Wednesday, 28 December 2016

5 Free 2017 Calendars

You guys! It's almost 2017! I've been busy getting myself organized and ready for the start of another year! I always love the feeling of excitement surrounding New Year! A fresh start - everything feels possible and it's a perfect opportunity to start over and get goals accomplished. 

To help you guys (and myself!) get organized, I've found some awesome printable calendars! Have a look below! And they're all free so you can download them today! 

5 free 2017 calendars by Welcome to Mommyhood #organization, #2017, #printablecalendars, #2017organization

Friday, 16 December 2016

Montessori Homeschool Summit

I have a very exciting announcement for those of you interested in Montessori homeschooling, if you are getting started with homeschooling, or are just interested in Montessori! I invite you to participate in the Trillium Montessori Homeschool Conference

2017 Montessori Homeschool Summit 

This conference is such an amazing opportunity! You can connect with other like minded homeschoolers, Montessori enthusiasts, as well as opportunities to win some amazing prizes! 

Seemi the director of Trillium Montessori has organized this amazing online conference. You can stay at home and get insight from professionals and experienced homeschoolers on exclusive Montessori homeschooling advice! 

I am so honoured to be able to participate in this conference as a presenter, sharing my experiences and skills in raising my son in a multilingual home (he speaks and understands four languages fluently).  

What you get

There are several wonderful topics and presentations during this four day conference! The summit features four different tracks that you can choose from: 

  • All access ($69)
  • Primary level ($35) 
  • Elementary level ($35) 
  • Specials track ($35) 

The All Access pass features 14 presentations that you can watch when they go live, or log in to view afterwards if you miss them. Personally, I love that we can watch the videos afterwards - with two little ones, it's easy to get distracted or busy doing one thing or another. Having the chance to go back to watch the presentations at a convenient time is such a relief!

This summit is an amazing opportunity not only to expand your knowledge about applying Montessori to your homeschool, but will also give you a chance to connect with like minded individuals, learn where to access amazing materials, and you will have the chance to win some wonderful prizes, freebies, and bonuses! You don't want to miss out.

Don't forget!

Have you  enrolled? I cannot wait for this conference! How about you? What are you looking forward to? 

You may like:

What's on my Montessori book shelf
How to present Montessori activities
I give up: what to do when your child doesn't like the Montessori activities you present
M is for Montessori (why we love Montessori) 
Montessori inspired baby spaces

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

15 Candy Cane Activities for Kids

Christmas is right around the corner! There's just about two weeks left to get all of our Christmas themed activities done, and all of those wonderful preparations finished! 

Today, I am sharing a collection of some awesome candy cane themed activities for Christmas! These can keep little ones busy perhaps while mom and dad finishing wrapping last minute gifts! 

Christmas activities: 15 candy cane activities for kids #preschool, #preschoolactivities, #christmasactivities, #christmas

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas addition strips

We are having so much fun working on all sorts of Christmas activities this month! I am so excited to be sharing our simple Christmas addition strips! Y has been loving these for working on simple addition facts! Have a look below to see how we turned this simple printable into a fun, hands on learning activity! 

Christmas activities: addition strips for kids by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #christmasactivities, #preschoolactivities, #preschool

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Arctic animal cutting strips

We have had such cold weather lately! It's inspired me to quickly whip up a few arctic and winter themed activities. Today, I am sharing our arctic themed cutting strips - a new freebie that you can download to practice scissor skills with your little ones! 

Montessori activities: Arctic themed cutting strips for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood, #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschool, #preschoolactivities, #arctictheme

Y has loved cutting works since he was about two years old. He started using scissors and snipping with printables like these then. After a short while, he mastered using scissors safely!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Snowman shape matching freebie

Brr! It sure is getting colder and colder here. We've even had freezing temperatures! Of course, there is no snow in sight yet. It makes me so nostalgic for the beautiful, white Christmas' I had loved so much in Michigan. The Netherlands is a wonderful place to live, but the weather really isn't all that great. 

Inspired by the snow I miss so much, I have been so busy making winter and snowman themed printables. Maybe that will inspire some real snow and Y can make a real snowman. In the meantime, we'll be enjoying our printable snowman. Well, and perhaps we'll make some fake snow soon! 

Winter activities: free snowman shape matching printable for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #winteractivities, #toddleractivities, #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #toddlers

10 Christmas play dough invitations and recipes

We've been loving our Christmas themed activities lately! Today, I am very excited to share some amazing Christmas play dough ideas that you can use with your kids! My son absolutely adores play dough exploration - I can't wait to explore these with him! 

