Are you ready for the deal of the year?  The Kid Bloggers Network has put together a a mega bundle of ebooks and educational printables for parents and children.  The bundle includes

  • 12 ebooks with hundreds of Kids Activities & Crafts
  • 12 collections of Educational Printables
  • 6 ebooks with Parenting and Family in mind
  • 2 ebooks to help you start blogging as either a hobby or as a work from home opportunity
  • 2 story ebooks to Read to your kids
  • 4 ebooks to make memories this Christmas and enjoy the season

**All the ebooks are in PDF format…. so no need for any special ebook readers or software! Just download and view.**


38 kbn books printables

This bundle is a limited edition one time only sale

available from

23 November 2015 to 14 December 2015 midnight (EST)

Retail Value: $284

Sale Price: $29.95


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The Kid Blogger Network was created by founder Jamie of for like minded bloggers who blog about anything parenting and child / education related. Over the years the group has become an awesome resource for its members resulting in collaborations just like this one! This network has amazing members from teachers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, homeschoolers, moms who are invested in sharing their journey and even a few doctors and lawyers.

Below is a breakdown of the ebooks and printables you will find in this bundle. It represents the work of well over a hundred of the amazing bloggers in the network.  With an overall discount of 89.5% on the bundle this collection is a steal and will most likely never be seen again!

Montessori Compatible

I’m listing the sections of the bundle that I think can be adapted for use in a Montessori environment.  While all of the contents of this amazing collection are great, these will be of particular interest to Montessorians.  These titles alone are worth over $70 combined!

I am most looking forward to the Australia/Oceania pack and the year of Bilingual Minibooks.

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Table of Contents


Kids Activities & Crafts

  1. Learn with Play
  2. 99 Fine Motor Ideas
  3. Rice Play
  4. Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go
  5. 35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids
  6. The 3 Day No Sew Quiet Book Bundle
  7. 50 Animal Crafts for Little Kids
  8. The Preschool Journey
  9. Sew Together Grow Together: Sewing Projects for Parents and Children
  10. Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun
  11. Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler
  12. Play Grow Learn Issue 4: Big Adventures for Pint-Sized Explorers

Educational Printables

  1. Letter Tile Spelling Mats Printable Bundle {Seasons & Celebrations}
  2. On the Farm Pre-Writing Packet
  3. Math Center Printables
  4. Mini Unit: Animals in Winter
  5. A Year of Bilingual (Spanish/English) Minibooks
  6. Art Appreciation Printable Worksheet Bundle
  7. Animal Yoga Bundle
  8. Montessori Animals of the Continents Bingo Printable
  9. Montessori Baby Watercolour Art Cards
  10. Art Appreciation Art Activity Book “I See. I Wonder. I Create”
  11. Montessori Baby and Toddler Educational Printables
  12. All About Australia / Oceania Resource Pack

Parenting & Family

  1. Confessions of an Imperfect Mother
  2. Life Skills For Kids: Preparing Children For Success
  3. Family Systems: How to Automate Your Housewife Life
  4. Baby Ready – Preparing for and adapting to life with baby
  5. The Colic Solution
  6. Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating and Help your Kids Love Veggies


  1. How To Start A Mom Blog
  2. Work From Home Blogging – How to start a successful blog, before your coffee gets cold

Kids Books

  1. Sophia’s Jungle Adventure
  2. Two Brave Little Kittens


  1. Merry Memories: Holiday Traditions to start with your family
  2. 25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids
  3. 12 Days of Holiday Crafting with Toddlers and Preschoolers
  4. A Simple Christmas


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Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning
learn with play
Normal Price: $14.95

A GIANT COLLECTION OF HANDS-ON KIDS ACTIVITIES. The perfect book to have on hand for inspiring you on holidays,weekends, or anytime the kids just need something to do! A fun mix of hands-on fun with learning, celebrating, and appreciating family time.

Authors: Kid Blogger Network
Co-authored with 94 amazing bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network this book is a resource like no other.


99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5
Fine Motor Ideas Cover
Normal Price: $8.99

The Hands Have It! – Squeezing Play Dough, Fastening Buttons, Snipping with Scissors, and So Much More

99 Fine Motor Activities presents fun, engaging ideas to involve the fine motor muscles in your child’s hands, fingers, and wrists. Ten talented moms come together to share the most successful, creative, and inspiring invitations to play that they set up for their own kids to get those little hands working!

Your child’s hands develop and change so much in the first years of life. From chubby newborn fists that can barely open to infants reaching for your face as they coo to toddlers self feeding and stacking blocks, soon you will have a preschooler learning to cut, write, and turn the pages of a book!

Authors: Nicolette Roux, Laura Marschel, Blayne Burke, Georgina Bomer, Devany LeDrew, Sarah McClelland, Kristina Couturier, Dyan Robson, Emma Craig, and Samantha Soper-Caetano
Ten talented moms come together to share the most successful, creative, and inspiring invitations to play that they set up for their own kids to get those little hands working!


Rice Play
rice play
Normal Price: $4.99

This color rice ebook is an amazing resource with over 25 activity and craft ideas for toddlers featuring great photos, easy to follow instructions, a NO-FAIL color rice recipe PLUS each idea can easily be done at home!

Author: Nicolette Roux
Nicolette is a SAHM to 4 little ones age 6 and under. She loves to share her simple and easy crafts & activities, printables and learning ideas for baby, toddler and preschoolers!


Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go
Normal Price: $9.99

An ebook full off 100 great crafts – each with step by step instructions and pictures. Navigate easily with our photographic table of contents and each craft prints perfectly formatted to one page. Never worry about needing a PC or internet with crafting, just print and go!

Author: Amanda Dion
Love everything crafty and want to spread by creativity around the world and help make crafting even easier for everyone!


35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids
Normal Price: $8.99

Kinetic sand is an incredibly inviting sensory material for kids to explore with. It is also extremely versatile! 35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids will show you just how versatile and fun kinetic sand can be to play with. This book focuses on simple, low preparation activities that encourage pretend play, creativity, fine motor skills, and finally, math and literacy learning.

Author: Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson is the Canadian mom and part time piano teacher behind the blog And Next Comes L. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two sons. Her blog focuses on autism, hyperlexia, hypernumeracy, and sensory resources.


