If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love Dr. Seuss books. They’re lots of fun and a great way to extend learning in many curriculum areas. Dr. Seuss promoted phonics. Using the rhyme found in Dr. Seuss books, Dr. Seuss literature-based activities can be an especially fun and effective way to extend phonics instruction. Note: If you’d like to know more about Montessori phonics, check out my DIY Beginning Montessori Phonics for Preschoolers post. Here are some fun Dr. Seuss inspired ideas for reinforcing phonics: Hop on Pop Phonics Activities Dr. Seuss with a Touch of

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It can feel overwhelming to try to prepare a Montessori-friendly home, but it doesn’t have to.  If you haven’t seen the “Montessori in Our Home” videos on YouTube, you’ll find they’re a simple, sweet introduction to Montessori at home. I love that they don’t require expensive materials or an elaborate setup. Here are the “Montessori in Our Home” videos part 1 and part2: If you’d like more ideas for using Montessori at home, you can find a number of different levels of preparation in my “How to Start Using Montessori at Home” post. You’ll find even more on my

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing! Here, I’m sharing the links to free Spanish printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired color activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Spanish Color Activities (and more Spanish Color Activities) at PreK + K Sharing Color Matching Cards from Montessori Print Shop Spanish Color Matching Cards from Homeschool Creations Los Colores color matching game or

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Welcome to the February 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Fears 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 parenting fears. *** If you homeschool or are considering homeschooling, I’m sure you understand the concept of homeschooling fears. We all have them … those questions about whether or not we’re adequate for the task, whether or not our children will suffer in some way by being homeschooled. I homeschooled both my children through high school. They’re

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Today, I’m happy to share an excerpt from Ruth Barker’s paperback book The Parenting 5: Practical and Independent Little People. Ruth is a Montessori educator from Australia who studied Child Development and Family Studies before becoming a Montessori teacher. She uses both Montessori principles and her studies of psychology  in her books for parents. Ruth has a unique Montessori private practice and is the founder of Our Domestic Montessori and The Ruth Barker Project. Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Ruth’s book and received a copy for review. My opinions are honest and my own. Ruth’s book is a clear

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From my Google Analytics report for January 2014 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Teach Preschool 2. PreK + K Sharing 3. Fantastic Fun and Learning 4. Hands On : As We Grow 5. Love, Play, Learn 6. B-Inspired Mama 7. No Time for Flash Cards 8. Gift of Curiosity 9. Nurture Store 10. Teaching Mama Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori Monday – Free Printables and Montessori-Inspired Activities from 2013 2. Free LEGO Printables and 70+

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I’ve been excited to see so many parents and caregivers discover Montessori education each month! Today, I want to share some of my posts that give an overview of Montessori education along with the Montessori and Montessori-Inspired Blog Hop. Introduction to Montessori Here are some of my posts that give an introduction to Montessori: M is for Montessori ABCs of Montessori How to Start Using Montessori at Home (child washing salad photo from The Montessori Child at Home) How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home (juicing oranges photo from How We Montessori) Top 10 Montessori Principles for

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The Olympic Games are not only exciting but are also perfect for learning activities. I have three Montessori-inspired posts from the 2012 Summer Olympics that are easily adapted for any Winter or Summer Olympics. My “Montessori-Inspired Olympic Opening Ceremony Activities” post focused on the opening ceremony host country and continent. This post is easily adaptable for any host country. My “Montessori-Inspired Olympic Math Activities” ideas (and the printables) at PreK + K Sharing can be used for any Olympics. Most of the activities in my “Montessori-Inspired Olympic Unit” are relevant to any Olympic Games. I’ve also added some updates

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

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I’m a real fan of bead crafts, and they were always favorites of my now-adult daughter, too. We actually used to make lots of trips to bead stores for Christina’s latest bead projects all the way through her teen years. I’m also totally in love with Montessori golden bead work. (See “My Favorite Montessori Math Material.”) So beads were a natural choice for me when teaming up with 49 other Kid Blogger Network bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials! We’re each focusing on a specific craft material. I want to share some ideas for

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spielgaben. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links at no cost to you. Today, I’m excited to share some free printables and Montessori-inspired activities that can be used with Spielgaben yarn balls. 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. Spielgaben toys are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. They come with over 1,000 pages of supplementary learning

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For today’s post, I enjoyed putting together activities for a North American country. I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired activities using the Little Passports Mexico 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 opinions are my own. Here are my previous Montessori-inspired Little Passports posts: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (which contained the Little Passports suitcase, passport, and world map

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I love the Montessori hundred board. It’s a great activity for any time of the year, but it’s especially meaningful around the 100th day of school. Today, I want to share links to free printables that can be used to create activities that extend the hundred board as well as work for the 100th day of school. Because the 100th day of school is typically near the end of January, I’ll share printables with no specific theme, a winter theme, or a Valentine’s Day theme. Free 100 Charts and Related Printables Hundred Board for Scrabble Tiles and Hundred Board

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When I started blogging in 2010, one of the first Montessori bloggers I followed was Jo Ebisujima from Jojoebi Designs. I enjoyed reading about the Montessori-inspired activities Jo did at home with her son. Now, Jo has published many of the activities she used with her son in the book Montessori Inspired Activities for Pre-Schoolers. Disclosure: I received a free copy of Jo’s book. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links. Montessori Inspired Activities for Pre-Schoolers Book Jo’s book is rare in that it makes Montessori education accessible for anyone – with

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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! Seemi fromTrillium Montessori creates amazing Montessori-friendly printables. I’m excited to host a giveaway of the Trillium Montessori Winter-Theme Bundle, which sells for $15 on Teachers Pay Teachers. 10 lucky people from anywhere in the world will win a download of Seemi’s Winter Theme Bundle (January Bundle)! Seemi’s Winter Theme Bundle includes January Montessori Activities, January Preschool Pack,

