Montessori Extras Themed Activities

Activities, books, & ideas for Apples/Fall unit study

By Anitra

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With the first day of Fall approaching on Friday, September 22nd, I am gearing up to begin a two week unit study of Fall and apples with my classroom.  Although here in sunny Southern California, it is far from feeling or looking like Fall.  The hotter Summer temperatures have slowly started to subside, and we’ve seen cooler temperatures this week, but we are from fro Fall weather.  Even though the Southern California weather is not fall friendly, I still am excited to start our Fall and apple unit study.

For the next two weeks; starting Monday; I will teach the young children in my class about how our environment changes for Fall, different leaves, the parts of an apple, how apples grow, and the different types of apples.  We will have apple tasting, and vote for our favorite apples, examine the insides of an apple, make leaf rubbings, and an apple blossom tree…just to name a few!

 

 

There are many books out there that could go with the study of Fall and apples, but I have chosen to share with you my favorite three books.  I have used each of these books over the years, and have found that these cover many of the topics and areas that I teach rather well.

 

Top 3 favorite books for Fall and apple unit

 

 

A Day at the Apple Orchard

 

By: Megan Faulkner & Adam Krawesky

A Day at the Apple Orchard follows a group of children through the apple orchard.  They pick apples, taste them, and make juice & cider.  The book also describes the life cycle of an apple blossom tree, and shows the growth through the different seasons.  This book is great when teaching how apples grow, the proper way to pick apples, and things that can be made from apples. It also discusses why it is important to protect apple blossom trees for continued blossoms.

 

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

By: Steve Metzger

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt is a twist on the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  The children go on a hunt over the mountain, through the forest, around the waterfall, and across the lake.  Along the way, they find red oak leaves, hickory leaves, birch leaves, and maple leaves; until they encounter an unwanted guest!  This book teaches about different leaves, and is fun and entertaining!

 

Apples for Everyone

By: Jill Esbaum

Apples for Everyone has beautiful pictures that detail how apples grow, the different kinds of apples, talks about Johnny Appleseed, and discusses the history of apple trees.  This National Geographic Kids book has colorful and amazing photography that makes this book a favorite of mine.

 

 

I can’t wait to start our unit study of Fall and apples.  I have so many science, fine motor, art, language, and math activities planned for the next two weeks!

 

Want to follow along as we learn about Fall and apples?  Interested to see how our unit study unfolds?   Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter for pictures of all of our activities and fun!!  I hope to see you there!

 

Anitra

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Art Montessori Extras

Simple & Easy DIY Rainbow Crayons

By Anitra

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Crayons…who doesn’t love coloring!! I personally still LOVE coloring, and try to color as often as possible.  It is very relaxing and calming to either color a pre-made coloring sheet, or to just grab some crayons and make whatever I feel like!!  Do you color?  If not, you should pick up a new hobby…coloring!  There are so many amazing “adult” type of coloring books out now, this is a newer trend.

 

Working in a preschool classroom means there are many, many many broken, peeled, tiny and even chewed on crayons.  It is what happens in this environment.  If you have children, I’m sure that you’ve encountered such instances with crayons around your house as well.  You normally collect all of the broken, peeled, tiny and chewed crayons and put them in the trash.  They have little to no use…or do they?  Actually, they do!  You can use your old worn crayons and make Rainbow Crayons out of them!! Rainbow Crayons are fun and children have a great time helping with the process of making them.

 

Turn these…

 

 

 

Into these…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Rainbow Crayons: A Step by Step Tutorial

 

 

Supplies Needed:

1 6 cup muffin tin (I got one from the Dollar Tree, so I wouldn’t ruin my cooking one)

broken crayons

oven or toaster oven

 

STEP 1:

Gather as many colors of broken crayons as you can.  You want your rainbow crayons to be just that; rainbows!

 

STEP 2:

Peel your all of your crayons.  This can be a very long, tedious process, so if possible enlist the help of the children!  It is a great fine motor skill development activity for them!

 

 

        

 

 

STEP 3:

Break up the crayons into small pieces.  About half an inch should do the trick. Again, this process takes awhile, so have the children help you; as much as they can.

 

 

 

STEP 4:

Fill the muffin pan with the broken crayon pieces.  Try to get a good variety of colors in each cup, so that the colors are evenly distributed.

 

 

STEP 5:

Put in the oven.  I used a toaster oven.  I set it for 350 degrees, and set the timer for ten minutes.

