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Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle

My kiddos are super excited about continent studies right now which I'm really excited about.  We're focusing our studies on Africa right now.  Each day we focus on a new country.  They are having so much fun!

In honor of my kiddos' current love of continents our Deal of the Week this week is the Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle.  

Now through September 29, 2020 the Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle will be available at 50% OFF.

This will be the last time during the year 2020 that this product will be available so be sure to grab this bundle while you can!

Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle

The Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle includes printables for every continent.  Ocean printables are also included.

Printables aren't just focused on geography, but language, math, culture, and science as well.

If you can not afford the entire Montessori Continents Bundle, all individual products in the bundle are also 50% OFF now through Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Individual Components of the Montessori-inspired Continents Bundle

To obtain more details about each component of the bundle, click on the images below.
Montessori-inspired Continents and Oceans Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Africa Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Antarctica Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Australia/Oceania Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired North America Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired South America Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Europe Unit Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Asia Unit Printable Pack Bundle
We have had so much fun using these printable packs over the years with our kiddos.  There are so many great memories attached to them.  It's my hope that you enjoy them just as much!
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Fall Counting Activities for Preschoolers with a Bonus Free Printable

We are so excited for the beginning of the fall season.  The leaves are falling.  Temperatures are finally dropping.  Kids are all too excited to wear pants and long sleeve shirts to play outside on crisp mornings.  I can't help but carry over the anticipation of fall to our learning environment.

Sunshine has returned home from residential treatment and has once again joined us for learning at home.  Though almost nine years old, Sunshine is developmentally and cognitively about five years old.  She's at that perfect developmental age to really master counting and writing her numbers!

In an effort to help her in this endeavor, I've created these Fall Counting Activities for Preschoolers with a bonus free printable. We're having so much fun with these new printables!

Montessori-inspired Fall Math Printable Pack with Bonus Free Printable

All printables used in our activities this week are from the Montessori-inspired Autumn Math Printable Pack with the exception of the Subscriber Bonus Freebie debuting in this post. 

Fall Counting Activities for Preschoolers


Fall Themed Counting Books
Montessori-inspired Fall themed Counting Books for Preschoolers

These beautiful fall themed counting books have been used in a variety of ways in our classroom this week.  On the first day the control cards were introduced, we simply put the cards in order from 1 to 30 to see if Sunshine remembered them.

The second time Sunshine brought them out she grabbed the control cards and the empty writing cards.  She then practiced writing each of her numbers correctly on the lines.

Today we're using the control cards with the Montessori bead bars to create numbers.

The sky really is the limit as to how these cards can be used in the classroom.  As Sunshine transitions from a non Montessori public school setting back to our Montessori homeschool, I've observed that Sunshine tends to expect a new activity each day.  

To help her work through this need and transition, I find myself creating printables that can be used in multiple ways, in case I need to come up with something "new" in the moment to help her stay engaged and learning.  

Fall Themed I Can Count to 30! Charts and Cards

I briefly discussed above how Sunshine put the control cards in order from 1 to 30 when I first introduced them.  Here you can see one of three I Can Count to 30! charts included in the Autumn Math Printable Pack that was used as a control.

There are three versions of the I Can Count to 30! charts included in the printable pack. One has numbers on writing lines, one has numbers with no lines.  One is blank for the child to fill in.

Fall Themed Fill in the Missing Number

There are days when Sunshine loves to write.  To fulfill that need, I created the fill in the missing number cards.  She has thoroughly enjoyed these.  They are helping to build her confidence in her writing and counting abilities.

Fall Themed Fill in the Missing Number Clip Cards

On days that Sunshine isn't up to writing we use these adorable fill in the missing number clip cards.  I gave Sunshine a choice of using orange clothespins or our acrylic pumpkins to mark her answers.  She chose the orange pumpkins.

Montessori-inspired Autumn Math Printable Pack Bonus Freebie

Since Sunshine enjoys writing so much I created a bonus freebie where she could practice writing her numbers.  

Once again this printable can be used in so many ways.  Sunshine can match up number cards with the control word strips.  She can practice writing each of the numbers on the lines provided.  Those who aren't able to write on their own yet can using the tracing word strips.

What's also cool about this freebie is that it comes with both print and cursive options.  My older kiddos will be using the cursive option, while Sunshine sticks to print.

To grab your own copy of the Autumn Math Printable Pack Bonus Freebie follow the directions below.

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5. The link to our Subscriber Only Freebies page as well as password to access it is in the "Thank You" message.

6. Click on link and type in password.

7. Find the printable pack you are looking for listed in alphabetical order, click on it, and viola!

We hope you enjoy your free printable.

