Mindful Parenting by Design
Raising humans is hard, especially if you are learning as you go (aren't we all?) Who has time for hours of research, when your child is going to need something different next week? How do you encourage your child to think for herself, be confident, responsible, creative and caring?
My mission is to make finding the answers easier. Here you'll find honest, practical advice about guiding young children that you can put into action right now.
I've collected some of my best articles, lists, and resources for you below to get started.
Best of luck, and talk soon!
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The sound games form the foundation for strong reading, writing, and spelling skills, plus they are fun to play! These games are modified from my Montessori training and various reading programs, and are intended for use in an English speaking Montessori classroom or for parents at home.
The first 5 games practice hearing the sounds in words, and the other 6 games practice important reading skills like segmenting, blending, and word patterns.
You can begin sound games as early as your child can speak, and on through early elementary years. While the games are simple, remembering to actually play is not! Print a copy of these cards and put them on the work shelf for easy access. Teach every adult in your home or classroom how to play, and watch your children's reading, writing, and spelling skills improve!
There are 11 game cards in this file:
STAGE 1: Beginning Sounds
STAGE 2: Ending Sounds
STAGE 3: Middle Sounds
STAGE 4: Game without Objects
STAGE 5: All Sounds
Compound Words and Syllables
Rimes and Rhymes
Odd One Out
⇨A printable card with all the letter sounds (phonemes) and several common blends.
⇨A resource page with suggestions for locating miniature objects and photo cards as well as 145 simple words.
Wish your children loved to write? Looking for a fun way to support penmanship or creative writing in your classroom or home? With this copy of Handwriting Masters, you'll have everything you need to get started!
Each Masters page has a set of directions on the bottom, as well as its’ order in the series. These files are modified from my Montessori training, and are intended for use in a Montessori classroom or with a Montessori home-school curriculum.
There are 7 handwriting papers or stages in this progression, and in a classroom of children, you will need all of them prepared and ready to go.
The digital file is an easy-to-read PDF with a direction sheet and 6 B+W masters. A link to download this file will be sent to you immediately after purchase.
#2 LINED STRIPS
#3 ONE WORD CARD
#4 THOUGHT CARD
#5 LIST PAPER
#6 STORY CARD
#7 LINED PAPER
Follow the progression outlined in the file as you observe your child is ready for added challenge or has more to say.
Three steps to a calmer, more organized day with cooperative children.
This printable workbook walks you through designing your daily routine, morning and evening routines, and transition times. Use the 8 pages to make sense of everything you NEED to get done and everything you WANT to do while caring for your young children at home.
Ten Newsletter Masters on popular Montessori-at-Home topics.
Included: 11 full-color masters printed on card-stock and access to our companion Parent Pages online resource page, with ideas to take learning even further.
Pages are written for the Primary or Children's house classrooms, and will be mailed to you directly, ready to copy.