multicraft wooden tray, Beanie Babies, and a Montessori Services

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From my Google Analytics report for February 2015 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blogger) 1. Fun-A-Day! 2. No Time for Flash Cards 3. PreK + K Sharing 4. Edventures with Kids 5. Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds 6. Fantastic Fun and Learning 7. Kids Activities Blog 8. iGame Mom 9. PreKinders 10. The Measured Mom Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori-Inspired Dr. Seuss Activities and Dr. Seuss Linky Party 2. Free Educational Songs for Circle Time 3. Montessori-Inspired

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