Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Montessori Lucky charms 3 part cards for St Patrick's Day

There's something about St Patrick's Day approaching that I associate with luck. I was really inspired to create some simple Montessori inspired symbols of luck materials for your St Patrick's Day activities! 

St Patrick's Day Activities: Montessori Lucky charms 3 part cards #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #stpatricksday, #stpatricksdayactivities

Monday, 27 February 2017

Why I don't make my son share

So sharing? That's a tough one, isn't it? It's something that I have personally struggled with for a while. It's taken me a bit of time to figure out as a parent, what I wanted to enforce, and how to deal with difficult situations. Now, Yvann and Natasha share a four year age gap, and Natasha is only a few months old, so they are quite unlikely to really be arguing about toys too much. However, playing with friends and relatives has lead to some tricky situations and I wanted to take a little bit of time to share our experiences and how we handle these situations with you. 

Do you really need to encourage children to share? By Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #toddlers, #preschool, #sharing, #parenting advice, #parentingtips

Sunday, 26 February 2017

St Patrick's Day Missing Number Clip Cards

We have been working our way through some fun St Patrick's Day activities! Y has really been into addition and learning to add number combinations up to 5.  Now that he is working on addition, I wanted to create a few fun St Patrick's Day addition materials. 

I created some more challenging addition cards with a missing number! These number cards are not written as a normal equation, but add an element of challenge by containing a missing number. What these cards actually encourage children to do is subtract! 

Y isn't quite ready to use them, but I am preparing our materials already. I think we'll be there very soon! 

St Patrick's Day Missing Number Clip Cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #stpatricksday #montessori #handsonlearning

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Types of butterflies freebie

We had so much fun putting together our butterfly unit recently. After I shared our beautiful colours of butterflies cards, a reader expressed that it would be nice to have cards with the names of the butterflies. Well... here they are! 

I am so excited about how beautifully these cards turned out! I do want to say, I only included 26 different types of butterflies. This is to keep children from being overwhelmed by tons and tons and tons of cards, and also to keep this lovely material free! I really tried to find images of butterflies that were beautiful and clear. I hope your children, your students, and you enjoy these cards! 

Montessori Activities: Types of butterflies 3 part cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #springactivities, #preschoolactivities, #zoology, #butterflies

Friday, 24 February 2017

Free Bee cutting strips for scissor practice

We are starting a new life cycle exploration! I'm really excited to start teaching Y all about bees! We will be doing several fun life cycle themed activities so do stay on the look out not only for our hands on activities, but for our fun bee life cycle printables! 

For now, we are really hoping the spring weather stays and we can get outdoors more. I'm super excited to even start planning our garden! Hopefully this means we can also observe some bees in real life outdoors. 

Last summer, Y was very interested in them and whenever we would go on walks, he would point them out to me... and ask what can only be described as an endless stream of questions about bees. Where do they come from? What do they do? Why are they yellow? Why are they on the flowers? What do they do with the flowers? 

I was too pregnant to really create works for exploring these topics, although, of course, I explained these things to him as we were outdoors. Now, I'm excited to present fun works to explore these questions in depth. We are kicking off this study with a simple bee themed cutting strips freebie!

Free bee themed cutting strips by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #montessoriactivities, #springactivities
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Butterfly learning resources

We had so much fun with our Butterfly Themed Unit Activities! To finish up our series of Butterfly themed printables and activities, I wanted to share several beautiful and unique resources that you may use to complete your own study of butterflies! 

Butterfly learning resources by Welcome to Mommyhood #springactivities, #montessori, #learningresources, #earlylearning, #montessoriactivities
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

St Patrick's Day Push Pin Printables

Is St Patrick's Day really less than a month away? I cannot believe it's almost March! We've actually started preparing some fun and simple invitations to explore St Patrick's Day. One of the St Patrick's Day activities I set up was a simple pin poking printable. 

As you may have noticed, we have been loving pin poking activities lately. Y has really been fascinated with writing, so we are amping up the writing practice using salt trays, DIY sandpaper letters, pin poking activities, and actually writing. These have all been part of a laid back way to prepare him for learning to read and write. He's really been enjoying his exploration in letters and pre-writing activities like these! 

