Magnifying glass activities are typically high-interest activities for young children. I love them as a way to reinforce phonics skills. Today, I’m sharing some free magnifying glass phonics printables and activities that can add extra fun to learning phonics skills. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost
Food preparation activities are so much fun for young children, and they’re wonderful ways to promote independence. Toddlers from about 1 1/2 on can prepare their own snack. For Montessori Monday and 31 Days of Kids’ Kitchen Activities, I want to share a banana cutting activity that’s simple enough for a
I like to find a variety of ways to extend work with sandpaper letters and phonetic objects. One fun and memorable way is through phonics songs. There are some fun letter sound songs available that create variety and also help children enjoy phonics. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate
My daughter, granddaughter, and I have had fun recently creating videos that show how you can introduce the beginning sounds of words and objects to toddlers and preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing our latest video about how to introduce words that start with phonograms. This post focuses especially on helping your
Perseverance is an important trait for any child. One of the best ways to help your child develop perseverance is by giving many opportunities for work with practical life activities. Toddlers often need extra help in developing perseverance. They can get frustrated easily and can especially be helped by seeing you
I love watching Montessori in action. Whether you’re a teacher, parent considering Montessori education, or Montessori homeschooler, you’ll find lots of helpful ideas by watching videos from Montessori schools. Montessori: Learning for Life gives a glimpse into a Montessori school and gives tips for parents to follow at home as well.
It’s the 15th of the month, and I have a new post at PreK + K Sharing. Today, I have some Montessori-inspired dinosaur activities using free dinosaur printables … fun for dinosaur lovers at any time. A dinosaur theme is one of my favorite summer units (especially fun this summer with the
I love it when kids prepare a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day breakfast! (A birthday breakfast is wonderful, too!) Whether it’s in bed or at the table, simple or elaborate … it’s awesome! Montessori Food Preparation Activities Food preparation is an important part of Montessori practical life activities. If
This activity was inspired by MaryAnne from Mama Smiles. She has lots of great ideas for mess-free finger painting. I added a Montessori-inspired color mixing and matching activity to the mess-free finger painting. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori-Inspired Mess-Free Finger Painting and Color
In Montessori education, practical life (daily living) activities are some of the most important activities. Not only do they help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence, but they help children learn to contribute to their families and communities. Today, I’ll be sharing some age-appropriate chores in lists and
Working with real objects is an important way to encourage vocabulary and sensory experiences for toddlers. My 18-month-old granddaughter had a lot of fun with a special vocabulary and sensory experience using real fruit and Montessori toddler fruit cards. Along with real fruit, this activity uses the Montessori Print Shop
If you want to use Montessori activities with your children at home, you’ll often find Montessori 3-part cards helpful for teaching vocabulary and a variety of concepts. Make Your Own Montessori 3-Part Cards Class Montessori 3-part cards can be used for a variety of ages, which is especially
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
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!!!
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
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
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?
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
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
I love rainbow activities for St. Patrick’s Day, spring, and rainbow unit studies. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired rainbow 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
I’ve been having fun with a Montessori By Mom toolbox again … this time the Land, Water, Air Toolbox. Montessori land, water, and air activities are important Montessori early geography activities. Following are land, water, air activities that work well at home for multiple ages. Disclosure: I’m a Montessori
Over the years, Carolyn from The Montessori Learning Center of Dundee in Omaha, Nebraska, has been one of our Montessori Monday participants. Ideas from Dundee Montessori I’ve often been inspired by Carolyn’s beautiful art projects and amazing materials for unit studies. In addition to her Montessori certification, Carolyn has
The Margaret Homfray free Montessori video lectures are back at Montessori World! Margaret Homfray trained directly with Dr. Montessori and was responsible for re-establishing Montessori education in Great Britain after World War II. Her video lectures are popular as inspiration for Montessori teachers and as guidance for Montessori homeschoolers.
I’ve always loved preparing valentine activities. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired valentine activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys 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
Over the past few years, Safari Ltd. gave me TOOB keys to host as free downloads at Living Montessori Now. Thanks, Safari Ltd.! I’ve always found the TOOB keys very helpful, both as ways to identify the replicas in specific TOOBS and as simple-to-prepare Montessori-inspired activities. Typically, all you
I’m excited today to gather and update my Montessori toddler resources. Montessori toddler activities are especially relevant to me right now, since my granddaughter, Zoey, is 14 months old. I’m having lots of fun preparing toddler activities for my own home again. Here are some helpful resources for toddlers.