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Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2 (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

In the Montessori preschool setting, children work with numbers through 9,999. 

Montessori elementary students work with numbers through 999,999,999.

When learning expanded notation, it's extremely important to have students practice numbers through 999,999,999 so they can get used to the language, and feel more comfortable with the large numbers in general.  

For many students, learning and working with such large numbers is extremely exciting.  It's all about the big picture!

To aid in the process of learning expanded notation with large numbers, I've created the Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2 as part of the 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables.

12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables: Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2

Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2


The Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2 provides three different ways for students to practice number skills.

There is a set of 24 clip cards where students select the number that matches the expanded notation provided.

Next is a set of 24 cards where students can practice writing the expanded notation for each number provided.

Last students can utilize 24 nomenclature style match up cards. 

We use all three activities in our classroom to ensure mastery of the skills, and provide a variety of learning opportunities to ensure that all students' needs can be met, no matter their learning style.

These printables can be used with Montessori materials, or on their own.  

All numbers are in Montessori colors, but you can choose to print everything out in black and white if you prefer.

FREE Montessori Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2

The Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2 is built upon skills used in the original Expanded Notation Printable Pack indtroduced in Day 4 of the 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables.

Expanded Notation Printable Pack (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

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Expanded Notation Printable Pack 2 (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)


Expanded Notation Printable Pack (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

Our 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables continues with a fabulous Expanded Notation Printable Pack.

We've noticed that though we've presented math concepts, practiced them, and mastered them previously, sometimes kids just forget. A review is in order.  Such has been the case with numeration concepts.

As we're working on multiplying and dividing large numbers, some of the kids have forgotten how to read the numbers in the problem.  It's our hope that this printable pack will be the perfect review and build their skills back up.

Besides, who doesn't like working with the gold beads?  They are some of my favorite Montessori materials.

Expanded Notation Printable Pack (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

Expanded Notation Printable Pack

The NEW Expanded Notation Printable Pack is designed to help kiddos build numbers 0-9,999.  It can be used with the gold bead material or without it.

All numbers are colored to coordinate with Montessori materials, but if you prefer not to use the colors, printing in black and white works great too.

What I love about this printable pack is that it provides three different ways to practice expanded notation.  

If you have a kiddo who doesn't like to write and prefers being given answers to choose from, the clip cards are perfect!

If you have a kiddo who enjoys writing, the second activity included is sure to be a hit!

If you're looking for classic nomenclature style work or a match up of sorts, the third activity is for you.

I love using all three, because I can be sure that the skill is mastered no matter how it's presented.
  
FREE Expanded Notation Printable Pack

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Once you've logged into the Subscriber Only Freebies with the password, all of the printables are listed in alphabetical order.  Just scroll down to the one you are looking for, click on it and print!

We hope you enjoy this printable pack as much as we do!


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12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables: Expanded Notation Printable Pack

Fraction Reduction Chart (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

 In case you haven't noticed, we're preparing for an epic study of fractions in the new year.  The kids are ready. We couldn't be more excited.

As my husband and I prepare all of the clip cards in the Ultimate Fraction Bundle for use in our classroom, we've been discussing what other resources will help the kids in their endeavor to master fractions.

One thing that's come up several times is a Fraction Reduction Chart to reference.  Dinomite in particular loves reference charts to help him when he's learning new concepts and is feeling insecure about his abilities.

Today we're sharing our new Fraction Reduction Chart with you as part of our 12 Days of FREE Chrsitmas Printables.

12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables: Fraction Reduction Chart

FREE Fraction Reduction Chart

Today's FREE Fraction Reduction Chart works hand in hand with the Fractions: Reduction Clip Card Printable Pack included in the the Ultimate Fractions Bundle.  The answer to every clip card can be found on this chart.  

It is the ultimate control!  And I must say, it looks pretty cool, especially for those who love numbers.

FREE Fraction Reduction Chart

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Countries of Africa Writing Outline (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

Today, the day after Christmas, was especially relaxing.  We slept in. The kids played outside.  Christmas boxes, ribbons, and tags were packed up.  We ate left overs.  All the while I was thinking about the start of the new year and getting back to learning, especially our geography studies.

This year the kids expressed interest in learning all about Africa, country by country.  We've studied Africa as a continent several times before, but never broken it down by country.  

To be completely honest, the task sounded quite daunting.  There are 54 (and 2 disputed) countries after all!

A study of Africa country by country provided a unique challenge and so many questions.  
  • How do I keep things Montessori?  
  • How do I use the materials?
  • How do I expand on what the kids already know?
  • How do I teach about each individual country?
This is how the Countries of Africa Writing Outline was born.  I'm sharing it and explaining to you how it works as Day 2 of our 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables.