Christmas play dough round up by Welcome to Mommyhood #playdough, #christmasactivities, #christmas, #preschool, #toddlers, #preschoolactivities, #toddleractivities

Play dough is a wonderful toy! Children love to explore with it, play, and create. Aside from being so much fun, there are so many wonderful benefits to including play dough activities and invitations in your children's play (or school) activities. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Color Cards for Toddlers

We are definitely in the holiday spirit around here! Yesterday, we had a lovely Sinterklaas celebration (St Nicholas Day). I always know it's December and the holiday season when all of the St Nicholas Day festivities begin. It's always afterwards that we set up a Christmas tree, and have a family oriented Christmas, followed by a large New Year celebration. 

Between all of our cultures and backgrounds, there are so many holidays for us to celebrate in the month of December - it's a fun and hectic time of year! 

We're still enjoying our Christmas themed works! I'm excited to be sharing freebies and new Tot Labs products for you guys from now until Christmas! Today, I am sharing another printable for tots - we have some fun Christmas tree color works! 

Christmas activities: Color cards for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #christmasactivities, #toddleractivities, #montessoriactivities, #toddlers, #christmas

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Toddler Christmas Shape Matching Printables

We love the holiday season! Today, I am sharing a brand new Christmas freebie, specifically for toddlers practicing their shapes! We loved works like this when Y was two, but now I am excited to create these activities for my little niece who is turning two in a less than two weeks! For you guys, of course, that means, you can access the printables to practice some fun holiday themed shape matching, too.

Christmas activities: shape matching for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #toddleractivities, #christmasactivities

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Snowman fractions printables

I'm slowly working on finishing up our winter themed activities! I'm so excited to get those up on here, too! There's a bunch of fun preschool ones that you'll be able to use to get your shelves ready for the winter season. Because we all have so much free time during the holidays, right? Kidding aside, I love creating themed works during this time of year. 

Lately, I have been trying to create printables and activities for different age groups. Since starting to work at Y's school, I have really been inspired to design materials for older children. Of course, since Baby Natasha's birth (and pregnancy), I'm also so excited to make materials for babies and am anticipating the toddler years. 

To combine both my love of all things holiday, winter themed, and season with my new inspiration, today I am sharing our Snowman Fraction cards! You can use these for a fun way to teach your little ones about fractions! These are absolutely perfect for hands on winter themed math activities!

Winter activities: snowman fraction cards and game by Welcome to Mommyhood #winteractivities, #montessori, #homeschoolactivities, #printables

Snowman craft

It has been cold here lately. As in freezing. Or rather below freezing. It's cozy inside - heat turned up, sweaters on, and tea sipping in progress. I really hate to be cold, of course, Y is sick, and naturally, with a newborn, we aren't spending much time outdoors in freezing weather. There's not even much to do other than be cold because we don't have any snow - just cold. 

So that means we need to think of other ways to stay entertained! Because we can't go outside to make snowmen, we decided to make some indoors using this fun craft! 

Winter activities: snowman craft by Welcome to Mommyhood #winteractivities, #preschoolactivities, #christmasactivities, #finemotor, #preschool, #artsandcrafts

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas number cards

We are setting up new, Christmas and holiday themed activities and I am so excited to get the rest of our Christmas materials up in our Tot Labs shop! Today, I am sharing a new material that we are using to review numbers and number order with Y! 

Christmas activities for kids: Christmas number clip cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #christmasactivities, #montessori, #printables, #preschoolactivities

You can use these printables to create fun, Christmas themed math activities for preschoolers! These are perfect for practicing number quantity and number order. 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Christmas image cards for babies

Christmas is in the air! We're so excited to celebrate our first holiday season as a family of four! Baby Natasha has been such a blessing and joy since her arrival just two and a half weeks ago! We are all so in love with her, but Y seems to be most excited of all. He's constantly trying to give his baby kisses and hold her. It just melts my heart! 

As the holidays approach, I have been slowly trying to get our Christmas themed shelves and activities ready. Of course, this means, I want to try to include baby girl in our activity prep. Because she's so little, we can't (and don't need to do very much). 

However, when a baby is lying down and awake, they can look at black and white images. Inspired by our new baby girl, today, I am sharing a Christmas freebie with free black and white image cards for babies! 

