Monday, 29 February 2016

St Patrick's Day Visual Discrimination

St Patrick's Day is just around the corner! This year is already going by so fast! Today, I am sharing a small freebie that is St Patrick's Day themed - a visual discrimination printable! 

FREE St Patrick's Day Visual Discrimination printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #stpatricksday, #visualdiscrimination

What is visual discrimination?

Friday, 26 February 2016

Letter of the Week Review A-L

This week, we are changing things up for letter of the week! We are flying through the letters and it's time to make sure that the previous letters get some attention. Today, we are sharing a printable to help review the letters A-L that have been covered already! 

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Free Letter of the Week Printables

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Montessori inspired baby spaces

I have to admit that I have babies on my mind. A lot. It seems like everyone I know at the moment is pregnant. Psst - no this does not include me. So, with inspiration all around, I've gathered a small list of amazing Montessori inspiration specifically targeting babies! 

When my son was born, we had no idea about Montessori. If we could do it again, I would really do so many things so differently now that I am aware of it's wonderful benefits and the beauty of keeping things simple. We'd save so much money on useless contraptions, too! 

If you are curious about how to incorporate Montessori for your baby, be sure to read the wonderful collection of articles below!

Montessori inspired baby spaces and tips by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoribaby

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Letter of the Week: Letter L Book Recommendations

We are having so much fun with letter L! This week, Y has been obsessed with doing work and has been loving his new activities! 

This morning, the first thing the kiddo did was asked to go work. 7.00 in the morning, and he starts off his day doing work! Well, I could really gush endlessly about how much I love that kid (and how much I see him loving our Montessori inspired activities), but to keep it a bit short, I'm going to get straight to the point: 

Today, I'm sharing our Letter L book recommendations! This letter was a lot of fun to work on especially because the English and Russian worked so well together! There are so many great books and themes that you can tie into this letter! 

While you are at it, don't forget to visit Mumma Diaries to see the fun activities Amruta is sharing!

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Letter of the Week: Free Letter Ll printables

Welcome back to today's letter L printables post as part of the Letter of the Week post series that Amruta from Mumma Diaries  and I are hosting! I'm really, really looking forward to sharing the hands on letter l activities that we are working on. For now, I'm just giving you guys a 'sneak peak' by sharing the free printables pack that you can download below. 

You can use these to create hands on learning trays for your little ones!  Be sure to check back next week to see the wonderful hands on trays we used to accompany these printables!  

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

3 easy mom on the go looks (wheelchair friendly!)

Today, I'm chatting about something you haven't seen around here before! How exciting, right? We're talking about clothes and mommy style! 

Wheelchair friendly style: 3 looks for moms (wheelchair friendly) by Welcome to Mommyhood #style, #fashion, #wheelchairstyle, #momstyle

This is a bit of a scary topic for me. Oh man, my 'style' or lack there of has taken quite a few hits in the past few years. 

After becoming a mom? My body changed and it took a while to figure out how I wanted to dress. Plus, I nursed for almost two years so finding modest, fashionable, but easily accessible clothing for nursing was really difficult. And I started staying at home, which means a bunch of cooking and cleaning so what's the point of getting dressed, right? 

After I stopped nursing, I kind of got my groove back with dressing relatively fashionably and started feeling confident again about my body. Hell, I had a kid, nursed him for a long time, and my body did that. That's something to be proud of!  I started putting in effort into my clothes and tried to stop being so self conscious about my chubby belly. That belly grew a human being! 

But then my accident happened and I had to learn how to use a wheelchair. It seems like perhaps given all that I had been through with going from a normal, healthy 27 year old to a paraplegic within minutes, that fashion and clothes would not be a very important concern. 

Of course, in the beginning, I wasn't terribly bothered by my style, but it's been almost one year since I was injured. My injury is permanent and I know I will always have to use a wheelchair barring some miraculous medical breakthrough within my lifetime. 

Wheelchair or not, I am still a woman. A wife. A mother. I want to look good. I want to feel good. And how I dress really impacts that. There's a difference in my mindset when I wear sweats my husband's sweat pants and when I put on a comfortable pair of leggings and a tunic and brush my hair. I'm ready for unexpected visitors, suddenly deciding to go out and about, and generally feel more willing to do things. Really, it makes a difference in my own mindset. 

Plus, I'm only 28 now. I'm young and I want to dress fashionably. 

The thing is, when I started thinking about how I wanted to dress my body after my injury, I had several practical considerations. Clothing needs to be easy to get on. Clothing must be of good quality or wounds can develop which can lead to bed rest or even surgery! And I want to look good. 

Today, I am sharing a few ideas for practical/functional 'mom' looks. These are a few ideas for easy to put together outfits for the day, but also ones that work well for me given that I do use a wheelchair.  

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Letter of the Week: Hands on Letter Kk Activities

Letter K has kind of taken over the shelves! We had so much fun with these works,  I just couldn't bare to remove them from the shelves just yet and left them up for two weeks! Y really enjoyed these and you guys, the happiness on his face when he sees these works - it makes all of that laminating and printing so worth it! 