The 3 Day No Sew Quiet Book Bundle
3 day no sew
Normal Price: $12

The 3 Day No Sew Quiet Book bundle is a collection of quiet book patterns that are easy enough to cut, glue, and assemble from start to finish in just three days. Because making a quiet book should not be time consuming nor should it be a lot of hard work. The bundle includes 30 different quiet book patterns.

Author: Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson is the Canadian mom and part time piano teacher behind the blog And Next Comes L. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two sons. Her blog focuses on autism, hyperlexia, hypernumeracy, and sensory resources.


50 Animal Crafts for Little Kids
Normal Price: $5.99

50 Animal Crafts for Little Kids will inspire you and your children to make a wide range of animal crafts using common materials. They will love the paper plate pig, the clothespin butterflies and the paper bag elephant puppet! Easy step-by-step instructions are provided for each simple craft with helpful color photographs to guide you through the project. So grab those cardboard tubes, paper plates, pom poms and paint, and get crafting with your child today!

Author: Georgina Bomer
Georgina Bomer is the author of the blog Craftulate which features a wide range of art, crafts and activities for young children. She has also written the book Art, Craft and Cooking with Toddlers.


The Preschool Journey
preschool journey
Normal Price: $6.99

The Preschool Journey is a hands-on preschool curriculum for ages 2.5-5. In this ebook there are 26 weeks of lesson plans in the subjects of literacy, math, and science. There are also activities for gross motor, fine motor, and preschool life skills.

Author: Angela Thayer
Angela is a former teacher, now stay-at-home mom to 3 active boys. She is the creator at, where she shares hands-on learning ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.


Sew Together Grow Together: Sewing Projects for Parents and Children
sewing book kids
Normal Price: $5

Sew Together Grow Together by Trixi Symonds is an original and exciting sewing book for kids. It features 20 easy to make sewing projects developed and road-tested over two decades in classes and workshops with children aged between five and twelve. These projects are fun, creative, and highly educational activities that teach kids the basic techniques of how to sew as well as including suggestions on how to help develop your children’s creativity. Through simple clearly set out sewing tutorials you and your children will learn how to make your own felt softie companions and toys as well as how to design and decorate, cushions, bags and familiar kid’s games. All the projects involve adults and children working together and are suitable for adults with absolutely no sewing experience. They can easily be made in a single afternoon and because they are wholly hand-sewn no expensive machines are required.

Author: Trixi Symonds
Trixi Symonds is a teacher and author who has spent more than two decades designing sewing projects for children and teaching kids how to create and sew their own softies, cushions, bags, games, monsters, and toys.


Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun
playing with purpose cover flat
Normal Price: $7
If you are a parent or teacher who wants to help your children grasp the meaning and real life application of character traits such as friendliness, courage, patience, and more – without giving continuous lectures – you can use Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun to explore the concepts together in an engaging, age-appropriate way. This ebook:
-Contains over 100 fun and simple activities to help your children learn about a range of positive character traits
-Has a user-friendly checklist format with space for notes; plus the activities are numbered for easy reference and
-Is gender neutral – the activities are great for boys and girls
-Includes a range of activities – crafts, at home, and in the neighborhood – that can be done in a short period of time
and which require very few materials
-Was created especially for kids under age 7 but can be adapted for older kids as well

Author: Chelsea Lee Smith
Chelsea Lee Smith is the founder of, a website dedicated to sharing activities, ideas, and resources for families to connect, build character, and make a difference. She believes in using small moments throughout the day to help children learn how to use their head, heart, and hands to make the world a better place.


Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler
Normal Price: $9.99
Everything you know to raise and teach your toddler including how to even start planning to potty training and prepping for preschool. A taste of Montessori inspired ideas to mainstream activities, there are experiences and play ideas for everyone to love and enjoy! It is all about how to make each day meaningful and fun for the toddlers in your life. Includes 20+ free printables and perspectives of 20 bloggers who have been there and taught their tot.

Author: Kara Carrero, Erin Buhr, Katie T Christiansen, Jennifer Tammy, Monica Pruett, Becky Marie, Amanda Boyarshinov, Emma Edwards, Monique Boutsiv, Danielle Shaber, Birute Efe, Melissa Misra, Kimberly Huff, Heather Gruetman, Ashley
Fratello, Kim Vij, Viviana Florea, Alecia Francois, Vanessa Thiel, Lindsay Eidhal

Kara is a family lifestyle blogger at living in Boston, MA. She is a firm believer in intentional parenting and raising strong, confident, and independent children in a modern world.


Play Grow Learn Issue 4: Big Adventures for Pint-Sized Explorers
PGL issue 4
Normal Price: $6

With contributions from inspiring teachers, bloggers and mamas from all around the world, this 70 page, full colour e-magazine is packed with value, adventure and buckets of fun! Features activities, games and inspiration for children aged 0-8 years, including ideas for sensory play, art and creativity, literacy, numeracy, baby & toddler play, small world ideas, cooking, outdoor play, character development, book reviews & more.

Editor: Christie Burnett
Christie Burnett is the mum of two, early childhood teacher, author and blogger behind the playful online space known as Childhood 101. Passionate about children’s play, creativity and learning, Christie shares playful activity and project ideas for kids, family friendly recipes, ideas for family fun and positive parenting reflections at

Letter Tile Spelling Mats Printable Bundle {Seasons & Celebrations}
Letter Tile Spelling Mats Bundle (Seasons-Holidays)
Normal Price: $9.99

The Letter Tile Spelling Mats {Seasons & Celebrations} Bundle is a year full of letter tile fun for emergent readers. Simply print, laminate, and pair with letter tiles for an instant activity. This Letter Tile Spelling Mat bundle is designed to expose young learners to theme vocabulary words, letter matching, beginning sounds, and spelling practice. 14 seasonal themes; 80+ pages.

Author: Sara McClure
Sara McClure is a former Kindergarten teacher turned homeschool mom of two boys. She believes in creative and fun hands-on activities for little learners.


On the Farm Pre-Writing Packet
Normal Price: $2.99

The On the Farm Pre-Writing Packet includes 30+ pages of fine motor and visual motor activities for your preschooler that will help to enhance their pre-writing skills.

