Saturday, June 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired Picnic Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

Picnics are so much fun in the summer, and so is a picnic theme!
Our new picnic unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free picnic printables along with a new Montessori-inspired picnic pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at Living Montessori Now!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through early elementary throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities


At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with Picnic-Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Picnic-Themed Activities
Montessori Shelves with Picnic-Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired picnic-themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 
 
Go to my Free Picnic Printables and Montessori-Inspired Picnic Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Picnic Pack




Montessori-Inspired Picnic Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).

More Picnic-Related Resources

Related Nature Resources and Activities

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout June and July, see my June Themed Activities for Kids and my July themed Activities for Kids

Be sure to go to my Free Picnic Printables and Montessori-Inspired Picnic Activities post for lots of free printables and activity ideas.

Have a fun summer!
  Deb - Signature
 
Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 49 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired Camping Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

A camping theme is perfect for the end of the school year or any time in the summer! 

Our new camping unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free camping printables along with a new Montessori-inspired camping pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at Living Montessori Now!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through early elementary throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with Camping-Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Camping-Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired camping-themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 
 
Go to my Free Camping Printables and Montessori-Inspired Camping Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Camping Pack



Montessori-Inspired Camping Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber). 

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout May and June, see my May Themed Activities for Kids. and my June Themed Activities for Kids.

Be sure to go to my Free Camping Printables and Montessori-Inspired Camping Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
Have a wonderful summer!
 
Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 49 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

I love spring flowers, and we have lots of them in our new Montessori-inspired flower unit!




Our flower unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free flower printables along with a new Montessori-inspired flower pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at Living Montessori Now!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through early elementary throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with Flower-Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Flower-Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired flower-themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 
 
Go to my Free Flower Printables and Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Flower Pack



Montessori-Inspired Flower Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).

Related Resources and Activities

Flower Science If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout April and May, see my April Themed Activities for Kids and my May Themed Activities for Kids.
 
Be sure to go to my Free Flower Printables and Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
Have fun with flowers this spring!
 
Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 48 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired Red Panda Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

Red pandas aren't related to giant pandas, but they're very cute ... and they're fun to study! They're also an endangered species. We're starting a red panda unit for preschool through early elementary.

Our red panda unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free red panda printables along with a new Montessori-inspired red panda pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at Living Montessori Now!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through early elementary throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with Red Panda Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Red Panda Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired red panda themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 
 
Go to my Free Red Panda Printables and Montessori-Inspired Red Panda Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Red Panda Pack



Montessori-Inspired Red Panda Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).

Related Resources and Activities

Amazon Affiliate:


Red Panda Toys on Amazon

Helpful Animal Classification Posts

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout March and April, see my March Themed Activities for Kids. and April Themed Activities for Kids.

Be sure to go to my Free Red Panda Printables and Montessori-Inspired Red Panda Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
Have a wonderful spring!
 
Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 48 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired Women in Science Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

March is Women's History Month, and I'm sharing resources today for our new women in science unit! This unit has resources for preschool through elementary!

Our women in science unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free women in science printables along with a new Montessori-inspired women in science pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at Living Montessori Now!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through early elementary throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with Women in Science Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Women in Science Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired women in science themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 
 
Go to my Free Women in Science Printables and Montessori-Inspired Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Women in Science Pack



Montessori-Inspired Women in Science Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout February and March, see my February Themed Activities for Kids and March Themed Activities for Kids

Be sure to go to my Free Women in Science Printables and Montessori-Inspired Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
Have a great Women's History Month!
 
Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 48 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Montessori-Inspired New Baby Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting a new baby in March ... and their 5-year-old son is expecting a new sibling! So we are having lots of fun with a new baby unit, which is easily adaptable for home or classroom! 

Our new baby unit has Montessori-inspired activities using free new baby printables along with a Montessori-inspired new baby pack for subscribers to our free newsletter at LivingMontessoriNow.com!

