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How to Change an Improper Fraction to a Mixed Number Visual (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

We continue to enjoy the Ultimate Fractions Bundle, working through each printable pack one by one.  This week the kids have been learning how to change an improper fraction to a mixed number.

They are now experts at long division, so the actual process to find the answer is quite easy for them.  However, remembering which number goes where has proven to be a challenge, especially for Bulldozer.

Both my husband and I have been working to try to help him with this process, but after three days, he's still really struggling with it and becoming a bit frustrated.  For this reason we decided to make a visual for him.

How to Change an Improper Fraction to a Mixed Number Visual (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

How to Change an Improper Fraction to a Mixed Number Visual

This visual was designed with Bulldozer's learning style in mind.  He is extremely visual and loves colors. 

To help him understand what numbers go where from start to finish in the process, I color coded them.  Bulldozer is thrilled to have this resource to use, until he feels more confident in his skills and abilities.

It can be printed out in full page form, or two to a page to fit in a notebook. This resource is also great when teaching online.

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Montessori Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers

 Chinese New Year is one of my kids' favorite holidays from around the world to celebrate.  They look forward to it every year.   

I've shared several activities that we've had on our shelves during the Chinese New Year, but the majority of them have been geared towards older preschool and elementary students.

Today I'm sharing our Montessori Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers. These activities have been specifically designed for little ones.  

Montessori Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers

Before moving forward with our activities I wanted to mention that we have chosen to use the term Chinese New Year because these activities specifically focus on how the holiday is celebrated in Chinese culture.

The activities do not include a focus on other Lunar New Year celebrations around the world, especially those that do not take place on the same day.

Montessori Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers


Chinese New Year Nomenclature Card Activity

Chinese New Year Nomenclature Cards

There's nothing quite like learning about Chinese New Year culture with hands on manipulatives!  It makes the experience so much more fun.  In this activity students match up objects with nomenclature cards.

Over the years I've had a ton of fun collecting little trinkets related to Chinese New Year on Amazon.  If you're able to get your hands on them too, the kids will love them.  

But, if you're not able to afford the real deal or have no access to objects, you always have the option of matching picture cards.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Animal Matching Activity
Chinese New Year Zodiac Animal Match Up

Our kids are huge fans of animal figures incorporated into learning activities.  The Safari LTD Chinese Zodiac Toob was the perfect addition to our collection.  

The figures provide a great matching activity for little ones who can't read.  At the same time the activity provides an introduction to animal words.

If you don't have the figures, you can always use the cards as nomenclature cards or a simple memory game.

Depending on where your students are at, you could use the cards or figures in combination with the moveable alphabet to practice spelling.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

D is for Dragon Tissue Paper Activity
D is for Dragon Tissue Paper Activity

This activity is a fabulous way to introduce letters and sounds to little ones.  The printable comes with both uppercase and lowercase options for selected letters related to Chinese New Year.  

Kiddos open the container of glue, paint the letter with glue, and stick on pieces of red and yellow tissue paper.

If you have a little one who is starting to cut, she could cut the tissue paper strips herself in preparation for the activity.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Writing Strips
Chinese New Year Writing Word Strips

Ever since Sunshine could hold a crayon, she has always loved to write, even when she didn't know how.  For this reason, I began creating writing strips with a majority of our unit studies.  Chinese New Year is no exception!

Before Sunshine felt confident forming her own letters on lines, I would provide only the tracing letter option of the writing strips.  Once she felt comfortable writing letters on her own, I would provide the control and the blank wordstrips for her to use.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Counting Activity
Chinese New Year Counting Activity

For those learning to count, these cards and tiny ingots are a delight to work with.  Cards for numbers through twenty are provided.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Character Painting Activity
Chinese New Year Writing Activity

This is by far the most favortie activity on our Chinese New Year shelves each year. The kids love writing in Chinese.  

Depending on the age of your little one and how long you want them to be painting, you can use one card or all twelve.  Be sure to laminate them, if you are able, to protect them from the mess that will occur as the painting occurs.

I usually provide a container of black paint, paint brush and small pieces of red construction paper for this activity.  The kids know they may use one piece of paper per character.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Apple Cutting Activity
Apple Slice Cutting Activity

Chinese New Year celebrations include many special fruits and vegetables. I have created cards for each and every one.  Depending on what produce is available in your area, you can create several fruit and vegetable themed practical life activities.  

