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Word Study Activities Bundle

I never thought the day would come when Dinomite, Bulldozer, and Princess would enjoy the process of writing.  And it's not just the writing.  It's all about the words.

They are asking question after question, working to improve their daily writing assignments.  It's incredible to watch them analyze their word choices.

I've been waiting for the time when we would really dig into the study of words.  The day has finally come!

To celebrate this momentous occasion and to make sure we'll have all of the resources on hand that are needed, my husband Jason and I created the Word Study Activities Bundle.

This incredible bundle is designed for Montessori preschool and elementary classrooms.  Printables were created to go along with the early elementary Montessori language album, but are easily adaptable to preschoolers who are able to read and late elementary students.

Word Study Activities Bundle

The Montessori Word Study Activities Bundle is 317 pages of incredible resources available now through November 30th, 2019 at 75% OFF for only $14.99.  

It includes ten different parts and covers everything you could think of and more.

Montessori Word Study Activities Bundle


Montessori Rhyming Words Printable Pack

Montessori Rhyming Words Printable Pack

The study of rhyming is not in my early elementary Montessori album. However, I find it to be a vital stepping stone to all other word study concepts.  For that reason, I included these rhyming word activities in this bundle. 

This printable pack introduces rhyming through images, progressing through the beginning, intermediate, and advanced vocabulary words.  It then progresses to rhyming word strips and charts.  From there rhyming word lists are presented through word strips.  

Then to complete the pack you are given a set of rhyming task cards.  Each task card has a sentence.  Students identify the rhyming words in the sentence and write them on the lines provided.

Montessori Compound Words Printable Pack

Montessori Compound Words Printable Pack

This printable pack introduces compound words as math equations using images.  Students piece the equations together using controls provided when necessary.

Once students understand what compound words are, a sorting activity is provided for them to distinguish between compound words and words with suffixes or prefixes.  

The last part of this printable pack is a set of task cards where students need to identify the compound words included but written incorrectly.  Students then write the compound word correctly on the line provided.

Montessori Suffixes Printable Pack

Montessori Suffixes Printable Pack

In the early elementary Montessori album that I have, suffixes are introduced using a train engine and car to represent the root word plus the suffix.  For those who don't have these items, an image is included.

Once the initial concept has been introduced you are provided with wordstrips that include root words with two different suffixes.  An example of this is is the word cheer, cheering and cheerful.  Suffix word option charts are provided as controls.

Also included in this printable pack is a set of suffix wordstrips with definitions.  Charts are provided as controls.  

Lastly, you receive a set of wordstrips where students match root words and suffixes.  Charts are provided again as controls.

Montessori Prefixes Printable Pack

Montessori Prefixes Printable Pack

This printable pack starts out by introducing the concept of prefixes through a series of four images.  The first image includes the root word.  The other three images include various prefixes attached to the root word.

Once students understand what prefixes are, they will enjoy the prefix and definition word strips.  Charts are provided as a control.

After students understand prefix definitions they can try using the prefix and root word match up word strips.  More charts are provided as a control.

Montessori Antonyms Printable Pack

The antonyms printable pack starts out with nomenclature style opposites cards using true to life images.  It then progresses to antonym sorting sets that also includes true to life images.  

To practice the concept of antonyms, clip cards are also included. Charts are provided as controls for each pairing activity.

Finally students are provided with several pages of antonym word strips with charts to rotate out over time.

Montessori Synonyms Printable Pack

This printable pack introduces the concept of synomyms with beautiful matching true to life image nomenclature cards.  It then progresses to sorting synomym sets.  These also include an image for those who may need extra visual prompts.

Next come synonym clip cards followed by word charts that help with synonym word strip activities the activities included in the pack. 

Montessori Homophones Printable Pack

Montessori Homophones Printable Pack

What are homophones?  Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meaning.  An example is the words hair and hare.