12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables Day 2: Countries of Africa Writing Outline

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FREE Montessori-inspired Countries of Africa Writing Outline

 Countries of Africa Writing Outline

The Countries of Africa Writing Outline is a three page document that can be used for every country on the continent.  You may choose to complete all three pages, or just choose the ones that match the learning interests of your child.

Page 1: Country Map Coutline



The first page of the writing outline includes a large square for students to trace the outline of the country from their Montessori Puzzle Map of Africa.  Once the outline is traced students can label and color it the same color as it is on the Montessori Puzzle Map.

If you have a student who loves maps, you can also challenge them to trace the surrounding countries, labeling and coloring those as well.  Oceans can also be colored and labeled.

Page 2: Country Flag and Interesting Facts

The second page of the printable includes a rectangle where students can draw the country flag.  My kids LOVE studying and drawing flags.  This aspect of their country study is definitely a favorite.



If you're looking for flags to print out in the shape and form of nomenclature cards, the Montessori-inspired Africa Unit Printable Pack Bundle includes them.


You can also find them in the form of wordstrips in the Montessori-inspired Countries of Africa Writing Strips printable.

Whichever form you choose to use, I recommend printing, laminating, and placing them on a ring in alphabetical order for easy access and searching abilities.

The second section of the second page is a writing prompt. Students write three interesting facts they've learned about the country.

When our kiddos are learning about each country, they read a section from the book Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke.


This is a beautifully illustrated book that shares so many interesting facts and tidbits about each country.  Every time we read about a new place we find ourselves looking up even more information online based on questions and conversations we have.  It has been a fantastic learning experience.

Page 3: If I were to visit I would...

The third page of the writing outline is another writing prompt.  Students are asked what they would choose to do, if they visited the country.  

I love this aspect of our study as it encourages the kids to not just think about facts, but what they'd like to do.  Learning about the country becomes personal. What if you were able to visit?  It's a great question!

Once students have finished writing their answer to the question, they can draw a picture of their visit in the box provided.  For students who enjoy art, this is a HUGE draw!

The Countries of Africa Writing Outline is designed for children in a Montessori Elementary classroom, or for those who are more advanced in a Montessori Preschool setting.  

It's introduced after continent boxes and other continent studies, including work with the Montessori Puzzle Map of Africa.

I hope you enjoy Day 2 of the 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables!  Happy Holiday!


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Countries of Africa Outline (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

Prime Numbers Printable Pack (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

 I am a HUGE fan of the 12 Days of Christmas. I love that they start on Christmas Day and carry into the New Year. They're a great reminder for me to slow down and enjoy the holiday season.  

It's also the perfect time to show love and appreciation to my readers by giving you all some new FREE printables.  This is so much easier as I'm not spending all my time preparing for my family Christmas celebration.

So today I'd like to kick off 12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables with a fantastic resource for teaching prime numbers!

12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables Day 1: Prime Numbers Printable Pack

As I was creating the Ultimate Fraction Bundle, I realized that my kiddos could really benefit from more practice with prime numbers.  The memorization of prime numbers makes reducing fractions so much easier.  

When I started looking around for prime number resources, I realized there were very few out there.  My kiddos usually need a lot of reinforcing and review, so I decided to create a printable pack to help them.

FREE Montessori-inspired Prime Numers Prinable Pack

The FREE Montessori-inspired Prime Numbers Printable Pack includes four activities that can help kids learn and memorize prime numbers.

The first resource is a set of prime number nomenclature cards.  Prime numbers are in red to distinguish from composite numbers.  

Students can use these cards the traditional Montessori way or as a memory game. I will be laminating them and putting them together with a ring for control purposes.

Second in the printable pack is a set of clip cards.  My kiddos will decide if each card number is a prime or composite number and mark the correct side of the card using a glass bead.

Third in the printable pack is a fill in the dot activity.  Kids use a stamp, glass bead, or other manipulative to mark the circle below the prime number.  

Fourth is a hundred board activity where students mark the prime numbers or fill in the blanks depending on which template you choose to use.

It's my hope that through using these activities my kiddos will be able to feel more confident with their prime numbers and more quickly progress through the Ultimate Fractions Bundle.

FREE Montessori-inspired Prime Numbers Printable Pack

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Deal of the Week: Math Bundles Sale

 If I had to choose one subject that my kiddos struggle with the most, it's math.  There's just something about numbers and operations that's really hard for them.

Due to these struggles, I've created some amazing math resources that work for every child, breaking down each concept to the simplest terms. and providing enough practice cards to ensure mastery.

