Montessori

montessori color tablets lesson

Paint chips are the perfect, free tool for teaching kiddos about color. A Montessori Color Tablets Box is a fantastic and beautiful tool, but might be something to save up for. Paint chips are a nice alternative. In this activity, we sort different tones, tints and shades of the same hues and then we tuck them all away in a matching envelope...

montessori multiplication board printable

We purchased a Multiplication Board a few months back, and really enjoy using it. The kiddos use it for multiplication practice, but also for fine motor work. Quality Montessori materials are worth the investment, but can be a little overwhelming to your homeschool budget. Check out our printable...

printable montessori puzzles

Quilts have always inspired me. The process of making a quilt and the detail that can go into them are fascinating. From the denim quilts my uncle cuddled us into, to the busy hands of my great grandmother and grandmother piecing intricate, original designs together. In our house, quilts mean creativity, warmth, and love. Printable quilt square puzzles are the perfect intro for little ones. Download Quilt Quandaries now and use with foam, felt, paper, cardboard, or fabric.

diy montessori place value mat

Hands on math is the best kind of math. That's one of the reasons I love Montessori so much. Kiddos put down the pencils and use all sorts of interesting objects to absorb math concepts. Using a large mat made learning place value a cinch. Here are a few super easy DIY instructions so you can make your own.
 

montessori color matching printable

Up, up and away! Have you ever been to a hot air balloon take off? AMAZING! We went for the the first time a few weeks ago and I fell in love. Seeing hot air balloons lift off is spectacular. We were inspired to put together a few activities to go with our Buoyant Balloons printable pack. Download your copy and check out our color matching fun now.

mini flags and montessori practical life

The kiddos are really into flags lately so we decided to do a little mini-unit introduction to flags. We worked in a few Montessori inspired activities as well as a little art and game play. The study ended up being the perfect timing to help us begin celebrating the US Independence holiday. Score!

montessori sensorial activity

Replicating a scene from a photo can provide an interesting challenge for kiddos. They can hone their attention to detail, build spatial awareness and learn from trial and error. We present two activities: one Montessori-inspired and one on a larger scale.

preschool printable pack

We are ramping up for summer and some of our favorite activities - like going to the FAIR! We LOVE the fair! Farm animals, colorful rides, food on-a-stick - seriously, what's not to love? Here are two fair themed printable packs to get the kiddos ready for summer. We worked hard to include all the best fair bits without the sunburn and sugar crash. The kiddos highly approve of both packs and often request the activities especially when it's cold outside. They love to stick pictures of themselves through the little animal and vegetable...

polish silver montessori practical life

Practical Life exercises are my favorite part of Montessori at home. These lessons are equipping kiddos with the skill set that allows them to be independent and master everyday tasks such as food preparation or personal care on their own. Practical Life also gives me a chance to teach them about less common (or long forgotten) tasks like hanging clothes to dry, sewing without a machine or polishing silver. With modern conveniences, we don't do as many things by hand and I don't want the kiddos to miss out on the satisfaction of completing...

montessori at home

Today we are honored to have a guest post from John Bowman on sequencing in Montessori. John is the author of my favorite homeschool resource - Montessori At Home! My kiddos fit perfectly into the 3 to 6 year age range appropriate for this book and I have found Montessori at Home indispensable to our family. It is packed full of information on Montessori and over 300 learning materials and activities. Take it away John!

 

Sequencing in...

insect and bug unit study homeschool

Insects are fascinating. Did you know that a bug is a type of insect? I always thought that bug was the overreaching term for insect, but I was wrong. What makes an insect a bug is the type of mouth it has. Where did I learn this important piece of information you might ask? An encyclopedia? Try again. A consult with an entomologist? Nope. The Internet? Nota. It was from...

cutout farm animals in playdough

Springtime means adorable baby farm animals. Our mama and babe farm animal puzzles are so cute it hurts. They are great beginner spelling puzzles and an awesome way to learn about farm animals. Download our FREE Farm Animal Spelling Puzzles NOW! Be sure to check out our Explore More section below to download our complete Preschool Farm Animal printable pack for FREE. Happy Spring!

recycle basketball montessori globe

The oldest kiddo asked to make a globe in honor of Earth Day. We brainstormed materials that were round or that we could make round, and sporting equipment kept coming up. Soccer balls, baseballs, tennis balls, and BASKETBALLS! We love painting on non-traditional surfaces and these old basketballs gave us such inspiration. We used our Montessori...

montessori moveable alphabet spelling game

When we made the decision to homeschool our kiddos I knew I wanted to incorporate Montessori methods into their learning. In fact, I'd say we began at least a little bit of Montessori when the oldest kiddos were babies. Montessori just feels like a natural approach to early learning. I think it fosters independent learning and that is the primary goal of our homeschool.

 

Now, we have a diverse approach to curriculum in our house. Some say scattered, I say eclectic. We learn from all sorts of methods and resources, but...

yoga poses nomenclature cards

I may have mentioned before that we love Yoga! Our style is a mash up of several different types of Yoga. We have poses that we practice regularly and so many have great names. The kiddos often call out a pose and quickly jump into form. We developed some basic Yoga Poses Nomenclature Cards to share. They are set up in a Montessori 3-part format, but please use them as you see fit. I would recommend printing them on...

flowers and vases montessori practical life

We follow a lot of Montessori methods in our homeschooling. The lesson of arranging flowers in the practical life area is a special activity. We generally collect flowers in the spring or summer from our yard, but we had to make a run to the grocery store floral department as winter is STILL happening here. We thought fresh flowers might cheer up the house and add to our Valentine's decor.

fine motor and color activity

We connect fine motor practice and color matching in this activity. There is something kiddos find captivating about using clothespins and clips. We used hearts for our garland in preparation for Valentine's Day. It makes a great activity or decoration for a Valentine's PARTY! We like to party around here.

lime zest with grater

Citrus zest smells amazing! Limes, lemons, and oranges will all do. Kiddos will perk right up with this activity.

orange and red zippers

Zippers are all around us and teaching your kiddo to use one will save literally seconds of valuable time. Plus, it gives them independence and they love that.

blue letter e in colorful lentils

Lentils aren't your typical sensory material, but these tiny little seeds provide a heftier medium than standard sand or salt for Montessori tray writing practice. Leave them dry as is, or add some paint for color and texture.

red and blue rice with gold stars sensory bag

We had a lot of giggles going on when we did this sensory activity. The kiddos thought it was hilarious to stick their hands blindly into the bag and feel around for the stars. They had to rely on their sense of touch without the benefit of seeing the contents of the bag. It was a blast!

montessori egg practical life lesson

We go through so many eggs in our house. Dozens and dozens make their way in and out of our fridge each month. I dream of the day when we have our own chickens and an endless supply of these ellipsoidal wonders.

printable montessori fine motor counting activity

Hanging real carrots on a clothesline doesn't make much sense, but hanging these adorable FREE printable carrots does. Anytime we bring out a clothesline the kiddos are enamored with hanging things on it. Squeezing the pin just the right way to catch the carrot and the clothesline keeps those little fingers busy. Add an extra layer of fun, by using the included number cards to practice counting. Be sure to have a snack of carrots waiting because they can really...