This printable pack is the perfect resource for teaching kids about homophones. It starts with matching nomenclature cards with true to life images.  Next comes homophone clip cards with images. 

Word strip cards are also included.  One side has the homophone. The matching card includes a sentence that explains the definition of the word.  All of the word strips come in pairs.  There are also charts to use as controls.

Montessori Homonyms Printable Pack

Montessori Homonyms Printable Pack

Homonyms are words that sound the same and are spelled the same, but have different meaning.  An example is the pair of words calf and calf.  There's the calf of  of your leg and the calf, a baby cow.

This printable pack introduces homonyms through nomenclature style cards with true to life images.  These cards can be used as a control when creating homonym books.  The pack also includes task card clip cards.

Montessori Homographs Printable Pack

Montessori Homographs Printable Pack

Homographs are words that are spelled the same way but are pronounced differently and mean different things.

This printable pack includes matching nomenclature style cards with true to life images as well as a book template so students can create their own homograph pairs.

Montessori Word Families Printable Pack

Montessori Word Families Printable Pack

In the early elementary language album that I have word families are words that are related by root word but have different suffixes and prefixes.  Each page of this printable consists of a root word and then six words that are related.  There is also a card that includes the root word and all of its matches as a control.

As you can see the Montessori Word Study Activities Bundle is an incredible resource when teaching students language concepts.  It will enhance their reading and writing skills.  All of the printables included grow with the child from easy to most difficult.

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Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Sunshine's birthday is a month away.  Christmas is only two months away.  Needless to say I've been looking for gift ideas for 8 year old girls.

Every time I ask Sunshine what she wants she becomes extremely overwhelmed.  There are just too many choices for her brain to handle.

While we were out on a Mommy Daughter date this morning I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and Christmas one last time to see if anything had changed.  

This is when she asked if she could put together a wish list like in years past.  This was not my plan, but since I still had no idea what she wanted, I figured I'd follow her lead.

To my pleasant surprise putting together a wish list with Sunshine was easier than ever.  She came up with six themes.  I typed the themes in Amazon. She looked through all of the options and picked six under each theme that she loved most.

It's amazing how this process of creating a wish list helps Sunshine so much.  The visual prompts paired with the auditory experience is the perfect combination for helping her communicate.

Sunshine's now asked for wish lists for Dinomite, Bulldozer, and Princess too, so she can pick out what she wants to get them for Christmas.  You can expect them coming soon!

Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Sunshine's wish list is so much fun this year! I love that she enjoys so many different things.  If you have an 8 year old girl, I hope this helps you come up with some fantastic ideas as well.

Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls


Barbie Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Sunshine was introduced to the world of Barbie this year and absolutely loves it.  She loves to change their clothes, shoes, and accessorize.  Her siblings enjoy playing with her too!  Sunshine can't wait to add more dolls and accessories to her collection.

Barbie Cake Decorating Set

Barbie Musician Doll and Play Set (Purchased)

Barbie Animal Rescuer Doll and Play Set

Barbie Ballet Instructor

Barbie Careers Baby Doctor Play Set (Purchased)

Barbie Dream Horse and Blond Doll

Sunshine is very big into diversifying her Barbie collection.  I LOVE this about her.  Unfortunately we've run into a few snags with this process.

Sunshine feels we need an equal amount of male and female dolls.  She only has one male doll and well... That's just not acceptable to her.  She's picked out the male dolls and accessories below to even out her collection.

Barbie Travel Ken Doll (Purchased)

Barbie Dolphin Magic Ken Doll

Barbie Ken Fashionista Doll

Barbie Ken Fashions, Hawaiian

Barbie Ken Fashion Pack, Geometry Class

Sunshine also has one of the curvy female dolls. Her biggest frustration with this doll is that she only has one outfit for her as the other ones do not fit well or at all.  She has picked out the following curvy doll and clothing sets to help with her dilemma.

