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FREE Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack

 "Is it time to pick the peaches?" 

This is the question Sunshine has always asked and still does the minute our peach tree starts to show signs of life.

Sunshine has an incredibly difficult time waiting until the peaches are ripe. She wants to pick them NOW and sometimes does. I know of no one who loves peaches more than she does.

For years I have wanted to create a resource for her that will help, but didn't get around to it until this year.

I am absolutely in LOVE with our FREE Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack and hope you enjoy it too!


FREE Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack

FREE Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack


The FREE Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack comes with two different activities that can be used in multiple ways.

  • Life Cycle of a Peach Sequencing Nomenclature Cards
  • Life Cycle of a Peach Chart

Climbing a Peach Tree

Life Cycle of a Peach Sequencing Nomenclature Cards


In the printable pack, you'll first see a set of nomenclature cards with numbers on them. These cards can be used for sequencing the life cycle of a peach. 

I chose not to use words on these cards because the names of each stage are very complicated and I wanted Sunshine to focus on the steps and sequence rather than the names.


Picking Peaches for the First Time

Life Cycle of a Peach Chart


The next activity you'll see are two versions of  Life Cycle of a Peach Chart. 

  • Life Cycle of a Peach Chart with true-to-life images. 
  • Life Cycle of a Peach Chart with blank squares and a set of pictures to place in the blank squares

Some of my kids enjoy placing pictures where they belong, using the control.

Some of my kids enjoy using the control as a guide to color pictures in the blank squares. 

Sunshine will enjoy using the control to take to the peach tree with her. There she'll identify which phase the peaches on the tree are in.

Whichever way you choose to use them is up to you!

Pruning the Peach Tree

The true-to-life images are absolutely gorgeous in this printable pack and accurately depict each phase of the life cycle of a peach.

Are the Peaches Ready to Pick?

I hope you enjoy the Life Cycle of a Peach Printable Pack as much has we do! Sunshine is so excited about it.

We have spoken to her on the phone every night this week, mentioning how Princess has been picking peaches every day, and how Mommy is making all sorts of peach dishes for meals and desserts.

Sunshine is so hoping she'll be able to come home on a pass soon to join in the fun. 

Last time she was home, the peaches weren't ready to be picked, as one can see in the picture above.

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FREE Ballet Themed Cutting Strips

Sunshine is very passionate about ballet right now. 

For Easter we gave her a leotard, stockings, skirt, and ballet shoes. She wears them every chance she gets when she visits the house.

Sunshine has been my inspiration when making ballet themed products including these FREE Ballet Themed Cutting Strips

I find that when I create something that she loves, I feel closer to her, even though she's unable to live with us at this time due to her unsafe behaviors. This is especially true when it's a topic we both love, which ballet is.

FREE Ballet Themed Cutting Strips

FREE Ballet Themed Cutting Strips


The FREE Ballet Cutting Strips are designed to help children cut simple pieces of paper while practicing rotation. Each strip has a different cutting angle.

Whether you choose to practice cutting with ballet pointe shoes or ballet dancers, kids who are interested in cutting are sure to enjoy them.

The ballet cutting strips are a free printable. To obtain your copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Packs


The FREE Ballet Themed Cutting Strips are designed to be used with our Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Packs.

These printable packs include so many fabulous ballet resources in math, language, culture, and practical life. It even includes some beginning French activities!

What I love most about these printable packs are how diverse they are, and how much they encourage movement while learning. 

Ballet is not just for a certain body type, ethnicity, race, or sex. It is for everyone to enjoy!

Learning is not meant to occur when standing or sitting still.

Be sure to check out our Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Packs if you have Montessori preschoolers who love dance. 

Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Pack

Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Pack


The Montessori-inspired Ballet Printable Pack is a fabulous resource for those preparing for ballet classes or for those who absolutely love ballet and want to learn more about it in Montessori preschool and early elementary classrooms. 

It includes wonderful step-by-step visuals about how to get ready for ballet class and the order and sequence of the class.

Montessori-inspired Ballet Math Printable Pack

Montessori-inspired Ballet: Math Printable Pack


The Montessori-inspired Ballet: Math Printable Pack is designed for children in Montessori preschool classes. It focuses on numbers, basic addition, skip counting, and ordinal numbers.

This printable pack does include number activities in French, which is a huge bonus for those teaching French in the classroom.

Sunshine absolutely LOVED these math activities. They are absolutely beautiful!

Montessori-inspired Ballet Language Printable Pack

Montessori-inspired: Language Printable Pack


The Montessori-inspired Language Printable Pack is designed for children in Montessori preschool classrooms. It focuses on letter sounds, synonyms, antonyms, colors, and vocabulary.

This printable pack also includes color words in French for those who would like to teach their children how to say and spell them.

Sunshine's favorite printables from this resource were those used in our ballet vocabulary, spelling, and writing activities.

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Montessori Sensorial Materials: Pink Tower and Brown Stair

I can think of no other Montessori Sensorial Materials that children love more than the Pink Tower and Brown Stair. They are a staple in every Montessori preschool classroom teaching sensorial and math concepts to all.

Our children have LOVED these materials over the years. Whether they're building that first pink tower or trying extensions, they are so happy when handling these materials. 

I think the proprioceptive and visual input that children receive while working with these materials make them all the more helpful and loved in the classroom.