Infant activities: free Christmas image cards for newborns (Montessori inspired) by Welcome to Mommyhood #infantactivities, #activitiesforbabies, #freeprintables, #montessori, #christmasactivities

Monday, 21 November 2016

Meet baby Natasha: Our birth story

The past two weeks, I have been largely absent from here. I have a really good excuse though - our baby girl arrived! Of course, life has become far more chaotic, beautiful, and exhausting all at once as we figure out a new routine for our family. 

Welcome baby Natasha! 

She's only 11 days old, and is absolutely perfect! We all fell so deeply in love with her and are so thankful that she is finally here and safe and sound. 

Today, I am sharing the story of our Baby Girl's birth! 

Paralysis and pregnancy: birth story #birthstory, #paralysis, #paralysisandpregnancy

Saturday, 19 November 2016

What is in my hospital bag as a paraplegic

We are getting really close to baby time! Everyone is getting so excited to meet baby girl and I'm really anxious to make sure everything is done and ready for her arrival. 

Because of all of the pre-term labour scares we had, I have been putting my hospital bag together from about 30 or so weeks along. Now that I am in the last few weeks of the pregnancy, I am putting in the last details and checking to make sure that we have what we will need because we don't know how long the stay will be. 

Here is a look at what I have packed for myself, my husband, baby girl, and an overnight bag for Y who will be sleeping at our friends house while I am labouring. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Nature in homeschool activities

We love to frequently add bits and pieces of nature to our activities at home. I really enjoy seeing Y's connection and interest in the outdoors grow! However, here in the Netherlands fall weather equates to rain, wind and cold so we don't always get a chance to get outside. When that happens, I love to be able to use some materials that we collect to add a new twist on our works. Today, I am sharing two fun works we recently enjoyed! 

Nature in homeschool activities by Welcome to Mommyhood, #montessori, #nature, #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities,

Monday, 7 November 2016

Oak Tree Life Cycle Printables

We have been loving life cycle themed activities at our house lately! Y has been particularl enjoying the crafts that we inevitably end up working on as part of our explorations! I love giving him new opportunities to explore his curiousity, but I have to admit this particular set of activities that I am sharing today is a part of my secret 'post baby' stash! Shh! 

You see, I've been working a lot on getting a surprise stash of printables and activities stocked up for when baby number 2 arrives (any day now!). Baby number two is still teasing us with false labour, but we're all getting really excited to meet her at any moment. That also means that I want to keep a few back up activities and printables that I can do with Y during long nursing sessions. 

Today, I am sharing our Oak Tree life cycle activities! Y actually saw the printables for this and has been eager to get started on them. I'm hoping he'll be just as excited within the next week or so once baby girl is here! 

Montessori Inspired: Oak tree life cycle activities and printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessoriprintables, #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #preschool

Saturday, 5 November 2016

DIY Sandpaper Letters Printable

One of the most popular posts on here is my tutorial for how to make your own sandpaper numbers! Since publishing that article, I have been frequently asked for a tutorial and format for sandpaper letters! I am very happy to announce that I am finally done with our tutorial and free printables for how to make your own set of sandpaper letters! 

We love using materials like this to practice writing skills, letter recognition, and more! Sandpaper letters are a classic Montessori material, and making your own can of course, save some money. 

You can use the instructions and printable (available below) to make both upper and lower case letters! 
Free Sandpaper Letter Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #printables, #freeprintables, #montessoritutorial

DIY Sandpaper Letters Tutorial 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Wooden alternatives to plastic toys for baby

Today we are talking about ideas for wooden alternative to some fairly common toys for kids. I have to admit, I get so excited about these! There are so many beautifully crafted, wooden creations that allow for such creative, imaginative play

This year, I really am so excited to be able to shop for two kids, although our bank account perhaps a bit less so. That is why I am looking to share alternatives to plastic that vary in price point, style, and size. I'm not saying that kids need all of these toys of course, but want to share some of our favourites and to show that there really is so much out there! 

Gift guide for babies: Wooden alternatives to plastic toys for babies #giftguideforbabies, #giftsforbabies, #holidays, #giftguide, #woodentoys
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Pre-Thanksgiving Tot Labs Sale!

