Here in Canada, Montessori teachers are busy preparing materials, setting up classrooms, and wondering just how long it will take for their classroom to “normalize” once school starts after the Labour Day holiday (yes, here in Canada we spell Labour with a ‘u’).
To help you out with your back to school prep, we’ve created a coupon code that will save you 20% OFF everything! Valid August 23 to August 30, 2013.
Coupon Code: BTSAug2013 will save you 20% OFF
Use this coupon link to apply the code directly to your shopping cart (pretty handy isn’t it!). So take advantage and get busy filling those shelves with inspiring materials!
It’s the perfect time to add some of our new items to your shelves.
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Atom Nomenclature Cards
Atom Nomenclature Cards
Atom Nomenclature Book
Happy shopping, happy prep, and happy new school year!
Free Printable Montessori Material – Past and Present Cards
The Freebie for July is finally available! Past and Present Cards: this material is a fun way to help children see how things progress over the passage of time….and they might giggle at a few of the names too. It includes 24 Sorting Cards and a Control Chart. Please note that you must access this download through the Free Montessori Material Download page – there is a link in the actual product listing that will take you there.
Free Past and Present Printable Cards
A few New Materials have now been released:
Simple Machines: Printable Charts & Cards
Simple Machines: Classes of Levers
A large collection of definition cards, photographic images, line drawings, Control Charts, and information to assist with the understanding of Simple Machines and Levers.
Hammer Nomenclature Cards
Hammer Nomenclature Cards
11 parts of the Hammer presented in 3-part card format (includes a black-line master).
Squaring Labels for Cuisenaire Rods
Printable Cusienaire Square Labels
These printable labels for squaring follow the color-coding of the Cuisenaire Rods.
Cubing Labels for Cuisenaire Rods
Printable Cuisenaire Cube Labels
These printable labels for cubing follow the color-coding of the Cuisenaire Rods.
We’ve just updated our Animals and Their Sounds material to include animal pictures. It means this material offers more for the children. Plus, we’ve included instructions on how to use this material.
Animals and Their Sounds
This work includes:
- 65 animal pictures
- 65 name cards
- 65 sound cards
- 65 control cards
You must download this freebie through our Free Montessori Downloads page (scroll down 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.
Spring is finally approaching and new life is beginning to appear all around us in the form of green grass, sprouting flowers, and budding trees. It’s a wonderful time of the year for children to be outside observing this process happen.
Take at least 1/2 an hour each day to be outside with nature and observe the growth, pollination, and seed dispersal that will occur over the next few months. An observation journal is a great way to refine observation skills and combine writing practice and art.
Pollination & Seed Dispersal Cards
This material is available in our store and includes:
- 1 page outline of pollination and seed dispersal
- 5 types of pollination cards (wind, water, animal, insect, self)
- 1 title card and 5 plant cards that pollinate by wind
- 1 title card and 5 plant cards that pollinate by water
- 1 title card and 5 plant cards that pollinate by animals
- 1 title card and 5 plant cards that pollinate by insects
- 1 title card and 5 plant cards that self-pollinate
- 5 types of seed dispersal cards (wind, water, animal & human, self, insect)
- 6 plants that disperse by wind (name of plant and how it disperses)
- 6 plants that disperse by water (name of plant and how it disperses)
- 6 plants that animals/humans disperse (name and how it disperses)
- 6 plants that self disperse (name and how it disperses)
- 3 insects that disperse seeds (name and how it disperses)
- Pollination and Seed Dispersal Control Charts
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Animal Adaptation: Birds and Feet
Earlier in June we listed our June Freebie – Animal Adaptations: Birds & Beaks.
It’s a fun lesson for children to learn about the various shapes and purposes of a variety of bird beaks. It’s always a free download, so if you didn’t get your copy be sure to save yourself a copy by visiting our Free Montessori Downloads page … you’ll have to scroll far down the page.
A NEW Release for July is Animal Adaptation: Birds & Feet. It’s not a free item, but reasonably priced (and if you scroll to the bottom of this post you can win yourself a copy).
Animal Adaptation: Birds & Feet
This work includes 6 types of bird feet:
- 6 photographic images (1 for each type of foot)
- 6 cards describing the 6 types of feet
- 6 labels for the feet
- title cards
- 18 photographic bird cards for sorting
- 1 Control Chart
5 lucky people will win Animal Adaptation: Birds & Feet!!
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Starts right now – ends Tuesday July 24, 2012 at 12:01am EST
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The Animal Kingdom Bundle Giveaway
This Giveaway is now CLOSED.
It’s the summer and it’s Friday … so a Giveaway seems in order! We know many of you take time over the summer to make new materials for your classrooms and homeschools – so be sure to visit the “How To..” section on our website. You’ll find lots of information on preparing and using our materials.
Anyone who has shopped in our online store can see that we’ve created a lot of animal lessons and last month we finally released the Six Kingdoms, Animal Kingdom , and Vertebrates & Invertebrates material. Children just LOVE learning about animals and you’ll surely find something to capture their attention in our Science/Animals section.
Now, on to the Giveaway. We have 2 Animal Kingdom Bundles to give to 2 lucky winners! The first entry is very simple and then you’ll have several opportunities to gain additional entries (some options will give you 3+ additional entries). See the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
Giveaway ends: 12:01am EST on July 20, 2012
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Animal Kingdom Bundle
This Bundle includes 11 files for the Animal Kingdom.
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Free Animal Adaptations: Birds and Beaks
A fun (and FREE) set of 12 bird cards that illustrate 12 very different beaks and how they’re useful to the birds. Children can use the cards as a springboard for further investigation or research in to how animals adapt to their habitats. Includes 12 birds (includes names), 12 short descriptions of the beaks, and 12 labels.
You can download this free material from our Free Montessori Downloads page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the material link. A new page will open with the pdf file and you can save it to your computer.
Following the Child
Here is a wonderful example of “following the child”!
Zelda, a homeschooling mother of 4 children, uses her children’s questions to fuel her lessons. They ask a question and she creates some fantastic ways to help them learn the answers using hands on materials.
Food Chains – Understanding the Relationships
Children have a strong need/tendency to know their place in the world. They want to know how the people and things in it compare to themselves, to better understand where they fit in. This includes understanding the relationship between the plants and animals that depend on each other in our environment.
All living things depend on each other to survive. A food chain shows how the sun’s energy is transferred first to plants, and then to animals in the community.
Once a child understands the basic concepts of Plants & Animals, Living & Non-Living, and Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores, the concept of Food Chains can be introduced.
The concepts introduced in this particular Food Chain lesson are Producers and Consumers.
Producers: Plants are called producers. They are able to use light from the Sun to produce their own food. Even though they are always at the bottom of the food chain, plants are very important to the life of all other life forms.
Consumers: Animals are unable to make their own food. In order to survive, animals have to eat plants or other animals for food. Animals are called consumers. There are many levels of consumers. As the level becomes higher, there are fewer consumers. It is important that the children have some prior knowledge of the 3 types of consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores) as this will help them to understand the relationships between certain animals.
Food Chain with 3 links
Food Chain with 4 links
Food Chain with 5 links
Recreating food chains, and exploring other chain possibilities with photographic cards, helps to give a concrete visual presentation to a rather abstract concept. In allowing children the opportunity to work through these concepts, they will gain a better understanding of the relationship between the plants, the animals, and themselves.