Montessori Sensorial Materials: The Pink Tower and Brown Stair

Montessori Sensorial Materials: Pink Tower and Brown Stair


Some wonder if the Pink Tower and Brown Stair are worth purchasing. I'm here to say 100% yes! 

There are so many things to do with these materials. My kids can't keep their hands off of them.

If you have a child who craves proprioceptive input or visual input like Bulldozer, these materials are a must!


Montessori Pink Tower


So then the question becomes, what can you do with these materials beyond building towers?

The answer is extensions! 

There are so many ways to use these materials by themselves and together.

You just need to know where to look for some fabulous activity ideas and controls.


Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stair Activities


Dinomite is definitely a few steps beyond building a basic tower with these sensorial materials, but when I give him a template or control he needs to follow, he starts advancing his skills further, especially when both materials are included in the challenge.

I love his expressions in these photos because they show how much effort and concentration goes into these activities. The photos also show how pleased he is with himself.

The cards may not look challenging, but I assure you they are. To line up every size perfectly takes time and a lot of effort!

Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stair Activities


You can find several extensions out there. 


One of our favorites is from Montessori Print Shop. I love the challenges the resource includes as they are all so very different.</ p>


The resource also provides multiple levels of difficulty to meet the needs of all children.


No matter what type of extension your child prefers, there's something for everyone.


Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stair Activities that kids enjoy!


Some may worry about the weight of these materials along with possible mishaps. 

Truthfully, we've never had an incident. The weight requires children to handle with care. 

Most extension challenges require building from the biggest to the smallest, or similar, so the biggest and most heavy materials aren't really at risk for doing damage.

Montessori Pink Stair Challenges

Now, if you're looking for even more fun resources, especially those that are free, I highly recommend the Pink Tower and Brown Stair Extension Activities from Creciendo con Montessori. This printable is being used in the image above.

They provide so many different extension challenges for kids. All of my children loved them, especially Princess.

Sensorial materials are so important to include in the classroom. The Pink Tower and Brown Stair are no exceptions!

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Book Recommendations for 7th Graders

Princess wants to be an author when she grows up. Her passions are reading and writing. There is not a day that goes by that she isn't reading and writing in her spare time. 

It can be quite difficult to find new reading material that's appropriate for Princess' age and development.

Princess is so excited about her new reading list for the school year. I've started ordering books on her list from the library. Her one complaint is that I didn't order her enough to get through the week. Lol. 

If you have an avid reader like Princess, we hope these book recommendations for 7th graders help!


Book Recommendations for 7th Graders

Book Recommendations for 7th Graders


Princess will be required to read fifteen out of twenty of the books below. My guess is that she will choose to read all of them. Lol.


1. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

4. The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

5. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

6. The Redhead of Auschwitz by Nechama Birnbaum

7. The Girl Who Looked Beyond the Stars by L.B. Anne

8. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

11. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

12. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

14. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

15. Witch Born by Amber Argyle

16. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

17. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

18. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

19. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway


If you have a seventh grader who doesn't share the same interests as Princess, and you're still looking for book recommendations, be sure to check out Bulldozer's reading list this year!


Book Recommendations for 8th Graders

Book Recommendations for 8th Graders


Bulldozer loves movies, natural disasters, adventures, humor and more. I'm excited he's open to reading classics and throw in a few history novels. His list is definitely a fun one.

And if Princess' list and Bulldozer's list doesn't fit the bill for your reader, check out Dinomite's reading list for the year!

Book Recommendations for 9th Graders

Book Recommendation for 9th Graders


Dinomite loves history and is very much on a classics binge right now when it comes to reading. It doesn't matter if the classics are new or old, he wants to read all of them.

I hope you find all of the book recommendations you need through these lists!

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Book Recommendations for 8th Graders

Our book lists are back! Bulldozer has been begging for his new book list for the school year. I love that he enjoys reading so much.

This year he will be in 8th grade, but tends to read above grade level. I tried to find a balance between books that will be easy and those that will be more difficult. Bulldozer approved of his list.

If you're looking for book recommendations for 8th graders, this is for you!

Book Recommendations for 8th Graders

Bulldozer enjoys very specific genres when it comes to books. I'm excited he's starting to branch out a bit. His list shows this.

He has observed his older brother reading classics and enjoying them and isn't opposed to trying a few this year. This is so exciting!

During the school year he's required to read fifteen out of twenty of the books on his list. This provides him opportunities to put down a few he decides he doesn't like and focus on ones he does enjoy.

Check out this list!

Book Recommendations for 8th Graders


1. Once by Morris Gleitzman

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

4. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

5. Holes by Louis Sachar

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

9. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

10. A Connecticut  Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

11. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

12. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

13. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

15. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

16. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

17. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

18. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

19. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

20. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


If you realize that your 8th grader doesn't gravitate to the types of books that Bulldozer does, you may want to check out Dinomite's book list for the year. His interests are very different.


Book Recommendations for 9th Graders

Book Recommendations for 9th Graders


And if you still can't find anything to meet the needs of of an eighth grader in your life, you may want to check out Princess' book list. Though it says it's for 7th graders, many of the books are great for 8th graders as well.

Book Recommendations for 7th Graders

Book Recommendations for 7th Graders


I hope you've found some great books to add to your reading list! There are so many fabulous titles to choose from!


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