Psst! Good morning everyone! Today, I am so happy to announce something special! Tot Labs is throwing a FLASH SALE on all digital products! The sale is going on NOW from 1 November until 4 November only in our Tot Labs shop

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Paralysis and Pregnancy: Birth plan

Now that I am in the third trimester, I'm really happy to finally have worked out a birth plan with the help of my gynecologist and midwives! I have an incomplete spinal cord injury at the t10 level (around the belly button). For me that means that I cannot move my legs, but still have feeling below my level of injury. 

While the pregnancy and baby is healthy and not really affected by my injury, there are/were concerns about what I can feel, whether things will go differently than in an able bodied person, and what I can move/control, especially regarding the delivery of the baby.

Paralysis and Pregnancy: birth plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis, #paraplegic, #pregnancy

I live in the Netherlands, where home births are common. Unless you have a high risk pregnancy, your baby will also be delivered by midwife rather than a gynecologist. You can have a home birth with your midwife, hospital birth with your midwife, a hospital birth with the hospital midwives, or a hospital birth with a gynecologist. For all hospital births, the gynecologist on call would be aware of/make final decisions regarding emergency situations. 

Because of my injury, a home birth or using a midwife from a birthing center was immediately out of the question. As soon as we found out that I was pregnant, we got in touch with the OB office at our local hospital and we have been discussing the birthing options since then. Actually, my doctor has been very calm and reassuring about it, but I've kind of been my obsessive self and needing to plan every detail out. 

Paralysis and pregnancy: Birth plan

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Baby gift guide from birth to six months

With a baby on the way (any day now!) and the holidays approaching quickly, I want to share some of the items, or the types of items that we look for in gifts for babies. 

When it comes the types of items we purchase for our children, my husband and I are really rather picky. We tend to go for fewer gifts and items in favour of good quality objects that will be durable. The toys we love the most tend to also be fairly simple, and provide for open ended play. 

We love using searching for asthetically pleasing objects that are made from natural materials. In fact, my husband even makes a lot of our wooden materials himself! Of course, there isn't enough time to make all of our children's toys, but there are plenty of wonderful materials already out there! 

Best gifts for babies by Welcome to Mommyhood #babygifts, #montessori, #holidays, #giftsfornewbaby, This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support!

Gifts for babies

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Turkey Life Cycle Printables and Activities

This year for our Thanksgiving themed activities, I have been prepping a lot already. With a baby due only a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I really want to make sure I get all of our printables and activities prepped and ready to go ahead of time. 
This year, I want to make sure we try some fun, creative ideas, while simultaneously providing Y with educational activities. He's been so curious about anything and everything lately. Inspired by my son's interest and Thanksgiving, I created this set of Turkey Life Cycle printables!
Thanksgiving activities: Turkey Life Cycle Printables and Activities by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #thanksgivingactivities, #thanksgivingprintables, #homeschool, #totlabs

Monday, 24 October 2016

Free Animal Cards for Babies

I can't believe that our baby girl is going to be here any day now! We're so excited and so anxious to meet her! We're actually still finishing up a few last minute projects around the house, but I'm really focusing on getting a lot of materials prepared for Y - you know to entertain him during those seriously long nursing sessions in the beginning. 

However, I also wanted to create a few materials for baby girl. Of course, you don't really need so many printbales, activities, or manipulatives with infants. One thing that we will be using relatively early on will be black and white image cards! 

Infant activities: free animal image cards for newborns (Montessori inspired) by Welcome to Mommyhood #infantactivities, #activitiesforbabies, #freeprintables, #montessori

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Halloween Activities: Free Cutting Strips

Halloween is coming up so quickly! We've been having so much fun learning all about Halloween, and working on Y's Halloween Interactive Notebook

Today, I am sharing a quick freebie that Y really enjoyed - Halloween themed cutting strips!

Halloween preschool activities: free cutting strips for preschoolers #preschoolactivities, #montessori, #homeschool, #homeschoolactivities, #totlabsY is four years old and has no problem using scissors, but he loves it when I give him cutting strips like these to work on! A lot of times, he will grab a paper and glue stick to create a craft after finishing with the strips. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Cooking with kids: Pumpkin pancakes with printable

Y has been absolutely obsessed with pancakes lately! He loves to eat them, and I love creating healthy recipes with lots of yummy ingredients. Of course, this time of year, pumpkin is finally available and we are taking full advantage of it by creating delicious recipes like these super healthy pumpkin pancakes!

Healthy Recipes: Pumpkin Pancakes kids can make independently with free recipe printable #montessori, #healthyrecipes, #healthybreakfastrecipes, #kidsrecipes, #kidscooking

One of the things I absolutely love about Montessori is the independence and confidence that it encourages within kids. I can really see it in Y! He loves to do things for himself and loves to learn new skills. 