The On The Farm Pre-Writing Packet includes the following pages and skills:
Pre-Writing Lines
Scissor Practice
Lacing Cards
Play Dough Mat
Dot Marker Pages

Author: Heather Greutman
Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant turned therapy/homeschool mom blogger at where she encourages independence, one activity at a time.


Math Center Printables
Ultimate Math Center Printable
Normal Price: $6

This is the ultimate early childhood math center printable pack for numbers 0-10. These printables can be used with ANY math counter all year long.
* Counters are not included with purchase.

We use it with: pom poms, foam cubes, blocks, teddy bears, and unifix cubes. Keep the same manipulative all week and rotate the activity OR keep the same activity and rotate the manipulatives. Great for classrooms, after school learning, day-care, babysitters, and homeschooling families of children ages 3-7.

Author: Amanda Boyarshinov
Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading for grades K-12.


Mini Unit: Animals in Winter
Animals in Winter Printables Pack
Normal Price: $5

6 activities to learn about what animals do in the winter. Suitable for ages 4-6.
Activity 1: An 8 page Non-Fiction Book about Animals in Winter
Activity 2: A Poem about Animals in Winter with sequencing cards and emergent reader booklet
Activity 3: Animals in Winter sorting mats
Activity 4: Help the Squirrel Find the Nuts! A Real-Nonsense CVC Word Game
Activity 5: Monarch Migration Game Board
Activity 6: Story Writing Papers

Author: Seemi Abdullah
Seemi has been a Montessori teacher for over 17 years. She writes for the Trillium Montessori blog and creates educational printables for preschool-Kindergarten aged learners.

A Year of Bilingual (Spanish/English) Minibooks
mini books
Normal Price: $15

We have collected 14 minibooks in this fantastic packet!
– Todo Acerca de Mí / All About Me
– Halloween Science: Pumpkin Life Cycle Minibook
– Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Minibook
– Learn Spanish Prepositions ~ Thanksgiving Minibook
– Las Posadas / Christmas in Mexico Minibook
-A holiday info guide and two versions of a 10-page minibook
– Parts of the Body ~ Minibook in Spanish
– Four Seasons Minibook
– Learning My Numbers in Spanish
– Sports Vocabulary Minibook in Spanish
– Eat a Rainbow of Colors Minibook
– Telling Time Minibook in Spanish
– Three Life Cycle Minibooks in Spanish (chicken, frog, and butterfly)

Author: Becky Morales
ESL/Spanish teacher, and mom to 5 bilingual, multicultural kids; we learn about the world & cultures through travel, celebrations, food, art & projects. Author of the book Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners.

Art Appreciation Printable Worksheet Bundle
the Art Curator for Kids
Normal Price: $5

This art appreciation worksheet bundle include 20 worksheets designed to work with almost any work of art. From describing art to writing poetry to analyzing characters to drawing settings, these worksheets will allow your children and students to connect more deeply with works of art. The worksheets are designed to work with multiple age groups, so no matter what grade you teach, you will find these worksheets to be useful.

Author: Cindy Ingram
As a museum educator, an art teacher with an MA in Art Education, and mom of two lovely daughters, I am passionate about the power of art in people’s lives. My website is dedicated to helping you learn about art with your children and students.

Animal Yoga Bundle
Animal Yoga Bundle Picture
Normal Price: $9

A set of 3 different printable themed yoga cards including a zoo, sea, and farm theme. Each set includes a full set of cards with pictures that go along with the theme and full sheet description of the poses with pictures. Make movement fun and part of every day!

Author: Chanda Jothen
Chanda is mom and physical therapist. She loves getting a deal, attempting DIY projects, and sharing ideas to promote development and keeping kids moving at school and home.

Montessori Animals of the Continents Bingo Printable
Montessori Inspired
Normal Price: $4.96

– 21 different bingo boards with 3 boards and ten animals for each of the seven continents:
Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia/Oceania and Antarctica.
– large labeled draw cards for the bingo caller
– bingo covers print outs

Author: Anastasia Rehbein
I am a Montessori Preschool teacher with more than 10 years of experience working in Russia, the USA and Australia. Now I am a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful children.

Montessori Baby Watercolour Art Cards
10 Baby Watercolour Printables
Normal Price: $3.96

These whimsical watercolour art cards are made for your sweet darling to enjoy!
Montessori method suggests that babies are especially attracted to black and white pictures which soothe them and promote development of eye focus!
There are 4 x black and white, 3 x black, white and red, and 3 x yellow, red and blue colour pictures.
An artist created 10 gorgeous, realistic cards inspired by nature using watercolour paints. In this collection you will find ten cards in three different sizes: baby’s face, chick, dandelion, puppy, tree, baby elephant, earth, hummingbird and butterfly.
These cards should be placed 6 to 8 inches away from baby’s eyes.
Use these cards in different capacities. You can attach them to picture mobile, use them for tummy time, attach above changing table, in front of the baby car seat or frame it and put on the wall at your child’s eye level. Later, when your child is older, you can print two sets and use them for matching or memory game.

Author: Anastasia Rehbein
I am a Montessori Preschool teacher with more than 10 years of experience working in Russia, the USA and Australia. Now I am a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful children.

Art Appreciation Art Activity Book “I See. I Wonder. I Create”
Normal Price: $3.96

This is an art activity book for children that fosters creativity and imagination. It encourages children to connect to nature and discover beauty in the world around them.
I see. I wonder. I create is ‘fill in the gaps’ or ‘continue the story’ type of game. It contains 20 beautiful pictures illustrated by professional and very talented artist – Alexandra Burda. This book invites children to use their imagination and experience in nature to complete each picture.
Each picture can be used several times and with different type of media.
I see. I wonder. I create allows children (and adults) to connect their heart and mind with nature, interpret natural world around them and release their imagination and creativity.

Author: Anastasia Rehbein
I am a Montessori Preschool teacher with more than 10 years of experience working in Russia, the USA and Australia. Now I am a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful children.

