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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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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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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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