One of our favourite things to do together is cook. Given his recently developed love of pancakes, I decided it would be fun to give him the opportunity to make a batch of pancakes. Today, I am sharing the recipe that we created, as well as a printable that you can use to help your kids cook independently! 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Free printables: Simple sentence cards for ESL or early readers

As I mentioned in our Gross Motor Math Games post, I have recently started teaching English as a Second Language at my son's school. I'm really enjoying working with so many students and such a variety of ages, although it has definitely been a challenge to come up with new and engaging activities for older children. After all, I am quite used to making activities for Y who is 4 years old, not an 11 year old that needs a challenge. 

One of the activities that I used with children ages 8-11 years old was using these simple sentence cards! Be sure to go on below to see how we used them! 

Free printables: Simple sentence cards for ESL or early readers by Welcome to Mommyhood, #esl, #montessoriprintables, #montessori, #freeprintables

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook

We've been working on something a little bit new (for us) lately! I purchased a fun notebook earlier this year for keeping myself organized (keeping to do lists in one place). Y saw it and immediately wanted to use it for his own notes and to write. 

Of course, I had to get him the exact same notebook, but we decided to use it for keeping track of Y's projects, some simple crafts and doodles, and whatever else comes up throughout the academic year. I am loving this because I can so easily 
keep track of Y's progress. Keeping papers organised and tidy is also a serious 
bonus though! The absolute best part though is Y's pride in seeing his own work 
as time goes on and the pages are filled in. 

At the moment, we are working on Halloween themed math activities and lots of writing by using our Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook! 

Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook by Welcome to Mommyhood #totlabs, #mathactivities, #preschoolactivities, #halloweenactivities

Halloween Activities: 

Math Mini Interactive Notebook

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Free Halloween patterning strips

Y is just so excited to learn about Halloween! We've been really working on learning about the United States and learning English lately. Y is really interested in it, especially because that's where Grandma (Babushka) and Grandpa (Dedushka) live! He wants to know all about America!

Halloween is a fun way that we can talk about holidays, traditions, and well, as you will see in this post, I can use an attractive theme to sneak in some math practice! 

Friday, 7 October 2016

October practical life and fine motor ideas

Can you believe it's already October? I feel like time is just flying by! I suppose for me, it feels even more hectic than normal because baby girl will be arriving next month! I'm scrambling to get everything done before she gets here, including creating a supply of premade works for Y, freezer meals, and tons of cleaning and tidying. 

Over the course of the past few months, I have noticed that Y has been showing less interest in practical life works. However, this past week, he asked me for some new ones. I decided to give his practical life works a bit of an October twist with lots of orange colours, leaves, and some Halloween inspired works! Of course, a lot of our materials are still in storage because of our move/work on the house, but I made due with what we had on hand! 

Montessori inspired October practical life and fine motor activities for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #practicallife, #finemotoractivities

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Printing, laminating, paper and more! Homeschool tips!

Today, I want to spend a little bit of time talking about homeschooling supplies. Lately, I have seen a lot of questions about printers, paper thickness, and lamination and that it what I will be specifically focusing on today. What kind of printer do you need? How thick should your paper be?  Today, we will be addressing all of those questions! 

First of all, I want to say that this really depends on your needs. How long do you want the materials to last? Will you be using them for more than one child? Want to use them at a later time or just for a worksheet that can only be completed once?

Guide to making your own homeschool materials by Welcome to Mommyhood #homeschool, #preschool, #homeschoolmaterials, #montessorimaterials

What kind of a printer do I need? 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Using books to discuss emotions with preschoolers

Y loves to read! He's been really interested in reading books in the different languages that we speak. It's very important to us to provide him quality books with tons of opportunities to read! 

One of the things that I look for in choosing books for my son is good content. Of course, books should be fun, but I do prefer to make sure that the ones we stock up on can teach him something, are fun, or at least have a story with a positive message. 

Tips for teaching big lessons to kids using books by Welcome to Mommyhood #books, #reading

Recently, we were sent a book to review called Meet Mardi. The story is about a puppy that goes to live with her new owners. This book is actually a part of a series that follows Mardi the puppy on several adventures. 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Pumpkin life cycle works

Fall has to be my favourite season. But I have to admit that this pregnancy is making me love it even more. I am so relieved to have cooler weather, the smell of pumpkin everything (not to mention the huge freezer meal portion of pumpkin pancakes that will be made later today), and occasional rainstorms that give me the perfect excuse to snuggle up with the hubby and kiddo under a warm blanket. 

