This post contains calendar observances and themed activities for February. Updated for February 2015 (February changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) I love using unit studies and themed activities for holidays and calendar observances. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. You might choose to plan unit studies based on your child’s interests. Many unit studies, such as a dinosaur unit or transportation unit, work well at any time of the year. Some unit studies naturally fit best into specific seasons or months. And many others can be used at any time but are extra fun when combined with a holiday or calendar observance. If you missed a particular holiday or observance that you’re interested in, you could save the ideas for next year or still observe it if your child is interested. […]
I love the silliness of Groundhog Day every February 2. So I had to add Groundhog Day to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday winter songs and rhymes, check out my Free Winter Songs and rhymes for Circle Time. There are lots of wonderful CDs you can buy, but I’m just listing free resources here. You can typically find links to buy the CDs for songs on YouTube if you wish. These are songs that I’ve found online for preschool teachers and childcare providers. They are also great if you’re a homeschooler or parent supplementing your child’s learning at home. And I think they’re lots of fun for grandparents and anyone who enjoys spending time with a special child. Groundhog Day Resources If you’d like more information to share with children about Groundhog Day, here are some fun, helpful YouTube videos […]
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I’ve always loved preparing valentine activities. Today, I’m sharing some fun Montessori-inspired valentine activities I prepared using Spielgaben educational toys and free printables I found online. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spielgaben. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in well in a room with traditional Montessori materials. I love the new, easily removable drawers in version 4. The yarn balls from the 1st Spielgaben set can be used with babies and toddlers, too. The Spielgaben complete set comes with over 1,000 pages of supplementary learning materials that help you as a parent or teacher easily use Spielgaben toys educationally […]
Montessori education is always multi-level. Yet, it was fun to see how easy it was to include activities for toddlers through first graders when preparing Montessori-inspired penguin activities. While a Montessori school will typically have separate classes for 18 months-3 years, 3-6 years, and 6-9 years, a homeschool might want to include activities for all three levels within the same unit study. Disclosure: I was given the materials for this post. My opinions are always honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). For these activities, I used printables from Montessori Print Shop, penguin TOOB and TOOB key from Safari Ltd., and a penguin stuffed toy from Little Passports. Penguin Tray for Young Toddlers-Preschoolers For the penguin tray for young toddlers-preschoolers, I used the Montessori Print Shop Penguin Nomenclature Booklet ($2.49 regularly but 25% off with coupon code BDAY2015 through Jan. 28). The […]
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Welcome to S is for Subtraction in the A-Z STEM Series! I love preparing hands-on activities to help young children understand basic math concepts. Subtraction is especially well suited to activities with food. A Montessori-inspired snacktime subtraction activity is a fun way for preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on subtraction concepts independently. For this activity, I used organic bunny-shaped snacks, although you could use Goldfish crackers or almost any type of snack along with subtraction problems written on cardstock. The subtraction problems wouldn’t have to be written on a shape related to the snack, although it adds interest if you can coordinate the two. This snacktime subtraction activity has a series of subtraction problems for the child to solve by eating the snacks in the order numbered on the cardstock. The control of error is that there will be the correct number of bunnies to complete each problem and end […]
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