Montessori Baby and Toddler Educational Printables
Normal Price: $3.50

Montessori Baby and Toddler Printable Materials contain a wide range of Montessori inspired developmental materials that can benefit young child’s development.
* Black/White and Black/White/Red cards for infants
* Table setting placemat
* Russian Doll grading activity
* Book of 6 different colours for matching
* Cards for sorting living / non-living objects
* Nature Scavenger Hunt cards in two formats
* Number set with butterflies: counting 1-10
* Fruits Book for teaching fruits
* Silhouette Matching Cards

Author: Anastasia Rehbein
I am a Montessori Preschool teacher with more than 10 years of experience working in Russia, the USA and Australia. Now I am a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful children.

All About Australia / Oceania Resource Pack
Australia-OceaniaResource Pack
Normal Price: $7.96

In this printable educational materials you will find: 20 + Australia/Oceania Introduction Cards;
4 Maps of Australia with states territories and their flags
Land and Water Forms of Australia/Oceania Sorting Activity:
island/lake, cape/bay, peninsula/gulf, strait/isthmus, system of lakes/archipelago with examples of land and water
20 Animals of Australia / Oceania Nomenclature Cards;
20 Fact Cards – Animals of Australia / Oceania;
Parts of a Koala Nomenclature Cards with definitions and “My Parts of a Koala” Book Printable;
Animals of the Great Barrier Reef for matching with labels;
Australian Children’s Rhymes Book with 7 classic Australian Children’s Rhymes;

Author: Anastasia Rehbein
I am a Montessori Preschool teacher with more than 10 years of experience working in Russia, the USA and Australia. Now I am a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful children.

Parenting & Family:

Confessions of an Imperfect Mother
Confessions eBook CoverNormal Price: $4.99

Sometimes, I feel like the hardest part about motherhood is the pressure that we put on ourselves to do everything the “right” way.

We spend hours reading books, analyzing interactions with other parents and searching for articles online, all to try and find the one perfect parenting method.  If there is one thing I’ve learned so far in my journey as “mama”, it’s that we’ll never find perfect. There will always be ways that each of us can be a better mama, but there are usually even more ways that we are doing a wonderful job being a mom to our own kids.

My motherhood probably looks different than yours. There are decisions that we face each moment of the day, sometimes we’ll find the right road, sometimes we find the wrong one. Most of the time we just find something good and can find peace in knowing that we’re doing a good job.

This book is about embracing the imperfect. It’s about knowing that through the crazy ups and downs, our lack of perfection doesn’t exclude us from the “good moms club”. In fact, it’s a requirement for entry in the club.

Author: Paula Rollo
I’m a Houston based professional blogger, collector of domain names, author and imperfect mama. My little family of four has fun playing board games and having living room campouts together.


Life Skills For Kids: Preparing Children For Success
Life Skills For Kids Preparing Children For Success
Normal Price: $2.99

This eBook offers a variety of strategies, tips, step-by-step guides, and activities to help teach children how to:
• Practice healthy hygiene habits
• Communicate effectively
• Interact effectively with others
• Properly manage their money
• Use their time efficiently
• Manage a household and complete simple chores
• Make good decisions

Author: Yanique S. Chambers
Yanique Chambers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker turned stay-at-home mom. You can find her on her blog over at discussing creative ways to teach children valuable social and life skills.


Family Systems: How to Automate Your Housewife Life
family systems
Normal Price: $2.99

Family systems will help you refine the day to day activities that can drown a family. Make them easier, and make life more joyful!

Author: Hilary Erickson
Hilary is a mom to 3, wife to one who spends her days recruiting new moms as a labor and delivery nurse, and her evenings and “off” days writing at Pulling Curls. She always dreamed of helping moms and being a writer, and now she does both!

Baby Ready – Preparing for and adapting to life with baby.
Normal Price: $7.99

This eBook is jam-packed with helpful checklists, tips, links and resources – you’ll have everything you need to prepare for and adapt to life with baby. This book is perfect for both first time and experienced moms.
Baby Ready includes:
Part 1: Things you can do to prepare for baby’s arrival
FREE Baby Gear Links 250-baby-ready-book
Freezer Meal Recipes
Nursery Set-up
Baby Gear Recommendations
Baby Registry Checklist
Selecting an Obstetrician
Hospital Tour Checklist
What to Pack for the Hospital
Pregnancy Tracking Apps
Baby Name Planner

Part 2: Make life easier after baby is born
Baby Tracker
Breastfeeding Tips
Bottle-feeding Tips
Get Baby to Sleep
Packing a Diaper Bag
Getting Organized
Babysitter Checklist
Recommended Reading
Marriage Resources

Author: Monica Pruett
Monica is the mother of two and blogger at She shares easy recipes, free printables and kid’s activities, encouragement for moms, and ideas for family fun. Subscribe for access to over 1,300 pages of free printables and 800 kid’s activities.


The Colic Solution
Normal Price: $3.95

In this ebook I have detailed my experience with colic three times over, and given examples for what to look out for and how to start applying some tried and tested relief methods. Every baby is different, unique, not one solution will work for every baby. That is why my ebook has many suggestions, angles of approach and views. One WILL work for your baby!

Author: Nicolette Roux
Nicolette is a SAHM to 4 little ones age 6 and under. She loves to share her simple and easy crafts & activities, printables and learning ideas for baby, toddler and preschoolers!


Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating and Help your Kids Love Veggies
Normal Price: $10

Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat a healthy diet? Do they refuse to eat their veggies and love junk food? Or even just cake? It may be healthy cake, but it’s all they want to eat?

Do you fall back on their old favourites all the time? Do you sit at the dinner table and find it a battle? Your kids make a fuss, they say “yuck” and secretly you feel like throwing the food at them?

Crunch will show you how you can still feed them a healthy diet. Based on modern research, it shows you how you can help your kids to love a healthy diet, in a peaceful and stress free way.

Author: Orlena Kerek
Orlena is a paediatric doctor and mother of four young children. She writes about family living and child health, especially how to help your kids love healthy food.



