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    Montessori Style Preschool at Home

    Montessori Style Preschool at Home

     FREE Planning Charts to create a Montessori Style Preschool at Home

    If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I want to create a great learning experience for my preschooler and that I’ve been reading books on child development and ways to incorporate games and crafts into a type of preschool at home.

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    A wise Godly friend of mine who has six children and has homeschooled from four to fifteen years of age gave me some smart advice.  There are so many curriculm out there and you can easily spend a fortune on teaching tools and materials, but what you must keep in mind is “what works for you” and “what works for your child”.  She asked me to think about “what do I get excited about?” and “what does my son get excited about?”  If you’ve made the decision to keep your little one at home but don’t want them to miss out on what others their age might be learning in preschool you may want to incorporate some of the ideas I’ll be sharing here.

    I’ve been reading an excellent book on Preschooler Education titled “How to Raise an Amazing Child – The Montessori Way” by Tim Seldin.  From this book I’ve been inspired to restructure our alphabet study and categorize our activities around the “areas for learning”.  It has helped me seek more ways to reinforce our alphabet study as well as explore new areas for learning.  I think I was intuitively using many of these principles in our activities, but seeing them listed helps me feel a bit more confident about feeling like I’ve touched on everything.  I’m so excited to implement what I’ve what I’ve learned from this book.

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    Montessori Sensitive Periods

    I’ve added my thoughts on the details of each learning area as a part of the description. The Learning Areas include:

    Movement – gross motor skills. Dancing, climbing, crawling, jumping, swinging, sliding, throwing a ball, grasping, catching, running, etc.
    Language – Read aloud to your child.  Talking, singing, poetry, stories, books, and any spoken language. Montessori Preschool
    Small Objects – fine motor skills. Stacking, sorting, organizing, putting into and taking out of containers, anything < 2″ square.
    Grace & Courtesy – I’m renaming this “character”. Things like manners, honesty, integrity, responsibility, sharing, courtesy, etc.
    Senses – Smell, touch, taste, see and hear. Perfect for activities in the kitchen.
    Writing – Anything that requires the child to hold a writing or coloring utensil – marker, pencil, crayon, and pen to create letters.
    Order – Helping your child develop an appreciation for organization. Chores. Also called “practical” application.
    Music- Singing, listening to and or playing music.  Making a joyful noise. Worship.
    Toileting – Potty-training, hygiene, washing hands and brushing teeth. This is a daily activity and not one I plan to put in a box.
    Reading – Letter and word recognition. Learning phonetic sounds and sight words.
    Spatial Relationship – Shapes and puzzles. I also think this includes deductive reasoning – science experiments, hypothesis testing.
    Mathematics – Patterns, shapes, learning numbers, counting, adding, subtracting and later – multiplication and division.

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    Learning Area Description

    Each of these areas has a co-relating “sensitive period” – meaning a certain age range where the child is most open to learning about that type area.  For instance, movement is most important from birth to one year.  However, one can easily discern that movement is something our children spend most of their lives learning – especially if they enroll in a sport or if you consider how important gross and fine motor skill training is for preschoolers.

    I’ve attached a powerpoint slide I plan to use to remind me of the key areas for learning and I plan to use a ten drawer storage cart to hep me stay organized.  I used a rainbow-colored cart, but you can shop Amazon and pick a style that goes with your home decor. This is an affiliate link, your support helps me keep my blog online – thank you!

    I labeled each drawer with a key learning area and then placed items in the drawer to help us stay on task.  Ideally we would do two or three activities each day before nap time leaving one day open to run errands or meet at MOPS or any other activity.

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    labels

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    Organized preschool drawers

    If you are looking for inspiration for fun things to do with your preschooler you may want to follow me on Pinterest (button on my sidebar)- I have a whole section on Montessori learning as well as a section on crafts and games for little ones.