Montessori inspired activities: St Patrick's Day pin punching printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessoriactivities #montessori #preschoolactivities #preschool #Stpatricksday
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Paralysis: 2 years later

I'm going to start off this post with a bit of a disclaimer. It's raw, emotional, and difficult. It's about paralysis and how I have been coping. It's a struggle to portray my thoughts coherently so please bear with me. 

Coping with paralysis: 2 years later by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis #wheelchair

On March 15, it will be two years. Two years since I walked. Since I was able to run and play with my son. I've been grieving that a lot lately. The day before I was injured, my husband and I took our then two and a half year old son on a walk with one of his outdoor cars, the kind you can sit on. 

We took turns pushing him, and even though it was such an uncomfortable position to kneel down, I remember, we just had such a beautiful time together. It's a memory I'll always cherish because it was the last time I was able to run with him. The last time I could kneel down to his level so easily. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Teachers Pay Teachers Dollar Deals!

Good morning friends! It's February 21st today which means a great deal for all of you wonderful readers, teachers, and homeschoolers! A bunch of wonderful Montessori Teachers Pay Teachers sellers are getting together for another round of fabulous deals! This month's theme is dollar deals! We are selling amazing products for just $1 only for today! 

To find all of the wonderful deals, search MontessoriLove on Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Spring play dough ideas

You guys! You guys! You know how I live in the Netherlands? Well, some items are so difficult to find here. Basic things that I had access to in the United States like baking soda and cream of tartar. Weeeeellll guess what I found? Cream of tartar! Ohhhh, I am so unbelievably excited for all of the play dough making that has been and will continue to be happening in my home! 

To celebrate this awesome discovery, I gathered some of the most beautiful and inspiration spring themed invitations to use play dough from other wonderful bloggers! I hope you enjoy these fabulous ideas as you start getting your spring themed activities ready! 

Spring activities: invitation to use play dough by Welcome to Mommyhood #playdough #springactivities #springplaydough #finemotor #spring

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fine motor activities for tots

My sister in law recently asked me to create some printables and materials for her daughter, a toddler. I'm so excited to have a younger kiddo to create works for, and I have to admit, I got a little bit carried away. In this article, I wanted to share a few simple ideas for tray activities you can set up for toddlers to work on fine motor skills and pincer grasp. 

These types of activities were a lot of fun for Y when he was about two, two and a half years old. He craved works that involved his hands, fine motor skills, practical life activities. If I were to go a day without creating new practical life works for him, he would gather the materials himself (from the kitchen) and create his own works. Seriously guys, the kiddo would grab the dried beans, two bowls and a spoon and would spend twenty minutes spooning at his table. Or pouring water from one cup to another. He loved these types of activities! Loooved! 

So! Today, I wanted to share a few fun ideas for working on strengthening little hands! 

Fine motor activities for toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #toddleractivities, #preschoolactivities, #finemotor, #montessoriactivities, #practicallife

Friday, 17 February 2017

Water cycle printables

Y has just been so curious about so many things lately. Recently, we finally received our first bit of snow! Y was very intrigued by it even though he found the weather really a bit too cold. 

Seeing the snow, he instantly had so many questions for me - where does snow come from? How does it come to the ground? Why? How? Why? Why? Why? The questions coming from a four year old can really be quite endless. I love to be able to answer his questions and feed his curiosity. 

However, I didn't have all of the answers straight away, so I put together a lovely weather and water cycle themed unit to be able to explain to where snow and rain come from. I really enjoyed putting these lovely materials together. 

Psst! The fun bit is this was a part of a larger weather themed unit! In a few days, I will be sharing our hands on learning activities, how we used all of these fun materials, and all of our weather themed activities! Be sure to check back! 

Water cycle printables from Welcome to Mommyhood #scienceactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #preschool,

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Everything you need for the perfect Momtessori Inspired Africa Unit Study

We absolutely loved our Africa themed units when we explored the continent a while back. I have been planning on doing another exploration of Africa soon. I really am so excited for setting up fun, Africa themed activities again. I am a bit of a history geek after all, which makes researching countries and different cultures just all the more fun! 