How To Start A Mom BlogHTSAMB Final
Normal Price: $15

Have you ever wanted to start your own blog? Learn how with our ebook – How To Start A Mom Blog. Topics include: Why Do You Want To Blog? Topics/Niches How Much Does Starting A Blog Cost? Blogging Platforms Hosting Theme/Layout Names/Intro To Branding Logo Branding Domains/Trademark Social Media Writing

Author: Katrina Thom & Cat Clutchey
Cat Clutchey and Katrina Thom have been professionally blogging since 2012. They started with one blog – Thinking Outside The Sandbox – and have grown into a network of blogs. They want you to succeed in your blog and set you up for success.


Work From Home Blogging – How to start a successful blog, before your coffee gets cold
start a successful blog
Normal Price: $9.99

Wanting to work from home but no idea where to start? This book will walk you through step-by-step how to start a blog to make a living from home, blogging.

Author: Becky Mansfield & Paula Rollo
Becky & Paula are two stay at home moms who just happen to have made a career out of blogging and are excited to help you in your journey too.

Kids Books:


Sophia’s Jungle Adventure
Normal Price: $9.95

Join Sophia’s jungle adventure – fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle with Kids Yoga Stories. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide. Enjoy this popular jungle yoga book in an interactive PDF download format. Age group: preschoolers to early primary aged children.

Author: Giselle Shardlow, illustrated by Emily Gedzyk
Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories – yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found at or on Amazon ( worldwide.


Two Brave Little Kittens

Normal Price: $17

The ebook is about Caty, a kitten from town, who wants to play in the village, and Felina, a kitten from village, who wants to go to the town. This ebook has activity worksheets about geography.

Author: Maria Magdalena
Maria Magdalena is a homeschool mom of 11 year old boy, and lives with her lovely husband and son at a remote coastal area in Sumatra, Indonesia. Her passion is to have a public library for children in remote area.



Merry Memories: Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family
Normal Price: $4.99

60+ pages of Holiday crafts, recipes, and printables including letter to Santa and Advent Calendar activity tags.

Author: Rachael Wunderlich
Rachael is an old fashioned mom in a modern world, creating a Happy Home for her family and four children. She write at providing tips and fun for the whole family.


25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids
25 christmas science projects

Normal Price: $2.99

Energize your school year with a Christmas twist on classic science experiments! Fun experiments like bending candy canes, erupting Christmas colors, and investigating a Christmas plant that acts like a natural pH indicator are mixed in with explorations like Christmas electricity, growing crystal icicles, Santa Boogers (aka red slime), and so much more!!

Supply lists, easy step by step instructions, fun extension ideas, and a brief science explanation are included for each of the 25 Christmas-y science projects in this book! Use the book as a science unit, center ideas, a gift, or just as inspiration for something new to try!

Author: Carla Jansen
Carla Jansen is a science teacher turned homeschooling mom who loves to explore, try new things, and share resources and ideas with other parents and teachers!


12 Days of Holiday Crafting with Toddlers and Preschoolers
12 days of christmas
Normal Price: $2.99

Celebrate the holiday season by fostering your young child’s creativity. Each of the holiday projects in this book is designed for the busy family in mind. The projects are short on time and most materials you may have in your home. If you only have 5 minutes or 20 minutes, you can find time to create a holiday project.

Author: Jamie Hand
Jamie Hand has been an art educator for over 8 years and enjoys helping busy parents find time to spark and foster their child’s creativity.


A Simple Christmas
a simple christmas

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Do you remember the old-fashioned Christmases? The ones where we just ENJOYED our days leading up to Christmas and just spent time with our family, enjoying that day? Those are the kind of Christmas memories that I want our children to have. I want them to remember Christmas as a time of love, family and togetherness… not of rushing, stressful moments or business. I want them to have an old-fashioned Christmas… A Simple Christmas.

Author: Becky Mansfield & Paula Rollo
Becky and Paula are two friends who have been blogging together for several years. They are both work at home moms finding fun ways to manage daily life with their kids and husbands while also being full time bloggers.


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A Montessori Thanksgiving

November 22, 2015

in Cultural, Events


A Montessori Thanksgiving


Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast in a Montessori Classroom

1. Decide what you want to prepare with your class.

In our 3-6 classroom, we made apple butter, cornbread, vegetable soup, and butter.


2. Choose what job everyone will be doing.

When it comes to preparing a feast, there are many jobs with multiple difficulty levels. We sorted out the steps and figured out what job would be best for each child in our class. With anything from stirring to writing place cards, every age child will have an important task to complete!


3. Prepare the “works”.

In our class, we had color coordinating trays and baskets, matching the color of the different foods used. (An orange tray for carrots, a green tray for celery, etc.) Make sure to prepare any extra works that you may want to include as well. (For example, Place Card Writing or Flower Arranging.)


Chopping red peppers


Chopping sweet potatoes


Chopping carrots


Chopping celery


Chopping potatoes

4. Discuss the importance of everyone’s job.

We had a special circle time where we talked about everyone having a different job. No two jobs were the same, but every job is an important and necessary part of our feast preparation!


5. Make your Thanksgiving dishes.

Our children LOVED helping make our food! After they finished preparing their ingredients, they got to put them directly into the larger bowls (or crock-pots), which was a nice visual for them to see exactly how they were helping out. After all of the larger ingredients were combined, the teachers helped the children measure the dry ingredients and sauces into the mix. Our food was now ready to cook!




During this time, we also had a small circle where children passed around a tightly sealed jar of heavy whipping cream. They shook the jar for several minutes to create fresh butter!




This is also when we had our student begin working on place cards for everyone.


Place card making



6. Prepare the table.

Another important part of the Thanksgiving feast is making the table look beautiful!  After arranging the tables, one teacher read stories and played games with the children in a separate area of the classroom while the other teacher helped some of the students set the tables. One child set out placemats, another folded napkins, one set out and poured the water, while another child worked on place settings. We even had a child create some beautiful flower arrangements!


Table setting


Setting the tables


Pouring water



7. Enjoy!



Recipes We Used



  • 51 pounds of apples, peeled and finely chopped* ( 3-4 different types of apples)
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt



  1. Place apples in a large bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  3. Pour over apples and mix well.
  4. Place in crock-pot, cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  5. Decrease heat to low; cover and cook on low for 9-11 hours or until thickened and dark brown.
  6. Stir occasionally.
  7. Uncover and cook on low for 1 hour longer.
  8. If desired, whisk until smooth.
  9. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch head space.
  10. Cover and freeze.