If you're not able to obtain fresh produce, cards can be used in matching games or as nomenclature cards.

Did you know that apples are special to Chinese New Year celebrations?  In this activity little ones will practicing cutting apples using the slicer in the picture.  

Because little ones often don't have the strength and motor skills to cut through an entire apple, we provide apple slices for them to cut instead.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Orange Peeling Activity
Orange Peeling Activity

Mandarin oranges also have a special place in Chinese New Year celebrations.  

Learning to peel an orange can often be a bit tricky for little ones.  

In this activity, I make cuts in the orange peel ahead of time.  Kiddos then practice peeling the orange, placing peels in one bowl and slices in another.  I used clementine oranges. They're the perfect size for little hands.

 Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Pomegranate Seed Spooning Activity
Spooning Pomegranate Seeds Activity

Pomegranate is such a fun fruit to work with. Like the mandarin orange and apple, it has a special place in Chinese New Year celebrations.  

Little ones practice spooning pomegranate fruit from one bowl to the other using the spoon provided.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Pomegranate Fruit Extraction Activity
Extracting Pomegranate Seeds Activity

For little ones with a bit more coordination and strength when completing fine motor tasks, extracting the edible pomegranate fruit pieces is a fantastic practical life activity.

A spoon is provided so kids don't have to use their hands. The spoon is super tiny to ensure success.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Flower Arrangement Activity
Flower Arranging Activity

Chinese New Year celebrations include several beauitful blossoms. I have created picture and description cards for each of these blossoms.

Depending on what blossoms are available in your area (real or artificial), will depend on the variety you can include in your flower arranging activity.

I don't have access to many at all where I live, but was able to find these beautiful plum blossoms online.  Little ones love making flower arrangements to use decorate the classroom.

If you have access to all of the blossoms and various plants, you could use the cards I created in a matching activity.  

If you can't find any blossoms and plants, you can always use the cards for matching games or as nomenclature cards.

Next year I may include a lucky bamboo plant in our studies and teach the kids to care for it.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack

All of the printables in the activities in this post come from our Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.  There are so many amazing resources for children in Montessori preschool and elementary classrooms.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Family Member Nomenclature Cards (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

 Martin Luther King Day is coming soon.  It can be hard to figure out how to introduce such an amazing figure in history in a way that young ones will relate to.  

There are so many big words that surround his name, what he stands for, and what he did for our nation.

So this year, why not start with a concept children will understand!  

Family. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Member Nomenclature Cards are sure to be a hit!  

My kids are already so intrigued by them.  As a gift to you, they are part of our 12 Days of FREE Chrismas Printables.

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Member Nomenclature Cards (12 Days of FREE Christmas Printables)

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Member Nomenclature Cards

Martin Luther King Jr. couldn't have done all he did without family support.  After his death, it's his family who has carried on his work.  All of them are so important to his story and our nation's history.

As we created this printable we used the absolute best pictures we could find.  There are very few and far between, three of which aren't the highest quality.  We felt, despite the quality issues, all family members were equally important to include.

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

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Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Culture and Science Activities

Culture and Science activities are always a favorite in our classroom.  The kids always learn so much and love studying each and every card.

The Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Culture and Science Activities are no different, especially when they're paired with real life experiences. 

We thoroughly enjoyed going to a Chinese restaurant and making Chinese food to taste test authentic dishes.

The kids also loved tasting some of the fruits and vegetables associated with Chinese New Year.

There are no limits as to how these cards can be used!

Chinese New Year Culture and Science Activities

Before moving forward with our activities I wanted to mention that we have chosen to use the term Chinese New Year because these activities specifically focus on how the holiday is celebrated in Chinese culture.

The activities do not include a focus on other Lunar New Year celebrations around the world, especially those that do not take place on the same day.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Culture and Science Activities


Chinese New Year Blossom Picture and Description Cards
Chinese New Year Blossom Picture and Description Cards

For kids who love botany, this activity is sure to please, especially if you're able to include live or artificial blossoms for kids to match up with the cards.  It all just depends on where you live and what's available.

The kids matched up the blossom cards with the description cards, learning about each blossom and why it's part of the Chinese New Year.

When presenting to Sunshine, we used the nomenclature version of this activity instead of the description cards.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Fruit and Vegetable Picture and Description Cards
Chinese New Year Fruit and Vegetable Picture and Description Cards

Just like the blossom cards, the fruit and vegetable cards are a fantastic way to include botany in your Chinese New Year studies.  