 

 

                      

 

STEP 6:

Take out of oven and let cool for at least thirty minutes.

 

 

STEP 7:

Once completely cool,  remove crayons from muffin pan using a sharp knife.

 

 

    

 

 

STEP 8:

Your Rainbow Crayons are ready for use!  Enjoy!

 

 

Rainbow Crayons are so fun and as you can see, so easy to make!!! Beware though, once you make your children at home or at school Rainbow Crayons, they will “accidentally” break crayons and bring them to you to save for more Rainbow Crayons.  This happens to me almost daily; I had to gently remind all of the children in my class to be careful and take better care of the crayons.  I told them not to worry, we have PLENTY of broken crayons in our broken crayon bucket to make more Rainbow Crayons in the future!!

 

I hope you enjoy and use this step by step tutorial to make Rainbow Crayons to introduce into your classroom or homeschool soon!!

 

Anitra

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Product Reviews Reading

Book Review: The Sorry Sticks: A Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure

By Anitra

One or more of the products mentioned in this post were provided for free to facilitate a review

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I am so excited to be able to do a review of book two of the Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure series!  The children in my class loved book one, and were equally as excited when I told them about book two!  If you recall from the review of the first book, author Bryony Supper is an actress and comedian from England, who has now used her humor to write books for children.  Her book series is quite unique and fun!

 

 

The Sorry Sticks: A Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure

 

 

Book two in the twelve book Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure series did not disappoint.  The Sorry Sticks is just as entertaining, fun, and silly as the first book!  In this book, Pasta Kid Victor Vermicelli and Val the Vermicelli snake have been speeding and receive a ticket.  Their friend Lola Lasagne tries helping them by calling for The Sorry Sticks and the Pasta Petz.  This book shows how important it is to say sorry and apologize if you’ve done something wrong.

 

 

The Sorry Sticks provides colorful characters, an engaging story, and a great life lesson!  The kids really enjoyed this book as well!!

 

A look at the characters of the Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure Series…

The characters and their pets are cleverly created using different types of pasta!!

 

Pasta Kidz

 

 

Pasta Petz

 

 

 

For more information about the Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventures and author Bryony Supper, please click here.

A big THANK YOU to Bryony Supper for providing me a copy of the book, I really appreciate it and enjoyed sharing her work with my classroom!

 

Anitra

 

 

 

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Parenting

Tips on being a SuperMom without going Super crazy!

By Anitra

With it being back to school time, it means back to a schedule, back to routines, back to homework. Back to school time is full of helping with homework, helping with projects, book reports, and research.  It means making sure your family gets dinner, baths/showers, and making lunches.  There are practices to attend, school events to attend, and finding time to squeeze in time with your family and friends.  Back to school means back to being SUPERMOM.  Trust me, I know all to well the stress and pressure of being SuperMom.  Being everywhere at every time, being everything to everybody…being SuperMom can make you go super crazy; quickly!!

 

 

It doesn’t have to be that way.  Coming from me, someone who tried so hard for so long to be “that” mom, it is impossible and will wear you out.  Trying to do everything and please everyone all the time will make you a grumpy, unhappy, tired mamma that is no fun to be around.

 

I have two daughters, am a wife, and have always worked a full time job.  Both of my girls always did some sort of extra curricular activity; dance, gymnastics, cheer, soccer, track, softball, ASB, golf…they were always busy.  When they were really young, their extra curricular activities were at the preschool they attended so I didn’t have to take them anywhere for practices.  There was an occasional recital or performance that was not at the school, but that was a twice a year occurrence.  Once they got older and in elementary school, the practices that required me to take them to began.  Each year, it got to be more and more driving around town; and to the adjoining towns as well.  I was still working full time, making dinner every night, and helping with homework and those dreaded projects that we all love as parents! 😉

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was burnt out, tired, and grumpy.  Once my oldest daughter started high school and the youngest was in middle school, it got a little hard to be at every game, practice, performance, school function AND make dinner and still be able to help with homework and such.  I decided that I would stop trying to be SuperMom, and made a decision to just be a super mom.  I figured that they wouldn’t starve if I didn’t make them a home cooked meal every night.  I actually found that they were capable of making their own food; even my husband…amazing, right!?  The best thing I found from this is that they didn’t love me any less for not being a SuperMom.  They aren’t mad, or disappointed, or let down that I am not “that” mom.  They are actually glad to see that I am human, that I am not perfect, and that I can only do what I can do.  All that you can do is do your best!  I know that many people are in the beginning stages of their journey of being a mom and a wife, and working away from the home.  These tips are from my experiences over the years, and by experiences, I mean my trial and errors!