*Our teachers peeled the apples






  • 3/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup torn bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large potato, peeled* and diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled* and diced
  • 3 vegetable broth
  • 2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. In a large skillet, saute celery and red pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Add potato, sweet potato and carrot. Saute 3-5 minutes longer.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 serving (about 3 quarts).

*Our teachers peeled the potatoes



For our cornbread, we bought a box mix and had a few children each add an ingredient. We then baked it in our class’s toaster oven.



  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  1. Pour heavy whipping cream into a jar, leaving a small amount of space so the butter has room to move when shaken.
  2. Shake until the butter forms into a solid substance (approximately 30 minutes)
  3. Pour out remaining buttermilk (or save it for later!) and transfer butter into serving dishes


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I’m delighted to introduce you to Keri today.  I came across some of Keri’s work in the Montessori 101 Facebook group and thought she had some fabulous Montessori DIY ideas.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by her amazing work!



DIY Montessori Materials great for homeschoolers


Hello! I’m Keri, mom to two boys, ages 3.5 years and nearly 7 months old, who we regularly refer to as E1 & E2 on social media. Before E1 was born, my husband and I decided we would be homeschooling any children we may have so it was then that I started researching various homeschooling methods. I’d like to say that we started Montessori teaching from birth… but I did not discover anything about Montessori until he was around a year old. That said, my degree and studies in anthropology had given me a very good understanding of child development and that young children can truly learn much more than society (in general) is willing to allow them to. I knew instinctively to follow my child’s interests and my husband was on board with that as well.

I discovered Baby Led Weaning as his six “monthiversary” neared and absolutely loved the idea of letting him be in charge of his own weaning process! As his first birthday approached, I decided that I wasn’t doing enough for him (not true, but you know how a mom brain works) so I began researching again and ultimately discovered Montessori.

I read a lot but perhaps not quite enough because I’d come to the conclusion that the Montessori method couldn’t be implemented until 3 (or 2.5, “if the child is showing signs of readiness”). So, I didn’t look into materials at the time. That said, I was no slouch, I purchased an ebook that encouraged doing Montessori inspired activities with younger children in the home, without having to buy much of anything, and started teaching my 18 month old how to do things on his own (for example, practical life skills as he became interested in the processes.)

I continued to read and learn as I could and found so much information- Maybe too much information!  I decided that I would wait to start our home preschool until he was closer to 3.5 (his birthday is in May and I wanted to start him in the fall, just in case he ever had to go to public school) so I kept doing different types of practical activities and sensory bins.

Then I found out I was pregnant with E2 and, as the pregnancy progressed, it got harder for me to do as many activities for E1 but he would often create his own activities with whatever tools and materials were available to him. This past summer, I started gearing up for our first day of school in fall and started purchasing a few materials, mostly manipulatives. I had previously purchased the knobbed cylinders but knew there wouldn’t be much else that I would be able to afford to buy. I started trying to find cheaper alternatives. Inspired by the ebook and a few blogs aimed at doing Montessori cheaply, I determined that I would just make as much as I could.

I’ve made a lot of things in the past few months and I’m proud of my work so I shared it on a Montessori page on Facebook, which is where Seemi first saw my materials. She asked me to create a post for Trillium and share my methods and materials, so here is what I’ve done thus far!


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Hemisphere Map

The first thing I made this summer was the Hemisphere Map, which is made from craft foam and mounted on mat board. I used the printable hemisphere coloring page from The Helpful Garden and enlarged it on my copy machine by 150%. Each hemisphere is about 14″ in diameter. I used an Xacto knife to cut out each continent from their respective color craft foam sheet. I traced the continents onto the blue hemispheres and then painted inside the lines with a white acrylic paint marker. I discovered that the paint actually got absorbed by the foam pretty rapidly so I applied a few layers of Mod Podge to all of the blue foam and repainted with the white. Each continent is coated with Mod Podge as well, for durability. I also painted the larger islands onto the blue with the same type of acrylic paint pen (Uni-Posca pens) and then applied another two layers of MP. After everything dried, I attached Velcro to each continent and stuck them in place.


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Sand and Continent Globe

After that, I made a combination Sand and Continent Globe. This is a 6″ globe from a craft store that I thought would work pretty well. I started by painting each of the continents and oceans with acrylic paint pens. Then I carefully applied Mod Podge to one continent at a time and sprinkled the same color craft sand over it. I got this idea from Making Montessori Ours and decided to follow her advice to paint the continents first in case the sand got rubbed off. It has held up remarkably well… Well, the paint and sand have, the globe came off of its base so I’ll be displaying it on a stone sphere base from now on.


After that, there were a whole bunch of little things I wanted to make so I started and finished them at various times in August and September.


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Sound Cylinders

These are jewelry tubes that I’ve had for many years so I’m not sure where to get them now but I did a search on Amazon for “plastic tubes with caps” and got a lot of results. These are about 10″ long and have the diameter of a US quarter. I actually think they are a bit big for the sound cylinders but my son loves them so whatever! I used blue and orange (to match the orange pencil box; I didn’t have red boxes!) electrical tape to wrap them. I cut circles of different colored papers to stick to the bottom for control of error.


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Bead Stairs

I’ve made 10 sets of these bead stairs thus far – it will be a long term project – and will soon be making the negative stairs and b&w stairs. I got the idea from many blogs but they all credit the same lady for inspiring them. Here is her blog post.


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This is a geoboard that I was super excited to make but decided that it could be dangerous since those bolts are actually quite sharp on the ends. It’s in storage until I find a way to soften the ends or replace the bolts with wooden dowels. I got this idea here.


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Color Tablets 

I made these color tablets with foam poster board and printed color grade sheets from Montessori Print Shop. I cut each tablet from the foam board to about 1.5″ by 2.5″ using my Xacto knife and then wrapped and glued each color around the center (roughly). I also coated each one with some Mod Podge to seal them and make them last longer. In hindsight, I don’t really like them and wish I’d just gotten the paint chip samples from a hardware store and cut and laminated those. I may do that still but I’m trying to let these grow on me a bit.


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Tactile/Touch Boards 

These are made from five different grades of sand paper and some ivory cardstock mounted to mat board.



