Monday, February 15, 2021

Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate with kids. I have lots of free St. Patrick's Day activities and printables for you today! You'll also find a St. Patrick's Day themed newsletter subscriber freebie at LivingMontessoriNow.com


You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas 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. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with St. Patrick's Day Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves  with St. Patrick's Day Themed Activities


You’ll find Montessori-inspired St. Patrick's Day 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 St. Patrick's Day Printables and Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Pack



Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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 St. Patrick's Day Resources

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 St. Patrick's Day Printables and Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Activities post  at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
I hope you find these helpful :)

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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 45 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Montessori-Inspired Black History Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

February is Black History Month. Whether you observe Black History Month or like to feature Black history books and activities throughout the year, you'll find lots of helpful resources in our current Black history unit. You'll also find a Black history themed newsletter subscriber freebie at LivingMontessoriNow.com



You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas 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. 


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with Black History Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Black History Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired Black history 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 Black History Printables and Montessori-Inspired Black History Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Black History Pack



Montessori-Inspired Black History Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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).

Free Montessori-Inspired Black History Pack

 Montessori-Inspired Black History Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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).

Multicultural Resources and Activities That Include Topics Relevant to Black History

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 Black History Printables and Montessori-Inspired Black History Activities post  at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
I hope you find these helpful :) 
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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 45 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Montessori-Inspired Resilience Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

Growth mindset is so important for everyone, and we could all use some extra resilience this year and going into next year. So I have free resilience activities and printables for you today! You'll also find a resilience-themed newsletter subscriber freebie at LivingMontessoriNow.com

Montessori-Inspired Resilience Activities Using Free Printables
You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas 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. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with Resilience-Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Resilience-Themed Activities
Montessori Shelves with Resilience-Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired resilience 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 Resilience Printables and Montessori-Inspired Resilience Activities {Growth Mindset Unit} post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Resilience Pack

Montessori-Inspired Resilience Pack


Montessori-Inspired Resilience Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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).

Growth Mindset Resources and Activities

Peace and Mindfulness Resources and Activities (which are also helpful for resilience)

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

Be sure to go to my Free Resilience Printables and Montessori-Inspired Resilience Activities {Growth Mindset Unit} post  at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
I hope you find these helpful and are able to have a resilient new year! :) 

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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 45 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Montessori-Inspired Calming Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

Calming activities are so important for both kids and adults ... especially this year. I have a new unit with a variety of free calming printables and activities for kids (and some for kids and adults to enjoy together). 

You'll also find a calm-themed newsletter subscriber freebie at LivingMontessoriNow.com


You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas 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. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with Calm-Themed Activities



You’ll find Montessori-inspired calming 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 Calming Printables and Montessori-Inspired Calming Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Calming Pack



Montessori-Inspired Calming Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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).

Peace and Mindfulness Resources and Activities

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout November and December, see my November Themed Activities for Kids and December Themed Activities for Kids. See also Hundreds of December Holiday Activities for Kids!

Be sure to go to my Free Calming Printables and Montessori-Inspired Calming Activities post  at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
 
I hope you find these helpful! :)
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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 45 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Montessori-Inspired Construction Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

Construction is a popular theme with preschoolers, especially with vehicle lovers. I have a new unit for construction vehicle lovers and one that also focuses on construction workers, architects and engineers, and a variety of building activities. This unit has many free construction printables and Montessori-inspired construction activities! You'll also find a construction-themed newsletter subscriber freebie at LivingMontessoriNow.com

Montessori-Inspired Construction Activities Using Free Printables

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas 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. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with Construction Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Construction-Themed Activities
Montessori Shelves with Construction Themed Activities

You’ll find Montessori-inspired construction 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 Construction Printables and Montessori-Inspired Construction Activities post at Living Montessori Now for the free printables and activity ideas you see on the shelf and collage above!

Free Montessori-Inspired Construction Pack

Montessori-Inspired Construction Pack

Montessori-Inspired Construction Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/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 Montessori-Inspired Construction Activities

For Vehicle Lovers, More Montessori-Inspired Transportation Activities

The Ultimate Montessori-Inspired Transportation Unit
                                If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout October, see my October Themed Activities for Kids.

                                Be sure to go to my Free Construction Printables and Montessori-Inspired Construction Activities post at Living Montessori Now for lots of free printables and activity ideas!
                                 
                                I hope you find these helpful! :)
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                                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 45 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

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                                Tuesday, September 22, 2020

                                Sunflower Poem and Dance Story for Young Children

                                                                           HELLO, FALL!    


                                    




                                My September post is a lively movement activity that celebrates autumn. The sunflower is one of my favorite flowers, and it provides the inspiration for this poem/riddle and a movement exploration.

                                 






                                            THE SUNFLOWER

                                        A Dance Activity for Young Children


                                To begin the activity, read the poem* below out loud, and ask the children to try to guess the answer. 


                                (*I wrote this poem as an entry in the Fall Writing Frenzy


                                             WHAT AM I?


                                I started as a little seed, 

                                Dark grey and very small.

                                And now that I am all grown up,

                                I’m over six feet tall!


                                The petals on my flower face,

                                Surround me like a crown.

                                I come in many hues and shades, 

                                Of yellow, red, and brown.


                                I start the day by looking east,

                                To greet the morning sun.

                                I follow it and face the west,

                                When summer’s day is done.


                                Some birds just love to eat my seeds, 

                                And people like them too.

                                I think you know my name by now, 

                                For each line is a clue!



                                SUNFLOWER DANCE STORY


                                Prepare: Children start this activity curled up on the floor and then respond with movement as you call out each line. Give them plenty of time between each prompt so that they can fulfill their movement ideas.


                                Optional: Quiet instrumental music in the background.



                                Begin the activity:



                                I’m a tiny, tiny seed.


                                A child planted me on a warm spring day.


                                I’m tucked down deep in the dark, rich soil.


                                Now it’s time to begin to grow.


                                I gently push against the sides of the seed shell.


                                I begin to sprout and reach through the soil.


                                Now I can see the blue summer sky.


                                I feel the warm sun and the cool rain.


                                I’m growing taller every day.


                                I’m starting to become a flower.


                                My petals surround my face like little flames.


                                I open my bright golden face to the sun.


                                I follow the sun as it moves through the sky each day.


                                All summer, bees and butterflies come to drink my nectar.


                                My heavy sunflower head begins to droop and nod.


                                Fall is here and my leaves are fading.


                                Birds like to eat my seeds.


                                The morning frost causes me to droop even more.


                                Winter is coming and I slowly fall to the ground.


                                The cold wind blows. 


                                My seeds scatter.


                                Snowflakes fall and cover the seeds.


                                I wait until springtime to sprout again.



                                Expand the Activity:


                                Use this same format for dancing about other types of plants, and other nature themes, such as the metamorphosis of a tadpole to a frog, and a caterpillar to a butterfly. 







                                Keep on Dancing, 


                                Connie






                                                                    
                                                        








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