Tips on being a super mom, not a SuperMom

 

 

-They are capable of making their own meals or snacks and doing their own chores.

Like I said earlier, they will not starve if you do not make a home cooked meal everyday. Even if you have younger kids, teaching them how to make their own snacks or quick meals will go a long while (the Montessori child!).  I also taught both of my daughters at a young age how to do their own laundry.  They also learned how to use the iron, vacuum, and clean their bathroom.

Tip: Make a little extra sometimes so that there are leftovers for the next day for those days that you do not want to make another meal.  Start off teaching your child small, easy tasks that they can complete, then work up to bigger chores and tasks.  Even little ones can help with dishes, sorting laundry, or helping to clean up around the house.

 

-Make it easy on yourself and ask for help

I decided to leave the big family style dinners to Sunday’s.  The other days, it is something easier and quicker to make.  It is still home made, just not as extravagant.  Prepping ahead of time will save you time, energy, and stress!  I have found that asking for help will also save me from wanting to pull my hair out.  Remember, being a super mom is about delegating tasks to others when necessary! 😉

Tip: If you don’t have a crock pot, get one asap!  These are great for whole chickens, chili, or soups.  I prepare the night before, then put it on when I leave for work in the morning.  Dinner is ready and waiting when I get home.  If my husband or kids gets home before me, I have them finish the meal if necessary.  I also have a deal with my husband, I do laundry every week, and he washes my car every week…mom and wife score!

 

-Let them eat sandwiches…or whatever

Not every meal has to be hot or cooked!  We have sandwiches often, especially in the Summer when it is 100+ degrees, or breakfast for dinner!  My favorite is what I have deemed; “Whatever for Dinner Night”, and anything and everything is fair game, as long as I don’t have to cook it!

Tip:  A few good ideas are deli sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, hummus and veggies, or our personal favorite cereal

 

-Just do what you can and breathe!

Don’t kill yourself trying to do everything!  If things start to get or feel overwhelming, take a break and breathe!  It is better to take a quick moment than to drive your self into a nervous breakdown over unfinished laundry or a messy house!

Tip: I think as moms, we tend to think that doing everything and having everything done all the time is what makes us feel accomplished and successful.  Not the case, you are an amazing mom and are successful regardless if you get everything done or not.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.

 

-They will love you, no matter what!

No matter if you put a meal in front of them that you spent hours prepping and cooking or if you give them something that only took you 30 minutes from beginning to end, they will still love you; no more, no less.  If you don’t finish the laundry, it’s ok, do it tomorrow.  Honestly, I highly doubt these things bother your family at all.  We as moms just overthink some of these things, and bring undue stress on ourselves sometimes.

Tip: The love of your family is not based on the amount of time you put into a meal or if all the laundry got done. They will love you regardless and unconditionally!!!

 

 

 

 

My oldest daughter is starting her third year in college, and lives about six hours away.  Even though she is not close to home, I have found that you parent the same amount if even they are off at college!  My youngest daughter has now started her junior year in high school, and is on a competitive club soccer team.  She has been playing competitively for over seven years now.  This year however, practices have increased from two nights a week, to three nights a week from 7:30 to 9:30!  We are out late many school/work nights, so these tips have become second nature for us at my house.  I am continuously trying to find easy and efficient ways to juggle the demands of  being a full time working mom, a full time mom, and a full time wife.  Over the years, I have learned a lot about the mom I was trying to be and the mom that I am.  I can’t be the best at everything, but I can always try my best and that’s all that my family expects of me.

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Classroom Content Montessori Extras

What is all the hype about? A detailed look inside a traditional Montessori classroom

By Anitra

You’ve probably heard about all the hype and craze surrounding Montessori and Montessori schools. Anything and everything from the teaching method,the classroom environment, child led activities, and Montessori materials.  But what does all that mean?  The Montessori method is a very unique, very distinct, very individualized learning environment with a proven way of teaching young children.