Today, I want to share some of the wonderful Africa themed activities, materials, and printables already available to help you put together the perfect Africa unit study! 

Montessori activities: Africa themed activities and printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities, #3to6 #africaunit #printables, #perschoolactivities

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Weather pin poking printables

Phew! We have been working hard on thematic units again lately! I'm really enjoying putting together units again, with materials covering a range of subjects within each unit - ranging from practical life to science to writing. It's a lot of fun for me to make, but I also see that Y becomes quite interested in topics and likes to explore them more in depth in this way.

Yesterday, I shared the works on butterfly theme. Today, I want to give an introduction to the other large unit we have covered this month - our weather theme. These are our fun Weather Push Pin activities! 

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Hands on butterfly themed learning activities

It's time for another post for the 12 months of Montessori series! I'm so excited to be sharing how we used all of our fun butterfly themed printables to create hands on activities! This month's theme is spring so be sure to visit all of the other wonderful bloggers participating in this series!

Butterfly life cycle unit by Welcome to Mommyhood #lifecycleactivities, #montessori, #Montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities, #springactivities, #12monthsofmontessori

Monday, 13 February 2017

Butterfly numbers bundle

I am very excited to be sharing another beautiful set of butterfly themed printables! Today is all about numbers and counting. We have been working on addition lately, and have been using a variety of the printables featured today to practice! 

Spring activities: Butterfly themed numbers bundle by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities, #springactivities, #spring
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Books about spring

Spring has to be coming soon, right? I am so ready for warmer weather, butterflies, flowers, and the sound of birds chirping in the morning! Oh, and longer days! I am so ready for more sun! 

With all of this talk about seasons changing in my home, we are really enjoying some beautiful spring themed learning activities. Of course, we have to add some fun books to our spring activities! Today, I am sharing our picks for 12 beautiful spring books for preschoolers! 

9 lovely spring books for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #springactivities, #springbooks, #springbooksforpreschoolers, #earlylearning, #homeschool, #preschool, #toddleractivities, #preschoolactivities
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Butterfly life cycle printables

Y has really enjoyed our Butterfly Life Cycle printables. He actually was around while I was printing them and was very enthusiastic about getting them printed and onto the shelves. I am typically pretty careful about being a bit secretive about preparing the works. I like to get them up as a sort of surprise so he can explore the new materials all at once. 

This time, I didn't really think about it. Using the printer is a pretty exciting process for him, so I let Y take the papers out of the printer. Of course, he was so excited to get the works finished, he absolutely insisted on cutting them out himself. No, mama could not help and he must do it himself. Of course, I let him, being thankful that we have such an efficient printer

Y did a pretty good job cutting everything out, but the funniest bit was that he said that he was working. Afterwards, he asked to use my phone and started taking photos of the materials he had cut out. I could definitely tell this is a blogger's kid! I love this boy! 

Anyway, the materials I was preparing were our butterfly themed life cycle activities. By the way folks, stay tuned for this month's 12 Months of Montessori Series post - I am going to be sharing all of our hands on Butterfly themed activities for additional inspiration about how to use these beautiful materials! 

Montessori activities: Butterfly life cycle printables for kids by Welcome to Mommyhood #springactivities, #preschoolactivities, #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #kindergartenactivities, #elementary
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Seasons sorting cards for pre reading

Y has been showing a growing interest in the passage of time, seasons, and times of year. I am really enjoying his questions (even if they are quite exhausting to answer), and his curiosity. To engage him, I recently created a printable for exploring seasons - Seasons sorting cards. 

These cards are very beautiful and feature only realistic images. They can even be used with toddlers as a sorting or classification work. 

Montessori Inspired Seasons Classification Cards for prereading by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #preschoolactivities, #Preschool, #kindergarten, #montessoriprintables
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Freebie Friday: Butterfly number cards

We are seriously into unit studies lately. I feel like it's just so much fun to create different types of learning materials. I do tend to get rather carried away with creating materials once I get started, but the thing about unit studies is that Y just keeps asking more and more questions the deeper we dig into something. It's so much fun! I just adore his curiosity and desire to really learn! 

