Learning The Human Skeleton for Preschoolers

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We’ve been singing a lot of Halloween songs at home lately and Vito was fascinated with the Skeleton Dance song.  I decided to give him some activities on skeletons just like what Mavi and I did years ago (The Skeletal System).

Child Size Skeleton Puzzle

The Montessori Constructive Triangles

Monday, October 16, 2017

I am so excited to introduce to you the Montessori Constructive Triangles!  This is one of my favourite Montessori material because I find it useful  for my 3 years old and my elementary.  In this post, I’m showing you each of the content of the boxes and how it is being used in learning plane geometric shapes.

Montessori Constructive Triangles

Preschool Learning Letter L Activities

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Presenting our letter “l” activities!  We’ve started “letter of the week” kind of activities since September because of Vito’s interest in letter sounds and reading.  We’ve been reading FIAR books over the summer and this led him to further explore words and language activities.  

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Favourite Activity Trays for Autumn

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Have you seen our activities this autumn season?  I would usually round it up into tray activities for archiving and easier reference.  Below are the details of each activity trays that we’ve been enjoying for the past months.

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Montessori Geography Folders

Monday, October 9, 2017

Back when I was preparing geography lessons and materials for Mavi years ago, I read the importance of Geography Folders.  These are basically folders filled with pictures from your home country or continent and from other continents as well.  The pictures should show the people engaging in daily life activities, show landmarks, food, animals, children, homes, transportation and villages if any.  I think these Geography Folders are best for your continent study because it will introduce your child to other races, culture, places, and traditions.

Montessori Geography Folders

FREE Letter S Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Monday, October 2, 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and we are having skeleton activities these coming weeks!  To go along with this, I am sharing this dot sheets for you to work with your child in learning beginning letters and tracing.  Hope you like this and enjoy!

FREE Letter S Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Hands-on Learning on Animal Habitats for Preschool

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Last week, Vito and I revisited world biomes and animal habitats as we were talking about the fact that not all places in the world have forest whose leaves turn into yellow or orange.  This discussion led to a series of presentation of the world’s biome like desert, rainforest, taiga etc. Our printable from the shop was very handy when I presented this Vito because of the pictures, and he was very interested on the animals living on each biome.

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Hands-on Learning of Geometric Shapes

Monday, September 25, 2017

Vito is currently in the mood for learning geometric shapes.  I guess he was inspired by his older brother who is currently studying basic geometry at home. Vito has passed the stage of basic shapes, the ones you see in children’s puzzles and the like.  He’s been playing with those since he was a toddler, so I decided to introduce him to geometric shapes in the Montessori classroom.  It would have been nice if we own the Geometric Cabinet, but because we can’t afford one and we don’t have space for it, these insets which are basically materials for writing is a good alternative (best to none).  Note that these are not the traditional metal insets, we are using the plastic version.

Hands-on Learning of Geometric Shapes

Snake Game: Search for the Perfect 10

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Snake Game is one of the most popular math games in a Montessori classroom.  I introduced this to Mavi when he was 5 years ago, contrary to Vito who is just 46 months now.  Vito’s sensitive  years for counting arrived early while for Mavi it was alphabets and reading.  How fascinating, isn’t it?

Montessori Snake Game: Search for the Perfect 10

FREE Letter L Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Monday, September 18, 2017

The leaves are beginning to fall! We’re seeing a lot in our area so yesterday, we collected a few and brought it home. Vito immediately took our letter L dot sheets to go along with his new discoveries: fallen leaves!

FREE Letter L Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Preschool Learning Letter A Activities

Sunday, September 17, 2017

We’ve started letter activities again because of the renewed interest of Vito with our language materials.  Let me just share with you some of these activities in case you needed ideas on how to start a letter of unit activity with your kids.

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Montessori Inspired Autumn Themed Learning Activities

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I finally organized our shelf and added autumn-themed activity trays to go along with the change in season.  Vito has been learning a lot from the outdoors, discovering new things (nature finds) and has been observing the changes in his surroundings.  Now to extend this learning, I prepared these activity trays.  How it works?  These are prepared and placed in the shelf (except for the paints).  At times, Vito would randomly select an activity and there are times I would place the activity tray on the table and invite him to play (or work) with me.  If he’s not interested on the said activity, I let him return it back to the shelf and make him select a new one.  This is how I check what’s miss and hit of the learning trays. 

Note that this is a MONTH LONG of activities!

Montessori Inspired Autumn Themed Learning Activities

FREE Letter A Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Friday, September 15, 2017

Last spring Vito and I started to work on letters and letter sounds again (Beginning Letter Phonics Cards and Beginning Reading: Language Objects and Activities).  Because he enjoyed working on these Letter B activity sheets, he always asked for “more” sheets to work on and always repeating “buh for bird” and other b objects.  This led me to create more sheets! And because it’s apple season, I gave him “Aa” and it was perfect!  He worked on all three sheets!  More of this letter A activities but for now, I’m sharing our FREE letter A sheets.