 

The materials, along with the carefully prepared environment, is what makes Montessori, Montessori.  There are various areas and activities of a traditional Montessori classroom.  This is what sets a Montessori primary (preschool) classroom apart from other preschool classrooms. Many people have heard of Montessori, but haven’t had the opportunity to actually see inside or visit a classroom.  Please be aware that there are many different Montessori run schools, each individually owned and operated; so unfortunately not every Montessori school classroom will be set up or run exactly the same.  With that being said; I try to keep a traditional Montessori classroom.

 

Curious to learn and find out more…?   The pictures are from my actual classroom that I currently teach in.  The shelves are child sized, with age appropriate, enticing materials.  The common item you will notice in most Montessori classrooms and materials is wood.  The use of natural wood for the shelves and materials, along with neutral wall colors, is meant to soothe the senses and and the attract the children to the beauty of the room.  Montessori classrooms differ from other preschool classrooms in that they are calming, peaceful, and uncluttered.

 

 

LANGUAGE AREA

 

“Language lies at the root of that transformation of the environment that we call civilization.” -Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, pg. 98

The Language Area is composed of phonetic sound recognition, three letter phonetic word building, four letter and more phonetic word building, and blends & phonograms.  The three letter words make up the Pink Level, the four letters and more make up the Blue Level, the phonemes and hard & soft letters make up the Green Level.

 

The Pink Level also covers word families, picture to

word matching, and easy phonetic sentences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Level also covers beginning & ending

consonant blends, and complex phonetic words

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Level also covers silent “e”, double vowel consonants, phonemes, and hard & soft letters

 

I also have opposites, parts of speech, sentence building & writing, and even antonyms & synonyms.

 

 

MATH AREA

 

“The results we obtain with our little ones contrast oddly with the fact that mathematics is so often held to be a scourge rather than a pleasure in school programmes.”-Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, pg. 170

The Math Area is composed of number recognition up to ten, mastering the teens & tens, and working on numbers up to one hundred.  This area also covers simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even division.  More complex works include place value, the clock, and fractions.

 

Number recognition from one to twenty, with various materials & activities to master these skills

 

Simple addition, the tens work, & the hundred board all round out the Math Area

 

 

Telling Time, Place Value & Fractions are the

more advanced Math activities

 

 

 

SENSORIAL AREA

 

“And if we look at the sensorial apparatus which is able to evoke such deep concentration…helps also to the development of the mathematical mind.”-Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, pg. 170

The Sensorial Area is composed of activities that engage the senses of the children.  There are activities for smell, taste, and hearing; and various materials that promote sight and touch.

 

Sensorial materials to manipulate sizes, color,

touch and hearing

 

Complex materials that introduce geometric shapes, as well as tasting & smelling materials

 

 

 

CULTURAL/GEOGRAPHY AREA

 

“…the child’s mind can acquire culture at a much earlier age than generally supposed, taking in knowledge is by certain kinds of activity which involve movement.”-Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, pg. 157

The Cultural and Geography Areas is the area of a Montessori classroom that frequently changes.  It is an area where new activities can be added on a weekly or monthly basis.  These areas are composed of science, botany (plants), zoology (animals), geography, and art.  This is by far one of the busiest areas of a Montessori classroom.

 

 

Study of continents, seasons land, air & water                                  Botany, zoology, & insect puzzles and magnets

 

 

Geography Maps

 

 

PRACTICAL LIFE AREA

 

“Activities here build on the child’s natural interest and help him develop good work habits, concentration, eye-hand coordination, a lengthened attention span and control of his body.”-Maria Montessori The Sense of Childhood, pg. 1

The Practical Life Area is another area of a Montessori classroom that changes frequently.  The Practical Life Area has many components to it that make it the most important area of a Montessori classroom.  Since children learn basic working, concentration, and eye-hand coordination skills, it is the prerequisite to all of the other areas in a Montessori classroom.  Activities could include spooning, using a ladle, pouring, scooping, and cutting.  This is by far the busiest area of a Montessori classroom.

 

Other activities include food preparation work,

and using tongs & tweezers

There are also washing activities, bubble making,

table setting, and water activities

 

 

 

All of the areas in a Montessori classroom contribute to the development of the whole child.  As stated before, not every Montessori classroom will be furnished and set-up exactly the same.  In quality, true to Montessori schools and classrooms, you will see similar setups and materials.  One of my favorite areas is the Practical Life Area, I like to come up with fun water work activities, food preparation works, and washing activities.  I like to add variety, and add activities that promote the individual needs of the children currently in my classroom.