Did I mention everything pumpkin? This most definitely extends to our homeschool activities! What makes this so much fun for us though is that Y is just as into pumpkins as I am! He loves to eat them and had a blast planting our pumpkin seeds this summer! Naturally, he is also seriously excited for our pumpkin pancakes. The tons of pumpkin themed hands on activities may have helped to get his enthusiasm up! Here's what we've been up to!
Pumpkin themed activities: pumpkin life cycle printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #halloweenactivities, #thanksgivingactivities, #pumpkinactivities, #homeschool, #montessori

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Gross motor movement with numbers printables

Recently, I started teaching English at my son's school. It's really quite a challenge as I have such a wide variety of ages to approach - from 4 years old to 11! The groups are split up luckily, so I am not working with all of them at the same time.

For the younger kids, I knew that I wanted to add a movement component to whatever we would be doing. After all, there's no way that a 4 year old would want to be sit at a desk for half an hour listening to a lecture, right? Honestly, I really didn't expect the 11 year olds to be excited about that either. 

So, I turned to some inspiration from past activities I have covered with Y. I knew I had at least one child that had enjoyed them, and learned from them. So what did we do? I added a very important movement component! 

Inspired by the little ones I taught, I am sharing several ways you can add gross motor movement to your math themed learning activities. 

Adding gross motor activities to your homeschool by Welcome to Mommyhood including FREE number cards #freeprintables, #homeschool, #preschoolactivities, #grossmotoractivities

Monday, 26 September 2016

Spider Life Cycle Activity

Halloween is approaching soon! There's always something about Halloween that I just can't help but associate with bugs, creepy crawlies, and spiders. We've actually had quite a few spiders around our house, which has sparked several conversations with Y. 

I've mentioned it before, but I just love the age that he is at right now! He's so inquisitive and asks so many questions! He just turned four years old and wants to know why and how things work all of the time. I'm having so much fun with his interests and desire to build his knowledge. 

To answer some of Y's questions about spiders, and coincidentally also perfectly on time for Halloween, I created a fun spider life cycle printable and activities! 
Halloween themed activities: spider life cycle printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #halloweenactivities, #homeschool, #montessori

Monday, 19 September 2016

Paralysis and Pregnancy: Pregnancy update

I haven't been updating you guys all that much on the pregnancy lately. Really, the entire second trimester has flown by, and now, I'm 31 weeks. You guys, baby is going to be here soon! I'm beyond excited, but slightly terrified because we still have a ridiculous amount of stuff to do. 

So that second trimester? It went fairly well, but we moved during the summer so it was pure chaos. Moving while pregnant in itself is so much work. Okay, just moving is hard work, but combine that with pregnancy and paralysis? I was exhausted! 
Paralysis and Pregnancy: Second trimester pregnancy update by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis, #paraplegic, #pregnancy

With energy levels up and nausea subsiding though, I really did take advantage to pack, unpack, and get settled in the new house. We still are actually working on the house, don't have our permanent kitchen in, and still need to build an extension for the bathroom, alongside tons of little projects and buying the remaining furniture. However, I am really making due with what I can to get as much done as possible before baby arrives. 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cutting Strips

I'm so excited to be sharing our Eric Carle unit! We love his books and the beautiful artwork that accompanies them! Today, I am sharing a sneak peak at our upcoming shelves with a small freebie - The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed cutting strips. 

Scroll down below to download your own freebie! 

Free printables; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cutting Strips by Welcome to Mommyhood #theveryhungrycaterpillar, #ericcarle, #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Why we don't jumparoos and similar baby products

Recently, I wrote about the items that my family really considers to be baby essentials. Today, I want to talk about something pretty specific pertaining to that list. The reason I put the baby essentials list together is because I've been seeing a lot of long, overflowing baby essentials lists with items such as jumperoos and baby walkers. 

In this article, I want to share our reason for avoiding the overwhelming majority of those objects.

Why we don't jumparoos and similar baby products by Welcome to Mommyhood #babies, #babydevelopment, #baby

Monday, 5 September 2016

Fish unit activities

Last month, I put together a Fish themed unit for Y. We really had fun working on spelling, writing, colours, and more! The printables I created have a lot of fun activities you can create. With attractive, bright colours, your kids will love these! 