We have used all of the math materials I have created to the fullest extent.  They have been tried and tested on friends in our co-op as well.  

I can't say enough about these math printables! They work so well with Montessori materials, but can also be used without them if necessary.

And this week, ALL of our math bundles are on sale as our Deal of the Week!

Deal of the Week: Math Bundles Sale

Just like with all of our Deal of the Week promotions, you can choose to purchase an entire bundle, or you can purchase individual components of each bundle. Everything is 50% OFF!

Let's see all there is to choose from!


Ultimate Montessori Math Bundle

The Ultimate Montessori Math Bundle

We started using this bundle the minute I created it over three years ago. It continues to grace our shevles today as we work through the most difficult division cards.

The Ultimate Montessori Math Bundle is one of our largest bundles.  At 50% OFF this bundle is $69.99.  When you're planning to get years and years out of the printables, that cost is most definitely worth it, but if not, consider one or more of the individual printable packs below.

Each one of the individual products included are 50% OFF.  Just click on the images below to purchase any and all that you would like.
Montessori Math Bead Bar Printable Pack in Print Montessori Addition and Subtraction Bundle Montessori Multiplication and Division Bundle Holiday Addition and Subtraction Clip Cards Bundle Holiday Multiplication and Division Clip Cards Bundle
The Ultimate Montessori Math Bundle is not our only math bundle on sale this week!

Montessori Telling Time Bundle

Montessori Telling Time Bundle

Some may feel that telling time isn't a skill children need to learn this digital age, but I'm here to say that kids want to learn it.  

All of our kids have asked how to learn how to tell time at one time or another.  We created this bundle for that reason.

We've worked through every printable pack included in our classroom and with co-op kids.  Let me just say, they were a huge hit!  No matter which way your students prefer to learn, it's included in these printables.

The Montessori Telling Time Bundle includes so many wonderful printable packs.  For the next week, you can purchase it at 50% OFF for only $39.99.  If you're not interested in all of the printable packs included, feel free to purchase any or all of them individually for 50% OFF by clicking on the images below.
Montessori Telling Time: Parts of a Clock Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: On the Hour Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: The Half Hour Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: 15 Minute Intervals Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: 5 Minute Intervals Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: To the Minute Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: Down to the Second Printable Pack Montessori Telling Time: Roman Numerals Printable Pack
Our most recent math bundle was inspired by Dinomite and one of his friends at our co-op.  They were both having an incredibly difficult time with their multiplication tables.  Until they learned their math facts, they were unable to progress with their math skills.

Skip Counting and Multiplcation Bundle

Montessori Skip Counting and Multiplication Bundle

Unlike our other bundles, the Montessori Skip Counting and Multiplication Bundle is not available in individual parts.  But for those who need extra multiplication and skip counting resources this bundle is incredible!

I can't tell you how much this helped Diomite and our co-op friend!

At 50% OFF this bundle is $29.99.  It includes 429 pages of resources.  Don't miss your chance to grab it!

All of these math products are only available for 50% OFF for only one week.  

This will be the last time you can purchase these items at a discount during 2020, so don't wait!

I promise you will fall in love with these materials in the classroom or at home.  


How to Help Children with Constipation

Sunshine has suffered from constipation for years. It's a side effect of some of her medications.  

We have tried and tested so many remedies from prune juice to laxatives.

Some didn't work at all.

Others worked, but Sunshine hated them.  

And then we stumbled upon a solution that everyone loves!

I'm super excited to explain how to help children with constipation with no tears or battles.


Constipation in children can occur for a multitude of reasons.  

Some children don't like the feeling of having a bowel movement, and so they hold it in.

Other children don't want to take the time to sit and relax for the period of time it takes to go to the bathroom.

Medication, diet, and exercise can all be factors in how often your child has bowel movements.

No matter the reason, we all know being constipated is extremely uncomfortable, causing pain and tears.

The first steps to helping your child with constipation is making sure they are eating a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, and ensuring that they are getting enough exercise each day.  Drinking plenty of water is important as well.

If you notice your child struggling with constipation, documenting bowel movements is always a good idea.

Charting Bowel Movements with Kids

I created a "Poop Chart" for Sunshine, in Microsoft Publisher and ordered poop emoji stickers from Amazon to make the charting process a little bit more fun.  

If you aren't able to make a calendar on the computer, any calendar will do.

Sunshine LOVES her emoji stickers.  It didn't take her long to learn the process of reporting her bowel movements and placing a sticker on the right date on her chart.

At first she wanted to put a ton of stickers on without having had a bowel movement, but she quickly adjusted to the process.

Now I'm sure you're probably wondering what our secret to helping children with constipation is.