 

 

 

Now can you see what all the hype is about?!  Trust me, the pictures just give you a small glimpse of what a Montessori environment looks like.  Can you imagine how wonderful it is to see the children actively working in a Montessori classroom…it’s PRICELESS!!

 

Anitra

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Product Reviews Reading

Book Review: The Inventing Tubes: A Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure

By Anitra

One or more of the products mentioned in this post were provided for free to facilitate a review.

It is no secret…I LOVE BOOKS!!!  So when I was presented the opportunity to review a book, I jumped on the chance!  The book comes all the way from England, my dream place to visit!  It is written by Bryony Supper, who is the creator of Pasta Kidz & Petz.  Bryony is an actress and comedian, who has used her humor to write books for children.  For more information about Pasta Kidz & Petz and Bryony Supper, please click here.

 

The Inventing Tubes: A Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure

 

The first book in the twelve book series of the Pasta Kidz & Petz Adventure series is The Inventing Tubes.  The book feature a few of the various Pasta Kidz and Petz characters.  Marc Macaroni and Sarah Spaghetti want to use the Inventing Tubes to invent a pastaball to use in the Pasta United soccer game.  Sarah gets impatient and doesn’t read the instructions.  Instead of a great pasta ball, she instead invents a CRAZY BALL!!!

 

Pasta Kidz

 

 

Pasta Petz

 

 

The crazy ball couldn’t be caught, so Marc and Sarah enlist in the Pasta Petz; Spud and Mumbo to help catch the crazy ball.  The Petz arrive in their amazing Pastamobile and get rid of the crazy pasta ball.  Sarah learns a valuable lesson; be patient when doing things and follow instructions!

 

I read this book to my class of children 3 to 6 years old.  They absolutely LOVED it!! They really liked the silly characters; they enjoyed the pasta hair that they have.  The characters are easy for young children to relate to and fall in love with.  A favorite part of the book was when Spud and Mumbo showed up in the Pastamobile!  It was hilarious!

 

Pasta Petz Pastamobile

 

I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to see more of the titles!  A big thank you to Bryony Supper for the signed copy of the book, I really appreciate it!

Enjoy!

Anitra

Back 2 School Classroom Content Montessori Extras

How using doTerra essential oils in the classroom helps with focus, concentration, & a peaceful environment

By Anitra

Being that it is back to school time, I am on a mission to start the year off right.  I want to set clear guidelines and rules of the classroom, and am looking to have the classroom run as smoothly as possible as soon as possible.  There are children returning from Summer vacation, children who are new, and others that were at the school during Summer Camp.  The beginning of a school year is the time to get everyone on the same page, and get everyone “normalized” within a quick time frame.

“Normalization” in Montessori terms is used to describe the process in which children in the classroom find inner discipline and peace, and the children are able to concentrate and focus on working freely throughout the classroom.  To assist with the process of normalization, a friend recommended the use of doTerra Essential Oils in my classroom.  Leticia Baxter is an Elite Wellness Advocate for doTerra Essential Oils, and she educated me on the positive effects of using the oils in my classroom.  The most important thing I learned about using essential oils is to do my research.  Not all oils are created equal, and doTerra oils have proven to be superior to other brands currently on the market.  To learn more about doTerra Essential Oils click here.

 

I invited Leticia to share some of the benefits of using doterra essential oils in your classroom (or home).  doterra Essential Oils offer a variety of oils for a variety of health benefits, however, Leticia discussed only a few; the ones that are beneficial for focus, concentration, and calming.  Without further ado-here are the benefits of using doterra essential oils.

 

Why Use doTERRA Essential Oils? How can they be a benefit to the home and classroom?

 

I am going to touch on a few doTERRA Essential oils and the amazing benefits of using them in the classroom.  

 

It is so important when choosing an essential oil brand! Many companies claim their oils to be therapeutic grade and some may be pure. In reality, very few of them are subjected to rigorous testing and standards for chemical composition.  doTERRA essential oils are cross tested to ensure both the exact purity and composition potency of each batch.   doTERRA works side by side with a global network of leading essential oil chemist and growers to ensure that our oils are the safest, purest, most potent and beneficial oils available in the world today.  Please make sure the oils you are using are to the highest standards of quality. You can really tell a difference not only in smell but when using.  