Felt Continent Map

This is just a world map that I cut from felt. The blue piece is 9″x12″.


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Peg Board

I ordered 100 shaker pegs from eBay – you can find them at hobby stores but trust me when I tell you that you want to order them – they get pretty pricey otherwise! You can get them on Amazon too. They are just natural wood when you order them but I dyed them rather easily with liquid watercolors and a ziplock bag. The peg board is a piece my husband cut from the leftover piece we had from the geoboard project. I had to bore out the holes with a 9/16″ bit to get the pegs to fit right.


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Fabric Box



Pink Tower/Broad Stair

 My father in law made these for us using the measurements provided on this site 


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I cut several 3/4″ dowel rods (yes, me – my FIL taught me how to use the bandsaw! AND all of my fingers are still in tact!) and decided to dye them red… Probably not very Montessori but they sure are pretty.


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Number Rods

Made out of Duplo 4x4x2 blocks. They were all red to begin with because those were the only ones I could find in bulk so I painted the blue ones with acrylic paint.


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Object Permanence Box

Since E2 is now 7 months old, I decided I should start making things for him too. This was my first infant Montessori project and I’ll likely make some sort of coin drop box or tube next. I cut the box (but not the lid) at about the two-thirds mark,then trimmed the smaller section by about 3 inches. I took the scrap piece and cut it into smaller pieces to fashion a ramp and chute for the ball to come out on its own. Then I cut the holes and taped it all together.


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Geometric Solids

Prior to this past summer, I also “made” the geometric solids by staining the 19 piece set from Learning Resources blue around E1’s 2nd birthday. At first, I use food coloring but the wood turned out very teal in color (you can see them in the fabric box picture) so I painted over them with dark blue liquid watercolor. They look pretty neat but may be too dark and my son discovered that the blue transfers very readily to his hands so I’ll be either waxing them or painting them with something to seal the color better.


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Light Box

And I also made a light box about a year ago, though it’s only recently that he’s been interested in it again. Here’s the link to the site that inspired me to make it.

Thank you, Seemi, for the guest post. I’d love to see the Montessori method made more accessible to everyone but the prohibitive costs of materials prevents so many from further exploring it so I hope that this post might allow someone to delve deeper into the topic. I hope to help others see that Montessori materials don’t have to be expensive for home use and that many can be made rather easily with the right tools and just a little time. I hope I can inspire others to make materials for their own children so that they can do more works similar to children in Montessori classrooms.

I’m happy to answer any and all questions about anything I’ve posted!

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Our latest free printable is a set of Montessori 3-part cards about types of bats.  Photographs, color illustrations, and blacklines are all included.

Bats Cover Montessori 3 part Cards Free Printable


The following bats are included:

Spotted Bat
Bumblebee Bat
Free Tailed Bat
Grey Headed Flying Fox
Spear Nosed Bat
Spectacled Flying Fox
Leaf Nosed Bat
Little Red Haired Flying Fox

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Fire Safety

September 27, 2015

in Cultural

Learning About Fire Safety


A Visit from the Fire Fighters

Fire safety preschool dont hide from the firefighter

Don’t be afraid of the fire fighter!

Fire safety preschool fire hydrant

Up close and personal with the fire hydrant outside

Fire safety preschool fire truck

We got to see the fire truck!

Fire Safety Work

Fire Safety Preschool safety tips matching cards by PreKinders

I printed this set of Fire Safety Tips Posters from PreKinders in card size (four posters to a page) to make a set of matching cards.  This was a fun game to play in a group.  I distributed one set of cards among the children.  I read a safety tip from my set of cards and the child with the matching card placed it on the rug. (Source: Karen Cox)

Fire Safety Preschool What would you do questions by Elementary Matters

“What would you do if…” fire safety oral language development cards.  These are also great as prompts for movable alphabet stories.  (Source: Elementary Matters)

Fire Safety Preschool MOntessori 3 part Cards

Firefighter 3 Part Cards for matching and vocabulary development (Source: Trillium Montessori)

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We’ve been enjoying this song by Boni Gravelle, a Kindergarten teacher in Hawaii.  I made some cards with the lyrics to the song.  The children enjoy taking these out and talking about the various safety tips mentioned.  (Sorry, these cards are not available as a download since I don’t have reprint permission from the song writer or the photographers.)

Fire Safety Preschool song by Bonnie Gravelle

On the Pre Literacy Shelf

Fire Safety Preschool pre literacy shelf

Many of the activities in my Fire Safety Preschool Pack go on our pre-literacy shelf.

Fire Safety Preschool question game

The question game. (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

Fire Safety Preschool sorting photos

Sorting pictures of fire fighters and fire hydrants. (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

Fire Safety Preschool prepositions

Fire safety prepositions:  where is the flame? (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

Fire Safety Preschool shadow matching cards

Fire safety shadow matching cards. (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

Fire Safety Preschool color sorting

Fire safety color sorting cards

Fire Safety Preschool sorting hot and cold

Sorting photos of things that are hot and cold (Source: Montessori Printshop)

On the Fine Motor Shelf

Fire Safety Preschool red fine motor shelf

We added some red to our fine motor shelf!

Fire Safety Preschool Bean tub with occupations safari toob

Our tub of beans had a firefighter hidden inside!  (Source: Safari Ltd People TOOB)

Fire Safety Preschool ribbon weaving

Red and orange ribbons in the weaving work


Fire Safety Preschool number clip cards

Fire safety number clip cards (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

Fire safety preschool number cards

Flame number cards in the numbers and counters work (Source: Fire Safety Preschool Pack)

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Preschool Fire Safety unit on our Pinterest board

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I was thrilled a few weeks ago to receive a review copy of the book “Maria Montessori” by Paula Sharpe.  I was surprised that I hadn’t come across this book before.  What a treasure!



I know so many teachers who want a child-friendly book about Montessori for their students.  Well friends, this is the book for you.  Every Montessori classroom should have this in their book collection!