Today, I am sharing another fun freebie! We have been working on a spring theme recently, and butterflies have been all the rage in our home! Y has been enjoying his life cycle materials, but I also wanted to add a few math works in addition to the zoology ones. That is why I created some beautiful number cards. 

There's something so pretty about butterflies! For these printables, I used realistic images of butterflies with lovely, vibrant colours. As a gift to you, you can grab your own free version below!  

Spring activities: free butterfly number cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #montessoriactivities, #springactivities, #preschoolactivities, #toddleractivities,
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Spring activities: free spring number puzzles printables

We are getting ready for a large exploration of seasons, specifically focusing on a study of spring. I am so excited not only for actual spring, but for our themed study. 

Y had so much fun exploring our winter themed activities, including our winter number puzzles. Like our winter puzzles, these spring puzzles feature beautiful, realistic images portraying spring and spring objects. 

I love how Y gets to explore nature as it really is (because we use realistic photos) even though we may not be able to see these things right now outside. I cannot wait to actually watch butterflies and birds, but for now, we are looking forward to using our spring themed materials. Hopefully, Mother Nature catches up soon. I am so over the cold!
spring activities: free spring number puzzle printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #homeschool, #springactivities

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Children in the kitchen: types of knives

One of the many important approaches of Montessori style parenting is giving children plenty of opportunities to be independent. In my home, as well as what you see in many other Montessori homes, is that children are very involved in typical household tasks, including cooking. 

There are many ways to enjoy cooking together and many reasons why cooking together with young children is an extremely important activity. However, it is also very important to have the proper materials available in order for children to learn how to cook safely. 

One of the most basic kitchen tools that we have is also one of the most dangerous - knives. When you decide to teach your little one how to cook, it is important to have the proper knives available for them. There are many different types of knives available, and choosing the right one to start can be tricky.

As with any Montessori material, it ought to be child sized. However, picking the best tool for your child goes beyond simply buying a small, sharp knife. There are several options available with differing skill  levels required to use them, knives of different sizes, shapes and handles. Let's go have a chat about just that! 

Montessori home: types of knives for teaching children how to cook #montessori, #montessorihome, #practicallife, #homeschool
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Spring activities: flowers pin punching

So spring? Nice weather, beautiful flowers, and getting outdoors more. I just cannot wait! I'm already planning my garden - filled with special raised beds that my husband will need to build for me so I can drive underneath them with my wheelchair. 

The raised beds are a really lovely solution to being able to grow a lovely garden from my wheelchair. It upsets me though that I cannot maneuver quite as easily on the ground. Y can access that much easier, but it's too difficult for me to manage our garden if it's directly planted into the earth, at this point. 

The raised beds are nice as long as Y has a step stool or sits on my lap. We just both end up covered in earth. I suppose that will only get worse as baby girl decides to join, right? It's also totally worth it to be doing something so fun together! 

I'm so excited to get our herbs planted (basil, oregano, rosemary), and our veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, ohh and so much more!). I really want to get some flowers going, too, but I doubt I'll have time for that this year. I'm already way overly ambitious with our veggie garden. At least our berry plants (black berries, raspberries, strawberries, red currants, blue berries, black currants) are all low maintenance. 

Well, that was quite the gardening tangent! Why all the plants talk? Because I am unbelievably excited to start planning our garden, I have been incorporating more and more spring themed activities into our works. It's so fun to think about all the extra time we will be spending outdoors! Plus, watching baby girl take it all in will be great! 

For now, I'm sharing how we are studying spring - with a fun pin pricking work that is! This one is flowers themed and hence my long discussion of planting things. 

Are you getting excited for spring? Will you grow a garden? 

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Monday, 6 February 2017

No need to be fancy! Montessori inspired activities

When it comes to Montessori style activities, I feel like we can get wrapped up in buying lovely, expensive materials. I want to take a little bit of time to write about several ideas you can use for Montessori inspired activities that are very easy to set up with materials you likely already have on hand. 

The thing is, if you are at home, you don't need to replicate a school. If you have a Montessori school, or a non-Montessori school, go you! If you're a teacher, thank you for doing such a precious and important job! These environments however are really very different (home versus school), and I think that's just fine!