FREE Letter A Dot and Tracing Activity Sheets

Anatomy of a Frog 3D Model

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We love our shark anatomy model (read about it here, Montessori Inspired Shark Study for Kids) so I couldn’t resist getting the frog dissection 3D model for another exploration.  I introduced this educational material when were doing our Frog Unit a few weeks ago.  This anatomy model was intended for my oldest son, but Vito enjoyed learning about it too!

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Fall Counting Activities Using Nature’s Objects (FREE Printable)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It’s our favourite time of the year and we are spending more time outdoors observing the change in season and gathering objects from mother nature!   In my Instagram, I’ve been posting pictures of the boys gathering chestnuts, conkers, pine cones and acorn outdoors and bringing them home.  If you’ve been following my blog, we call them “nature finds” and at home, the boys would play with them, mostly exploring the objects (texture, smell and color) and of course, counting how many items they collected.

Fall Counting Activities Using Nature’s Objects

B4FIAR: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear

Sunday, September 10, 2017

We are continuing our Five in a Row because Vito is loving some of the stories in the book list.  In this post, I’m sharing activities to go along with the Jesse Bear What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom.  Note, I only make or prepare activities in line with the books that he loves.  So when I read Jesse Bear to him, he immediately love it because he can relate to the story.  He has routines too similar to Jesse Bear (playing, eating and waiting for Daddy) and staying with his Mom all day. 

B4FIAR: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear
Anyway here are the activities we worked on to explore the subject areas of Jesse Bear What Will You Wear.  Note, this was a 2-week long of rowing.  The activities here were mostly done in the morning and we only worked on one activity a day, and the rest we spend it outdoors or Vito would do something else (like work on his traditional Montessori materials).

Learning Addition Using Montessori Stamp Game

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Montessori Stamp Game is one of our favourite math materials at home.  This learning material can be used in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  And for us, this is how Mavi learned how to understand the concept of regrouping (dynamic addition).  He enjoyed this material more than any other methods of learning addition and subtraction.

Learning Addition Using Montessori Stamp Game

FREE Letter B for Bear Mazes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vito is currently in a sensitive period with mazes.  The first time I noticed this was when we were eating in a restaurant and he was all of a sudden glued on the kids’ activity page given to him which contains lots of mazes.  And much to my surprise, he successfully solved most of it!  This went for weeks, whenever we are in restaurants.  So what to do when your child acts like this?  Of course, print lots and lots of mazes at home, give them pens and markers, and have them work the mazes out!  You can see a series of this post in my Instagram, accounting his fascination with mazes.  (Vito likes mazes while Mavi is into crossword puzzles LOL)

FREE Letter B for Bear Mazes

Safari Ltd Mammal Skulls Discovery Play

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The boys are loving these mammal skulls which Safari Ltd has sent us!  They specifically love to bury these in the kinetic sand and play scavenger hunt or play-pretend to be scientists.  This is one of the afterschool activities the boys enjoy playing together and working independently.

Safari Ltd Mammal Skulls Discovery Play

Learning the Life Cycle of a Frog for Kids

Saturday, August 26, 2017

We've been learning about frogs for the past weeks and finally we get to use our Life Cycle Frog layered puzzle from Beleduc.  This is such a beautiful piece of layered puzzle showing all the development stages of a frog’s life in tiers.  If you are trying to find ways of incorporating hands-on materials in teaching the life cycle of these type of animals then read on to find out more about our activity.

Learning the Life Cycle of a Frog for Kids

Montessori Inspired Frog Activity Trays for Preschoolers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In my Instagram, I shared that we’ve been observing frogs (tadpoles) in the park for weeks now.  This has fascinated the boys, most especially Vito.  To extend this learning experience I prepared activity trays (again, a favourite!) tailored for him so we can explore this new discovery. Montessori Inspired Frog Activity Trays for Preschoolers

Learning Multiplication Using Montessori Colored Bead Bars

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My previous post on multiplication using the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board has been very popular, and I’m so happy that a lot of people find it useful.  Now in this post, I’m sharing that the use of Bead Board is just one of the many ways of teaching multiplication in a Montessori classroom.  Another favourite of ours is the use of the colored bead bars.  This is usually introduced after the Multiplication Bead Board or the Charts (though I will share about the Multiplication Charts soon!).  We’ve worked with several multiplication activities using the bead bars, but in this post, I’m just going to highlight the basic presentation.   Again please note, that this is based on a home set-up.

Learning Multiplication Using Montessori Colored Bead Bars

How I Organize Our Montessori Inspired Learning Space at Home

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We are back from our vacation and after settling, the boys and I decided to clean-up and organize our shelves for homeschool 2017-2018.  Now, we have a tiny space, just one space for our homeschool and there’s nothing fancy.  I ensure that this learning space of ours is relatively clean all the time, well ventilated, well lighted and conducive for learning.  To those who wanted to know more on how I organize our materials in this small space, allow me to give you a walkthrough!