    As far as planning goes, I’m going to pick the ten activities for the week but I’ll let my son choose the activities that we will do each day (as long as they are not too repetitive) to follow the Montessori method of letting the child lead (of course, it is guided leading).  I plan to build in plenty of time for free play too since I want to encourage curiosity and foster an environment for learning and play.  From all the materials I’ve read, the most important thing about this young age is that as a mom I spend intentional time with my boys.  I do  not think the focus should be on academics as much as it should be focused on creating a love for learning in my children. I’ve attached a sample for the week that is subject to change as we progress.

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    A picture of the drawers filled with some goodies for the week.

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    Letter “R” drawer contents

    Another important point from the book is the reminder that children learn at their own pace. The Montessori method encourages parents to observe their children as they play and learn.  This will help you assess how your child is doing and you can make adjustments along the way.  Every child is different and it’s important to keep that in mind as I plan my activities. After a few weeks of implementing our Alphabet study this way, I’ll assess how my son is doing and see if there are things that I might need to simplify or make more complex so that I can follow his natural bent of assimilating information.

    I’ve also attached the labels I’ve created for our structured learning, you are welcome to download them as well as a planning sheet for each week. Just click on the images in this post to print a PDF version of any file straight from your home computer.  I hope these are a blessing to you and that you’ll join us in our Preschool Alphabet Study here at Happy and Blessed Home.

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    I fill the drawers only once per week with about ten activities.  We spend anywhere from five minutes to fifteen minutes per activity.  This leads to about fifteen to forty-five minutes of planned activity per day.

    New Readers

    I’ve seen a tremendous increase in new subscribers and if you are a new subscriber – welcome to Happy and Blessed Home!  I’m so glad you’re here and below I’ve listed a few links that you may want to review to help you become a bit more familiar with some of the resources on my blog:

    Lately I’ve been posting about twice a week (sometimes three times) and my posts have mainly been focusing on enriching preschooler activities using games and printables. I also publish Family Fun Friday every week. My boys and I love to play and have fun but I’m a parent who also wants to understand the “why” behind certain crafts, sensory bins, and educational toys. So I’ve been reading books – and I blog about what I learn. If I can, I try to develop tools that help me implement what I’ve learned, and if possible, I create printables that others can use, then I share those with you, my readers. :-)

    Often, for your convenience, I’ll include affiliate links to things like Amazon or other sellers.  I make a tiny commission, but my hope is that you’ll become a fan and want to support my blogging by using these links when you can. If you have time, you can also help me grow my blog by pinning the posts you like on PINTEREST or by sharing on other social media like Facebook.  This is really important as word of mouth is one of the biggest ways that my blog grows.

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    If you like these planning charts please let me know in the comments.  If you like my blog please like my Facebook page at: HappyAndBlessedHome - thanks so much!

    In His Grip,

    Monica

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    100 Comments

    1. Hey there, happily following along from the mom mingle hop! Your blog is super unique and it won’t be long before I’ll be needing this advice! My little one just turned one :) )

      noel @ high heeled mama

      • Thanks Noel! I’m working on some baby game cards too that I can use with my one year old. Keep in touch and you’ll see it in a future blog post. :-)
        Monica

    2. Stopping by from Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Thanks for linking this up! I have a 3.5 year old and although she started public school already, I like to look for fun learning activities we can do together. Thanks for sharing this great info!

      • Carrie,

        Thanks for stopping by! I just want to share what we’re doing because I love finding new things to do with my little guys. By thinking about the learning areas I’m able to cook up more ideas. Don’t think of it as a checklist but more of a brainstorming tool. God bless you and your little one!
        In His Grip,
        Monica

    3. I love the organization of this! I like how all the different areas are broken down too and the age ranges. Obviously those are all things that parents should naturally be doing with their children at those ages anyways, but it’s nice to have it in a chart to make sure you’re not letting any area slide through the cracks! Great post!

