An Advent Paper Chain provides a nice timeline for the Christmas holiday. Montessori used timelines to help children understand the concept time. Time has a present, past and future. Advent helps teach this in a fun and exciting way.
Instead of making an advent calendar, printout paper chains for counting down the days for Christmas or any holiday. Use a small glue stick and scissors for hours of cutting, pasting and counting fun!
Older children can learn about ordinal numbers, such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Use this printout to make your calendar chains for anytime of the year. It’s a great way to count down the days to your child’s birthday too.
Thanksgiving Day Activities has lots of printouts and ideas for last minute ideas. You can adapt the lessons to the Montessori approach.
I like to make a simple Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece using a whole, fresh pineapple. Use the leaves of the pineapple for the tail, the fruit as the body and attach a turkey head. You can make the head with paper, felt or use a summer squash.
Here is a turkey centerpiece that looks much better than mine!
This one has a nice pattern and more creative turkey pineapple centerpiece ideas.
This is a fun project to do with your children.
Tonight there is going to be a lunar eclipse. Check out the free lunar eclipse cards.
Lunar Eclipse Cards
Pumpkins have a hard outer shell with a soft inside. This is a great time to carve a pumpkin and find the seeds and pulp. Check out these free pumpkin nomenclature cards at montessorimom.com
Save some pumpkin seeds for your own pumpkin patch next growing season. Here is a free printout about pumpkins at montessorimom.com
The pumpkin life cycle is fun to observe in your garden. My pumpkins are finally mature. I have small pumpkins this year and they are starting to turn a lovely orange color.
Here is the life cycle of a pumpkin for your fall lessons. Check out the free printout at montessorimom.com
A hurricane is a strong and intense tropical cyclone. Some people call them typhoons (eastern Pacific ocean), cyclones (Indian Ocean) or willy-willies (Australia).
Check out more and the free life cycle cards of a hurricane at montessorimom.com
I have made most of my backyard a wildflower garden. The change has been amazing! Bees, wasps, humming birds, butterflies and moths are constantly moving in the garden. It has changed the outdoor space for the better. Here are some pollinators that live in Colorado. Check out the printout at montessorimom.com
Honey bees are eusocial insects. They live in a social hive with a queen, drones and workers. Their life is an example of cooperation.
Check out the free printouts at montessorimom.com