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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This post is part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups! My roundup has 20 outdoor phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills during the summer. Montessori Phonics Phonics is a very important part of Montessori education, and outdoor games during the summer (or any time the weather allows) can be a fun way to reinforce phonics skills. Note: In Montessori education, we teach phonetic sounds before letter names. For any of the activities below, I would emphasize the letter sounds. Also, if you want to follow

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If you follow my blog, you know that I love unit studies. You’ll find links to all my unit studies in my post “Should You Use Unit Studies?” If you’d like some monthly activities for a number of levels this summer, you’ll find them in my “June Themed Activities for Kids,” “July Themed Activities for Kids,” and “August Themed Activities for Kids.” Today, I’m excited to be participating in the “School’s Out: Top 10 Summer Learning Activities” blog hop. Through the blog hop, 35 bloggers have teamed up to share top 10 learning activities and tips that will help

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Last week, I published a post about Montessori care of pets, which is part of the Montessori practical life curriculum. Today, I want to expand on that theme by adding Montessori-inspired learning activities for a pet theme that can be used at home or in the classroom. A pet theme is especially popular in preschool, although there are activities that can be used through early elementary as well. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Montessori-Inspired Pet Activities at Living Montessori Now Montessori-Inspired Animal Units (my post with links to lots of resources for introducing

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Happy Father’s Day! Since it’s the 15th of the month, I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing … with some fun construction vehicle activities! Here, I’m sharing the links to free construction vehicle printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired construction vehicle activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Construction Vehicle Activities at PreK + K Sharing Construction Site Vehicle Match Up Printable from Every Star Is Different Construction Vehicle

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My 7-month old granddaughter LOVES necklaces and wants to play with and chew on any necklaces she sees. I tend to wear necklaces a lot but didn’t want Zoey chewing on my necklaces for fear of the necklace breaking and causing her to swallow beads. I also worried that the the necklace metals and finishes were unsafe for a baby. So I decided to make something I could give my granddaughter to chew on instead. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. When I did a search, I found a number of ideas of chewelry

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Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals 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 kids and pets. *** Care of the environment, including care of plants and animals, is part of the practical life curriculum and an important part of Montessori education. Care of pets can be a perfect way for young children to develop a number of skills along with many positive character traits. Cynthia from The Montessori Child

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I’ve had fun finding new ways to introduce music appreciation to young children. Today, I’m sharing Montessori-inspired activities that work well for a study of composer George Frideric Handel. I have a Montessori-inspired music appreciation series with activities to go with the wonderful Maestro Classics albums. I love Maestro Classics as a way for families (or classes) to enjoy classical music together through stories and high-quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Disclosure: Previously, I received the complete set of Maestro Classics CDs. I’ve also received a number of the downloadable MP3/PDF titles. Normally, My Name is Handel:

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The giveaway has ended, but check out these great specials from Maestro Classics: Until June 30, use code LIVINGMONTESSORINOW on Maestro Classics Store for $10 off any order over $39.00 (that would be any 4 MP3 downloads, or any 3 CDs, or combo of)! Get a Juanita the Spanish Lobster CD (Spanish version) for $5  which comes with a FREE download of the English version of the CD – great for kids learning Spanish! You’ll find the giveaway winner at the end of the post, right below the Rafflecopter form. Also, be sure to check out the reviews and

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From my Google Analytics report for May 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Fantastic Fun and Learning 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. B-Inspired Mama! 4. Kids Activities Blog 5. No Time for Flash Cards 6. Lemon Lime Adventures 7. Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies 8. Gift of Curiosity 9. Hands On : As We Grow 10. Spielgaben 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

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My children enjoyed studying rocks and minerals at various times during our homeschooling. Today, I’m sharing a roundup of Montessori-inspired activities and materials for a rocks and minerals unit study. You’ll find preschool through elementary level activities in this post. The hands-on activities are a great way to introduce the study of geology. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Rocks and Minerals Printables and Materials Free Rocks and Minerals Packet from The Homeschool Den Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Famous Rocks Around the World from The Homeschool Den Free Rocks and Minerals Classified Cards

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This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for June 2014. If you’d like an updated calendar for any year, you can find it in my June Themed Activities for Kids. This calendar is different because the calendar observances with changing dates are added into the list of June 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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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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