Thursday, 30 March 2017

Flowers math bundle

It's spring, it's spring, it's spring! We've been so lucky with some beautiful spring weather lately! I have been inspired to create some flowers themed learning resources as we transition away from yucky, cold Dutch winter into a rainy, but surprisingly warm spring! 

I really love the have fresh flowers in my home, which makes me a little tempted to try to plant some! But we have big plans for a veggie garden and I'm already super slow and struggling with my leg broken and such so I'm not too sure that flowers in the garden will happen this year. 

However, I am very excited to start seeing more flowers at local markets, which will make it the perfect time to explore flowers and plants in our learning activities! 

Today, I am sharing our newest Flowers themed math bundle! 

Montessori Activities for spring: flowers math learning activities by Welcome to Mommyhood #math, #montessor, #montessoriactivities, #springactivities
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dealing with Paralysis: How to help someone dealing with a health crisis or a difficult time

I remember very early on after coming home from the rehabiliation center and needing to adjust to life now, having a conversation with a friend. She said she was nervous visiting me in the hospital and the centre because she was never sure what to say or do. She didn't want to say something to upset me, but also wanted to help in some way. Today, I want to share what I found useful and some insight into what I did and would have appreciated from friends and family during the recovery process. 

Now, that I have broken my leg and find my mobility again compromised, I am also trying to be very clear with loved ones about what is and is not helpful. Honestly though, even that is stressful and I wish I didn't need to. Hopefully, if you do find yourself in a position to help someone, these tips can help you to help someone else! 

First and foremost, I want to put a disclaimer out there that everyone is different and what works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else. Just because if you were the one ill one that particular form of help would help you, does not mean that that particular form of help would work for me. Also with the tips I am sharing today, keep in mind, everyone is just different. 
Dealing with paralysis: How to help someone dealing with a health crisis #paralysis, #healthproblems

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Montessori beads 3 part cards 0-30

Given that I am still a bit out of commission, I have been preparing some new printables and materials for when I am feeling a bit better. Life has been a bit hectic to say the least, so I am not terribly concerned with swapping out shelf materials at home right now. Plus, we've had some gorgeous weather come in, so my family has been trying to get more outdoor time in anyway. 

For now, I'm trying to prep a few new printables though for when I am feeling up to bending to swap out activities, and of course cutting and laminating, a chore many homeschoolers and teachers are familiar with, right?

So instead of thinking about how I am going to deal with knee surgery and another yucky round of hospital stays, IVs, and being away from home, I've prepared a fun set of Montessori inspired 3 part cards. Because I need to distract myself! 

Speaking of distracting myself... last night, hubby and I decided to have an in bed movie night with the kids. Natasha is only 4 months old so she was more interested in nursing and sleeping than anything else, but Yvann (4.5 years old) was very excited. We decided, as per his request, to watch Finding Dory (yes finally!). Y was so excited to have popcorn in Mommy and Daddy's bed and to hang out with us. 

Half way through the movie, he asked if he could go to bed. And Mommy and Daddy finished watching the movie alone. Family movie night didn't quite go as planned - Y doesn't quite have the patience to sit through an entire movie. He can only sit still for so long if he has lego to build with which is of course perfectly fine with us! Although, I do have to admit, I was a little disappointed Y left our bed so soon because I was very excited for the cuddles with him. 

Okay, okay, my totally random story has nothing to do with Montessori activities so let's get to it! Scroll down to read all about how you can use these free number cards to practice counting and number quantity with your kiddo! 

Montessori activities: montessori beads 3 part cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschool, #preschoolactivities

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The importance of self care

Today,  I want to talk to you guys about self care and how important it is to just make that time for yourself. Even if it means ignoring some tasks like dishes, even if you think you don't have time for it, even if you can't fathom ignoring that laundry. Please, just think about yourself. You deserve it! 

The importance of self care: a lesson in not forgetting about you by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorihome, #preparedadult, #selfcare, #parenting, #mother

Friday, 24 March 2017

Easter basket ideas for toddlers

Easter is coming up so fast! Today, I wanted to share some fun ideas that you could include in an Easter Basket for a toddler! No candy or treats, but fun toys that are engaging for young minds! Let's have a look!

Easter basket ideas for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #easter #toddlergiftguide
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

What's up? Where did I go? A huge lesson in taking time for self care

If you aren't following along on facebook or instagram, you may have missed my announcement. The reason why it's been so quiet on here suddenly is that I was in the hospital battling what seemed to be an infection and a broken leg. It has been rough to say the least. 

Life update by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis

Using Montessori beads to teach the value of money

Y has gotten to that age where he wants to buy things. Pretty much any lego he sees is guaranteed to get a 'Mom, Dad, can we get it, pleeeeeaasssseee?' 

Since he doesn't really know how much things cost or what money is (also doesn't help to much that we tend to buy things online or use our debit card in stores), I wanted to create some activities that focus on teaching him how much money is actually worth. 

