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Beginning Letter Phonics Cards

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you Vito’s current favourite printable, our Beginning Letter Phonics Cards.  You might have seen these in some of my letter-themed post.  These are card strips which contain letters and their corresponding objects (real images matching the  beginning letter sound).  The product comes in two sets: control cards and the activity cards.  Below is a glimpse of how we use the materials, which Vito would work on every day (sensitive period for letters)!

Animal Habitats Learning Materials and Resources

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Vito is 40 months old.

If you read my post on the 12 Months More of Montessori for Earth Science, Vito and I will be working on animal habitats.  We tried this before, in its simplest form when Vito was still a toddler and I decided to move forward into a more abstract approach (with a little sensorial) now that Vito is older.  In this post, I’m going to share the learning materials the boys are using and the books to go along with our activities.



Flags of the World

Monday, March 13, 2017

Earlier this year I bought Mavi this Montessori Map and Flags because they’ve been having a lot of geography lessons in school, and he wanted to master his knowledge of flags.  As it turned out, this has been one of the most used Montessori material at home as of the moment.  There are 32 country flags with a stand.  Mavi can mostly identify those of European and American countries, but needs to review his African and middle eastern countries.
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Hands-On Learning on Common Flowers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines Day season is always the time wherein the boys and I would talk about flowers. Not just because it is Valentines Day, but this is basically the time wherein we get to see spring flowers starting to bloom out from their buds.  We see them everywhere, in the backyard and front lawn, parks and of course in our neighbours’ houses.  My knowledge on flowers is very limited, I only knew of some tropical flowers from my country and Asian countries.  Of course, there’s always the rose, tulip and orchids… but no, I haven’t heard of daffodils, crocus and poppies not until I stepped foot in Europe.


Montessori Inspired Animal Continents Activity Sheets

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I am so happy to share our Animal Continents Activity Sheets.  Mavi helped me assemble this learning material for identifying the different animals that thrive in each continent.  We’ve used the Antarctica and Asia sheets already and I can’t wait to try the rest with Vito.


Montessori Botany Materials

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Last month, the boys were ill and they stayed in bed almost every day for a week. I was practically free the entire day but busy at night (mostly for Vito). During the time that they were sick, I decided to “upgrade” my Montessori botany cards and booklets for Vito to use in Spring 2017.   Some of these were hand drawn, and I’m proud of what I have achieved.  Come take a look!

Fruits and Vegetable Montessori Cards

Monday, November 21, 2016

Vito is 36 months old.
These fruits and vegetable cards were taken out of the storage box and has been used ever since.  It’s been used for naming and identifying fruits and vegetables and also served as matching cards. 
Montessori Fruit Cards

Our Leaf Shapes Study

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It’s Mavi’s midterm break this week and I decided to have activities that both of the boys can do together.  First in mind is a leaf study, since we are currently surrounded by beautiful and colourful leaves.  They are just too gorgeous when they change colors and I don’t want to miss that opportunity! LOL.
We started by reading books like Why Do Leaves Change Color and My First Montessori Book of Leaf Shapes.  These are really great books to begin with!  After which, we explored and gathered leaves from our neighbourhood for days. I remember we have to walk in different routes each day so we can gather different kinds of shapes of leaves.  I also made a Parts of a Leaf Booklet and Nomenclature Cards which we will use in our upcoming activities. 

I hate the idea of laminating natural objects, as this takes away the feel of their natural texture.  But I read somewhere that laminating leaves preserves their color and shape for a longer time, and that’s what I did! DSC_0235
I also made these leaf shapes nomenclature cards for the boys to use.  I hand drawn these and used markers for the colors. Vito, who is currently crazy over nomenclature cards, enjoyed matching the shapes!
These are bigger cards, which according to Mavi is way better than the ones I used to make (in 2013)  .
And I made Mavi matched our laminated leaves to the control cards of the leaf shapes.  Some of the shapes were so difficult to identify Open-mouthed smile 
As an extension, we did nature journaling! I attached the leaves to the board and made the boys paint their favourite leaf or leaves, taking into account the shapes.  Vito was identifying the leaves through their colors (understandable for his age) while Mavi chose “the most beautiful” leaf (but later on decided to paint some more).
DSC_0442Vito’s work. He’s making green and red leaves.
Mavi’s works.


It was another successful activity on my part because the boys participated and enjoyed the activities.  Hope I will have the same response when we do parts of a leaf!

