Free Peaceful Character materials by Montessori Print Shop

Free Peaceful Character materials by Montessori Print Shop

Help young children understand how to become more peaceful and tolerant by learning about the 6 pillars of peaceful character (respect, caring, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship). This Peaceful Character material uses the hand as an example which makes this lesson easier for children to remember. This material is very open-ended and can be used with a variety of ages in a large variety of creative ways.

Includes:

  • 6 character description cards
  • labeled black-line master of the ‘peaceful character hand’
  • blank black-line master of the ‘peaceful character hand’
  • 1 large colored ‘peaceful character hand’
  • 1 page of small blank hand outlines
Free Peaceful Character Printable by Montessori Print Shop

FREE Peaceful Character Download

Please go to our Free Montessori Materials page to access this free file.

Free Montessori Printable for April: Earth Day … Every Day!

Free Montessori Printable for April: Earth Day … Every Day!

As you’re probably all aware, it’s Earth Day on Monday April 22. While it’s very important to celebrate Earth Day, it’s just as important to find small ways to make every day Earth Day.

It’s important to talk to children from a very young age about the small things that they can do on a daily basis to improve and protect our precious planet. The point to make is that Earth Day can (and should be) every day!

We’ve created a FREE printableEarth Day … Every Day!” for April that can help you introduce simple concepts and ideas that the children can bring in to their every day life. Let’s make every day Earth day.

Earth Day, Everyday! Free printable cards by Montessori Print Shop

You must download this freebie through our Free Montessori Downloads page (scroll down to the bottom of the Free Downloads page to find the picture that links to the download) as you’re unable to download free items through our shopping cart.

For more great Earth Day ideas (including crafts and classroom work) you can follow our Earth Day Board on Pinterest.

Earth Day Pinterest Board by Montessori Print Shop

Art Inspiration and Giveaway

For those of you who aren’t artistically inclined you will be inspired to break out the paints, pastels, and markers after visiting this Rockabye Butterfly blog post. You’ll see how our Artist Cards and a variety of Art Books can help you put together a wonderful Artist Unit.

Look at some of the beautiful art they created!

Art AppreciationPhotos from Rockabye Butterfly

The best part is that you can win our Art Book Bundle (30 Artists and their work). So be sure to stop on by, be inspired, and then enter to win this great Bundle of Artist Books today! Be quick about it though as there are only 2.

Musical Composers: Baroque, Classical & Romantic Periods

Are your children learning about music and the various famous musical composers from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods? This printable material will put faces to the names of famous composers they are learning about. The children will love to sort the various composers according to their time periods and use the Control Chart to check their work.

Musical Composers 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

These cards are formatted in a 3-part card series and include 18 Musical Composers: Bach, Corelli, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Hayden, Mozart, Clementi, Salieri, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Strauss.

This work includes 6 Baroque period composers, 6 Classical Composers, and 6 Romantic Composers.

  • 18 cards with labels
  • 18 cards without labels
  • 18 labels
  • title cards
  • Control Chart

Musical Composers Cards and Charts by Montessori Print Shop

Children who are learning to identify the various musical instruments might find these classified cards helpful:

23 Musical Instruments (set 1)printable Musical Instrument Cards by Montessori Print Shop

20 Musical Instruments (set 2)Musical_Instruments2-L

 

You can learn more about the use of Montessori Nomenclature and Classified Cards to help you on your Montessori journey.

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Story Telling – Guest Post

Storytelling with Early Years – Guest Post by Julie Meighan

The following are some pointers you should use when story telling to young children. The first thing that a teacher/educator should do is identify the children’s interestExamples of topics that children may be interested in are animals, stories where children their age are heroes, stories about things children like to do, getting dirty, playing with an adult around, trying something new for the first time, etc.

Another question that often comes to light especially with new teachers is “where do I find good and appropriate stories for young children?” The stories can be from your head that you have remembered from childhood or have  made up. The stories can be from picture books particularly useful if trying to encouraging reading.  Libraries have many collections of folktales often compiled in easy format books, or adaptable to your needs. Stories that deal with families are also often very effective.

There are some key elements that you must engage with to make story time successful. You must know and like your story, know and like your audience and make sure the story and audience match each other. Another important point is that you must be flexible.

The next important step is you must learn to tell  a story. First you must learn the bare bones plot (3 pigs left home and each built a house: one of sticks, one of straw, one of bricks. A wolf came and blew down the straw and stick houses. He tried to get into the brick house but got boiled when he went down the chimney into a pot of water. The End; a fox made a crow drop some cheese by flattering her into opening her mouth to sing. The End. Etc.)  Practice it and tell it to yourself while driving. You should tape it and listen to it and if you want look at yourself in the mirror while practicing so you can see your facial expression and body language.

