Montessori

Learn about Montessori-friendly children's books and what important criteria to consider when selecting books to read to your kids in the first plane of development

How to Select Children’s Books in a Montessori-Inspired Home

While selecting which books to read to children will vary from family to family and is largely subjective, if you’re familiar with Maria Montessori and her educational pedagogy then you’ll most likely be aware she advocated against exposing children in the first plane of development, typically ages 0-6 years old, to magical and/or fantastical elements. …

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Sewing with Kids: How to Make Embroidered Biome Maps for Geography Studies

Hey guys! I recently posted a picture of my daughter’s latest embroidery project — a biome map of Africa — on Instagram and I received a lot of questions about it. So I thought I’d do a really quick tutorial on how we made our biome maps in case you’d like to undertake this type …

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Free Printable: A Progress Sheet for Montessori's Sandpaper Letters. Perfect for Montessori-inspired homeschool organization and recordkeeping.

Introducing Sandpaper Letters: A Free Progress Sheet to Simplify Homeschooling

Let me preface this by saying I’m not much of a planner. That’s why when it comes to homeschooling, I really try to keep it as simple as possible. One of the things I’ve found most helpful with organizing our Montessori-inspired homeschool is using visual progress sheets rather than a fixed day-to-day checklist. I created …

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close-up of the flag illustrations from the Maps book

Flag Making: A Cultural Geography Activity for Kids

If you’re looking for a fun cultural geography activity and have a child who loves to draw and create, these free printable flag-making cards should be a huge hit! Don’t have time to download and print the flag cards right now? Be sure to pin the image below so you won’t forget. DISCLOSURE: THIS POST …

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ikea favorites: the most loved products in our montessori-inspired home and how we use them in our schoolroom, kitchen, and shared kids bedroom

IKEA Favorites: The Products Most Loved in Our Montessori-Inspired Home

It’s no secret that I love IKEA. Most of their products are usually affordable, simplistic in design, of good quality, and are often available in a neutral color scheme. When I purchase items I look not only to what purpose it may serve now but also whether it’s something that will be useful five years …

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create a corner desk using IKEA Besta frames

IKEA HACK: Create a Corner Desktop for Kids Using Besta Shelves

It’s been a couple weeks since we finished our corner desktop in the schoolroom, and I have to say I really, really love how it turned out. More importantly, though, it’s serving our children’s needs well. When we first walked through our new home, we both immediately agreed the third bedroom would make a great …

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