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Life Cycle of a Pumpkin (Preschool Edition)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We are seeing a lot of pumpkins and though we may not be able to visit a pumpkin patch, we brought home a couple of pumpkins for exploration. I would like to share this very beautiful layered puzzle that I purchased in Amazon.  It’s the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, beautifully crafted and illustrated.  There’s a guide for each layer on the left side so the child will know what comes next.


October Preschool Math Activities

Friday, September 30, 2016

I am so excited to share with you the fun preschool math activities I prepared for Vito! He saw me printing these materials and he kept on asking if we can play. Of course we did! We started using a few of these materials and will share his progress in the days to come.  For now, allow me to present to you our adorable and cute learning materials for the month of October.

October Math

Halloween Themed Early Literacy Preschool Pack

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October is such an exciting time for the boys as Halloween is a big celebration here in Ireland.  With this, I am so excited to share with you our Halloween Early Literacy printable pack which we will be using for the entire month of October.  I designed this material specifically for Vito and suitable for ages 2.5 to 4years old.  Come take a look!


Autumn Themed Early Literacy Learning Pack

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I’ve been getting a lot of queries on the learning cards that we are currently using.  Our Autumn Themed Early Literacy Learning Pack is available in our PDF Shop and contains 10 preschool printables that I am sure you and your kids will truly enjoy using.


A Math Racing Game for Preschoolers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vito always wanted to join us whenever we play board games but we don’t allow him because it’s too much for him.  Too many cards (and paper money) to scatter, dice which he couldn’t figure out how to use and what to do with it and so much more.  So when I was making Autumn-Themed Math Activities, I made sure that I include a game that’s suitable for his age.  DSC_1256

Land and Water Forms Learning Pack

Saturday, July 2, 2016

We are loving our new land and water form learning cards! When we were using it in our Bodies of Water Unit, Mavi insisted that he should keep this in his room so he can read it everyday and use it as a guide for his landform drawings!  Click here or the image for the link.

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Having Fun with London Playsets & Cards

Friday, February 26, 2016

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We are all in love with our wooden London Playset/s which we acquired recently.  It’s so precious and beautiful that I can’t seem to take it out the bag!  

Now how do we use these figures?

Learning the Parts of the Human Eye

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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It’s Mavi’s midterm break and we decided to look into the parts of the human eye!  We examined our model unit this morning which we bought last year from the local store.  It’s so perfect and goes along so well with our Human Eye Nomenclature Cards and Booklet

Australia/Oceania in a Nutshell

Monday, January 4, 2016

Finally, my Australia in a Nutshell is finally up!  It took me awhile to complete this set because of the holiday season.  I’ve been receiving a lot of requests from readers to publish this set but I’ve been too preoccupied for the past weeks. 

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I am currently printing and laminating this for our Australia Unit just in time for Australia day in January 26. 

History Timeline Cards: Ancient Times

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Up in the Sellfy Shop is our history timeline cards Ancient Times.  The file includes the following:

  • 40 timeline cards of the ancient times (occurred between the period of 5000BC to 500BC). The timeline cards has
  • 40 definition cards for each timeline card
  • 3 pages of timeline sheets that can be connected to form as a guide. The pages are in A4 paper size.

Learn how we used it here and in how we study the European History.

Hope you like it, enjoy!

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Learning the Timeline of European History

Monday, November 16, 2015

I am so excited to share with you our approach on learning the timeline of the European history. As I mentioned earlier, my son is obsessed with world history, especially with the events in Europe and Asia (his home continents!) so while he is at it, I grabbed the opportunity to discuss the great history of Europe. To achieve this, I created these beautiful timeline cards which contains bold pictures (because kids are attracted to pictures) and included a brief description for each of the event. I thoroughly researched this, and handpicked the major events to be included in the cards. We were always reading the books of the Story of the World series, but most of the events in the cards were not included in the book.

Timeline of European History

Our timeline cards covers the 4 periods in history:  ancient times, medieval times, early modern times and modern times. 

  • In each period, we will identify the fundamental needs of man:  Spiritual (love, religion, culture/community) and Material (shelter, transportation, food and clothing)
  • Identify the locations in the map where the event occurred
  • Historical figures that played a major role in that historical period
  • Be able to arrange the timeline cards
  • Compare the impact of each period to Mavi

Ancient Times (up to 500AD)

My Ancient Time Cards starts from the event that occurred in Mycenae to the end of Byzantine Empire. We talked about how Greece played a major role in the beginning of the European history, great conquerors like Alexander the Great, the rise and fall of Rome. It was obvious that aside from the material things, religion played a major role in the development of the European culture.