To do this, I created a simple activity using Montessori beads. I only used four of our coins (euro), but you can easily do this with whatever currency your country uses. 

Teaching children about money with Montessori beads by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori #money #montessoriactivities
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Water cycle and weather unit

I'm so excited to finally be sharing the full set of weather themed activities we covered with Y! It's taken me ages to collect all of the photos because we really went deep!

With large themed activities like this, I actually like to really break up the activities. I don't like to put too many works up at one time for Y onto the shelves. So even though you will be seeing all of the water cycle and weather themed activities we did do, please note that these were not all available to Y at the same time - only 4 or so at once. I also like to keep one or two works out that are not necessarily related to our  main theme.

So what did we cover? Have a look! 

Montessori activities: hands on weather printables and  activities by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #scienceactivities, #totlabs, #Montessoriactivities
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Umbrella counting cards 3 ways to count

Today, I am excited to share a fun, spring themed set of printables and several ways to use them! Learning number quantity (how much a number is) can be a difficult concept for children, but it is very important to learn aside from just the number symbol we are used to writing. You can use these cute umbrella counting cards to help your child learn how much a number is! Look below for all of the fun ways these cards can be used!   

Spring activities: Umbrella number cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #numbersactivities, #toddleractivities, #totlabs, #springactivities

I am very excited to be sharing not just how we used these fun printables, but several ways that you can create hands on activities using these cards! 

Spring activities: Umbrella number cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #numbersactivities, #toddleractivities, #totlabs, #springactivities

Sunday, 12 March 2017

St Patrick's Day Salt Tray

St Patrick's Day is coming so quickly! Only less than a week away! We have used this time to get a few nice St Patrick's Day themed activities in! Today, I am sharing a nice way to practice writing using our St Patrick's Day salt tray cards! 

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Clouds 4 part cards

Y and I have been enjoying our weather theme very much! I know we started it quite a while ago. I've been slowly working through this unit in combination with a few other types of works. Really, I like this pace as this weather unit is pretty intense for Y. There is so much new and interesting information that it is nice to space it out a bit. 

Now, he is really studying different types of clouds. We observe the types of clouds we see in the window, too. I suppose this is another advantage to spreading out this theme - we get more time to observe and work that into the unit itself! Of course, we will continue looking at clouds even after we move onto a different theme. 

Today, I am sharing how I taught Y the names of different clouds using our 4 part cards! 

Montessori activities: clouds 3 part cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #3partcards, #scienceactivities, #totlabs, #Montessoriactivities

Friday, 10 March 2017

Easy to set up spring themed activities for toddlers

Have you noticed I haven't been sharing many printables lately? Don't worry, I have a bunch still in the works, I just haven't felt much like cutting things out. In between being busy with the kids during the day, my evening work sessions have turned into evening cuddle sessions with either the baby or the husband or both. I don't regret it though. Sometimes, we just need a little time with our loved ones, right? 

When it comes to learning activities however, printables or not, I do like to have activities ready! Today, I am sharing three very, very easy to set up learning activities that you can prepare for your children when you are pressed for time. 

3 easy to set up Montessori inspired Spring activities for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #springactivities, #spring, #montessoriactivities

Thursday, 9 March 2017

St Patrick's Day prewriting tray

While I have shown how we use salt trays with Y now that he is learning how to write, today I wanted to also share how you can set up a pre writing tray for slightly younger children. Of course, with St Patrick's Day approaching, I couldn't help but add a little bit of something to combine both themes! 
St Patricks Day Activities: prewriting tray for toddlers and preschoolers #montessori, #preschool, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Easter basket ideas for babies

Easter is approaching quickly, and many of you are probably thinking about what to get for those cute little babies for their Easter baskets. I think babies tend to be pretty difficult to buy for. 

Personally, I'm really rather particular about the items I give my children, and it can get a bit tricky when loving family members and friends ask us what to get the kids for special occasions. For my son, I tend to ask for books or lego as those are two general categories that are sure to be a hit! But what about a baby? 

What do babies need? or want to play with? As a general rule, I eliminate anything with a battery. I find it annoying for myself, but also not particularly useful for baby. So what is? 

I've got you covered! Let's talk all about baby goodies! What babies need, want, and what is useful for baby's development! 
Montessori baby toy recommendations by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoribaby, #montessorigiftguide

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Our Montessori Spring: growing beans

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm so happy to announce the start of a new series I am hosting along with the wonderful Katherine from I Believe in Montessori and Vanessa from Mama's Happy Hive! We are all so excited for spring that we are organizing a series centered around spring, featuring wonderful Montessori bloggers from across the world! 

Y is also super excited for spring! He can't wait to get our garden growing with delicious vegetables and fruits! We have  a fantastic assortment of delicious berry plants growing in our backyard. I am so excited for them to ripen and to be able to give Natasha her first berries directly from our garden! I hope Y leaves her some as he loves going out and plucking the fruit fresh! oohh, I can't wait for it all! 

