Welcome to Montessorisoul 

I have set up this site to share ideas from my home and in my classroom. I make printables to use for my lessons and share the. For free here. All of my Free printables can be found here.  I also have a section on my blog for teaching ideas.

Family

I also have two children who I love to give hands on experiences at home. Exploring science and often just having fun learning through play.  See my family life blog posts.


Phonics

Since I have done my Montessori training I have become quite passionate about Phonics teaching, especially the use of pure sounds. I have a hundreds of free phonics resources. Take a look at my phonics page.


I am always searching for new ideas and looking to learn new things. I find Pinterest a fantastic resource and Pin all my ideas there. Http://www.pinterest.com/montessorisoul 

Why I let my children go shopping on their 'own'.

Recently I posted this photo onto my Facebook page of F and S going shopping.  An eager eyed friend noticed that it had been screen dumped and posted on to another group discussing supermarket shopping.

Whilst I am hardened to comments on social media – I found the discussions occurring around this photo fascinating:

“They are way to small to be on their own . That little boy looks same height as my 6 year old 

“Isn’t a Montessori some sort of private education?”

“OMG really? In Waitrose? Might as well be m&s! Or harrods! You’re not teaching them anything? Apart from spending more money than necessary? 

“With their own credit cards no doubt”

These are just a few comments – so I thought I would reply here.

Yesterday was the second day of half term.  We have been really busy catching up with friend out in the sunshine, after a surprisingly glorious bank holiday weekend.

F decided she wanted to do some cooking so I suggested cooking supper as her grand parents were coming over.  We are on a screen ban, so Freya decided to get some recipe books to have a look.  Her current favourite is ‘Tilly’s kitchen takeover‘.  This is a fantastic book of simple but (relatively) healthy recipes that children can cook themselves with minimal help.  It goes with the brilliant series on Cbbc.  Sorry, I digress, F spent time writing a shopping and then sorting it into the different food types, lots of great discussion about dairy etc.

She then worked out how much she thought it would all cost.  I gave her the cash so that she not only understands how money works, but also the value of it.  She came away appreciating how much things cost and that we shouldn’t waste good food.

So, we went to the shop.  We chose Waitrose as it is a shop they are familiar with.  There is a seating area that is next to the exit, so I knew they couldn’t leave without us seeing.  It’s not too big – as far as supermarkets go this is really quite small.  I wanted my children to feel safe yet outside of their comfort zone.  I wanted them to be able to achieve this on their own.  To be able to make choices for themselves – they chose to only buy what was on their list.  But I also wanted them to be able to fail, it what was a relatively safe environment.  They made decisions about what to do when they couldn’t find an ingredient.  They worked together, looking out for each other, discussing things.  They compared prices and read labels.  They chose packet sizes based on what they needed.  And, when they couldn’t find something they knew that they could get me, which they did.  I then showed them how to ask for help.

As they checked out they told us of the conversations they had with the checkout man, but also other customers.  They paid with the cash, they understood about the change and counted the money back to us.

I checked up on them regularly – see the photos.  We felt immensely proud of them both as they proudly carried their shopping out – unaware of us watching.

Was there a risk in what we did.  Of course there was, but it was calculated.  They could have gone crazy, but they didn’t.  By being trusted by us to do this, they made the right decisions and rose to the occasion.  They could have dropped something, but they didn’t.

I believe that this experience has been one of great depth, building their self esteem in a world that is so ready to knock it down.  They have learnt that they can do things for themselves and know how to keep themselves safe.  They understand how to make choices, choosing the better value options.  How to problem solve when something they need isn’t available.

When we got home, F and S unloaded the car and started to cook.  They worked together and learnt alot.  F decided to free style the cheese sauce, and it went wrong.  We discussed the importance of following a recipe and the vale of reading carefully (something she finds tricky).

They made salad, laid the table, we enjoyed the meal as a family.   A day of creativity, of hidden learning, of family time.  To me a perfect day.

And today they want to bake a cake…

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Jo

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Times Tables marbles game

I’ve just made these fun marbles to help with times table practice.  Super easy to make – Freya (9) actually made half of them and is in the video clip!

What do you need?