 

 

Lavender

The Oil of Communication

Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing qualities.  It helps reduce anxious feelings and helps ease feelings of tension. When you think of lavender… think all things calming.  Lavender has many uses and  helps with some of the following: restful night’s sleep, anxious feelings, emotional balance and sooths occasional skin irritations. These are just to name a few.  Lavender can be used aromatically, topically and internally. Be aware that this does not go for all brands of essential oils.  As long as there is a supplemental fact label on the bottle, you can use topically and internally. This is very important when using essential oils and why quality really does matter.

Diffusing Lavender in the classroom can help in calming the room and aid in better focus and concentration.

 

 

 

Balance

The Oil of Grounding

Sometimes life can bring on stress leaving us off guard and feeling overwhelmed.  This blend helps to restore and ground us.  Balance brings a feeling of calmness, peace and relaxation. It can evoke feelings of tranquility,  sense of balance and ease anxious feelings. Balance can be used aromatically and topically.  

Diffusing balance in the classroom helps ground the whole room, setting a calm peaceful environment.

 

 

 

OnGuard

The Oil of Protection

OnGuard supports healthy immune function and can be used to boost the immune system. It can also clean surfaces to protect against environmental threats just by adding to water for an effective all purpose cleaner.  OnGuard can be used aromatically, topically and internally.

Diffusing OnGuard in the classroom helps shield individuals from germs, bacteria, mold and viruses all while purifying the air.

 

 

Wild Orange

The Oil of Abundance

Wild Orange inspires abundance, fosters creativity and supports a positive mood.  Wild Orange has a variety of uses such as cleansing, uplifting, invigorating and lowering anxious feelings or nervousness. It can aid in increasing concentration, emotional balance and so much more.  Wild Orange can be used aromatically, topically and internally.

Diffusing Wild Orange in the classroom helps with concentration and focus while cleansing the air.

 Oh… and it smells amazing too!

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions, or are interested to learn more, please visit and contact Leticia Baxter at eoswithbaxter4.com.

 

About the Author:

 

Hi, my name is Leticia Baxter from eoswith baxter4.com.  I’m a stay at home mom who felt stuck in mom life.  I love being able to stay at home with my kiddos and be there for them, and am truly lucky and blessed to do so!  I found doTerra and it has helped me in so many ways!  Natural solutions using the oils has empowered my family and my life.  Why would I not share these life changing products with other?!  I love that I can offer others hope! I look forward to helping you!

 

 

So know that you know about the benefits of using doTerra essential oils, I will share with you about actually using them in my classroom.  My oil station is on a shelf in my classroom.  My set-up is quite simple and using the diffuser is easy too!  I use a small sized diffuser and add the oils to it.  The easy to follow steps are listed below.

-Fill the diffuser to the red dot with water.

-Add two to three drops of each oil (for a stronger, more noticeable smell,add more drops).  I personally stuck with the three drops

-This is where you can personalize the oil blends.  You can use one, two, three, or all four oils!  Depending on what your aim and goal is, you can pick different oils for each situation.

 

The children in my classroom absolutely LOVE the oils!  They walk around commenting on how good it smells.  It truly does work, I used them towards the end of the school year when the children start to get a little “unfocused”.  They worked amazing!  I noticed the difference in their ability to focus and concentrate, as well as the calming effect on the classroom overall.

 

I am so happy that I was able to find such pure, safe, and beneficial products to use in my classroom! What more could you want for your child or the children in your classroom?

 

Anitra

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Back 2 School Montessori Extras

10 back to school or homeschool activities to give your child a leg up on learning

By Anitra

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see the disclosure policy for more information.

 

Whether your child is going back to public school, preschool, or it is time to get back to your homeschooling routine, it means that it is time for your child to buckle down and get back to the academics.  In most cases, the time your child spends at school or preschool is not enough for them to them to master, learn, and even practice many skills necessary for their academic success. Phonetic letter sound recognition, number recognition, the ability to communicate effectively & use problem solving skills, and fine motor skills are all important aspects that are customary for children to know and master.

 

 

 

 

 

I have parents all the time asking me if there is something that they could be working with at home with their child.  I normally tell them to have their child read (if they are a reader), and advise them of a few resources for them to possibly purchase and/or add to their home.  As a teacher, I do not have just one academic area that I find is important over another one.  In my opinion, they are all equally important, and play an important part in the development of the whole child.  It is important to incorporate all aspects of a child’s development, as well as finding ways to promote fine motor, cognitive skills, and critical thinking skills.  Trust me, no teacher would be disappointed to have a class of well rounded students!!

