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Curriculum Resources: A Detailed Look into Our Montessori-Inspired Homeschooling Plan for Lower Elementary

In this post I hope to outline some of the resources our family will be using over the coming years as we begin our Montessori-inspired lower elementary studies. Our oldest daughter is currently 6 years old and, if she were going to traditional school, would be entering the first grade this fall. One of the …

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Handicrafts for Kids: A Collection of Useful + Creative Projects

Whether you’re already doing handicrafts with your kids at home or are just getting started, here’s a list of some fun, practical, and creative project ideas that children are sure to love! HAND SEWING Sewing by hand is one of the first handicrafts I introduce to my children, usually between the ages of 2-3 depending …

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Homeschooling Under Pressure? 13 Powerful Ways to Ensure Kids Thrive When Things Get Complicated

Are you a parent or a caregiver unexpectedly homeschooling your children now? Amidst the general uncertainty, it can be doubly stressful thinking about how to educate children at home while also simultaneously keeping up with your own work responsibilities. Anxieties are high, and our children are sure to pick up on them. The absolute best …

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Do you enjoy cooking with your children? Or maybe you’d like to start but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are more than 30 fabulous children’s books that are sure to inspire you and your children to prepare a delicious meal together! #foodpreparation #kidsinthekitchen #childrensbooks #montessori #montessoriathome #practicallife #cookingwithkids

30+ Best Picture Books to Inspire Cooking with Kids

Do you enjoy cooking with your children? Or maybe you’d like to start but aren’t sure where to begin? Getting kids involved in the kitchen provides a myriad of benefits: It’s a language-rich environment that will boost your child’s vocabulary and increase other literacy skills, including print awareness and building narratives. Reading and following recipes …

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Home Tour: Our Montessori-Inspired Schoolroom and Playroom + A Free Guide to Designing Spaces for Children

Maria Montessori believed a child’s environment is vital to fostering independent learning and exploration. According to her, the environment must be prepared to facilitate a child’s freedom of movement and freedom of choice while also meeting their developmental needs. When it came to designing a space for a child, she advocated for the following: A …

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Do you have a kinesthetic learner who is beginning to read? Try using a 'Read-Build-Write' mat paired alongside a manipulative to capitalize on their kinesthetic memory! Visit www.freeandunfettered.com to download this free printable mat along with Dolch sight word labels available in both cursive and print. #ece #earlyliteracy #kindergarten #homeschooling #montessori #earlychildhoodeducation

Free Printable: ‘Read, Build, Write’ Mat with Sight Words in Cursive + Print

I’m a huge supporter of phonics-based instruction when it comes to assisting children on their path to literacy, and for the most part we have followed the Scope & Sequence that Maria Montessori put forth (read more here) and then was later adapted by Muriel Dwyer specifically for the English language. DISCLOSURE: THIS POST CONTAINS …

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Nurture your child's creativity and artistic expression by making their art supplies and materials easily accessible. Read more about how to create a simple art station for kids + tips to keep it neatly organized at www.freeandunfettered.com. #montessoriathome

Tips on Creating an Accessible + Organized Art Station for Kids

A new year always brings about a desire in me to clean and organize our living spaces. I’ll be tackling the schoolroom over the next week or two as I’ve wanted to swap a few things around and refresh the shelves. I hope to post a complete tour of it by the end of the …

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