Books and Resources

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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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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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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Looking for the perfect gift for your children this holiday season? Check out this Montessori-friendly collection of some of the best toys and materials, board games, and books for kids ages 3 and older.

2019 Montessori-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

If you’re still looking for Montessori-friendly gift ideas for your children for this holiday season, here are some of the toys and materials, board games, and books on our family’s wish lists this year. Most of these items will be suitable for preschoolers through early elementary ages. For reference sake, my youngest will be a …

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Free Printable: 2020 Weather Observation Tree | Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to observe and record the weather with your children? Try this Waldorf-inspired weather observation tree! Learn more at www.freeandunfettered.com.

Free Printable: 2020 Weather Observation Tree

Here it is! The Waldorf-inspired 2020 Weather Observation Tree is now available free to download in the Resource Library. You can use it to record daily weather conditions or daily temperatures. Or even as a simple outdoor habit tracker. The sky’s the limit! It’s a great introduction to nature journaling for kindergarten and lower elementary …

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Montessori Language: Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Alphabet Mats

Free Printable: Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Alphabet Mats

Once your child has a solid grasp of the lowercase alphabet letters, easily introduce and familiarize them with the corresponding uppercase letters using this free printable alphabet matching mat. It’s available in both cursive and print for your convenience. Here’s how to present this work to your child: Print both lowercase and uppercase mats. Cut …

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