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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!

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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.

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A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Full Bathroom

Our Minimalist Montessori Home Tour takes us to the one and only full bathroom in our house.  

This is about a sixth of the size of our previous full bathroom in New York.  It definitely took some getting used to but now that we have, I can't imagine ever wanting to clean a bigger bathroom.

I love that the kids store all of their toiletry items in their rooms as it ensures much less clutter in the bathroom.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Full Bathroom

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Full Bathroom

Our full bathroom isn't anything special by any means, but I love how it looks.  When Bulldozer was younger he had a deep passion for whales.  To this day he really loves them.  When I saw this shower curtain, I couldn't resist in honor of his passion. 

A Minimalist Montessori Full Bathroom

Above the toilet on the towel rack, are towels to be used as a mat when people are bathing. The space is too small for throw rugs.  

The basket on top of the toilet stores wash clothes for the kids to use when they clean the bathroom each day.  (It's one of their chores.)

A Minimalist Montessori Bathroom for Kids

Since there was really no room for a traditional toilet paper holder, we found this fantastic solution.  I love that it holds four rolls!

On the sink is one single bar of soap.  We tried liquid soaps but Sunshine had way too much fun making a mess with them, so a bar of soap it is!  

At one point we had a beautiful soap dish holder, but that didn't appear to work either, so I've embraced that simple is better.

We also had a throw rug in front of the sink, but it kept reeking like the smell of pee, so again, simplest is best!

A Minimalist Montessori Full Bathroom: Sink Set Up

Under the sink we store our Better Life kid-friendly cleaning supplies and extra soap, shampoo, and conditioner.  

The mirror was the final touch to this room.  It's my prized bathroom piece as it took two years to find.  

Bathrooms are the only rooms in the house where people spend time alone.  I love that this bathroom, though tiny, feels comfortable and classy!

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A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Little Girl's Bedroom

I am so excited to continue with our Minimalist Montessori Home Tour!  Today we're taking a tour of Sunshine's bedroom.  

Though Sunshine is turning nine in a couple of months, developmentally, emotionally, and cognitively, she is about four or five years old.  For all intents and purposes, this is a tour of a little girl's bedroom.

Safety is of the utmost importance in Sunshine's room due to her mood disorder, autism, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.  You'll note emphasis on this as I describe the contents of her room.

Sunshine's room is her safe space.  It's the one place she can always go to take a break, get away from whatever is going on elsewhere in the house, and find comfort.  

At times, it also becomes the place she lets out all of her strong emotions.

No matter the situation, this room meets her needs quite well.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Little Girl's Bedroom

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Little Girl's Bedroom

When we moved into our home here in Virginia, Sunshine was adamant that she have a bright yellow room to match the color of the sun.  No matter how many times I suggested a different color, she said no.  So, we went with a sunshine yellow!

I then decided to accent with a pale pink to soften the room up a bit.  The results were very pleasing to both of us.  

I especially love the throw rugs and curtains from Pottery Barn Kids.  They not only soften the look of the room, but also the sound when Sunshine is expressing larger than life emotions.

A Minimalist Montessori Girl's Room: Clothing Storage

A Door?

The first thing you'll notice when walking into Sunshine's room is that her room does not have a door. Instead there is a curtain that she can open and close when she needs privacy.  

In our previous home in NY, Sunshine was notorious for disassembling the doorknob to her room and constantly being unsafe with the door.  We learned very quickly that doors are triggers.  

Sunshine has to know what's going on all around her. A door prevents that and can trigger some pretty strong emotions that we'd like to avoid if we can. The curtain on the other hand is a sign of freedom, which she enjoys immensely.

The Bed

From the time Sunshine was an infant until age six, she enjoyed a Montessori floor bed in her room.  

It was the safest option in regards to her PTSD triggers related to confinement in a crib, as it allowed her the freedom to move around her room at an early age.  (We kept a baby gate in her doorway.)

The Montessori floor bed helped significantly with her sensitivities to vestibular input and depth perception issues, due to her vision impairment.  

I really can't say enough about a Montessori floor bed.  You can read more about Sunshine's experience HERE.

At age six Sunshine graduated to a taller twin size bed.  We selected the bed you see above in pictures because it is HEAVY and STRONG.  Even when Sunshine is really struggling, this thing doesn't move.

We selected a bed with storage shelves underneath because we knew dressers and drawers would not be a safe option that would work for Sunshine.  

This bed was purchased through PBTeen, but is no longer available in a twin size option.

The Curtains & Curtain Rods

When my kiddos were young, I learned very quick that investing in strong curtain rods and black out curtains was a necessity.  I can attest that the ones in Sunshine's room are THE BEST! 

Sunshine has climbed her walls, using her curtains as a rope.

She has swung from her curtains like a monkey.

At almost 80 lbs., the rods and curtains withstood her weight.

I can't say enough about our Pottery Barn Kids curtain rods and black out curtains.