Barbie Career of the Year: Judge with Black Hair

Barbie Fashionista Doll

Barbie Accessories Curvy and Tall Shoe Pack

Barbie Fashionistas Doll and Fashions So Sporty, Curvy Dark Haired

Barbie Made to Move Doll Curvy with Auburn Hair

Barbie Fashionistas Everyday Chic Curvy Blond


My Little Pony Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

One of Sunshine's friends from school loves My Little Pony. This has rubbed off on Sunshine a bit and now she is all about them too.  I think it's cute. It wasn't so long ago that Princess was a My Little Pony fan.

My Little Ponies of Equestria Figures (Purchased)

My Little Pony Rainbow Rainbow Wings Twilight Sparkle

My Little Pony 5 Minute Stories

My Little Pony: The Movie Lightning Glow Tempest Shadow

My Little Pony: The Movie (Blu-ray)

My Little Pony Princess Cadence & Shining Armor Set

Doll House Accessory Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Sunshine loves her wooden doll house, but has told me time and time again she's waiting for a master bedroom set and a car so she can play with them even more.  She also said she needs friends to come over and play. I love that she picked out Asian and African American families to join her play!

When we looked on Amazon she saw the exercise set and kitchen accessories.  She begged me to add them to her list.  Lol.

Hape Wooden Doll House Furniture Master Bedroom Set

Hape Kid's Family Car

Plan Toys Accessories for Kitchen and Tableware

Hape Wooden Doll House Furniture Home Gym Play Set and Accessories

Hape Asian Wooden Doll House Family Set

Hape African Wooden Doll House Family Set

LEGO Disney Princess Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Sunshine loves LEGO Disney Princess sets.  She prefers them over any of the other LEGO themes.  I was so impressed how quickly she picked out her top 6 favorite sets.  There was absolutely no hesitation. She knows what she wants!

LEGO Disney Aladdin and Jasmine's Palace Adventures Building Kit 41161

LEGO Disney Cinderella's Carriage Ride Building Kit 41159 (Purchased)

LEGO Disney Princess Ariel's Royal Celebration Boat Building Kit 41153

LEGO Disney Princess Moana's Ocean Village Building Kit 41150

LEGO Disney Princess Mulan's Training Day Building Kit 41151

LEGO Disney Princess Ariel's Seaside Castle Building Kit 41160

Pokemon Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Pokemon has been a budding interest for a while now.  It became more of a love after watching the Detective Pikachu movie.  Pikachu is of course her favorite character.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray) (Purchased)

Pikachu Plush 12'' (Purchased)

Eevee Plush 12"

Charizard Plush 12"

Pokemon Super Deluxe Essential Handbook

Awesome Pokemon Coloring Book

Animal Figure Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Girls

Very few days go by that Sunshine doesn't pull out the animal figures to play with.  Right now she's all about building families.  Needless to say we need a Mommy, Daddy and baby of every kind.

UANDME Safari Animals Toy Figures Set

Gizmovine Lion Family Play Set (Purchased)

TUPARKA Forest Play Set

White Tiger Figurines

TOYMANY Giraffe Figurines

TOYMANY Leopard Figurines

I have a feeling Sunshine is going to have a fabulous holiday season. Her gift ideas are great!

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Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Elementary Students with FREE Printable

Halloween is about a month away.  It's the perfect time to study arachnids!  

When you use our Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Elementary Students with FREE Printable you're sure to have everything you need for your Montessori students ages 6-12.

I  know my kiddos have been having a blast with these activities.  Every single one is new and never seen before.

Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Elementary Students with FREE Printable

All of the activities included in this post (with the exception of the free printable) come from the Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack.

Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack is just part of the Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle that is available for 75% OFF during the month of September 2019.


If you haven't already grabbed your own copy of this amazing 412 page bundle for only $19.99, be sure to do so before it's too late!

Now let's see the arachnid and sea spider themed elementary printables included!

