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Get Ready for the New School Year with Free Printables by Seemi Abdullah of Trillium Montessori

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, summer vacation is coming to an end and families and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.  If you are a homeschooler or a teacher of 3-6 year olds, you are probably starting to make plans for the coming school year.  

Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite free Montessori-friendly printable resources from around the web that you can use in your classroom or homeschool room.

The Working Mom's Guide to Montessori in the Home by Meghan Sheffield of Milkweed & Montessori

There are all sorts of reasons for bringing Montessori home. And there are all sorts of ways of doing it. There doesn't have to be a divide between working moms and stay-at-home moms (who are, of course, also working). There really are just moms, and we’re all just doing our best.

Montessori in 5 Minutes a Day by Jennifer Tammy of Study-at-Home Mama

Incorporating the Montessori Method into your home is an exciting decision, but it can be a bit daunting. 

Reading Dr. Montessori’s books can overwhelm us with theory, and while Montessori-inspired blogs are great sources for ideas, sometimes it seems like these moms must not only be super-organized, they must invest a lot of time into their set-ups and activities. Just getting started (or keeping with it) can be a huge obstacle.

Fast and Frugal Three Part Card Folders by Bess Wuertz of Grace and Green Pastures

From the moment I purchased my laminator I have been enthralled with the wide range of Montessori printables available, many for free.  While this has enriched our home classroom, it has presented a challenge in how I display these for my children to use.  I found that my children were more likely to use the cards if they were neatly organized.  Initially, I tried a three part card tray.  While it was a solution that worked, it wasn’t space or budget friendly for more than 1 -2 sets at a time.
I came across various solutions for three part card folders.  I’ve seen beautiful sets sewn from fabric and highly durable options created by laminating card stock.  However, since I was intending to make quite a few sets, I needed something very simple and budget friendly.  After a few attempts, I came up with something that has worked quite well for us.

Yoga and the Montessori Child by Jennifer Tammy of Study At Home Mama

Incorporating gross motor activities into your Montessori home learning can be a somewhat daunting prospect for some parents. We want something that can be conducted independently, without being disruptive to other potential children in the home, while finding something that helps contribute to a calm, self-regulated environment. Yoga is the perfect solution, in the home or school setting. Like many Montessori activities, it starts with gathering and rolling out a mat!

The first couple of times that your child engages in yoga at home, I would encourage you to join them and try to remind them of the basic yoga principles of deep breathing and listening to (and honouring) your body – “don’t do anything that hurts!” If you are new to yoga yourself, I would encourage you to call or visit a local yoga studio to ask their advice; there are also some great guides included in the Gisele Shardlow series that I discuss below.

Safe poses that don’t require a lot of yogi knowledge include downward dog pose, boat pose, warrior pose, serpent pose, candle pose…the list goes on!

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