      • Amy,
        Thanks so much. Your comment is such an encouragement to me. I’m a visual thinker so putting it on a chart and hanging the chart next to the activity drawers helps me brainstorm new ideas for the next letter even while we’re on this one. I hope it’s helpful to anyone who is trying to think up learning activities for their preschooler. Thanks again for your encouraging comment!
        In His Grip,
        Monica

    4. Hi Monica! This is a fabulous post chock-full of helpful tools. I’m so glad you posted it to NextGen Homeschool’s What’s Working Wednesday Link-Up! It’s a valuable resources for those of us homeschooling younger ones. I love the use of the colorful drawer tower. Pretty and practical!
      Renée at NextGen Homeschool

      • Thanks Renee` – I pray it’s a blessing! And thanks for your encouraging comment!
        Monica

    5. Great ideas! I love the big organizer with a tray for each area of development! Thanks for sharing. I’m stopping over and following from Aloha Friday. I would love to have you visit my site as well!

      • Thanks for the encouraging comment. Stopping in for a visit.
        Monica

    6. This was a great post and it really helped me understand the Montessori method. The more I learn about it, the more I like it!

      • Thanks Kristylee,

        BTW did you pick out your prize? You won last Friday ;-)
        Monica

    7. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), one of the Friday Chaos co-hosts.
      So glad you stopped by to link up! I loved this post and look forward to checking out more of your blog.
      Have a great day…

      • Thanks Anne for stopping by. I look forward to checking out your blog too.
        Monica

    8. Thanks for sharing your labels and printables. It’s great to be able to piggyback off of others’ great ideas, and you have many.

      Thank you for linking up with Inspired Wednesdays!

      • Thanks Amy! I pray the labels and printables are a blessing. Enjoy!
        Monica

    9. I love these practical ideas! My daughter is only 2 but I am considering homeschooling and this is perfect! I can even start some of these ideas now! Thanks for sharing!
      Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

      • Thanks Selene – I hope these ideas are a blessing to you. :-)
        In His Grip,
        Monica

    10. What great ideas! I’m thinking about starting a preschool next year and this will be a great resource! I’m also featuring this tonight on my blog!

      • Thanks Alexis! I hope these resources are a blessing to you. I’ll be sure to check out your blog!
        In his Grip,
        Monica

    11. This is such a great resource! Thank you for sharing this information!! I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in! http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/02/share-it-saturday-7-and-our-week-in.html

      We also are inviting all contributors to join us on our Share It Saturday Group Pinterest page as a collaborator. It is a great way to have your posts seen by new viewers! The link for the Pinterest page is on our post. Hope to see you there!

      Colleen at Sugar Aunts

      • Thanks Colleen. I will make sure to check it out.
        Best Regards,
        Monica

        • That looks lovely! I am in the middle of reading “How to raise an amazing child” right now. Looks like we may need a big de-clutter (or a massive house lol!)

          • I know. Keeping everything in order is still something we’re working on. I’m just glad to have a brainstorming tool to help me. ;-) Monica

    12. This was great and packed with a lot of useful information. I loved the pictures. Thanks

      • Thanks Kimberly! I pray its a blessing to you and that you keep in touch!
        Monica

    13. Love your organization cart…saw it and Sam’s and have been thinking how I can utilize it to simplify and organize papers for 11 people. Thanks for the preschool tips.

      • Lori,
        If you’d like an electronic version, I can e-mail it to you. Just let me know.
        Blessings,
        Monica

    14. Tons of great ideas and info! I’ve pinned it for later. Thanks for linking up at CEO of Me this week!

      • Thanks Misty. I pray it’s a blessing. :-)
        Monica

    15. Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

      • I pray it’s a blessing!
        Monica

    16. Thank you so much for sharing this on F-it Fridays over on Parko and Logi I have never heard of this process before and we are looking into home preschooling our nearly 4 year old. Your blog is SUCH a valuable resource!