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to rework our printables and how I would approach our shelves for this series. I tried to include a few more game and movement works and it was really worth it. I was getting a bit stressed about the works myself. After observing Y, his interests, and the way he uses his toys, I was really glad with the result of last week's Letter K trays. Today, I am showing the majority of the works we covered, but I still haven't been able to get all of the photographs! He just had so much fun, so we kept going! 

Here are the wonderful letter K activities we had up on the shelves last week! 

Psst! Don't forget to stop by Mumma Diaries youtube channel and see all of the wonderful works Amruta shared for the Letter K! 

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Monday, 15 February 2016

(mostly) Paleo Meal Plan II

You guys, it's so gray here. The weather is just so cold, gray, and wet. Ick. Ick. Ick. No snow, no sunshine, just big clouds, promising to keep you cold. Really, I don't want to do much besides cuddle underneath a bunch of blankets, drink tea, and read books. 

Instead, hings like cooking and taking care of the kiddo still need to happen in spite of the strong urge I have to do the above literally all day. That's why this week's meal plan, I'm focusing on good ole hearty soups and stews to warm up the whole family! 

Checkout what's on our menu below! 
Healthy meal plans by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthymeals, #healthymealplans, #healthymeals, #healthyfamily

How about you?

Do you plan your meals? What will you be cooking this week? Do you like leftovers? 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine's Day Shadow Matching Cards

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day already! I can't believe how quickly this year is already going by! In my home, we don't actually celebrate Valentine's Day (sshhh!). My husband and I have our dating anniversary exactly one week later so we never got into the habit of acknowledging Valentine's Day, but prefer to make a 'big deal' out of our anniversary.

However, I still like to make learning activities or games for Y because, as you may have noticed, I just love a good theme! I like to take this time of month to provide activities focused on love, relationships, and I just can't help but to add something cute and fun! 

Today, I'm sharing a last minute Valentine's Day themed printable featuring cute kids, candy, and hearts! It's really adorable and you can download it for free below! 

Free Valentine's Day Printables:  cute shadow matching printable by Welcome to Mommyhood #valentinesdayactivities, #preschoolactivities, #montessori, #freeprintables

Free Valentine's Day Printables

Friday, 12 February 2016

Free hands on letter K printables

Welcome back to today's letter k printables post as part of the Letter of the Week post series that Amruta from Mumma Diaries  and I are sharing! 

As I mentioned in the Letter K book recommendations, today's printables pack is formatted slightly differently than the printables I have shared before now. This week, we did a lot of hands on work rather than working with printables. Y really enjoyed the new works and set up, and I hope your little ones will, as well! Scroll down below to download your own free letter K printables in English or Russian

Be sure to visit Mumma Diaries to checkout the beautiful and fun letter K activities Amruta shared today! 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Kk printables pack available for FREE by Welcome to Mommyhood, #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #handsonlearning, #letteroftheweek, #lotw, #freeprintables

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Free size sorting printable for young toddlers

I've been getting requests from some of you guys to specify what age certain activities target. Today, I want to share a fun sorting activity printable your little ones! This is a wonderful pre-math activity that you can introduce to younger toddlers. 

Free size sorting printable for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #premath, #toddleractivities, #Montessoriactivities, #montessori, #montessoriprintables

Why sorting activities

Before working on number quantity, number symbols, and more complicated math skills, my son and I frequently worked on sorting activities. 

Sorting activities teach little ones that each object (type of object) belongs to a group. Sorting objects into distinct groups also requires using logical thinking. This is a very important skill that our kids are working on developing. 

Additionally, from around ages 2 to 4, kids have a sensitive period for order. Sorting activities can be a sort of exercise in order by grouping similar objects together. 

Free Printables

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Letter Kk Books

Welcome back to Letter of the Week! This week's letter is K and I'm starting off by sharing our Letter K book picks! 

Before we get to those, I do want to spend a little bit of time chatting about what you will be seeing in the printables pack I am sharing on Friday for Letter K as well as future Letter of the Week printables! 

If you read my post this morning about observing the child, you will have noticed that I wrote about taking a break and really paying attention to my child. This means that I am trying to change things up a bit when it comes to our printables to provide new challenges as well as interesting activities. 

Keep an eye out for these changes! However, if you notice something missing in Friday's printables pack or would like to see something else in the printable pack, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me and I will happily add those printables for you!  

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I give up: what to do when your child doesn't like the activities you present

I give up. Today, I am telling you all about how I give up. I've been noticing something happening during our homeschool lessons and activities. And I give up.

What exactly do I give up on? I give up on: 

  • stressing out about our activities 
  • pressuring my son
  • controlling his activities
  • being disappointed when our works go differently than planned
  • thinking about what I want him to do  

I've been noticing that when I set up our shelves, I have a particular image in my mind for how I expect our activities will go. I get really focused on that. After all, designing our printables, printing, laminating, setting up trays - it all takes a lot of dedication, time, and effort. It's a lot of work, and I do it with love, but my push for controlling how the works go is causing a lot of stress. 