You must make the stories  exciting and fun. The following are the tools of the teller:
•   Voice
•   Body
•   Face
•   Imagination

Voice
A good voice exercise is to write some sentences on a blackboard, and have each person say them in different situations. For instance, say “I want a cup of coffee” as though you were tired, happy, angry, disgusted, humiliated, etc. Then change this to an entirely different situation: you are in your boss’s office and he has just fired you. Let them choose the emotion and the voice.

Body language
Have two people hold up a sheet, and two more stand behind it, the sheet covering their torsos and upper legs. Whisper an emotion into their ears, and then say “go.” Have the students point out what made them know which emotions they were imitating. This is called cultural knowledge. We know when people are angry, sad, excited, etc. We don’t always know why we know, but we do know. So do children. In fact, they are sometimes quicker to pick this up because they need it for living by adult rules. So be careful with your face and body language; the children are reading it.

Imagination
There are many old theatre games that work well here. One I like is the Magic Box – an imaginary box that goes around the circle, each person pulling out and using an object until everyone has guessed what it is. This involves the next tool: cooperation. Someone will choose something complex , and no one will be able to guess. Then we have to cooperate with the audience, help them, give them clues. It is our responsibility, not theirs, to provide the communication needed to make the link to our thoughts.

Remember: you’re not just telling stories; you’re teaching them to be an audience
•   Intersperse with rhymes, finger plays, prop stories
•   Sing
•   Keep stories short

Some examples of good storytelling activities are as follows:
Game: Pop-up Story Book
•   Age: 3 years +
•   Minimum number of participants: 2
•   Resources needed: Clear space, a story book.
•   Other Benefits: This is an excellent listening game that can be played with any number of children. It helps them to engage in the storytelling process.
•   Instructions: The teacher chooses a story to read that the children are familiar with. Each child is given a word. For example if the teacher was reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, child A is given the word Goldilocks, child B, baby, child C, porridge, child D, bed and so on. When each child has been given a word the game can begin. All the children lie on the floor. When the child hears his/her word s/he must jump up. If they miss their turn they are out and can’t pop-up anymore.

Participation/movement stories
Game: The Hungry Tree
•   Age: 5+
•   Minimum number of participants: 3
•   Resources needed: Clear space.
•   Other Benefits: This is an excellent introduction to improvisation as the children are free to explore their imaginations. It also helps with their co-ordination skills.
•   Instructions: The teacher tells the children the following story and they have to improvise the movements in the story. The teacher gets the children to imagine they are an adventurer who wants to go on an adventure. They have to pack up their bags. The teacher asks what they need in the bags. Children’s answers are usually for example water, sandwiches, sun cream, and sunglasses and so on. The children mime putting all these essentials into their bag and then mime all the actions in the adventure below. The teacher says imagine you are walking quickly because you are so happy to be on your adventure. You see a mountain and decide you should climb it. The sun is getting hotter and hotter and you are getting tired. You get very, very tired. You wipe your brow to show how tired you are. You begin to climb slower and slower. You are very thirsty. You take out your water and take a drink. You put it back in your bag and climb the rest of the way up  the mountain. Eventually you get to the top. You are exhausted, very hot and very hungry. You decide it is time for your picnic. You see a lovely tree and you go and sit under its shade. You eat your picnic and go for a nap. Then suddenly you wake up and see the tree moving towards you. The tree grabs you and you realize it is a very hungry tree and wants to eat you. You scream. You struggle. You fight the branches but you are getting weaker and weaker. Then suddenly the tree stops fighting for a moment. You get your chance to escape. You quickly grab your bag, and run back down the mountain. You get to the end and you don’t stop in case the hungry tree is running after you. You run all the way home, lock all the doors and hide under the table.

Some advice on how to keep the children focused while storytelling.

Magic Glue  This is a basic scenario: “Okay, now everybody is standing up, right? Here we go. Pick your right leg up with your hands. Now stick it to the floor with the magic (or imaginary) glue. Push it down hard. Wiggle it around. Is it stuck? Oops, that one’s not stuck; better try again. Everybody stuck? Good, now the left leg. Okay, can you move your feet off the floor? Try.” All sorts of contortions as you show them your feet are stuck. “Okay, now let’s run with our feet stuck to the floor!” If you do it, they will do it.


If you wish to read more ideas about the different dram games that can be used with young children in early years settings and primary school, please go to Drama Start  and enter the coupon JG87H and you will receive a copy of the book for  a special price of  €1-50. Alternatively you can buy the kindle version of the book form amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Julie Meighan is a lecturer in Drama in Education at the Cork Institute of Technology. She has taught Drama to all age groups and levels. She is the author of “Drama Start”.

