Friday, 29 January 2016

Hands on letter I Activities for kids

Welcome back to the Letter of the Week series! First off, I'd like to make a few announcements because I owe all of you following along a HUGE apology. The kiddo and I have been so ill for the past two weeks that I have fallen behind on this series! After a trip to urgent care, and being generally unable to do much of anything, blogging just went onto the back burner. I'm very sorry!

I'm starting to get back to feeling relatively normal and have started working on new content, not only for Letter of the Week, but general content for the blog. Yay! 

As far as catching up, here's what you can expect for the next week in order to get us back on schedule: 

Today: Letter I hands on activities 
Tuesday 2 February: Letter J book recommendations   
Friday 5 February: Letter J Printables
Tuesday 9 February: Letter J activities 

By next Friday, I plan to be caught up, assuming that Y and I are both feeling back okay. Letter J printables are already done and I am very anxious to share those with you!  

Today, I am sharing some really fun letter I activities in the next set in the Letter of the Week Series hosted by myself and Amruta from Mumma Diaries! Be sure to visit Amruta's blog and youtube channel to see all of the wonderful activities she shares! 

Tot Labs Presents Letter of the Week: Hands on Letter I Activities for kids by Welcome to Mommyhood #prsechoolactivities, #homeschool, #letteroftheweek, #montessori

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Valentine's Day Cutting Strips

Remember all those times that I have written about teaching kiddos to use their scissors? Well, Y still loves to use my cutting strips! He loves seeing the images on there, and I love how easy these are to present. 

Free Valentine's Day Cutting Strips for practice using scissors for kids by Welcome to Mommyhood, #montessori, #practicallife, #freeprintables, #valentinesdayactivities, #preschoolactivities

Inspired by Y's love of scissors, as well as Valentine's Day, I created a fun new set of Valentine's Day cutting strips! 

8 Valentine's Day Art Activites

As I mentioned two weeks ago, I am officially a guest contributor on a lovely blog Sugar, Spice, and Glitter (formally Study at Home Mama). This time, I shared 8 lovely Valentine's Day Art Trays! Here's a snippet from the post: 

8 Valentine's Day Art Trays

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Free letter matching printable

We have been moving forward with Letter of the Week for the past few months. Y is so interested in learning letters and letter sounds. Inspired by his curiosity, I have created a very simple, winter themed letter matching printable! 

You can download it for free in either English or Russian! This is a capital and lower case letter matching activity. The capital letters are all representing the right mitten and lower case the left mitten. The colours of the corresponding letters also match to add a self correcting element. 

FREE mitten letter matching printable by Welcome to Mommyhood #letterrecognition, #freeprintables, #preschoolactivities, #montessoriprintables

How to use

I recommend laminating these printables for extra durability so you can reuse them multiple times! 

To present this work, I kept all of the upper case letters attached to each other as a mat. I cut apart all of the lower case letter mittens. I asked Y (3 years old) to match the lower case letters to the upper case ones. 

If your child would be overwhelmed by all the letters at the same time, then I recommend presenting 1 set at a time. For example, 1 mat of upper case letters and the corresponding lower case letters. 

For what age?

Some of my readers recently asked me to also share what age group my printables and activities target. I always struggle with this as first and foremost you should take the lead of your child! However, I will give you a few tips and a general range in hopes of giving you guys more clarity.  

My son (to whom I refer to as Y on here) is 3 years 4 months old and can do this activity with relative ease. He is very good at puzzles, but he does not know all of the letter sounds very well yet. For him, that is the challenge in this specific work. 

This printable can be used with children that are learning letter sounds, that enjoy matching activities, and are generally around 3-4 years old. 

Please keep in mind that every child is different. The age range suggested above is based mostly on my child and is by no means meant to be a restriction, but rather a suggestion. 

Free Winter Printables

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A breakfast biscuit for your morning routine!

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Good morning everyone! Today, is a special type of post because it's brought to you by two Welcome to Mommyhood writers - me and my mom, Marianna!

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Letter I Book Recommendations

Today's installment of the Letter of the Week is all about books! We are continuing with letter I today. I was actually planning on sharing our hands on letter I activities today, but the kiddo has been so sick last week that we still haven't done very many of them. Boo. 

And then he got me sick. Because mom's are meant for being coughed on, sneezed on and other things. Unfortunate for getting stuff done. 