Clothing Storage

Both sides of Sunshine's bed have three shelves.  One side holds all of her fall and winter clothes. The other side is home to her spring and summer clothes.

Clothes are matched up by outfit so Sunshine just grabs the outfit off of the top of the pile to wear without having to worry about going through everything else to find what she needs.

When we fold laundry together, Sunshine chooses the order of her outfits each week.

We do the same for her pajamas.

The pink baskets are home to socks, underwear, swim suits, etc.

A Minimalist Montessori Girl's Room: Self-Care Corner

Self-Care Corner

Right as you enter Sunshine's room, to the left of the door, you'll see a self-care corner.  Sunshine's shoes hang on one wall.  The other wall includes an acrylic shatter proof mirror and shelf that holds her brush, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, deoderant, and glasses at night when she goes to bed.

Some may wonder about the toothpaste in her room.  Surprisingly, Sunshine has been safe with this in the past for the most part. When she decides to have fun with her toothpaste, she also learns it's not so fun to clean it up.

If we see continued issues, we replace the large toothpaste container with a travel sized one so she can't cause as much of a mess with it.  Eventually she gets sick of cleaning it up.

To ensure safety, the shelf and the mirror are literally screwed into the wall.  

A Minimalist Montessori Girl's Room: Book Storage

Books & Toy Storage

Next to Sunshine's bed is a very low shelving unit that holds her books and some of her toys.  I love that it's so short. If Sunshine decides to climb on it I don't have to worry. The shelving unit itself is 50 lbs in weight.  It also comes with brakets to attach it to the wall. 

I love this book shelf as it allows Sunshine to easily select a book and return it.  This cuts down her frustration which is always a great thing.

Sunshine always takes very good care of her books.  The only time we ever have to throw one away is because she's worn through it. 

Under Sunshine's books are two soft rope baskets that store her Stella dolls and accessories.  We LOVE Stella dolls and accessories for Sunshine as they are soft, safe, and so extremely durable.  

Due to safety concerns we do not allow Sunshine to have hard toys in her room.  This has definitely been a challenge with doll accessories, but nothing we haven't been able to figure out.  

Two years ago for Christmas Sunshine's baby doll received a Montessori floor bed.  You can read more about it HERE.

A Minimalist Montessori Girl's Room: Storage

More Storage

At the end of Sunshine's bed is a trunk that stores extra sheets and blankets when needed.  The trunk door has a safety device on it so it won't fall or slam.  I love that the trunk is so low, so if Sunshine climbs on it, I don't have to worry.

In the corners of each of her room are two more soft pink rope baskets. One is home to all of her dress up clothes. The other is where Sunshine stores stuffed animals she doesn't want on her bed.  

Screwed to the wall is a set of hooks with a shelf at Sunshine's level so she can hang up sweatshirts, towels, and her bathrobe.  Sunshine has hung off and pulled on this before.  I'm excited to say, it's still attached to the wall!

On top of the shelf are two soft and cushioned jewelry boxes that store her hair ties and jewelry.

Where Is Everything Else?

Sunshine does have more toys.  She has a table top kitchen set with play food, LEGO sets, a doll house, Barbies, and accessories.  All of these items are stored in our living room for safety and supervision reasons.

Sunshine actually prefers this as she enjoys playing with siblings far more than she enjoys playing by herself, so she doesn't mind this.

We all love that Sunshine's room can be a safe and beautiful place for her.  The contents are minimal and not overwhelming, so she is able to maintain it herself!  This is a win win for everyone!

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Deal of the Week: Montessori Grammar Bundle

The Montessori Grammar Bundle is by far one of our most popular products.  I haven't met anyone who doesn't love it, teachers, parents, and students alike.  My kids are head over heels in love with it.

If you're planning on teaching grammar this year, it's the perfect resource to help.  It guides you through all of the parts of speech, their corresponding Montessori symbol, and how to use them appropriately.

I just love how everything in the Montessori Grammar curriculum has a corresponding shape and color.  We have so much fun learning grammar the Montessori way.

Deal of the Week: Montessori Grammar Bundle

For this week only, the Montessori Grammar Bundle is the Deal of the Week at Every Star Is Different.  

This means that you can purchase the entire bundle at 50% OFF for only $29.99.

But don't wait until it's too late!  This bundle will not be available again during 2020. 

Click HERE  to grab you Montessori Grammar Bundle today! 

If you don't have a need for all components of the Montessori Grammar Bundle, or finances are tight, you also have the option of purchasing any or all individual components of the bundle for 50% OFF.

You will not be able to purchase individual products on sale again for the rest of the year.

If you'd like to know more about the individual components of the bundle and/or purchase one, click on the images below.  

These are such fantastic printable packs!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Montessori-inspired Intro to Grammar Bundle Montessori Grammar: Nouns Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Articles Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Adjectives Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Verbs Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Prepositions Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Adverbs Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Pronouns Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Conjunctions Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Interjections Printable Pack Montessori Grammar: Environment Word Strips Bundle
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