Farm Animal Cards for Toddlers Bilingual Russian-English

Toddlers are so curious! My own children love love love to see different living creatures. Whether it's farm animals, insects, or learning about wild beasts, they get so excited! Natasha is 18 months old now, and her vocabulary is just starting to burst. She repeats new words and gets so curious to learn new ones. [...]

Easter Basket Ideas for the Nature Lover

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore nature. Little children love, love, love to learn about the world they live in. They are so curious and fascinated by little critters, flowers, and in general by nature. This Easter, why not encourage their curiosity with some amazing nature-themed Easter basket ideas. Don't forget to [...]

By | 2018-03-14T10:10:27+00:00 March 19th, 2018|1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, Easter, Materials, Parenting, Spring|0 Comments

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Young Kids

When it comes to holidays, my family loves to celebrate, cook special meals, and spend quality time together. Since we have started plunging into minimalism, one thing I am trying to be very intentional about is gifts and, well, stuff! I really want to avoid accumulating a bunch of junk-toys that will be thrown into [...]

By | 2018-03-14T09:56:03+00:00 March 18th, 2018|1-3 years old, Easter, Materials, Montessori, Spring|0 Comments

Easter Cutting Strips

We love using cutting strips as a fun way to practice scissor skills. I recently read an article about how young children are starting to have less developed hand muscles and poor scissor and pencil grasp. This really stood out to me. So, I started working on developing fun and engaging ways to develop those [...]

Butterfly size sorting for toddlers

Spring is the perfect time to learn about butterflies! I am so excited to start seeing beautiful butterflies, bees, and flowers blooming outside. Since spring is starting to make it's appearance here, I thought I would share a simple butterfly size sorting activity you can easily set up for your older tots or preschoolers!   [...]

Useful Practical Life Items for Setting up your Montessori Kitchen Space

One of the spaces I love to set up in my home is our kitchen! I love to create a warm, inviting Montessori kitchen space where my children can exercise independence. We spend so much time cooking there, grabbing snacks and drinks, and cleaning up. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. [...]

Montessori Silence Game – Teaching Children Concentration and Focus

One of the things that amazes me about Montessori children is their ability to truly concentrate and focus deeply on the tasks they are working on. One of the ways that many Montessori families and teachers help to encourage this concentration and self-regulation in young children is by practicing with the Silence Game! I have to [...]

By | 2018-03-01T21:58:20+00:00 March 4th, 2018|1-3 years old, Activites, Montessori|0 Comments

Moon Activities – how do craters form?

We are diving further into our exploration of the solar system. I gave both of the kids (5 years old and 1-year-old) a demonstration on how craters are formed on the moon using only materials we had at home. I love that we could create such simple moon activities that both of the kids could [...]

By | 2018-06-20T17:20:04+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, Free Printables, Science|0 Comments

Hands-on Space Counting

We are really loving our space theme at home! I am so excited to share with you all of our activities - exploring the planets' surface and even learning fun facts about our solar system. For now, I want to dive right into our hands-on space counting activities with our space shuttle printables! Hands-on Space [...]

By | 2018-02-22T12:10:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, Counting, Kindergarten, Math, Preschool|0 Comments

Observing the child

I often get email queries from parents asking me "What activities should I present to my child?" "What can I do with a 20 month old?" "How can I get my child to enjoy writing? Maths? etc," The reality is that I cannot answer those questions for you. Of course, I can tell you what my children [...]

By | 2018-01-15T09:11:28+00:00 January 15th, 2018|1-3 years old, Home management, Montessori, Parenting|0 Comments