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Autumn Leaves Unit with Free Printables Montessori-inspired Fall Harvest Unit Printable Pack Bundle Autumn Math Fact Clip Cards Bundle
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Deal of the Week: Arthropods Bundle

My kids have Halloween on the brain!  Not a day goes by that Sunshine isn't asking if it's Halloween yet.  

In an effort to embrace as much of the warm weather as I can before it leaves, I've started introducing activities from our Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle.

It's the perfect end of summer, beginning of autumn resource that takes you straight through until Halloween.

And if you aren't a fan of Halloween, it's the perfect non-Halloween resource for this time of year.

On Wednesday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 22, 2020 this resource is 50% OFF as our Deal of the Week Sale!

Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle

Not only is the entire bundle on sale, but each of the individual components of the bundle are also on sale for 50% OFF.

Just look at all that's included in the Montessori-inspired Arthropods Bundle!  There are so many amazing products!

To obtain even more details, just click on the images below.

Montessori-inspired Intro to Invertebrates Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Intro to Arthropods Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Arachnids and Sea Spiders Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Insects and Springtails Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Myriapods Printable Pack Bundle Montessori-inspired Crustaceans Printable Pack Bundle
No promotional code is needed to purchase the Deal of the Week.  Prices already reflect the discount.

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Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Language Bundles in Print and Cursive 50% OFF

In honor of Sunshine's homecoming, and because I was unable to share a Deal of the Week with you last week, there are two deals this week for you to enjoy!

If you're looking for beginning, intermediate and/or advanced language materials in print or cursive, this is your lucky day!

The Montessori-inspired Language Bundles in Print and Cursive are now 50% OFF now through Sunday, September 6, 2020.

These bundles are spectacular!  We use them with all of our children and co-op students.  

I love that they break down every language concept into the smallest steps so that every child can learn at their pace in a way that works for them.

Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Print

Just take a look at all that's included:

Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Print

If you're not interested in all of the resources included in the Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Print, each individual component of the bundle is available for 50% OFF now through Sunday, September 6, 2020.  Just click on the images below.

Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack in Print Montessori Letters and Sounds Play Dough Mats Montessori-inspired Beginning Language Bundle (Pink Series/CVC Words) Montessori-inspired Intermediate Language Bundle (Blue Series/Consonant Blends) Montessori-inspired Advanced Language Bundle (Green Series/Long Vowel Sounds/Phonograms) Beginner Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges Intermediate Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges Advanced Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges

Click HERE to grab your Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Print!


If you're looking for language resources in cursive, be sure to check out the cursive options below!


Deal of the Week: Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Cursive

If you'd prefer to grab the cursive version of the language bundle, be sure to click the link below.

Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Cursive


For those who would like to purchase only some of the individual components in the Montessori-inspired Language Bundle in Cursive for 50% OFF, just click on the the images below.
Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack in Cursive Cursive Montessori-inspired Beginning Language Bundle (Pink Series/CVC Words) Cursive Montessori-inspired Intermediate Language Bundle (Blue Series/Consonant Blends) Cursive Montessori-inspired Advanced Language Bundle (Green Series/Long Vowel Sounds/Phonograms) Beginner Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges in Cursive Intermediate Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges in Cursive Advanced Montessori-inspired Sentence Challenges in Cursive

These bundles have absolutely everything you need to help your students learn and progress with their language skills.

Whether you're teaching print or cursive we've got you covered.  

If you're looking for an entire language curriculum, or are just looking to meet your child where they're at these language resources are perfect!

Deal of the Week: Montessori Language Bundles in Print and Cursive 50% OFF
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A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens & Preteens

Dinomite and Bulldozer have shared a room since Bulldozer was a baby.  Bulldozer does not like being alone.  

Sharing a room was a bit easier in our old home.  The boys had three times the space.  But over time they've gotten used to their room here in Virginia and love it.

I'm super excited to continue our Minimalist Montessori Home Tour with a look at a shared bedroom for teens and preteens.

The boys participated in every part of it's design, including the color scheme.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens

Beds

The boys have the same beds as their sisters, with shelving underneath for their clothing.  The only difference is that their beds are gray intead of white.  

We rotate the boys' clothing out each season as they don't have access to both sides of their bed at one time.

They have had the same quilts for eight years, not wanting to change them, but only replace them if they wear out.

Play Area

Though the boys are twelve and thirteen, they still enjoy building LEGO sets.  Bulldozer was very clear that no matter how small the space in their room, he needed a place to build.  

For that reason we made sure they have their awesome activity table.  I just love that the sides have a ridge to keep toys on the table.  We use a mat to protect the surface of the table from being scraped up and ruined during play.

Under the table the boys store their built LEGO sets.  It may look like they've thrown their creations in the storage bins, but they're actually placed very carefully.  We love that these bins have wheels.  They're very easy to move around.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Built LEGO Set Storage

LEGO Storage

The boys have been collecting LEGO sets for years.  