How I Organize our Learning Space at Home

First Great Lesson (4): Study of Elements and the Periodic Table

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A few weeks before our vacation, the kids and I worked on the periodic table.  We did this years ago, and Mavi was so excited to work on this activity again.  This is a continuation of our Great Lessons, and if you are new to this post, you can revisit the first and second part of the activities here:  (1) Experiments on the Laws of the Universe and (2) The Volcano

First Great Lesson (4):  Study of Elements and the Periodic Table

What You Need to Know About the Early Childhood Montessori Math Materials

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I adore Montessori math materials and how it enables the child to experience the true meaning of quantity and numbers.  Montessori math is not just about memorization, counting and abstraction, its main goal is to build a relationship between the child and the materials, learning with ease and enjoying the work through engaging activities.  I own most of the Montessori math early childhood, and starting to collect the elementary for my oldest child.  They’re quite pricey, but worth it. On how to use these materials, I have albums from The Montessori Parent, Cultivating Dharma and Garden of Francis, and I also administer other extension activities that I could think of (I love doing this!).

What You Need to Know About the Early Child Montessori Math Materials

Hands-on Learning of Equivalent Fractions

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I enjoyed presenting this activity to Mavi, and he enjoyed this work even more.  In this activity, we used our Fraction Magnetic Pies, and a DIY frame instead of the Montessori fraction insets.  The album that was used here was from The Montessori Parent.

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Montessori Weather 3 Part Cards

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Few weeks ago, I introduced Vito to some weather types because we were experiencing extreme weather conditions in one day.  I mentioned in my Instagram post that we even experienced hail during the early weeks of summer! Talking about the weather cards, here are the materials I prepared for him:  Weather Cards from my shop, Weather book from National Geographic and The Weather from My First Discovery book.  The booklet you see in the photo is from our Weather Cards set.  The books here are really good and we would read it mostly at night but sometimes Vito would remove them from basket and would skim them to check out the pictures or pretend to read it (mimicking my reading).

The first time I talked about the weather with Vito was here, the activity was very simple, but he learned a lot from this.  We are still using this chart up to now!

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Montessori Inspired Animal Classification Activities

Saturday, July 29, 2017

There’s nothing more interesting for my three years old than learning about animals.  Aside from learning about the continents they live in, my boys also love to identify animals according to their names and classifications.  Initially, Vito can only tell the difference between birds and fish, the rest he calls them “animals”.  So I decided to expand this knowledge further by introducing the other three classifications: mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Montessori Inspired Animal Classification Activities

Learning How to Use the Montessori Teen Boards

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Okay, so your little ones can count up to ten, so what’s next?  In this post, I’m going to show you how the Montessori math method, teaches a child the quantity and number symbols of eleven to nineteen.  There’s a BIG difference being able to “count” from one to twenty or a hundred compared to grasping the concept of what these numbers stand for.  This is where the beauty of Montessori math would stand out, it allows the child to experience the use of materials and its purpose, and once confidence is gained the child can work with the material independently. 

To demonstrate this, here’s our journey of learning the “teens”.

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Hands-on Learning on Herbs and Spices

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I needed to discard these herbs, but before doing so I decided to whip a sensorial activity with the boys to make use of these scented plants.  I already have Herbs and Spices learning materials from years ago, so the preparation was quite easy.  I also added four spices like turmeric, cumin, black peppercorn, garlic, ginger and cloves.

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Learning How to Use the Montessori Binomial Cube

Friday, July 21, 2017

Vito has perfected the Montessori Binomial Cube and I will be introducing him to the Trinomial cube in a few weeks.  Now, I still have a lot of readers and followers who aren’t aware of this beautiful material and has been asking me to give them further information about this material.  So I prepared this post to all who are interested in learning about this beautiful Montessori sensorial material.

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My Favorite Montessori Books

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I'm sharing the Montessori books I read and has been using at home.  These books will give you a better understanding of the Montessori philosophies and will give you ideas on the activities that you can do with your child at home.

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Montessori Inspired Plant and Tree Activity Trays for Preschoolers

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A long overdue post on our plant and tree studies early this month.  Last month, I bought Vito an indoor plant to care for.  Through that plant, he learned that it needs water, sunlight and air to survive.  But because it’s been really hot and we were away most the time, it wilted.  We took it out so we can reuse the pot and Vito saw webbed roots and was immediately fascinated by it!  He didn’t know what to call it yet, thus I decided to give him an introduction to the parts of the plant so he’ll know the right word to describe the parts.

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The Space and The Solar System Learning Materials

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy to share our Space and Solar System Learning Pack which is now available in my TeachersPayTeachers shop.  These are so beautiful!  I made the cards years ago, and Mavi has been frequently using them, especially in finding inspirations in his drawings.

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How the Stem Works by Dyeing Flowers

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am so happy to share that we finally get to dye our flowers successfully! Meaning, ALL of the colors were visible unlike before wherein only a few of the colors took effect (red and yellow).    I’ve been wondering on how we can successfully color our flowers, with 100% coverage and we finally did it this time!  By the way, we worked on this activity because I was demonstrating to Vito the function of the stem in a plant. 

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FREE TREE Matching Cards Activity

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is a matching and memory game I made for Vito during our Plants and Trees Unit Study.  He absolutely loved this!  I regretted that I didn’t make more, because he kept on asking for more matching games.

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