Language


Spider Grammar Habitat
Montessori Spider Grammar Habitat

Whether you provide your students with only word strips and grammar symbols or you create your own spider habitat to inspire, this sentence building activity is sure to be a hit!

Montessori Spider Grammar Habitat Activity in Action

Our kiddos organized all of the strips in rows for easy access. Then they built their own sentences using words of their choice.  They seemed to have a lot of fun and learned so much about sentence structure at the same time.

Math


Arachnid Measurement Activity
Arachnids Measurement Cards Activity

This was by far the most popular arachnid activity introduced to the kiddos. They couldn't get enough of it.

After introducing inches, yards, centimeters, and meters the kiddos read the measurements on each card.  Using their rulers they made a line that represented the measurement of each arachnid.  Then they labeled their lines.

Arachnids Measurement Activity in Action

The kiddos loved comparing arachnids and their lines.  This activity was such a great way to introduce measurement.  They especially had fun when measurements required the use of a yard stick or meter stick.

Biology


Arachnid Who Am I? Cards
Arachnids Who Am I? Cards Match Up Activity

Dinomite loves Who Am I? cards.  He is having a blast with these ones.  

The printable is created so that matches are next to each other.  When you print out each pair, if necessary, be sure to label cards so you know which ones match.

Montessori Arachnids Who Am I? Activity in Action

I know that Dinomite will be successful with this activity, so I decided to test it out on Princess to see if she could figure out the answers. Sure enough she did!

Parts of a Spider Activity with Vocabulary Cards
Parts of a Spider Activity

It's one thing to label parts of a spider, but another to understand the words you're writing and apply them.

In this activity the kiddos use the definition/vocabulary cards and control chart provided to label parts of a spider.  The kiddos then find these parts on the spider figure provided.

Parts of a Scorpion Activity with Vocabulary Cards
Parts of a Scorpion Activity

This is the same activity as the Parts of a Spider Activity except with a scorpion.  The scorpion figure is a new favorite in our house.

Parts of Arachnids Activities in Action

The boys really enjoyed this activity.  They learned so much.  Using the figures as part of the activity made a huge difference!

Arachnids: Dangerous or Not Dangerous?
Arachnids: Dangerous or Not?

My kiddos are obsessed with knowing which arachnids are dangerous and which are not dangerous.  I think finding a black widow in our house a couple years back left quite the impact on them.

Arachnids Dangers in Action

In this activity the kiddos will match picture and description cards.  Each card lists the arachnid's habitat and whether or not it's dangerous and why.

Orders of Arachnids Sorting Activity
Orders of Arachnids Sorting Activity

One wouldn't think there are a lot of different kinds of arachnids, but there are!  In this activity there are picture and description cards that explain each order of arachnids.

Orders of Arachnids Sorting Activity in Action

There are also picture cards to sort so that students can see for themselves what each order looks like.  It's no surprise Dinomite loved this activity as you can see from his smile above.

Spider Hunting Strategies Sort
Arachnids Hunting Techniques Sort

Not all spiders spin webs to catch insects.  Different spiders use different types of hunting strategies.  In this activity you discover for yourself what some of them look like.

Arachnid Hunting Sort in Action

There are three different hunting strategy cards with descriptions.  Then there are several different picture and description match ups that can be sorted under each hunting category.  Once again Dinomite loved this activity.

Practical Life


Arachnids Pin Poking or Cutting Activity
Arachnid Pin Poking and/or Cutting Activity

Kids can never get enough cutting practice, especially as they get older and can be more precise.  In the arachnids printable pack there are two different sizes of outlines to fit the needs of all students.  

Kiddos can either pin poke images or choose to cut them out with scissors.

Arachnid Pin Poking Activity in Action

Princess absolutely loves pin poking so she decided to go that route.  She worked to ensure all would turn out as she wanted.

The Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack is such an incredible resource for teachers at school and home.  What I've shown here to day is only part of the printable pack.  Other preschool printables included are shown in a separate post, so be on the look out for it.