 

The activities I chose for the list are ones that can be used in a variety of ways and incorporated for use at home as extra support, for your homeschool, or in a classroom to enhance your curriculum.  I have direct knowledge and have used many of these items from the list in various ways either in my classroom or as an addition to my curriculum.

 

 

10 Activities that can used as extra support for your child’s academic learning

 

Add & Subtract Abacus

The Add & Subtract Abacus is for three to six year olds.  It comes with a wooden base and the double-sided wooden boards.  The colorful beads make it easy to distinguish between each of the numbers.  This work is a way to explore numbers, colors, patterns, addition, and subtraction!  It is very multi-functional.

     Self-Correcting Alphabet Letter Puzzles

The Self-Correcting Alphabet Puzzles are for four to six year olds.  The wooden puzzle pieces have a colorful object for the corresponding letter sound on one side, and letters from A to Z on the other side.  The interlocking pieces make it easy for young children to self correct and promotes independence and success!

Alphabet Puzzle Cards

The Alphabet Puzzle Cards are for four to six year olds.  The interlocking alphabet cards come in a great wooden box for easy storage.  The self correcting interlocking pieces insures that the puzzles are solved and matched correctly!  These puzzle cards promote independence and

Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets

The Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets are for three to six year olds.  There are fifty two magnetic upper and lower case letters, that can be used for spelling, stenciling, matching upper and lower case, and for building words!  These letter magnets are great for all kinds of language ideas!

Self-Correcting Number Puzzles

The Self-Correcting Number Puzzles are for four to six year olds.  The wooden puzzle pieces have colorful, objects on one side, and numbers from one to twenty on the other side.  The interlocking pieces make it easy for young children to self correct and promotes independence and success!
World Map Floor Puzzle – 33 Pieces

The World Map Floor Puzzle is for six plus years old.  Although, we a little assistance, I don’t see why a four or a five year old couldn’t be successful with this puzzle.  The puzzle pieces are made with an easy, clean surface.  This puzzle map is perfect for introducing and learning about the continents of the world.

Turn & Tell Wooden Clock

The Turn & Tell Wooden Clock is for four to seven year olds.  The wooden base and large numbers make it easy for your child to be introduced to and practice telling time.  It has clickable hands to help mark off the minutes, it details hour, minute, half past, and quarter past.  There are also 13 double-sided time cards for practice as well!  This all-in-one clock is perfect for learning to tell time.

U.S.A. (United States) Map Floor Puzzle – 51 Pieces

The U.S.A. Map Floor Puzzle is also for six plus years old.  I believe that with a bit of assistance, a four or five year old would be able to do this puzzle in its entirety.  The extra thick puzzle pieces make this puzzle durable. This puzzle is great for introducing, learning, and studying all 50 States!

Magnetic Wooden Numbers

The Magnetic Wooden Numbers are for three to five year olds.  It comes with enough numbers to count from zero to twenty, and it includes five number signs as well!  These magnetic numbers can be used to introduce counting, number recognition, and simple addition & subtraction!

See & Spell Learning Toy

The See & Spell is for children four to six years old.  You can use the letters to spell the three and four letter puzzle words, spell other words, or use the letters as a stencil.  The cardboard puzzle boards and pieces are built for long lasting durability.  This is a spelling and fine motor activity wrapped into one!

 

 

Adding one or many of these activities to your child’s daily teachings will put your child on the right path to mastering many of the necessary skills needed for their future learning.  The activities are adaptable and allow for use in a classroom or homeschool environment, or just as a supplement at home for your child.

 

Anitra

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Montessori Extras

I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award…again!!!

By Anitra

 

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award…again!  I am so grateful and thankful to have this opportunity again.  The first time around, I was a new blogger; crazy right, I’m still a new blogger!  But at that time, I had maybe 2 posts on my blog, about 10 Instagram and Twitter followers, and NO subscribers to my blog…it was a time when I thought that this whole blogging thing wasn’t for me.  Thank goodness I was nominated back then and accepted!  That nomination literally saved chronicles of a momtessorian!  I have met so many AMAZING people through my blogging journey since then, and it has just begun!  I know that I will continue to meet, make, and develop connections with so many more amazing people…like Shelanda Brown from Only Girl in the House, who nominated me!!!  She has a great family, travel and lifestyle blog and is a mom to three boys!  Thank you to Only Girl in the House, I really appreciate and feel the love!