Europe Ancient Time Cards

Medieval Times (500AD to 1500)

Major events include the wars in Europe after the fall of Rome, the Black Death, the crusades, the significance of the Vikings in forming what is now known as the Great Britain, Constantine and Charlemagne, the separation of Orthodox and Roman Christians.

Europe Medieval Times Cards

Early Modern Times (1500-1900)

The Early Modern Times is all about Renaissance, and because of Industrial Revolution, people started to explore places. Inventions of steam train, and ships. But there were also civil wars like in France and between England and Scotland. Mavi and I identified the causes of these wars and yes it’s all because of the fundamental human needs.

Europe Early Modern Times Cards

Modern Times (1900 – present)

Modern Times was quite challenging because Mavi asked a lot of questions in this period. Most especially in the events of World War I and II, and the wars in the Baltic. There are just certain things that you can’t explain to a 7 year old. So I just told him stories of what I know (I have yet to purchase the Vol 4 of the Story of the World) and what I read in the web.

Europe Modern Times Cards

Using the Cards

Our aim is to arrange the cards according to the time of events. We set up a few craft strings in our shelf where we can pin the cards. This is an amazing technique for visualization of the entire events!

Sequencing the European Timeline Cards

Seen below, Mavi is reviewing his work, making sure he’s arranging the time in order. I previously taught him how the BC and AD works, so this is a perfect opportunity to put that knowledge into action!

Reviewing the Sequence of the European Timeline Cards

He loves the cards and enjoys reading the descriptions. I wanted the cards to be as attractive and engaging to Mavi so I made sure that I don’t put too much facts into the descriptions. Because of this, I created another set of cards for the “longer” description.

European Timeline Cards Descriptions

European Timeline Cards Descriptions

He was proud of his work and asked to take a photo of him with his work LOL.

European Timeline Cards Completed Work

So this is how I explained and presented the history of Europe to my 7 year old boy.

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This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.

Linear Calendar for Kids by Planting Peas
Montessori Calendar for Kids by Mama’s Happy Hive
How to Introduce Time to Kids by Study at Home Mama
5 Ways to Learn Asian History by Child Led Life
Learning the Timeline of European History by The Pinay Homeschooler
Our Montessori-inspired Timeline of Life by Every Star is Different
Exploring History Through the Great Lessons by Grace and Green Pastures

Pre-K Problem Solving Cards

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mavi didn’t like math.  When he was around 5yrs old, he would rather read books than work with math.  He’s excuse would always be “I’m tired” or “it’s difficult”.  I can truly understand him though. I didn’t enjoy math when I was younger.  Until I stepped into secondary school and discovered why we need math.

So instead of forcing him to solve arithmetic problems and giving him number activities, I exposed him to real life problems so he can appreciate math.  I made him understand WHY WE NEED TO LEARN NUMBERS AND MATH.  We would go to the groceries and count our items all together, doing addition and subtraction in between.  Of course, he’s not aware we’re doing math, all he knows is that he’s helping Mommy do some groceries.  At home, I secretly incorporate addition and subtraction by counting his missing pens, his toys and how many books he has read.

He loves the real life math! He can’t stand arithmetic problems but he enjoys real life problems.  So what I did was create a bunch of colorful cards for us to work on, making sure there’s pictures (and we mostly use counters as well) to make it attractive.  In the problems, I used his friends’ name so he’ll like it, and of course he finds it funny!  He kept asking for more, more questions as he liked solving the problems.    And that was the game changer.  


Through these problem solving cards, he was able to appreciate math, and could now understand why he needs to practice arithmetic.  He loves to solve math problems these days  on his own and still loves solving problems. 

So I created these problem solving cards for Pre-K students.  It contains:

  • 1 step problem solving for addition and subtraction
  • 12 unique questions for addition within 10 (with pictures)
  • 12 unique questions for subtraction within 10 (with pictures)
  • 12 fill-in questions for addition to let the parents change the numbers for more practice (for advanced students, based on the questions with pictures).  You can use counters for this.
  • 12 fill-in questions for subtraction to let the parents change the numbers for more practice (for advanced students, based on the questions with pictures).  You can use counters for this.

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Mavi worked on these cards when he was 5-6yrs old.  Though this is intended for 5-6yrs old children, older or younger kids can still use the cards as a practice material. Hope you like it and find it useful like we do.  Thanks!