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Montessori DIY: Tips for Creating Montessori Inspired Activities by Teresa Hadsall of Montessori By Mom

Creating Your Own Activities
Creating your own Montessori inspired activities can be a lot of fun, but challenging as well. Parents can “Bring Montessori Home” with a few simple principles:

1. Create an ordered environment for your child to work in. Have all the materials ready and in their proper place. After the work\fun is done, guide your child take responsibility and help clean up.

2. Plan an activity that promotes concentration. TV and video games distract, while Montessori activities require your child’s full concentration.

3. Make sure you know the activity’s purpose. Ask yourself, “What is my child going to learn?” It is especially important to use activities that teach real life skills. (Tying, pouring, folding, matching, mixing, etc. are all great.)

4. Rely on your child’s inner motivation. Kids are built to learn and LOVE it. Most of the time, they just need the opportunity.

Making activities that rely on inner motivation:
The first thing to think about is your child’s interests. Build activities based on what you find them talking about a lot, or that seems to keep them engaged. If your child is really into sharks, print out shark pictures and discuss the similarities and differences between the species, create shark counting activities, crafts, and have lots of books available for the child to explore. They will absorb what you present to them because it is based on what they are truly interested in. You can do the same with almost any theme or interest.

Tiny Things
Kids love, and I mean LOVE, tiny objects. Representations of real thingssuch as miniature hangars, tiny chairs, itty bitty shells, etc. Something about them really captures their interest. Some of the best miniature items I have found at craft stores with the dollhouse items. They aren’t designed for children, but are perfect representations of the real thing.  Of course, when you use miniatures in your activities, you have to be sure your child is ready for them and won’t try to eat them.



How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Simone Davies of Jacaranda Tree Montessori

How to talk with children is a lesson we all seem to need. Even as infants they learn from how and what we say to them. We are thrilled to have Simone Davies back with us to walk us through the How2Talk2Kids method of communicating with our children. 


Home Montessori with Ikea by Meghan of Milkweed & Montessori

I'm a big believer in the idea that Montessori is for everyone. It's a philosophy which is ultimately meant to make the world a better place, originally inspired by Maria Montessori's observations of children who were living in poverty. Unfortunately, Western public education systems are slow to adapt and Montessori has been mostly privately-funded system in North American — meaning that the schools are often only available to those who can afford to pay out of pocket.


Homeschooling During a Crisis by Bess Wuertz of Grace and Green Pastures


 If you walk a homeschooling journey for any length of time, you are certain to encounter some unexpected bumps in the road.  Life has a way of surprising us with moments, both good and bad, that obliterate the best laid plans.  Those bumps can come in many forms – moving, a new baby, a job loss, prolonged illness, divorce, the death of a loved one, a family member deployment, a life-altering diagnosis, natural disaster or adoption.  These moments often drain our resources, elevate our stress levels and overwhelm us emotionally.  It can be difficult, if not impossible to focus the time and energy necessary to produce the homeschooling experience we desire for our children.




How to Boost Your Child's Creativity in a Digital World by Clarissa Brooks


It’s 2014, and we are living in what many refer to as the “digital age”. Nowadays it is becoming more and more common to see infants playing along with iPads and the days of reading books or actually using your imagination are becoming nearly obsolete. Sure, technology is convenient, but is it harmful to our children’s creativity? When we have so many different forms of technology to think for ourselves it can be hard to find activities to keep your child’s creativity alive. However, creativity is not something to neglect. Creative minds are successful minds. Creative people are able to find unique solutions to problems which can help to set them apart from the rest of the crowd especially later in life when they enter the workforce. Here are three activities you can do with your child to help boost their creativity even in this digital world we live in.

Montessori Sewing Works by Aimee of Montessori Works

If I had to pick just one type of work to stock my practical life shelves with, it would be sewing. I am NOT an accomplished sewer. Actually, I think it has been over a year since I pulled out my sewing machine, and then I prefer to make clothing with elasticized waists. But, when it comes to the classroom, I think nothing beats handwork.



Maria Montessori stated that the activities of practical life should be meaningful, looking around my classroom, I wanted to find activities that still had meaning for today’s children. Polishing is great, but how many children really see their parents polishing the silver place settings? Spooning, tonging, pouring and the like are quickly mastered when we leave the lessons simple and isolated on the tray. What materials could we use that would appeal to the 3 year-old and remained enticing through age 6 or beyond? Sewing.

Free Educational Printables by Seemi 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.
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