Number Matching with an Advent Calendar

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Originally posted on MOMtessori Life:
Have I mentioned that we love Christmas?  It’s possible to make almost any Christmas tradition into a Montessori work.  One of our favorite traditions is doing an Advent calendar.  I decided to make it into a number matching work that could be done all day, while we would open the…

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Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers– Paperclips

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Can I rave about the Target bargain bins for a minute?  This is not a sponsored post — it’s just a PSA to let you know that you can find good quality, inexpensive materials for Montessori-inspired works there. As soon as I saw these over-sized paperclips, the wheels in my brain started turning.  I knew L […]

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Christmas Activities for Toddlers – Ornament Hanging

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Originally posted on MOMtessori Life:
 I love the holidays, but there’s a lot of things connected with them that could potentially be dangerous with a toddler in the house.  Last year, I erected a giant barricade around our Christmas tree using boxes filled with cinder blocks and covered in wrapping paper to keep it festive.…

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Thanksgiving Sale

Thanksgiving Sale

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! To celebrate, I’m having a sale in my Blog Shop all weekend!  All purchases are 15% off from today until November 27, 2016.  If you have never visited my shop before, I sell handmade Montessori quote totes, mugs, magnets, and printables as well as a few Montessori-inspired activities for kids.  Be sure […]

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Process Art for Toddlers — Painting with Kitchen Utensils

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What is process art?  Exactly what it sounds like — it’s all about the PROCESS of making the art, rather than the final product.  This is perfect for toddlers, since it allows them to experience the sensorial element of art without the expectation of creating something recognizable. We’ve been experimenting with painting using instruments other […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

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One of the perks to being a Montessori mom is that I’m not constantly cleaning up after my children.  But this isn’t just a Montessori thing — all children go through a sensitive period for order from birth to age 5.  This means that they are naturally inclined to work towards and crave order in their lives […]

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15 Books for Teaching Diversity

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Originally posted on MOMtessori Life:
To read about what inspired this series on World Peace, check out World Peace Shelf. To read other posts in this series, check out Multicultural Nesting Dolls, International Children Magnets with World Map, “Peace” & Peacekeeper Cards, Trades of Hope, & World Bank. L can’t read yet, but she LOVES looking at books and having me…

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Thanksgiving Activities for Families — Thankful Tree

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Now that L is older, holidays are getting so much more fun!  With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to be sure we all took time to be thankful throughout the month of November.  I found this Thankful Tree in the bargain bins at Target — you can also make your own by taping construction paper […]

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My Daughter, the Future President of America — an Interview

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I don’t know about you, but we were shocked when Hillary Clinton did not win the presidential election this week.  I am unashamedly a Hillary supporter, and as the mother of two girls, I was pretty excited about the message having a female president could send to my daughters.  Right before the election, I told […]

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Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Pin Pushing

Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers -- Pin Pushing

When I was a Montessori toddler teacher, I would sometimes visit the older classrooms to get ideas for new works for some of my more advanced toddlers.  This one was always in use and looked so inviting, so I was excited to create it for L this summer. I put a large push pin and a small […]

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