How to Help Children with Constipation

When Sunshine returned from her first residential treatment placement, it was recommended that she go on a sugar free diet.

Little did we know that some sugar free alternatives are natural laxatives, particularly monkefruit and Erythritol.

Every time Sunshine had baked goods used with the sugar free alternatives, she had absolutely no issues with constipation.  In some cases, she had issues with too many bowel movements.

Knowing that having baked goods around at all times was unreasonable, we ventured into sugar free candy ideas.

This is when we discovered the affects of Sugar Free Gummy Bears!

Sugar Free Gummies: The Perfect Solution for Constipation!

If you would like a laugh, or don't believe me in regards to how magical sugar free gummies are in regards to curing constipation, just read the reviews on Amazon!  

Sunshine loves gummies, so they were an immediate hit!

Depending on what Sunshine had to eat during the day, she may or may not need 6-10 gummies to help with bowel movements.

We try not to let her go more than one day without a bowel movement.  If she goes two days without one, we give her gummies.  Sure enough the very next day, there is no more constipation.

I love that Sunshine has relief from her constipation and that there are no battles when it comes to treating her constipation anymore.  

How to Help Children with Constipation


How to Make a Kwanzaa Kinara

We love to celebrate as many holidays from around the world as possible during the months of November through January of each year.  

One of those holidays that's super fun to learn about is Kwanzaa!

Besides our usual Kwanzaa printables and activities, I love to add a fun practical life/art activity to our studies.  This time around we learned how to make a Kwanzaa Kinara!

What I love so much about this project is that it can be adapted to meet the needs of every child in a preschool and/or elementary classroom.  There are so many possibilities.

My second favorite thing is that it only takes a few materials and tools to put together.  This is not a project that will break the bank.

How to Make a Kwanzaa Kinara

Materials Needed to Make a Kwanzaa Kinara

To make your own Kwanzaa Kinara, you will need the following materials:

If you would like to teach children how to light the candles, you will also need the following:

If you are want turn this activity into a wood working art project, you may also want the following materials on hand.
If you'd like to teach your students what the Kinara is, what the different colored candles represent, and the order in which they're lit, I highly recommend our Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack.


If you're looking for even more Kwanzaa printables for the classroom, be sure to check out our Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack II.


How to Make a Kwanzaa Kinara

We started our project by drilling holes into our pieces of wood.  Each of the kids marked the very center of their piece.  Then they measured out and marked where the rest of the candles would go using a ruler and pencil.  (We chose to keep candles 1" apart.)

Drilling holes for candles in a homemade Kwanzaa Kinara

Once marks are made, each kiddo took a turn using the drill with adult supervision and assistance.  

After taking these pictures I realized the boys didn't have their safety glasses on.  My sincere apologies.  I'm not sure how I missed this step, but please make sure you use them. 

Drilling holes in homemade Kwanzaa Kinara

We decided to set up our drill in our kitchen.  To ensure that our counters would stay safe, we used a cookie sheet and 2x4'' piece of wood under the wood the kids were working with.

Once the holes are drilled, kids can choose to sand and varnish/paint their candle holder.  

The boys chose to sand their pieces, but preferred the natural look over varnish and paint.

How to Light the Kwanzaa Kinara

Once the candle holder is made and dry, the next step is placing the candles where they go.  Our kids used the control in the Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack I to place their candles. 

For younger preschoolers, placing candles where they go, may be the entire activity.  This provides great fine motor practice and includes color matching.

Lighting Candles on Kwanzaa Kinara

If you decide to teach children how to light candles using matches or a lighter, adult supervision is 100% necessary at all times.

A basic lesson in fire safety is also a good idea before you begin.  

Please make sure that children are not wearing loose clothing and have their sleeeve rolled up.

We recommend placing the candle holder on a cookie sheet and having a glass of water nearby to place used candles in.

Lit Candles on Kwanzaa Kinara

In our classroom, all of our students are neurodiverse or have trauma and/or emotional challenges.  For this reason, we allow students to learn to light matches at nine years old, if they feel that they are ready. 

Many of them have a fear of fire or suffer from anxieties, so working with matches is a BIG step for them.

Other students struggle with a lack of safety awareness, so it isn't until the age of nine that we consider that they may be ready to start working with activities that include fire.  Some students are ready, but some are not.  

For this reason, all matches and lighters are locked up unless the activity is being used and supervised by an adult.

The use of matches and fire in the classroom is completely up to teachers and parents.  In some situations it may be prohibited.

Whatever you decide about fire, making a Kwanzaa Kinara is such a fantastic activity.  It involves so many practical life skills and can incorporate an art lesson.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

How to Make a Kwanzaa Kinara (Craft for Kids)