If you like what you see here you may want to consider purchasing the entire Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle.  This is just a tiny sample of all that's included.

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Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printable

As we get  closer to Halloween we've decided to study spiders.  

Boy oh boy is Sunshine having fun with her new Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Preschoolers.  You'll also love that they come with a new free printable!

I love that all of the images you'll see in this post are true to life.  

Sunshine can be frightened easily by spiders.  We designed these activities to help her work through some of those fears.  Spiders can be absolutely fascinating if we take a moment to learn about them. There are so many different kinds!

Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Preschoolers with FREE Printable

The activities in this blog post are part of the Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack with the exception of the free printable.

Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack is part of the Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle now available for 75% OFF.


If you love what you see here, don't hesitate to grab your own copy of the Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle for only $19.99.  The Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack is only a small fraction of what's included in the 412 page bundle.

Now let's see exactly what activities for preschoolers are included!

Montessori-inspired Arachnid Activities for Preschoolers


Language


S is for Spider
S is for Spider Do-a-Dot Printable

Whether you're working on letter sounds or looking for ways to develop fine motor skills, do-a-dot printables are fantastic.

In this activity Sunshine practices using tweezers to transfer tiny spiders onto the dots.  It was a little more difficult than she anticipated but she did a great job.

S is for Spider Tweezing Activity

There is also an S is for Scorpion Do-a-dot page included in the Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack.  I found these little spiders at my local Walmart in the Halloween table decor section.

Spider Web Letter Writing
Spider Web Letter Writing Activity in Print and Cursive

A few kiddos at our co-op are struggling to remember how to write their letters.  Some are writing in print while others are working on cursive.  I created these books to help them with letter formation.

Spider Web Letter Practice

There is a control book for upper and lowercase print and cursive letters as well as blank pages for writing practice.

Sunshine loved using one of the books. She didn't want to stop until she had finished an entire book.

Math


Skip Counting by 8s
Spider Skip Counting by 8s Activity

Spiders have eight legs. We thought it would be fun to introduce, work on, and/or review counting by 8s with our kiddos.

Sunshine's not quite ready for this activity yet, so Princess stepped in to help me show you how it works.

Skip Counting by 8s with Spider Cards

The kiddos use the skip counting cards and Montessori math bead bars to count by 8s all the way through 96.

Biology


Life Cycle of a Spider
Life Cycle of a Spider Activity and Printable

This may be my favorite preschool activity included in the arachnids printable pack.  There are so many life cycle of a spider printables out there but they're all drawings.  None include real life images of what the cycle looks like.

This one does!

Life Cycle of a Spider Activity with Control

Sunshine loved putting her life cycle together using the control provided.  

The printable pack also includes life cycle nomenclature cards if you want to work on sequencing or vocabulary terms.

Spiders vs. Sea Spiders Sort
Spider versus Sea Spider Sort

When studying arthropods we learned that spiders and sea spiders are in the same group.  We thought it would be fun to sort out these creatures so we all understood what they are and what they look like.  

Sorting spiders and sea spiders

Sunshine found this activity fascinating. She didn't know there was such a thing as sea spiders.  The cards were great for her to use. She loved finding the words "sea" and "spider" to successfully sort them.

Culture/Geography


Sorting Arachnids by Habitat
Arachnids by Habitat Sort

We know that spiders can be found all over the world, so studying spiders by continent doesn't really make sense.  But, most spiders have a preference about their living conditions. Some like the desert. Some like forests. Others like caves.

Sorting Arachnids by Habitats

In this activity kiddos sort out which spiders prefer which habitats.  Sunshine wasn't home when I was taking these photos so Princess stepped in to help me out.  She really enjoyed this activity as well.  It's great for both preschool and elementary students alike.

Studying arachnids and sea spiders can be so fascinating any time of year.  If you don't already have a copy of the Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle, which includes the Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack I highly suggest you do so.  It includes 412 pages of arthropod resources to use year round.

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