Montessori Monday

If you’ve studied Montessori sensitive periods, you know that children from ages 1½-4 have an extreme interest in small objects and details. You can use that interest to make teaching phonics easier at home or in the classroom. I’ve put together some spring phonics activities using  small objects that my

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Focusing on letter sounds with toddlers and preschoolers can be a daunting task for parents … or it can be quite easy. Today, I have a simple, easily rotated activity that you can use to teach letter sounds one at a time to toddlers and preschoolers. Simple, Easily Rotated Activity

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One of my favorite spring songs for toddlers and preschoolers is “5 Green and Speckled Frogs.” My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves singing, so I wanted to have some special props on Montessori-inspired trays available for her. I love the idea of working with hands-on materials with the “5 Green and Speckled Frogs” song. I’ve put

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I’m so excited to publish my first post that features a Living Montessori Now subscriber freebie! Frogs are a popular theme in the spring, and Leap Year is a perfect time to focus on frogs even before spring arrives! Here, I’m sharing the links to lots of free frog printables for

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves scissor cutting activities. Like all 2 year olds, she’s working on the fine-motor skills and technique needed for cutting. So I put together some inexpensive and super-simple cutting activities using strings of beads. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

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I’ve been wanting to do a literature-based  art project with my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. But it requires the use of two very popular Montessori activities, which needed to be introduced. The first practical life activity was eggshell crushing. Today’s activity, pin poking, is also a favorite activity of many children in Montessori

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Teaching toddlers about seasons is tricky in general. If you live in a warm climate, it’s even trickier – especially when you’re teaching  toddlers about winter. Still, the Montessori 3-period lesson can give your toddler one of the best introductions to the winter season. We’ve been introducing my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to winter concepts for

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Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been publishing posts at PreK + K Sharing on the 15th of each month since December 15, 2011! How time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂 I share free printables for a unit study or seasonal or holiday theme along with Montessori-inspired activities I create using

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I’ve been looking for a simple-to-prepare calendar activity that would work for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and continue to work well throughout her preschool years. I finally decided on an activity that should be simple to prepare each month as well as adaptable for a number of ages. Disclosure: This

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I’ve always looked with longing at blog posts with Christmas baskets filled with 24 gift-wrapped Christmas books all ready for a Christmas countdown. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE books and reading aloud and Christmas traditions. We had a nice selection of Christmas books that we read together every Christmas season

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If you’re a Montessori homeschooler, you want to make the best use of your beautiful Montessori materials. If you own Spielgaben as well, you’ll be able to easily prepare some lovely Montessori sensorial extensions that give your preschooler extra learning opportunities. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf

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My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I thought we had our tree decorating taken care of with the big tree and our Montessori Christmas tree decorating activity. Then I found a miniature wooden Christmas tree that we both fell in love with. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no

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I’ve been asked to show what’s on the Montessori shelves I have for my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. Like most Montessori homes, mine is always a work in progress. My shelves change according to my granddaughter’s needs and interests, which include a fascinating variety of topics. So the shelves I’m showing you

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Would you like some ideas for preschool fall activities that are easy to prepare, focus on the fall season, and work on a variety of skills? It was simple to prepare some Montessori-inspired fall learning activities using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf

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I had to have a special Halloween decoration for my 23-month-old granddaughter, Zoey. Whenever we walk through our neighborhood, she wants to kiss the Halloween decorations she finds. (Fortunately, we have only non-scary ones in our neighborhood.) I thought of the classic Montessori pumpkin hammering activity (and resulting Halloween

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My 22-month-old granddaughter is obsessed with trains right now. I didn’t have any train activities, so I decided it was time to create some. I was able to quickly prepare some great educational train activities using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables.   This is a sponsored post written

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Sensory bins aren’t a traditional Montessori activity, but they can be great additions to Montessori homeschools and many types of preschools. I focused on adding some Montessori-inspired activities to a fall sensory bin for a variety of learning activities that can be used with multiple ages. Disclosure: This post

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