The text is suitable for reading to 4-7 year olds.  A young child who attends a Montessori school asks his mother what “Montessori” means.  The mother tells the story of this remarkable woman’s life.  The book is full of photographs of Maria throughout her life- from childhood to her later years.  There are also plenty of photos of young children working in the first Montessori schools.  Students will love looking at these and comparing to their own modern day school.  Older children may want to use this book as a reference when researching Maria Montessori’s life.

About the Author

Paula Sharpe

Paula A. Sharpe received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Wilmington University in 1996. Paula received her Elementary I Montessori training at PCTE in Princeton, New Jersey in 2002. She was a 6-9 Montessori teacher for 6 years at Wilmington Montessori School before leaving in 2006 to stay home full-time to be with her two young sons. Paula worked for the American Montessori Society as the Webinar Coordinator until August of 2015. In 2013, she returned to teach at WMS. Currently, she is the S.T.E.A.M coach for students 12 months through 12 years old in the WMS Maker Studios. She lives in Hockessin, Delaware with her husband, George, and her two sons, Grady and Tanner.

Paula has graciously offered two copies of her book as a giveaway for Trillium Montessori readers!  Not only that, but the two winners will also receive an author visit via Skype!  The author visit can be tailored to suit the needs of your school and class.

You can contact Paula at


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2 winners will be randomly selected for this giveaway.  Each winner will receive one paperback copy of the book “Maria Montessori” by Paula Sharpe and an author visit for your class via Skype.

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If you are not eligible to enter: I know many of you would love to have this book but I’m afraid I cannot ship internationally. You can order it directly from Cedar Tree Books.  You can also contact Paula for more information about a Skype author visit no matter where you are in the world.

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Classroom Showcase: Amy N

September 13, 2015

in Organization

Today I am thrilled to feature my dear friend Amy’s room on the Classroom Showcase Series.  Amy and I worked together for a many years.  She is one of the most peaceful, thoughtful, down to earth, and fun people I know!

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series math and cultural

This is an all-day classroom for children ages 3-6 years old.  The room is open from 7:30-5:30 daily. The outdoor classroom (not pictured here) is an extension of the indoor environment and is available to the children for the majority of their day.

This school has been a leading example in California since 1964. The school serves children from infancy to age 15 and has a highly developed and long running adolescent program.

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series view of the classroom

I love how spacious the room is.  Notice the high ceilings.

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Practical Life

Here are some of the Practical Life materials.

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Dishwashing

The dishwashing setup

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Easel and drying rack

The easel, drying rack, and small table for art work

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Art

Some art materials

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Sensorial materials

The sensorial shelves

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Book area and listening station

Books and a listening station

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series cozy corner

What a delightful corner!

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Math materials

The math shelves

Montessori Classroom Showcase Series Language materials

Some language materials

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I am honored to welcome Maren Schmidt to the Trillium Montessori blog today!  If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t already know Maren, she is the author of Building Cathedrals Not Walls and Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents.  She also writes the very popular column Kids Talk and leads a wide variety of workshops for parents and teachers.  Here at Trillium we use her Montessori Parent Support Program with all of our new families.  We LOVE it!

Check out her guest post below and then scroll to the end to enter for a chance to win a free paperback copy of Maren’s book: Building Cathedrals Not Walls.




11 things teachers wish parents knew

1. Respect the work of your child.

Children are involved in the huge task of trying to build an adult to live in a world that we cannot begin to imagine.

2. Be a help to life.

When we assist children by creating a place where children can grow to be unique individuals, we not only help that particular child but we help all life on our planet.

3. Any unnecessary help is a hindrance.

Use it or lose it.  When we do for our children anything they can do for themselves we slow down their progress towards building strong independent people.

4. You don’t have to react to popular culture.

Step back and think about what your child really needs. Does the pop world of toys, movies and teen celebrities support the developmental needs or personality of your child and your family?  For example, are cartoons the best way to spend Saturday morning? Is a certain video game important to your family’s long-term goals?

5. Parents need to be the adult in the relationship.

Parenting is not about being your child’s best buddy.  It’s about leadership and guiding your child to adulthood.

6. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries.

Sometimes we have to be the bad guy by calling our children back to a safe path.  Setting firm expectations for behavior helps our children learn to be responsible and understand the relationship between freedom and responsibility.

7. Have children take responsibility.

Our children are much more capable than we give them credit.  Give your children responsibility and the freedom to make mistakes within the boundaries that you’ve set.

8. Let kids be kids.

On the other hand, children aren’t little adults.  Their needs are much different.  Understand developmentally what your child needs, and let your children be kids, not miniature grown-ups.

9. Understand sleep and nutrition for children.

Children need more than eight hours of sleep per night, more in the range of 10 to 14 hours.  Children’s diets require complex carbohydrates versus simple sugars.  Invest some time to understand dietary and sleep needs of children and how they differ from adults.

10. Children need quiet and transition times.

Modern day children seem to have their days, weeks, months and years programmed from getting up to bedtime.  “Do nothing” time and adequate time to move from one activity to another helps make for a happier healthier child.

11. Give your child your quality time. And lots of it.

Children require one-on-one adult time to thrive and survive.  Today our children have to compete with cell phones, computers, jobs, etc. for parent attention. Block off time each day to focus only on your child’s and your relationship.  Amazingly ten minutes of focused time per day can make a huge difference in both your lives.



Win a Copy of Maren’s Book:  Building Cathedrals, Not Walls

I have 8 copies of Maren Schmidt’s book to give away!

How to enter:  Register for Maren’s FREE webinar about “How to Help Parents Get Montessori”.  The link can be found in the entry form.  (If you cannot attend live, you will be sent a replay link that you can watch later.  But I highly recommend attending live if you can.)  This will earn you two entry points.  Additional entry options will be unlocked after you complete the first entry.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday September, 12th.  Winners will be announced on Sunday September 13th.  Please allow 3 weeks for delivery of the books.  Each winner will receive one paperback copy of the book Building Cathedrals Not Walls, Essays for Parents and Teachers by Maren Schmidt.

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About Maren Schmidt


Maren Stark Schmidt founded a Montessori school and holds a Masters of Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has over thirty years experience working with children and families and holds teaching credentials from the Association Montessori Internationale. She writes the weekly blog and syndicated news columns, Kids Talk and is author of Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents and Building Cathedrals Not Walls. Contact her at Or visit


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