Friday, May 22, 2020

Video Dance Party for Preschoolers


Can you swim like a little fish?  Let's all try it now!
I hope everyone is staying safe during this unsettling time. Here is a fun activity that you can do at home, and you can also invite people to dance and sing with you, each using your own computers.  

I recently wrote a guest blog post for Redleaf Press entitled Video Call Dance Party:  Dancing, Singing and Learning Together! Stay connected with friends and family with a virtual dance party, and have a fun learning experience at the same time. There are lots of opportunities for children to practice large motor skills, contribute ideas, and use their imaginations.

Here is the link to the Redleaf Press blog: Video Call Dance Party: Dancing, Singing, and Learning Together!

The kids go jumping all around, let's go, let's go!
The kids go marching all around let's go, let's go!
And they all fall slowly down, to the ground, it's the end, 1 ... 2 ... 3!

Be safe, and keep on dancin'!


Friday, May 15, 2020

Montessori-Inspired Volcano and Earthquake Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

We had fun with our rocks and minerals unit last summer, so I've prepared a volcano and earthquake unit with free printables and hands-on activities! I also have a new Montessori-inspired volcano and earthquake pack (newsletter subscriber freebie at

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 some affiliate links (at no cost to you).

Montessori Shelves with Volcano and Earthquake Themed Activities

Montessori Shelves with Volcano and Earthquake Themed Activities

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

Free Montessori-Inspired Volcano and Earthquake Pack

Montessori-Inspired Volcano and Earthquake 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, Phonogram Work, 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 Geology Resources

If you'd like ideas for calendar-based themes throughout May, see my May Themed Activities for Kids. You'll find the link to calendar-based activities for June at the bottom of my May calendar post.

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