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

Montessori Shelves with New Baby Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with New Baby Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired new baby themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber) 

Go to my Free New Baby Printables and Montessori-Inspired New Baby Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired New Baby Pack


Montessori-Inspired New Baby Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).

More New Baby Resources

Amazon Affiliate:

New Baby Books for Kids If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout January and February, see my January Themed Activities for Kids and February Themed Activities for Kids

Be sure to go to my Free New Baby Printables and Montessori-Inspired New Baby Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!

Have fun!

Deb Chitwood Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 48 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

When a Child Says, "I HATE YOU"


You've done so much for them, slaved for them and sacrificed for them, and then if you don't give them what they want, they get mad at you. It hardly seems fair, all the things we do for our kids and they don't appreciate it. Then we hear them say things like, "I hate you," or "I hate this house." We hear, "You're a mean mom," or "I'm mad at you!" It's common for kids to get mad at their parents but the solution is the hardest for parents to do... just let them be mad. Good parents learn quickly that they are not their child's friend; they are their parents. But if the parents aren't prepared to hear it and know how to respond, they get defensive or they get even. Worse, they give in to regain the love the child is withholding.

I was in the toy section of a department store one day, shopping for a gift for my grandson. A mom and her little boy were in the same aisle, and the little boy, about seven, was admiring a toy airplane. "Mom," he said, "I want this airplane." 

The woman replied, "No, sweetheart, you have toy airplanes all over your bedroom floor; I'm not going to buy you the plane." 

The boy quickly replied, "Mom! I want this airplane." 

Mom replied, "No, I said no airplane, I don't have any extra money." 

"But mom!!!! I want this airplane!: The volume and intensity of the boy's voice were increasing.

"Honey, your father is on a business trip, and he took all of our money; I'm not buying you the toy." The boy continued to demand that Mom buy him the plane and the woman continued offering different excuses.

"Your birthday is right around the corner and I'm sure your grandparents are going to buy you


a new airplane." With the intensity of a near scream, the boy demanded she buy him the airplane, and Mom quickly complied.

Children, especially young children, either love us or hate us; there is nothing in between. They get mad at us because in a moment of not getting their way or not having the emotional intelligence to know how to deal with frustration, they act out in a way that tells us they are mad at us and don't like us; it hurts our feelings. Often times our initial response to that hurt is to act out some sort of retaliation or, as in the case of the mom above, to give in to get them to like us again and not be mad.

Children getting mad at their parents is just emotion, and emotion is not right or wrong; it just is. The best response to your child getting mad is to just let them be mad. That means not reacting and not getting mad back. Conjure up your best listening skills and don't talk at first. Just stay physically close to them, get to eye level if you can, and hear them. If you do feel the need to speak, tell them what you see. Say to them, "It looks like you're mad at Mom," especially if they say, "I hate you!" If they agree, let them agree. Don't react and don't talk... just listen. Getting mad is energy and when the parent allows that energy to come out, the mad moment will evaporate.

When your child or teen is mad at you, don't get mad back, don't ignore them, and certainly don't try to make it all better. Your child needs to feel that emotion so that they will eventually learn to let it be and then move on. It's the beginning of the development of their emotional intelligence. We spend years teaching children reading, writing, and arithmetic but do very little in the area of emotional intelligence. The prisons are filled with adults who can read, write and add numbers just fine, but it was probably their inability to manage their emotions that got them there to begin with.


Bill Corbett is the author of the book LOVE, LIMITS & LESSONS: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO RAISING COOPERATIVE KIDS and host of the podcast:  CREATING COOPERATIVE KIDS (https://billcorbett.podbean.com/). He has a degree in clinical psychology and is the author of 8 books. In 2011, he developed and launched the Creating Cooperative Kids public access television show that aired on over 650 public access stations internationally. He has spoken at hundreds of behavior conferences and delivered the keynote at the Dutch Education Conference in Amsterdam, NL. Bill Corbett has three children, three stepchildren, five grandchildren and one great-grandson. He and his wife Elizabeth travel the US in their Tiffin motorhome.


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