Fish unit themed activities and printables for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #homeschool, #fishthemedactivities

Y has been so into writing after our Letter of the Week series! Recently (well a few weeks ago, but I'm just behind), I set up several activities to focus on practicing writing and letter sounds for him! This was great review for us and he absolutely loved working with our colorful Fish theme! 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Famous paintings cards

As promised during our Art curriculum planning post for this year, we are working on a new set of art themed activities! I'm so excited to start teaching Y about different forms of art, artists, paintings, and so much more! 

Actually, putting these activities and printables together has made me realise another reason why I feel so lucky to be living in the Netherlands - we have access to some amazing art museums! This may mean that we will just have to make it out on a few field trips to Amsterdam to visit places like the Rembrandt House Museum. 

I'm also thinking that we just have to hop on a train and go to Paris to see the Mona Lisa, right? Ah, wishful thinking with a baby arriving soon, but realistically, an hour trip to Amsterdam would be possible, and I'm getting quite excited about it! We first get to explore paintings at home, and then go see them in real life! Definitely a fun way to learn! 

Introduction to famous paintings cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #totlabs, #preschoolactivities, #artactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori

Monday, 29 August 2016

Apple Number Clip Cards

Free apple number clip cards for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #homeschool, #freeprintables, #fallactivitiesforkids
Hey guys! Summer is officially over here in the Netherlands. Today, was the first day the kids head back to school. For our homeschool activities, we're getting back into the full swing of things, too. 

The only 'problem' we have is that Daddy is off of work. Last week, we took his first week of holiday off for some quality family time and lots of fun activities together. This was the first time in two years that Hubby wasn't working on the house! And we had a completely unplanned technology detox. I have to admit it was quite a bit glorious. 

Now, Y is going to (public) school and we are getting into our homeschool activities and finishing off the house/moving and preparing for baby while hubby still has two more weeks off from work. It's pure chaos, but it's absolutely wonderful to be so close to having our house be done! 

Anyway, anyway. All of this to say, fall is heading our way! This of course means the start of all things apple, pumpkin, and wonderful! To celebrate the start of the new school year, I am sharing a lovely little freebie with you guys! A favourite with Y - apple number clip cards! 

Free apple number clip cards for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #homeschool, #freeprintables, #fallactivitiesforkids

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Baby Gender Reveal

Psst!!! I know I'm a tad bit behind in my pregnancy updates, I do want to update you guys on something fun and pregnancy related - the sex of our baby! 

Baby gender reveal by Welcome to Mommyhood #pregnancy, #paralysisandpregnancy, #baby

Weather 3 part cards

I'm so excited to be starting our weather unit! Y has been so fascinated with rain and all sorts of weather phenomena! To start off, I made some Montessori Weather 3 part cards that I am sharing today! 

Montessori weather 3 part cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #weatherunit, #preschoolactivities, #reading

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What do you really need for a new baby

I'm so excited that we're getting closer and closer to baby number two to get here! As we get ready for baby to arrive, I'm realising how much more confident I feel in my choices with this baby than I was for Y, and also how much less stuff we are going to buy and use. 

When I was pregnant with Y, I read about how you need to have a bouncer, a swing, a jumperoo contraption, a pack and play, and a bunch of other objects that you can put your baby in. I have to admit, I was 24, living in the Netherlands, and felt so overwhelmed by all of the conflicting advice I found on Dutch sites, American sites, and all of these huge shopping lists. 

Guide to baby essentials by Welcome to Mommyhood #babyessentials, #baby
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Colors sorting activity for toddlers (printables in 4 languages)

Y and I have been working a lot on vocabulary in English. If you're a regular on here, you know that I speak Russian at home to my son, my husband speaks a regional language called Frisian in the Netherlands, and then my husband and I speak English to each other. We also use either Dutch or Frisian to communicate with other people - at the grocery store, school, doctors, etc. Basically, it is a lot of languages. 

So English. Y hears English from my husband and I daily, but we haven't really tried to teach it to him. Children are seriously sponges though, and Y has been absorbing English during the past 4 years of his life. He speaks it. Fluently. 

The past few months, I have been trying to actively teach him vocabulary and proper pronunciation. One of the printables that I made to review for him was a fun color sorting work that I am sharing with you today! 

Color sorting for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #homeschool, #earlylearning, #toddleractivities