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Montessori Nature Table and Tree Identification

Montessori Nature Table and Tree Identification

Depending on where in the world you live, your children will have varying degrees of interaction with nature. In some areas of the world children have the space, freedom, and safety to enjoy the outdoors, while in other parts of the world nature must be brought to the children. Nature can be brought to the children in the form of a nature table or tray. Of course, the nature table should not be the only form of nature in the environment. There should be live plants, fresh flowers, pets (if appropriate), and nature based activities (pressing and drying flowers, etc). The children should be shown how to care for all the living things in the environment and eventually, when they are capable, be responsible for them.

flowers

What can be on the nature table – any part of nature! Your nature table can be based on the current season/weather, or you can bring another season to the children to surprise them. When children are out playing, or on a nature walk, they will often pick up treasures along the way. Invite the children to bring their nature treasures to the nature table to share with everyone. A ‘must have’ item for any nature table is a magnifying glass. Children want to see the details!

A few examples of items for your nature table:
  • shells
  • tree nuts (if no allergies)
  • leaves
  • bark
  • seeds
  • pine cones
  • abandoned bird nest
  • rocks/pebbles
  • bark
  • moss
  • flowers
  • small gourds
  • herbs
  • spices
  • insects (no longer living, in see-through containers)

As part of the Cultural area, you can add photographic cards of different types of animals, birds, insects, flowers and trees. We carry an assortment of nature images in Classified 3-part cards that will help children learn to identify various birds, butterflies, flowers, etc.Our newest nature material available is Tree Identification Cards that can be found in our Science – Plants section. The children will enjoy learning to identify various trees by these photographic cards: tree, bark, leaf, fruit/seed/nut. Control Charts are included.

Now Available!

Tree Identification Cards – Set 1Tree Identification Set 1 by Montessori Print Shop

Tree Identification – Set 2Tree Indentification Set 2 by Montessori Print Shop

Tree Identification – Set 3Tree Identification Set 3 by Montessori Print Shop

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Montessori Peace Table and Art Cards

Montessori Peace Table

Conflict resolution is an important topic not only in a  Montessori environment, but also in the home. In order for any environment to normalize there must be peace and harmony among the children and adults.  We teach children how to speak, walk, dress themselves, count, read, write …. doesn’t it make sense that we would also teach them how to resolve conflicts with others? Most classroom (and some homes) have countless math, language, geography, and sensorial lessons, but usually lack in materials that teach and encourage peace and conflict resolution.

We are starting to expand our selection on peace materials as we understand how important it is to offer them to children. We must show children through our own actions and through the use of beautiful images, care for all humans and our planet. Please be patient as we put new materials together, and as always, feel free to make suggestions.

To accompany our set of Peace Makers we have just listed a set of Peace Table Cards that can help to engage young children in learning about peace, how to resolve conflict peacefully, and empower them to make a change.

One little step at time will make big changes over a lifetime.

Peace Table Cards
Peace Table Cards - Montessori Peace Materials
We came across an online article at jola-montessori.com called Designing a Peaceful Classroom.  It offers some very easy ideas that can be implemented at home or in the classroom to help create a greater understanding of peace.

Books are an excellent addition to a Peace Table or Peace Corner. Here are a few books that we’ve loved, but unfortunately we don’t carry in our online store. We’ve added the links to Amazon so that you can read the editorial reviews (we don’t receive any money for linking to Amazon or any purchases you make through them).
Our Peaceful Classroom
     Our Big Home
Our Big Home

Peace One DayPeace One DayAll the Colors of the EarthAll the Colors of the Earth
Art Cards are another wonderful way to add calm, appreciation of beauty, and peace in to your environment. Even if you yourself don’t know much about any of the artists the cards are a great start to learning about them.
We have a fairly extensive collection of 3-part Art Cards and Booklets that children love to look at and learn the names of the artists and the titles of their work. We’ve just added 6 new artists to the collection, and we’re beginning to offer all the art cards without any color borders as well. So you can now color-code the artists according to your own system (year, art style, etc).

Now Available in our Visual Arts section:

3-Part Art CardsCassatt Art Cards

Art BooksCassatt Art Book

Save money and purchase Art BundlesBundle of 3-Part Art Cards by Montessori Print Shop
Introduce your children to a variety of art mediums; drawing, painting, and sculpting. These cards can be made in to 3-part cards allowing the child to match the mediums with the final products along with the labels. Each set offers 8 mediums and 8 finished products that will inspire your children to try something new!

Art Mediums – DrawingArt Mediums for DrawingArt Mediums – PaintingArt Mediums for PaintingArt Mediums – SculptingArt Mediums for SculptingGive Peace a Chance!