There are seasons of life that beg more living and less blogging, if you know what I mean. This summer is finding me in that season again. All is well…just enjoying more of the sun and less of this screen!


I apologize for the silence this week but the stomach virus has descended upon us here. Will be back when all is well…

Free Montessori Albums (teacher’s guides)

If you’re just beginning your Montessori journey as we are, you know how overwhelming the process can be. I got more than a little frustrated looking at all of the different activities and materials needed to facilitate Montessori teaching at home. So much for this momma to learn! However, when I began researching, I quickly discovered that there is a wealth FREE Montessori albums online (think of these as teacher’s guides) and I want to pass along some WONDERFUL resources for those of you who would like to begin, but aren’t sure how to go about it. I’ll be updating this resource list regularly so check back for updates.


Maria Montessori’s Own Handbook is available as a free download from Project Gutenberg

Visit Montessori World for:
Free Montessori Practical Life Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Sensorial Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Language Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Math Album for 3 to 6

Visit Info Montessori for:
Free Montessori Practical Life Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Sensorial Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Language Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Math Album for 3 to 6

 Shu-Chen Jenny Yen for:
Free Montessori Practical Life Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Sensorial Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Language Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Math Album for 3 to 6

Visit Montessori Teachers Collective for:
Free Montessori Math Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Culture Album for 3 to 6
Free Montessori Math Album for 6 to 9
Free Montessori History Album for 6 to 9
Free Montessori Geometry Album for 6 to 9
Free Montessori Biology Album for 6 to 9
Free Montessori Language Album for 6 to 9

Being new to the Montessori method, I also wanted a better understanding of the sequence and age appropriateness of the various Montessori activities. The following articles and outlines on Montessori scope and sequence have been a lifesaver.

Montessori Scope and Sequence for 3 to 6 and Montessori Scope and Sequence for 6 to 9 at Montessori Teachers Collective

Maitri Learning has two free PDFs: Language Material Organization and Sequence and Math Materials Organization and Sequence (scroll down to the heading Arranging the Environment). They also have  free printable Montessori planning and record keeping pages a bit further down the page.

Our Montessori Story has Montessori Scope and Sequence divided into seven periods of Montessori work from David Gettman’s book, which I am finding very helpful.

Montessori Print Shop’s blog has four posts on Montessori Scope and Sequence that are great.

Our Montessori Homeschool has posts detailing their daily Montessori lesson plans from 2009 to the present.

The Joy of Learning has Montessori Sensorial scope and sequence with lesson plans for many of the materials. She also has ideas for Montessori practical life lessons.


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Joining Amanda for this Friday ritual

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More to come…

p.s. I’ve been working to make the directory of FREE Montessori resources a bit more user friendly AND I’ve added several new pages of FREE resources this week.
Hope you enjoy! 


How to Make Your Own Montessori Sensorial Materials

Make your own Montessori sensorial materials with these tutorials and free printables.  I’ll be updating this list regularly so check back for more!

Read this post by Maybe Montessori to
Make Montessori Red Rods
Make a Montessori Pink Tower
Make a Montessori Brown/Broad Stair

 Free Printable Montessori Color Tablets for Boxes One, Two, & Three at Wise Little Owls.

Make Montessori geometric insets with Seedpod Craft.”
Download free printable geometric inset templates at Montessori Materials.

Download Montessori constructive triangles free templates from Montessori Materials.

Free printable Montessori geometric figures templates (squares, circles, rectangles, and triangles) at Montessori Mom. (Scroll down to the Geometric Cards heading.)

Make Montessori Decanomial Squares with The Learning Ark.

Make Montessori Binomial Cube and Trinomial Cube with A Garden of Roses and Lillies.

Make Montessori sandpaper touch tablets with A Bit of This and a Bit of That.

Make Montessori fabric texture materials with Info Montessori.

Make Montessori baric tablets with Rhythm of the Home.

Make Montessori thermic bottles with Cooperating Four Boys.

Make Montessori sound bottles with A Handmade Childhood.

Make Montessori scent bottles with The Wonder Years.

Make Montessori tasting bottles with Info Montessori.

Free printable Montessori geometric solids cards at ETC Press.

Make a Montessori mystery bag with Montessori by Hand.

Make a Montessori sandpaper globe with Adventures of a Rainbow Mama.

list lovers

Welcome to week three of List Lovers, a Thursday meme where you can share lists of link love, useful tips, favorite things, or whatever else your heart desires. Keep reading to play along!

Today I’m sharing five bits of link love. Hope you hope you enjoy!

1. Art Not Craft eBook giveaway at Simple Kids.

2. Polished Corners book giveaway at Homegrown Mom.

3. Puppet Play book giveaway at Pink & Green Mama

4. Kate, from An Amazing Child, is guest posting at The Imagination Tree about the importance of doodling

5. The free printable Pond Life Preschool Pack at Homeschool Creations.

Have some link love to add to my list? You can do so in the comments. Just number them and keep right on listing.

Want to share a list of your own? You choose the topic and create a List Lovers post on your blog. Then add the link to your post in the comments below. To make for easier browsing, please include a link back to this post. If you’d like to grab the List Lovers graphic from the sidebar for your post, you’re welcome to but it’s certainly not required. And if you have any other questions, check out this post. Have fun!

Our Montessori Classroom: The Nature Table

One of the most frequented areas of our Montessori homeschool classroom is the nature table. I’m trying to keep it simple. Less is more with little ones. Our nature table is really just a low shelf. She loves to collect things outdoors and I’m trying to encourage her exploration. Our nature table holds a magnifying glass, a wooden tray, a plastic bin with a lid that is divided into small cubes, as well as some stacked plastic drawers to the left of the table for sorting her treasures.

To the right, is a wire basket for our nature books. It currently holds:

our family field guide(more on that here)

Guide to Field Identification of the Birds of North America

Peterson’s First Guide to Insects of North America

Peterson’s First Guide to Trees

Pets in a Jar

And my favorite part – the birdwatching wall. I stumbled onto these vintage Singer Bird Art Cards and they are perfect for this space. We have a feeder just outside the window and throughout the day she frequently pauses from work and play to watch the comings and goings. The cards make it easy for her to identify our guests on her own.

Click HERE to see Part 1 of our classroom tour.


For a list of our favorite DIY Montessori materials and free printables, please visit the Montessori resource  page.