The activity comes alive if you're able to find the fruits and vegetables on the cards to include with the activity. 

We served some of them as a snack to our co-op friends, during this unit study.  They loved the experience.

When presenting this information to Sunshine, we used the nomenclature version of the cards, which she loved.

If Sunshine were with us right now and we were reintroducing Chinese New Year concepts, I would go all out and order all I needed to plant Lucky Bamboo with her since she loves gardening right now.  

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Cuisine Picture & Description Cards
Chinese New Year Cuisine Picture and Description Cards

The Chinese New Year Cuisine Picture and Description Cards were a huge hit in our classroom. There's just something about food cards that the kids love.  

We read through the description of every cuisine card and matched it to its picture card during the presentation. The kids then used these cards to play a memory game with peers.

When our class decided to celebrate Chinese New Year, we went to our local Chinese restaurant where the kids were actually able to try some of these dishes, which was quite a treat!

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Spiritual Belief Nomenclature Cards
Chinese New Year Belief Nomenclature Cards

There are a lot of different belief systems in China today and in the past.  This activity gives a brief introduction to the beliefs and symbols associated with them.  

Younger kiddos in our co-op loved these cards because of the symbols introduced, especially those they had seen before.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Spiritual Belief Picture and Description Cards
Chinese New Year Belief Picture and Description Cards

The older kiddos in our co-op enjoyed the introduction to various belief systems in China in the past and present, matching up the descriptions with their signs.  Controls from the younger kiddos' activities were used to help them when necessary.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack

As you can see there is so much to be learned about Chinese New Year in the areas of culture and science presented in this post. 



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Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Language Activities

My kids look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year every year.  It's one of their favorite holidays from around the world that we've introduced.  And what's not to love about it?!

We've taken time over the years to really dive into the study of Chinese culture in all subject areas.  These Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Language Activities complement those we've presented in the areas of math and culture so well.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Language Activities

Before moving forward with our activities I wanted to mention that we have chosen to use the term Chinese New Year because these activities specifically focus on how the holiday is celebrated in Chinese culture.

The activities do not include a focus on other Lunar New Year celebrations around the world, especially those that do not take place on the same day.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Language Activities

Whether you have preschool or elementary aged children in your Montessori classroom, there's something for everyone included!

Chinese New Year Zodiac Symbol Match Up Cards
Chinese New Year Zodiac Symbol Match Up Cards

Kids in our co-op thoroughly enjoyed this match up activity, playing it as a memory game.  They loved comparing the writing to the animal pictures.

For Sunshine, who wasn't quite ready for Chinese characters, we paired the animal cards up with the Safari Ltd Chinese Zodiac Animal figures.  She had a blast matching them up.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Symbol Match Up
Chinese New Year Zodiac Symbol Word Match Up

This activity was a bit more challenging, but the kids loved it. It definitely tested the kids spelling and reading skills.  

The kids would choose to use either the Chinese characters or the animal picture cards. They would then match the cards to the words on the chart.

I provided them with a set of control cards they could grab when needed. These are not shown in the picture.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Nomenclature Cards
Chinese New Year Nomenclature Cards

These traditional nomenclature cards help teach kids about the different aspects of Chinese New Year emphasizing vocabulary that they may hear and see.  

In our classroom they were used as nomenclature cards, but they can also be used as match up cards.

I just love the beautiful images displayed on these cards.  They are so bright and colorful!

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Picture and Description Cards
Chinese New Year Picture and Description Card Match Up

The older kids who could read in our co-op enjoyed the Chinese New Year Picture and Description Cards, instead of the simple nomenclature cards.

As with all match up activities, the kids LOVED using them to play memory games with friends after the initial lesson and presentation.

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

Chinese New Year Writing Strips
Chinese New Year Writing Strips

Sunshine is one who always loves writing activities.  Even before she could write on her own she craved tracing activities.  This activity was designed for her.  I laminated each card for multiple uses with a white board marker and she goes to town!

When it comes to older kids, this activity is great spelling practice!

Source: The printables used for these activities come from the Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Printable Pack.

These activities combined with our other Chinese New Year activities and printables are sure to be a hit!  Our co-op kids LOVED them.  They learned so much about Chinese New Year while having so much fun.

Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year Language Activities


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