      • Thanks Chrissy – your encouraging comment made my day! I hope you’ll stay in touch – I have lots more fun stuff planned. :-)
        Best Regards,
        Monica

    17. Came over from Hammock Tracks! I loved seeing your thoughts and ideas on preschool. I am a former school teacher trying to avoid the workbook method when my youngest reaches preschool age! Thanks for the tips!

      • I like it too because it helps me brainstorm themed ideas. I’ve got a few other books I’m reading on similar topics and I hope to share some of those ideas too. Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll keep in touch.
        Thanks,
        Monica

    18. I totally needed this I need more organization and was thinking of ways but you just taught me a Fun way to do it!! Thanks!

      • Great Ruth! I’m so glad – enjoy and I pray it’s a blessing to you.
        Monica

    19. ow! You did a great job explaining everything. I an interested in Marai Montessori and this helped a lot! Thanks for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/bunnys-bento-box-eco-kids-tuesday.html

      • Hannah,

        Already linked up! Thanks for hosting and for your encouraging comments.
        Monica

    20. Stopping by from the PinMe Linky and I love your post and of course pinned it!

      • That’s wonderful! Thanks so much. Glad you’re here.
        Monica

    21. Nicely organized!!

    22. I love this idea of incorporating workboxes into a preschool environment.

      Thank you so much for linking up to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! Blessings!!

    23. I’ve been doing preschool at home for about 18 months and I love what you’ve got here-both the organization and the wide range of ideas! Thanks.

      • Thanks Helene, I pray its a blessing to you.
        Monica

    24. I love the way you’re using those drawers…if only I could figure out where to put them! Interesting info about the different areas of learning and sensitive periods. Thanks!

      • You can also use cookie sheets on a table or book case. Hope that helps! ;-)
        Monica

    25. How wonderful that you’re so detailed and organized, and starting so early with your little one. I think it’s awesome.

      I’m visiting today from Friday Chaos.

      • Rosey,
        So nice to meet you. Thank you for the encouraging comments!
        Monica

    26. Such a helpful tool! Had to pin this. Looks so pretty.

    27. Wow, great resource! Thank you!

      • Mary,
        You’re welcome! I’d love it you’d follow along and join us in our preK alphabet study. ;-)
        Monica

    28. Hi! I really like the charts you have made about montessori sensitive periods. Would it be ok if I used them on my finnish parenting blog and linked them bak to your blog?

      • Yes Meri. As long as you link back that would be fine. I pray they are a blessing to you and your readers!
        Monica

    29. Great ideas! We have the same cart that we use for our homeschool. My boys love discovering what’s new each day.

      • I just visited your blog earlier today. So glad you stopped by. Yes – the cart helps – thanks for your encouraging comment!
        Monica

    30. Very well thought out! What details you have involved and great organization! Thanks for linking up to Talkin’ About Thursday link party. I hope you will come back this week too!

    31. I love your organization! I signed up for emails and I pinned for later and would love if you could link these up at my linky party Thursday at http://www.juliakendrick.com! I hope to see you there!

      • Julia – I added you to my link party list and I plan to be there. ;-) Monica

    32. This is an AWESOME resource. I’m pinning it :)

      • Thanks Kasey! You made my day – I love getting pinned ;-)
        Monica

    33. Wow, this is so inspiring. I love montessori and really want to be more intentional about home-based montessori preschool with my 3-year-old. Is the “how to raise an amazing child” book your favorite starting resource for that? Going to follow you on pinterest for more. Thanks for linking this up to monday funday!

      • Kelly,

        The Montessori method is a great tool for coming up with ways to be intentional in teaching and learning in some key areas. Especially with little ones it can be helpful for moms who are looking for more than just random play. Try to think of activities, crafts, games, movement, music and sensory experiences that stimulate them to learn. I’m so glad you are following along. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

        Monica

    34. These are so great! Thanks for sharing!

      • Thanks Elisha! I hope you enjoy them.
        Monica ;-)

    35. Thanks for your great post! I have a son attending pre-school but incorporating your ideas on the weekends will be a great idea!

