Friday, 6 June 2014

Printable Father's Day Card for Grandfather | KLP Linky Party

In our day and time we can never underestimate an importance of father's influence in child' life. This is a time of the year to make dads and granddads feel appreciated,  special and loved. Living far away from our parents - our child's grandparents make little gestures like this even more significant. Here is what we did for grandpa that melt his heart and made him smile.
A while ago when celebrating Grandparent's Day we made printable card for children in our classroom that says "Strong Leaves Produce Beautiful Leaves". Children coloured tree and drew their faces in the place of a love heart. For a toddler the process can be simplified:

1. Cut shapes of a leave and a root out of sponges (add apple or another fruit is desired)
2. Add green, brown and any other desired colour.
3. Allow the child to make prints for leaves and roots
4. Glue child's photo and allow to dry
5. Place it in a photo frame if desired.

 You can download this printables for free from Montessori Nature TpT store here.
There are two versions, pick the one that suits you best.

Tree illustration by Laurie A. Conley

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Our Montessori Toddler Home Environment in Pictures.


Setting up a Montessori environment for your toddler at home may seem overwhelming at  first. I find that the biggest misconception that many parents have is that in order to provide your child with proper environment that will support the child's desire to be independent and meet their sensitive period for details and order means you have to spend lots of money on expensive Montessori furniture and materials. However, I believe it is not the case. I am going to share how we managed to arrange our child's environment in Montessori style with minimum expanses. 

Bedroom/Activity room.

1) Bed - to avoid buying expansive floor bed we got wooden frame from IKEA, cut legs of it to place on the floor to allow our daughter to get in and out on her own. We also attached a bed safety rail (it is not on a photo) to stop her from rolling of it. 

2) Wardrobe . Hanging shelves are a great way to assist your child's independence. Placing their clothes on lower shelves will allow them to reach it when necessary. Wardrobe is also a storage space for toys and books. There is one shelf for DIY activities, eg pouring, sorting and printable cards, a container to store trays and boxes for activities, and an area for books and toys storage. 


3) Activity Shelves. We use low shelving for easy access. We found our shelves in IKEA. Montessori inspired activities are there for her to work at any time of the day, whenever she is interested. I make sure to present her new activities before placing them on the shelves. There are certain rules I aim to reinforce, such as placing work back on the shelf after using it. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I replace activities she lost interest in and hasn't touch for a while. I find these two shelves is all she needs. This is what is usually there: 
a puzzle
threading activity
stacking/ building blocks ala Pink Tower
musical instruments
a pull toy
language materials such as printables, cards
taking care of self (hair brush, mirror)
pouring activity
sorting activity
fine motor activity 

In order for her to be able to define her working space while doing an activity I keep plastic table mats under the shelf. Each time she gets something of the shelf I encourage her to place it on a mat and keep it there while working.

4) Sensory / Science Mat. A sensory tray with loose parts and natural materials, small play toys and a book that accompanies the theme. For example,

 5) Reading corner. I believe this is one of the most important aspects of child's room/ space area since this is where life long love for books begins. I placed a few pillow and covered them with a quilt (one of the kids in my previous classroom requested her grandma to make for my daughter when I was still pregnant.. aww, what a beautiful treasure) and a couple of pillows for back support. Books are being replaced once a week. Here are my standard guidelines for books: 
board cover when possible (for babies and toddlers)
beautiful large pictures
 Beautiful large pictures, like paintings, cross stitching pictures and photos of the family members are a very important part of our daughter's environment.

One thing that is missing in the bedroom/activity room is a table due to lack of space.


1) Table and a chair. guess where we got it from.... yep, IKEA.  It has a plastic table mat, a picture and a tray with pitcher, cup and sponge. I try to make sure there is always drinking water in the pitcher. She knows she can access it at any time she wants to have a drink. The sponge is there to help clean any spills. 

We allocated low drawer that she can access easily. There are things like cloths for her to wipe her face, hands, her cutlery, an extra glass and plates.  


In order for her to be able to wash her hands we attach a plastic shoe horn to the tap using an elastic band. When she needs to wash hands she bring her stool, stands on it, gets soap, I turn the tap and she washes, hands, gets down, dries her hands and carries away her stool. 

The Living Room 

We set a corner in the living room for play with an activity center, doll house, Lego and and a couple of dolls. These activities are there to encourage free open-ended play. It also has a display of her art work and a sun catcher. 

There is also a tunnel, couple of balls and a CD player for gross motor activities. There are usually three disks available for her to choose from - with relaxing music, dance music and children's songs. I plan to add a disks with audio stories once she is a bit older.  She knows how to turn CD player on and off, change volume and swap disks.   

There is a craft box available for her at any time. She takes it to her kitchen table or outside when she wants to do a craft and draw.

Outside Area
Outside area is for sandpit play, painting, crafts and water play. We turned a wooden garden bed into a sandpit. 

 I covered most of  the areas I believe. I left aside bathroom because there is not much to mention there since we are not doing toilet training until she turns three. If you would like to know why, this article covers it very well.
Feel free to ask any questions and let me know if you need any assistance to help you organize a Montessori space for your child. You can leave a message using Contact form or message me on Montessori Nature Facebook page.

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I invite to to continue reading about a Montessori Set up at home:

Montessori Inspired: Practical Life for Every Day

Essential of Montessori Toddler Classroom

How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home

Setting Up a Montessori Environment 

A Montessori Infant and Toddler Home Environment

To Crib or Not to Crib

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Emotions and Feelings | Free Printables | KLP Linky Party


Kids Learning Printables Link Up

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Montessori Printables and Activities for Children With Vision Impairment

Working with children with vision impairment is a very rewarding experience. You get to realise what an incredibly complex and amazing human body is, how it can adopt and function in the way that is different yet so beautiful and effective.
These printables and activities are made with children who have additional needs in mind. I drew my inspiration from times when I had a privilege to work with a child who had vision impairment.  I hope they will assist in creating enjoyable learning opportunities for children you work with.

You can receive these printables for free when you enter giveaway below.

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This pack contains over 100 pages of  large, clear pictures with contrast colours plus activities that can be done on a light table.

Here is what you will find in Pack for Children with Vision Impairment:

Cutting/tracing and Pin Poking activity 

Counting, matching and ordering game

Animal Matching/ Memory Game

 Matreshka Sorting and Matching Game

Activities that can be done on a light table with description and explanation.

Shape Matching/Memory Game

Silhouette Matching Game 

Black & White
Black/White/Red pictures


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Free Summer Printables (KLP Link Up)

This time I would love to share with you Free Summer Printables! These are wonderful free resources for you to download and enjoy with your child!

Free Summer Printable Pack from 3 Dinosaurs.

0 to 10 Number Cards and Counters - Summer from Montessori Print Shop

What Goes Together from Montessori for Everyone

Picture to Background Matching Cards from Montessori for Everyone

Summer Topic Resources from Sparkle Box

Pattering Cards from Montessori for Everyone

What Doesn't Belong from Montessori for Everyone

Summer Word Search Freebie from Teacher's Notebook

Summer Word Wall Words from Teacher's Notebook

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