In happier news for me, but completely irrelevant to Letter of the Week - my mom is visiting! Which means again that it's harder to get stuff done, but also means that my freezer is being filled with all sorts of amazing Russian goodness. We're cooking. A lot. As in everyday and it is glorious. Just sayin'. Russian moms are the best. 

Anyhow, back to letter of the week! Today is all about books, books, and more books! Books are a fabulous way to enhance learning. Of course, they are also relevant to the whole idea behind Letter of the Week as we are trying to teach our little ones phonetic sounds to be able to read themselves. 

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

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Everyone wins with Montessori giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone! Today, I am sharing some very exciting news! Welcome to Mommyhood is participating in a huge giveaway!

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What's the occasion? This amazing giveaway is brought to you because Trillium Montessori is celebrating three years of blogging! In honour of the Trillium Montessori three year blogging anniversary, Montessori bloggers from all over the internet have come together to bring you an amazing giveaway!

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We are calling this gift Everyone Wins with Montessori Giveaway Bundle! All of the bloggers and contributors to this giveaway are passionate about what we do and want to share that passion with you! 

I started sharing printables and activities on Welcome to Mommyhood, hoping to show how easy it can be to set up fun, hands on learning activities for your kids at home! This amazing giveaway is a great opportunity to gather tons of resources to help you do just that!

How it works!

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A Montessori Approach to Language (accessible until Feb 13, 2016 as part of this bundle) video course by Deb Chitwood and Jo Ebisujima
Montessori Pre-Reading Bundle by Marnie from Carrots Are Orange
Fruit Literacy Matching Cards by Susan from Explore Learn Go
Beginning Literacy Materials by Frida from Rainbow Learning Materials
Montessori Grammar Activities by Lisa from Montessori Kiwi
Conjunctions Exercise by Lolly from Elementary Observations


Golden Bead Addition Cards by Jessica Renee

Art and music

Artists and Paintings by Katherine from I Believe in Montessori
Musically Montessori- Steady Beat Lesson Plan by Carolyn from Magical Movement Company

Science, culture, and geogrpahy

Antarctica A-Z by Seemi from Trillium Montessori
All About Japan Culture Pack by Jo Ebisujima from Jojoebi
Flags of Africa by Jo Ebisujima from Jojoebi
US History Pack by Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood
Finland 3-Part Cards by Katherine from I Believe in Montessori
Major Rivers of the World by Jae from Pinay Homeschooler
Transportation Montessori Pack by Anastasia from Montessori Nature
Shark Nomenclature and Taxonomy by Lolly from Elementary Observations
Fruits and Vegetables Unit Pack by Jae from Pinay Homeschooler
Wildlife and Inanimate Nature Cards by Katherine from I Believe in Montessori

Hard Goods

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Meet the Contributors

Alphabetical by first name

Anastasia from Montessori Nature

Montessori Nature
Anastasia is an early childhood teacher, raising two trilingual, fun, mischievous and gorgeous kids. She is a strong believer in natural, purposeful and meaningful learning. She implements Montessori education in her teaching and writing. Anastasia aims to connect every part of her life with nature and faith. She is a writer and editor of Montessori Nature blog.  Find out more about Anastasia on her 

Anita Kianek-Edwards from Max and Naoli

Anita is a happy mama of two gorgeous children, twins Max & Naoli who led her to Montessori.  She found her passion in designing traditional and unique educational materials inspired by alternative forms of education. She enjoys spending time with her family, sunshine and fresh air, photography and online marketing. Find out more about Anita on her Website | Store | Facebook | Pinterest |

Carolyn Lucento from Magical Movement Company

Carolyn is a grandmother, career Montessori Teacher, & currently an Orff-Schulwerk Music Specialist in Preschool Classrooms.  She is also an A.M.S. Teacher- Trainer in the S.F. Bay Area.  She firmly believes that we all learn just about everything through the art of play!  Find out more about Carolyn on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master's degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools before starting her own Montessori school. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. She lives in San Diego where she takes care of her 2-year-old granddaughter a few afternoons each week.  
Find out more about Deb on her Blog | BitsofPositivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Youtube
A Montessori Approach to Language (video workshop with PDF) will be available for $9.99 on February 14. Before February 14, it's only available (for free) to Montessori Giveaway 2016 entrants.
Frida Azari from Rainbow Learning Materials