Bulldozer's last goal was to collect every character from the Marvel Avengers  In order to do that he needed to purchase almost every single set.  Between holidays and savings he actually did collect every character and stone.

Dinomite's last two goals were to collect all of they Harry Potter and Jurassic World sets.  Needless to say, the boys have A LOT of LEGO pieces.  Like his brother, he succeeded.

This summer the boys decided to finally sort through all of their LEGO sets and organize them. 

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: LEGO Storage

We used twelve-three drawer units stacked on top of each other.  The boys sorted their LEGO pieces by color and design.  

It took us weeks to sort through all that they had, but it was worth it.

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: LEGO Storage

The boys have kept their LEGO pieces sorted for over two months now.  It made such a difference to follow their lead and sort things they wanted them sorted.

But know, this is not the only place that the boys store LEGO pieces.

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: Storage Ideas

On the opposite side of their room on their turning bookshelves are six bins for each boy.  Bulldozer's bins are gray. Dinomite's bins are navy blue.  

In each of these bins the boys store their favorite LEGO minifigure and accessory collections.

Other Storage

Also stored on their turning shelves are the boys books and personal treasures.

The trunk in their room stores extra bedding and sheets.

Lights wrap around curtain rods to help Bulldozer with his fear of the dark.

Shoes are stored on the back of the boys' door.  

Hats are hung above their LEGO collection.

Toiletry bags and their towels for the bathroom are stored on the shelf above the hats.

I love how functional the boys' room is despite it being such a tiny space.  They spend so much time in their reading, building and so much more!

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens


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A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: The Parents' Bedroom

 My husband and I LOVE our bedroom.  It's small yet airy, simple yet alive.  

No matter what time of day, or what's going on, it's a place we can go to relax, renew, and refresh.   

So long as we do our morning routines and Saturday cleaning when the kids do, it's a place that's always clean and picked up.

I'm so excited to continue our Minimalist Montessori Home Tour with the parents' room!

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: The Parents' Bedroom

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: The Parents' Bedroom

Plants

I am a huge fan of nature.  I find that plants, especially succulents, improve my mood and help me to stay as stress free as possible.  

Unfortunately I have kiddos who love to tear plants apart and fruit flies that tend to attack anything fresh and alive during the summer months.

To satisfy my need for plants, I've settled for faux plants.  

My favorite in the house is the large succulent wall art above my bed.  I'm not going to lie. At least once a week, I catch myself staring at it in admiration.  It brings me so much joy!

I also enjoy the potted ficus bushy tree in the corner as you enter the room.  It has withstood some pretty intense moments from Sunshine.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Entrance to Parents' Room

Bedding

When we moved into our home in Virginia, I decided to take a big risk and go with white as the main color for our bedroom.  

As I looked out on the hay fields in our back and side yards, with blue skies above, all I could think about was clouds.  

And so I went for it.  

Not once have I regretted that decision.  I LOVE our white bedding, sheets, curtains and walls.  

Everything is so bright and easy to clean!

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Minimalism at it's Best!

Storage

At the end of our bed is an antique trunk made by my great grandfather and then updated and improved by my father.  This is where we store extra bedding for our room and the downstairs bed in the back room.

The dresser in the photo above stores ALL of my husband's and my clothing.  We each have our own drawer and then share the bottom one.  

I have been a huge fan of the Marie Kondo clothes folding method for years, which allows us to utilize the space in the dresser to the max.

Our Home Office

If I could change one thing about our bedroom, it would be to remove our home office, but for now this is the safest and best space to put it.  Thankfully it hides behind the bedroom door and out of sight.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Office

This is where all of the printable creation magic occurs!

Under the desk you see our CPU and fire proof safe.  

On the desk there's a lamp for when we're working late at night, the rest of the computer, phone charging station for all of the kids' electronic devices and phones, and scrap paper storage.  (They check them in each night before bed, to ensure there are no issues during the night.)

Above the desk are three bookshelf cubbies that include our favorite Montessori, mental health, blogging and business books.  On top of one of the shelves is where I store my camera.

On the wall beside the desk is my white board monthly planner.

The dresser next to the desk is where we store:
  • Make Up, Nail Polish & Journals
  • Paper, Cardstock, and Portable Printer
  • Ink, Pens, Pencils, Highlighters, etc.
  • The Ultimate Montessori Planner & Other Important Homeschool Papers
  • Gift Bags & Tissue Paper
  • Important Photos
On top of the dresser are six beautiful votive candles and holders.

We absolutely love our bedroom, even though it pairs as a home office.  

The kids know that our bedroom is our space, just like their bedrooms are their specials spaces.  

There's nothing more calming than watching the sunset through our bedroom window while the curtains billow in breeze after a long hard day.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: The Parents' Bedroom


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