 

As one of the  requirements for being nominated, I must answer the questions below, nominate up to 7 other great bloggers who I think are deserving, and send them a nomination along with a list of questions to answer as well.

 

Here are the questions I was given:

 

  • What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?

Start a blog and put myself and my thoughts out there for all to see.  It made me very vulnerable and it was WAY out of my comfort zone. Besides that, my personality is extreme enough I don’t really need to necessarily DO extreme things!! LOL!

  • If you give someone $1,000,000, who would you give it to?  Why?

I would give it to my 2 daughters.  They deserve to not have to struggle through life.  I would want them to travel and see the world.

  •  Apple or Samsung

Samsung all the way. Although, I do have an Ipod!

  • Name the top 3 beaches you’ve ever visited.

Cabo San Lucas, Puerta Vallarta, and the Oregon Coast.

  • When do you find time to blog?

Every moment that I have available.  I blog at work in my classroom, on my lunch break, at my daughters soccer games and practices, before I go to bed…it really is an addiction!

  • If you could have dinner with anyone past or present, who would it be?

My Maternal Grandfather.  I was really young when he passed away, and I only have photo memories of him.  I’d like to know who he was personally.

  • Who are you writing your blog for?

Everyone and anyone! I love writing and sharing activities from my classroom, from my years of teaching, and new lessons and ideas.  I hope that readers will find my blog useful.

  • What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?

chronicles of a momtessorian…I wanted to chronicle my journey of being a mom and a Montessori trained teacher; so what better way than to combine “Mom” and “Montessorian”!?

  • What’s your quote you live by?

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”-Muhammad Ali

  • Money or fame?

You know, at this point, I’d take a little bit of both!  I wouldn’t mind having fame, and I’d sure wouldn’t mind having money too! Hahaha!!

 

Enough about me…now is the time for the next set of amazing bloggers to be recognized for the efforts!  Without further ado, I nominate the below 7 blogs for the Liebster Award!!!

 

Aubree at Simply Between Us

Lisa at Making Life Richer

Wendi at Learning Engaged

Chad at The Royal Brew

Hollie at Our Life’s Little Adventures

Yolanda at Yolo Mommy

Ashley at Faith + Motherhood

 

For the official rules, please click HERE.

 

If you accept this nomination please answer the above questions and nominate up to 7 blogs to continue the Liebster Award process.

Congratulations!

 

Anitra

 

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Favorite Book Friday's

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

By Anitra

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Favorite Book Fridays Series Post #5

Favorite Book Fridays is back again!

Looking for a favorite book to call your own?  Well, look no further!  This weekly series was created to assist you and hopefully your child in finding YOUR favorite book.  I don’t know about you, but this weekly series is a highlight of my week!

 

Each week, I find myself searching through my collection of books to find books that you may not be familiar with or that may not be as mainstream as other books by other authors.  One of my goals of this weekly series is to hopefully introduce you to a book that is new to you and your child and to promote a love of reading that will last into adulthood. This series is dear to me, as it really delves into my love of books, and the diversity and variety of books that are available out there for young children.  I am ecstatic to bring you this series every week, and I hope that you are enjoying this weekly series as much as I am!

 

Title: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Author: Simms Taback

Illustrator: Simms Taback

 

I came across this book in my early years of teaching.  It has an older, classic feel to it, but nonetheless, it has a catchy, lively story and eye-catching illustrations.  It has a great, practical lesson at the end, which I think is important for children to learn.  The story is about finding a way to be happy with what you have.  This book is a winner of the Caldecott Medal and the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Picture Book.

 

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

 

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a story about a Jewish farmer that has an overcoat.  His overchttps://chroniclesofamomtessorian.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1155&action=editoat get old and worn, and he decided to make something else out of it.  He continues to remake things from his overcoat; a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a neck tie, a handkerchief until  he ends up with just a button.  In the end, he loses his button; but concludes that “you can always make something out of nothing.”  The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant with the use of watercolors, collage, and die cut  imagery.  It is a method that is similar to that of the illustrations of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni.

 

I love the moral at the end of the story.  It is something that I feel everyone; children and adults, should learn.  It’s not always about what you have, it’s about making the most of what you have and finding a way to make something out of nothing!  This is something that can be used for various aspects of daily life, and I think that it is brilliant that it is taught in a book for young children!

 

Enjoy and Happy Reading!

Anitra

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