Frida has been  a Montessori teacher for the past 14 years in the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary levels. She holds her Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Credentials from the American Montessori Society. Frida is also an adult educator and has been teaching Montessori Philosophy and Mathematics for the Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area for the past 4 years.  Frida enjoys photography and has had 6 of her photos published on the cover of Montessori Life magazine.  All the photographs for the books “A Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom” by Aline D. Wolf and “Math Works” by Michael Duffy are Frida’s work. Frida enjoys designing teaching materials and is currently working on her new line of Phonic Readers materials for pre-school to 3rd grade students. Her Math teaching materials are being sold at “Teachers Pay Teachers” website nationwide.  Find out more about Frida on her Website | Store |

Jae from the Pinay Homeschooler

Jae is an Electronic Engineer on paper, but turned Stay at Home Mom and Homeschooler.  She has been been nurtring learning in her kids since birth through Montessori philosophies.   They do a lot of Montessori and Montessori-inspired activities, make their own learning materials , do a lot of  hands-on learning, nature studies and outdoor activities at home.  Find out more about Jae on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter |
Jessica Renee

Jessica Renee
Jessica is a Montessori-trained teacher from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she currently teaches a combined Grade 1 and 2 class, in a public school. In Vancouver, public Montessori programs are becoming increasingly popular with parents who want something different from the traditional school model. She loves to develop interesting Montessori-inspired extension activities to use with her class and to share with others on Teachers Pay Teachers. Find out more about Jessica in her | Store |
Jo Ebisujima from Jojoebi

Jo is an expat Brit living in Japan with her family. She is a BIG believer that learning should be fun and that if kids fall in love with learning they will carry that with them throughout their lives. She loves the Montessori method and feels that the most important thing that parents can do is to "Follow The Child"  She runs courses and writes books to help parents make learning fun, including the best selling book: Montessori Inspired Activities For preschoolers, which is available on Amazon and all good book stores.

Find out more about Jo on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Youtube
Katherine Kabral from I Believe in Montessori

Katherine is from Ukraine. She is trained in Montessori from birth to six years. She consults for parents about the Montessori method. Montessori is her passion and she has been inspired to create Montessori printable educational materials.  Find out more about Katherine on her  Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest |
Lisa from MontessoriKiwi

Montessorikiwi is proudly run by Lisa, a trained Montessori and state teacher with 6 years experience in Public Montessori in New Zealand. Lisa has over 100 Montessori resources in her store suitable for ages 3-12.  She loves making resources where students apply their knowledge and think outside the square! Find out more about Lisa in her Store | Facebook | Pinterest |
Lolly from Elementary Observations

Lolly is a Montessori trained teacher (6-12) and mother of two. She currently lives with her family in Western Australia where they enjoy the diverse landscapes that surround them. Find out more about Lolly on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

Marnie Craycroft from Carrots are Orange

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Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange, a Montessori inspired learning and living website for parents and teachers, in 2010. Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures. Marnie currently lives east of Seattle with her husband and three young sons.  Find out more about Marnie on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter |  Instagram
Seemi  from Trillium Montessori

Seemi Abdullah
Seemi is an AMS trained Montessori teacher.  She has been in Montessori for almost two decades, as a teacher, administrator, and consultant.  She founded her school, Trillium Montessori in 2009 and began blogging about her classroom activities in 2013.

Find out more about Seemi on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Susan Gordon from Explore Learn Go

SusanTeaching has provided the opportunity for Susan to work with many amazing students from preschool age through adults in a variety of learning environments including the Montessori classroom. She owned and operated a Montessori school for 20 years.  Whatever the age of the student or learning environment, she tries to provide an interactive classroom with hands-on materials and lessons that promote student involvement, success, and a joy of learning.  

Find out more about Susan in her Store.
Yuliya Fruman from Welcome to Mommyhood

Yuliya is a stay at home mom to a preschooler. She blogs about hands on kids learning activities,  shares printables, and healthy recipes. She documents her approaching to homeschooling her son, using a mostly Montessori inspired method. Her printables are available in English and Russian. Find out more about Yuliya on her Blog | Store | Facebook | Pinterest |  Google+ | Instagram