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It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing! Here, I’m sharing the links to free mitten printables for preschoolers through first graders. At PreK + K Sharing, I show how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired activities to go with the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations. Free Printables Featured in the Pictured Mitten Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders Put the Animals in the Mitten from Jan Brett The Mitten Printables from Homeschool Creations The Mitten Printables from

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Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** Montessori principles were an important part of the way my husband and I helped our children become self-disciplined. We used the principles of freedom within limits, of consistency and order. Starting the

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I’ve been asked what sorts of activities qualify as “Montessori inspired.” That’s a great question … especially since the Montessori Monday link-up is for Montessori-inspired activities and ideas. It isn’t the simplest question to answer, though. There are a number of different ways to approach Montessori education, and Montessori-inspired activities and ideas mean different things to different people. Montessori Monday activities can be for any level … infant through high school. I’m a progressive Montessorian, so I’ll give some examples of Montessori-inspired activities and ideas from the viewpoint of a progressive Montessorian. Montessori-Inspired Activities and Ideas That Are Good

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I’ve continued to have lots of fun with Little Passports and with Safari Ltd. replicas. They both can easily add interest to the study of geography. Disclosure: Safari Ltd. gave me the TOOBS used to prepare these activities. This post contains Montessori Services affiliate links. My opinions are honest and my own. For this post, I used the Safari Ltd. North American Wildlife TOOB and Desert TOOB to give a variety of animals without using too many different TOOBS. I mainly used the North American Wildlife TOOB. I just added the roadrunner and armadillo from the Desert TOOB to

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Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA) started a new site called Montessori Guide. It’s designed to be an online resource tool “with videos and articles that illustrate Montessori classrooms and best practices.” The site is especially designed for Montessori teachers, although it’s a wonderful way to see Montessori in action for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents in general. If you’d like some Montessori inspiration or ideas for the primary (ages 3-6) or elementary levels, be sure to check out the site. An Assistants to Infancy section will be added soon as well. You’ll find an amazing number of

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Since December 15, 2011, I’ve published a Montessori-inspired post at PreK + K Sharing on the 15th of each month. I share free printables for a unit study or seasonal or holiday theme along with Montessori-inspired activities I create using the free printables. I typically include a range of activities for skill levels from preschool through first grade. Following are the posts at Living Montessori Now with free printables that link to my post at PreK + K Sharing containing Montessori-inspired activities. Free Printables and Montessori-Inspired Activities on the 15th of the Month throughout 2013 January 2013: Free Winter

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Thank you for an amazing 2013! I appreciate all my readers and love seeing what you find most helpful each year. Today, I want to share my 10 most popular posts published in 2013. I still have some posts from earlier years of my blog that are consistently among my most popular posts each month, but today I just want to focus on posts from 2013. According to Google Analytics, here are my top-10 posts published on Living Montessori Now in 2013: Top 10 Posts from 2013 on Living Montessori Now 1. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning

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Happy 2014! I’m excited to share my most popular post from 2013 as part of “The Very Best Kids Activities from 2013 Blog Hop”! Thanks so much for helping make 2013 an amazing year for Living Montessori Now … and for me! I’ve loved watching the growth of my blog and the Living Montessori Now community over the last year. And I’m thrilled to have my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy available (and an Amazon homeschooling best-seller)! Thank you for making 2013 such a special year! According to Google Analytics, my most

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Happy New Year! From my Google Analytics report for December 2013 Thank you to all my referrers! Top 10 Referring Sites (Not counting sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, and Sulia) 1. Teach Preschool 2. Free Homeschool Deals 3. Fantastic Fun and Learning 4. No Time for Flash Cards 5. B-Inspired Mama 6. PreK + K Sharing 7. Fun-A-Day! 8. Love, Play, Learn 9. Many Little Blessings 10. Hands On : As We Grow Thank you to all my readers! Top 10 Visited Posts 1. Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Christmas Cards and Crafts 2. Hundreds of December Activities

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I can’t believe the New Year is almost here! I have a post on “Preparing for New Year’s Family Celebrations,” with lots of great ideas from around the blogosphere. The ideas aren’t all Montessori activities, though. So, today I want to share Montessori-inspired ideas for celebrating the New Year with kids. Montessori Birthday Celebration for the Earth My favorite Montessori idea for celebrating the New Year is with a Montessori birthday celebration for the earth. I first read about this idea on Montessori Mom: “The Moon and New Years.” You’ll find a number of helpful ideas and links there.

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Preparing for New Year’s Family Celebrations | LivingMontessoriNow.com Celebrating Epiphany with Your Child | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Art Appreciation | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori Monday – Make Fossils from Montessori at Home! | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Physical Fitness for Preschoolers | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Bird Unit | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Snowman Color Activities Montessori-Inspired Snowman Letter Activities Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities Montessori-Inspired Winter Math Activities Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Winter Playdough Activities | LivingMontessoriNow.com 25+ Snow-Themed Sensory Tubs | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori-Inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit | LivingMontessoriNow.com Montessori Inspiration for Martin Luther King Day Montessori-Inspired Peace Education Activities

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In case you’re new to my blog, I’m a first-time grandma … and I’m having the time of my life! Not only is it amazing to have a new baby in the family, but I get to try out lots of the fun activities I find online! My granddaughter is only 7 weeks old, so most activities involving toys aren’t appropriate yet. But I’ve found some great ways to have holiday fun and provide some helpful sensory experiences even for a baby who’s too young for toys and most sensory activities. There are lots of fun sensory experiences you

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