This situation creates a lot of stress for me because my child just won't listen to me! As well as a lot of stress for my son because his mom just doesn't understand how to set up the work for him! 

I've also noticed this problem amongst readers. I've been asked before about what to do when your child won't do the work as you intended. And here's the secret: just let go and stop. Stop trying to control. Stop pushing. Just step back.  

I'm letting go. And I'm going back to the basics of Montessori: observing the child and trusting his inner teacher

What to do when your child won't do the activities you present

Monday, 8 February 2016

Valentine's Day Number Cards

Valentine's Day is approaching quickly! It's a fun holiday all about love and romance! I, personally, love adding a cute little theme to our holiday shelves every now and again. Today, I am sharing with you guys, a very cute Valentine's Day freebie! 

Free Valentine's Day Printables: Number Cards printable by Welcome to Mommyhood #valentinesdayactivities, #preschoolactivities, #montessori, #freeprintables

My three and a half year old loves to count! He counts everything he can! Inspired by his love of numbers at the moment, I created some Valentine's Day Number Cards. You can download your own copy for free below!

Free Valentine's Day Printables

Paleo Meal Plan Once again

My husband asked if I can cook paleo again. Yes, I fear am I excited for going back to very healthy, very filling, real food again. We do generally eat healthy, but ever since my injury, I haven't been cooking as much, and certainly not paleo. Not that I don't miss it. I miss eating it very much, just not the time in the kitchen. 

Well, due to the husband's request, I decided now is as good a time as any to return to blogging about our food, cooking, meals, and meal plans. 

Healthy meal plans by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthymeals, #healthymealplans, #healthymeals, #healthyfamily

This week, I planned recipes that can either be reworked into meals the next days, as well as several that can go in the freezer. I do look forward to these meals, as well as hopefully getting a bit more energy back. 

How about you?

Do you plan your meals? What will you be cooking this week? Do you like leftovers? 

Friday, 5 February 2016

FREE Letter Jj printables in English and Russian

Welcome back to today's letter j printables post as part of the Letter of the Week post series that Amruta from Mumma Diaries  and I are doing! 

Today's printables are all about the letter Jj! You can use these to create hands on learning trays for your little ones! 

Tot Labs presents hands on letter activities for toddlers and preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood, #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #handsonlearning, #letteroftheweek, #lotw, #freeprintables

Some of my readers have been asking for age recommendations for the printables and activities that I share. My son is about three and a half years old and is very interested in learning his letters. It is based on his interests that I created these printables. However, please do keep in mind, that every child is different and may exhibit a sensitive period for learning letters earlier or later. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Our favourite indoor gross motor toys

Lately, I've been getting some questions about what to do when your kids get aggressive with their toys, hyper, or have a difficult time concentrating on activities. Today's post is dedicated to addressing those concerns in a simple way.  

With my own child, I notice that he tends to get restless, a little bit violent with his toys, and generally annoyed with everything if he hasn't had a chance to engage his gross motor skills. Our favourite way to do this is simply to go outside. Kids really need the opportunity to explore nature, to run around, and use up all that energy. 

However, there are days that the weather simply does not give us that opportunity. That means that we have to seek gross motor engagement indoors. Today, I am sharing a post dedicated to the types of toys we have around the house for engaging gross motor skills. 

Our top 10 indoor gross motor toys and why gross motor skills are important by Welcome to Mommyhood, #grossmotorskills, #montessori, #grossmotortoys, #toysforkids, #preschoolactivities
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

February practical life trays

February practical life and fine motor activities for preschoolers and toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood, #practicallife, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities,

Wait, what? It's February? Already? Yes, yes it is! That means it's time for another monthly look at what we are doing as far as practical life and fine motor activities! 

These types of works are a good way to practice important skills as well as build up hand eye coordination and muscles in the hands. I rotate these types of works every 2-3 days. Y does them fairly quickly, but frequently as he still enjoys them. I love that these types of works are very, very quick to set up and easy to rotate. 

Because Y is older and has mastered most of the skills these activities focus on, I have started adding some extra elements to these types of works. For example, adding sandpaper numbers to a beading work causes him to move more slowly and take him time instead of quickly beading and moving on. These elements also add intrigue for him.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Letter J book recommendations

Today is all about the Letter Jj! I'm sharing the latest installment of the Letter of the Week Activities by sharing our Letter Jj themed book recommendations! 

Be sure to visit Mumma Diaries to see all of the creative hands on Letter of the Week activities Amruta is sharing! While you are there, I highly recommend checking out her other learning videos for tons of wonderful ideas for educational play with your little ones!

Don't forget - this upcoming Friday, we will be sharing out Letter J printables and activities! 

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Best books for counting for toddlers and preschoolers

Y loves books, and I sure love a good theme! So what's better than combining the two? Here, I am sharing 8 wonderful books for helping little ones learn to count as well as a guide to activities and items you can use as extension! 

8 Awesome counting books and gift guide for extensions by Welcome to Mommyhood, #preschoolactivities, #preschoolbooks, #booksforkids, #booksfortoddlers
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