For this part of Our Montessori Spring series, I am sharing how you can regrow plants from dried beans. Y and I conducted a fun experiment to see which type of dried beans would grow the best.

Our Montessori Spring: gardening activities for preschool by Welcome to Mommyhood, #scienceactivities, #montessori, #montessoriactivities
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Monday, 6 March 2017

How to present puzzles to toddlers

One of the things I love about Montessori is the emphasis on simplicity and beauty within the environment. Every material in a Montessori environment is well thought out. It is presented in a way to make it the most appealing and logical to a child. Today, I want to share a simple tip for presenting puzzles to little ones! 

Montessori inspired home: presenting puzzles by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorihome, #montessoriactivities

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Free Montessori classification cards: insects vs flowers

Spring is in the air! We're starting seedlings in doors and even are starting to really plan our garden! I'm so excited for the warmer days we are seeing and, ohh, the longer days are so nice! 

I really like to have more sunlight during the day. I feel so much less pressure to get everything done and have so much more energy. My husband is really affected by the winter days and usually has little desire to do things then. During the spring and summer, we have very long days of sunlight here and it's very nice to be outdoors more! 

I'm so inspired by the birds coming back, the plans for our garden, and just everything about spring! I'm sharing today a small printable freebie just for you! 

Montessori classification cards: insects vs flowers sorting cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities, #zoology #botany

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

It's okay not to be a perfect Montessori parent

I recently read a blog article about the Montessori method that left me feeling a bit sad. While I normally enjoying reading anything and everything about Montessori, this particular time, I finished up doubting my choices as a parent and feeling not good enough. 

I started thinking a bit about my own blog and the feeling I leave you with, dear reader, if you see the activities we are doing, or read the articles I share on here. I truly and deeply hope that you do not read blogs (mine or someone else's) and leave with a feeling of sadness or inadequacy. 
It's okay not be a perfect Montessori parent by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorihome, #parenting

I created Welcome to Mommyhood to share my family's experiences and journey in many things - cooking, recipes, DIY, homeschool activities, expat life, all the topics. Since then, it has of course evolved and transformed into something a bit more concrete with a heavy influence from the Montessori method (but not exclusively). 

It's okay not be a perfect Montessori parent by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorihome, #parenting

I want this blog to be a source of inspiration and to be an uplifting and happy experience for those that come here. I never want a parent, caregiver, reader to leave feeling negatively about him or herself. 

Which makes me feel the strong need to share something important with you. Bloggers are no different than you! I promise! Look, here's the thing. As a blogger (or vlogger), we only share a small snippet of our days. We share the best moments. We share the moments when things are picture perfect, or mostly even staged. 

It's okay not be a perfect Montessori parent by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorihome, #parenting

Friday, 3 March 2017

Free St Patrick's Day Addition Clip Cards

Sooooo St Patrick's Day is really coming up soon! I can't believe that already it's March. The days all feel like a blur to me though with little Natasha already four months old, and Y keeping me busy. I sometimes wish that I didn't really need to sleep - just imagine how much time there would be to do all these things that I can never seem to get done during the day. I guess it's totally worth it to have time to cuddle with the husband though and rest at night like normal folks do. 

Anyway, I'm a little bit taken off guard with how quickly March crept up. I finished some wonderful printables well in advance, but seem to have gotten behind in sharing them on here. So it's catch up time! I'm even sharing a new set of addition clip cards for free with you! Do keep an eye out for tons more wonderful St Patrick's Day materials that I'll be sharing soon! 

St Patricks Day addition cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #stpatricksday, #earlylearning #kidsactivities

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Kids in the kitchen: Using a knife at 4 years old

One of my favourite aspects of Montessori is the emphasis on practical life activities and learning. I really enjoy being able to teach Y basic skills that he will need the rest of his life. I truly believe that learning to do simple tasks for himself helps to build up Y's confidence and self esteem. 

Today, I want to give a peak into how he can use a kitchen knifeI know that this can be very scary to teach our children, so please make sure that if you do teach such things, that you do so under very direct supervision and only if you feel your child is ready for this. Every child's skills and development is different so please only prepare such activities at your own discretion.
Montessori activities (practical life): teaching a four year old to use a kitchen knife by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessorikids, #montessorihome, #practicallife
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Baby activities: socks for movement

Now that baby Natasha is already almost four months old, she's really starting to move around a lot. I am sure to give her many opportunities to explore her body and move around freely. With such a young baby, this is very easy as I place her in her movement area and simply let her be. 

It's so beautiful to watch her explore her body, and move different parts of it. Really, she can be very content to do this for quite long periods of time - even half an hour! Of course, at some point, big brother comes over to her and starts talking to her and giving her kisses, disruption her concentration, but that's a story for a different day! 

Today, I want to show you a simple little DIY project you can put together to encourage movement in a young baby.  

Movement for Babies: jingle socks by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #movement, #babies, #montessoribabies #montessoribaby
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