Today, I want to write a bit about creating Montessori inspired activities at home specifically. As a parent, I find myself looking at beautiful images of Montessori schools and environments, and I can't help but wish I could set up my home more like a beautiful Montessori school with all of those fabulous materials. However, my bank account has limited funding of course, and we need to be realistic. 

It's okay not to replicate a school, or worse yet, get stuck on pinterest and feel pressure to create a magazine worthy environment! I feel like parenting, and homeschooling can really lead to some pretty hefty guilt trips that we of course inflict upon ourselves. 

I hope to encourage you guys today and say that it's not necessary to have a 'fancy' set up, expensive materials, and that you don't need to replicate that photo you saw on pinterest. You can create wonderful, educational, useful works and activities with materials you likely already have at home just because! Isn't that wonderful? 

Easy to set up Montessori style activities for toddlers or preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #montessoriactivities, #montessori, #homeschool, #toddleractivities

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Butterfly color sorting cards for tots

Even though we are expecting to get some ice and freezing weather next week, I am still insisting on preparing spring themed works for our shelves. Hopefully thinking warm, happy thoughts can hurry up the warmer weather. That's how it works, right? 

Okay, okay, all kidding aside, I'm super excited for our lovely butterfly themed unit that we have started! Y actually was so insistent on it! I'm really not sure where he got the idea to set up a butterfly theme, but I'm so glad he did. 

Spring Activities: Butterfly themed color sorting cards by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #preschoolactivities, #homeschool, #springactivities, #kidsactivities, #printables, #totlabs

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I had so much fun putting the printables together (check out teachers pay teachers for a sneak peak at the larger butterfly bundle if you want a head start). Y was around while I was printing and prepping the works. He told me that he had a great idea for a work - he would help cut them out and would snap photos of the printables. 

Umm, yea, that's a blogger's kid right there! It was so adorable though! He did a fabulous job cutting and didn't snip off any of the actual printables - I just ended up touching up a bit along some of the edges.

For now, here is a look at our beautiful colours of butterflies printables that we are loving! Be sure to keep an eye out for the final bundle and all of the hands on activities we have on the shelves. I'll be sharing these all soon! 

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Kitchen Pretend Play Toys

Y absolutely loves play with his kitchen toys. Of course, we love to cook together using real materials, but there's just something so special about pretend play with these toys! We play restaurant together, work on manners, learn about food groups and do so much more - whatever we are in the mood to do! 

Gift guide for toddlers and preschoolers - Wooden kitchen toys for pretend play by Welcome to Mommyhood #pretendplay #woodentoys #giftguide #childrenstoys #giftguidekids
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I love that these toys are so open ended, beautifully made and fun for kids of so many different ages. Whenever Y has friends over, his kitchen toys always make it out. 

Today, I am sharing some of our favourite kitchen toys for pretend play. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Free butterfly cutting strips

The days are starting to get longer! You guuyys the days are finally starting to get longer, and warmer, and there are birds! I'm so, so excited for spring and slightly less bone chillingly cold here in the Netherlands! 

Of course, all of this excitement means it's time to get some spring themed activities on the shelves! So today, I am sharing a new freebie that is making its way onto our spring themed shelves rotation - Butterfly themed cutting strips! 

I am so pleased with how these turned out, I must admit. These realistic butterflies are just so fun with their pretty colours!

Practical life activities: free butterfly themed cutting strips - perfect for spring by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #practicallife
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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Ultimate Montessori Language Bundle (Pink Series) is now available!

I am so excited to announce that Tot Labs' Ultimate Montessori Language Bundle is now available for sale! Mumma Diaries and Welcome to Mommyhood have been hard at work creating the ultimate Montessori Language bundle! Read on below to see all of the wonderful materials included in this mega bundle!

Tot Labs Presents: The Ultimate Montessori Language Resource #montessori, #Preschool, #preschoolactivities, #totlabs, #homeschool, #kindergarten, #language

The Ultimate Montessori Language Resource

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Shapes Pin Punching freebie

I'm super excited to be sharing another fun freebie with you guys! We have been loving working on pin punching activities lately. I have really been enjoying creating new printables for just that. They're so much fun to create fun pieces of art with, after punching out the shape! 

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