      • Thanks great Lorneth. Enjoy!
        Monica

    36. I found your blog in a round about way. I think it all began with a Pinterest link that brought me to a fabulous blog with an awesome link party. I saw your link and I’m now following with Pinterest and FB. I’m a Christian mom with several blogs.

      Tina – American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

      http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

      • Christina – I visited your blog and I liked it! Thanks fir stopping in – I hope we can keep in touch!
        Monica

    37. I have so many friends who are choosing the route of homeschooling, and this would be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy PRojects.

      • Thanks Carrie – my pleasure!
        Monica

    38. thank you for have written this and I realize that even if my son is only 22 months , I need to start organizing something for him very soon! thanks for explaining the montessori method! glad to have stopped by came to visit your blog from the Ducks’ n row party! :-) Ingrid

      • Thanks Ingrid! I hope it’s helpful for you – it’s been a great brainstorming tool for me. :-)
        Monica

    39. I am so happy that I found your blog on thebettermom.com link up. I have been looking for a good lesson plan for my preschoolers, and an organization tool.
      You have provided both. Thanks for sharing this info.

      • You’re welcome Michelle! I have lots more planned so I hope you’ll subscribe that way you can take advantage of some great information. Thanks for your kind comment. Have a blessed week!
        Monica

    40. I LOVE using the Montessori Method with my kiddos 6, 4, and 3. It has transformed our learning time at home into such a magical time for all of us. Feel free to stop my blog. I post all of our weekly activities and always offer my printables for free. :)

    41. These are amazing directions and I enjoyed this very much. You are a very busy and detailed mom, good for you. I’ll keep checking in to see all the new things you come up with.

    42. Wow-thank you so much!

      Love your blog, the resources, and the detail you include in your posts. They’re so helpful, and we will be using your plans to help organize our learning!

      Thank you =)

    43. I love how organised you are!! Thank you for sharing at Party In Polka Dots! I am so glad you did!

      Shelley

      http://www.piggyinpolkadots.com

    44. I love that you are doing Montessori!! We will be heading more toward Montessori this fall, so I will definitely be reading that book you mentioned. I hope you are doing great!

    45. Everything you have shared is great and i just cant wait to introduce this to my little girl who is only 4 months old. You’re are the source of blessing to young parents. Young children will be able to learn the bible terms as well. I pray tha GOD will continue to bless you and gives you grea new ideas.

      Great research

      • Thanks so much! I’m so glad that its a blessing to you. :-)
        Monica

    46. hi…
      love love your blog.
      The link to the form are not working. Can I still download it.

      Thanks you..

      • I just sent you an e-mail with the attachments. Let me know when you get them :-)

    47. Thank you so much for this. I’ve been thinking and thinking about how I want to plan for our mommy preschool week. I had something like this but wasn’t sure about it. This helps me make up my mind to stick with it! I appreciate it.

      • So glad and so glad to have you here. I’ve got more great stuff on the way!

    48. Great post! I never did as much planning as you do though!I am starting up a shop called Linda’s Montessori Shop. selling all my 3,000 used books from 30 years of teaching Montessori, and later all my Montessori materials. It’s not open yet, but I have over 300 books on right now. If you sign up for e-mail messages (on the front page) i can let you know when we are launching! I thought that my Shop might be especially useful for Montessori Homeschoolers such as yourself. Thank you! Hope to see you there! http://www.LindasMontessori.com

      • Sounds good Linda – I will look into it. :-)
        Monica

    49. I am so excited about these but I cant get to the pintables of the charts/labels…is there anyway you can help. Thanks!

      • Just sent you an e-mail Gina – it’s in your in-box. :-)

    50. Hi, I had just finished reading the book above when I stumbled across your blog and printables. I was so excited! I am having trouble printing when I click on the image it doesn’t find the document. I am wondering what I am doing wrong? Help!

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