Download this free printable and print double sided (we used 160 grm card)
Glass marbles
Mod podge
Scissors
Brush

Instructions:

First you need to cut out each disk.

Next put a dab of Mod podge onto the disc.

Now place the marble on top and push down.  The glue will spread out.  Don’t panic it dries clear!

Now you are ready to play.

Choose the times tables that you want to practise.  Lay the marbles on the table.  Take it in turns to pick a  marble.  Read the times table and then say the answer.  Check the answer on the underside of the marble.  If you are right you get to keep it.

If you have any other ideas for games let me know!

See all my other times tables downloads – all free.

Bead chain labels 2 - 12 including calculation

Times tables marbles

2 minute times tables x12

2 Minute times tables x11

2 minute times tables x10

2 minute times tables x9

2 minute times tables x8

2 minute times tables x7

2 minute times tables x6

2 minute times tables x5

2 Minute times tables x4

2 minute times tables x3

2 minute challenge times tables x2

3 Times Tables Multiplication/Division Triangles

Times Table charts

Multiplication circles 1 - 12

Multiplication circles

4 Times Table fidget spinner challenge

8 times table fidget spinner challenge

Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Sum Cards Blank Montessori

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DIY Kids Suncatcher

Trying out some ideas for school we had a great time making these this morning.  Nice and mess free!  I have tried to make it so that Freya can achieve them independently which she did!  Here are some photos of what we did.

To make these suncatcher we used the following (I have added affiliate links to amazon but they can be purchased else where too!)

Tissue paper
Sharpie
Glue stick – I find the cheaper ones work better for this.
Scissors
Laminating pouch
Laminator

Freya traced round a template and drew a heart on the inside of the laminating pouch.

She then filled the circle with glue.

Next she covered with a single layer of tissue paper.  We cut the tissue into neat squares to make it easier.

Freya squeezed two onto one pouch!

Now pass through the laminator – look how bright the colours are!

The final step is to carefully cut them out using the outline.

We only had a very grey day – but how pretty do they look!

Here are some links to my free downloads about shapes:

Real Life 3D Objects

Inset Shapes

Kaboom - Numbers and Shapes

Shape rearrangement challenge

Geometric Solids Three part cards

Symmetrical or Non symmetrical sorting cards

Montessori 2d Shape cards

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    Willow Star wand

    Earlier in the year we planted some willow.  We decided to harvest some and make these lovely willow wands.

    Once we cut it we then stripped all of the leaves off.  I presume that you could use and fresh, thin tree branch if you don’t have willow.

    Instructions:

    Make a bend in the willow about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.  (See above)

    Next make another bend and bring the willow underneath the bottom 1/3.

    Now bend it back over and then weave it through the triangle  you have made.

    Finally bend the willow back over the top and the down through to complete your star.

    Wrap the end of the willow around the main stem and then tuck it in to hold it tight.

    The perfect wand for halloween!

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    Jo

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    Halloween Slime - UK recipe

    We have been having a lovely relaxed family day today as we start half term.  Seb wanted to make some Halloween slime – so I thought we would share it with you.

    We still love our simple slime recipe and it literally takes 4 minutes to make.   Seb has made a little video showing how it is done.  Full instructions below.

    Once it was turned out it was still a bit sticky so we kneaded it with a bit more contact lens solution and it all came together perfectly 🙂

    How fab are these glass eyes – perfect for this spooky slime.  #affiliate

    OOOHHHHHH spooky!!

    I have created a free printable of this recipe and instructions – or see below with links to purchase bits you need from amazon:

    UK Slime recipe borax free

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of PVA glue

    ¼ cup of water

    Food colour (gels work best)

    1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

    Contact lens solution (with boric acid)

    Method:

    1. Put the all the ingredients except for the contact lens solution into a bowl and mix well – until combined.
    2. Add a tablespoon of contact lens solution and mix well. It should start coming together.
    3. Add more contact lens solution if needed. Mix well.  Keep going until the slime is not too sticky to touch.
    4. Turn out onto a smooth surface and knead for a few minutes. Then it should be ready.

    We hope you have fun!

    See our other halloween bits here:

    Parts of a Bat cards

    Halloween minbeast matching cards

    Halloween Minibeasts (types of)

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