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 

DIY Braille feely blocks - Sensory Fun

I have been meaning to make this activity for ages.  Freya and Seb have really enjoyed it this morning and I was very surprised how well they could actually recognise the letters.

We have really enjoyed this magical book called ‘The black book of colour’. #affiliate

We have also enjoyed a book called ‘Mole’s Sunrise’

Both of these books help to talk about the concept of not being able to see with young children.

We started talking about braille and I used this resource from the wonderful website Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip (I am including this as it is a great site – I have no affiliate link with them).

That gave me the idea to create a Braille block to he Freya and Seb understand what the letters feel like.

DIY Braille feely blocks

These really are simple to make – for ease I have included a link to where you can get the supplies on amazon but you can get these in other places – I got my topple tower from poundland.

Shopping list:

Wooden Tumbling Stacking
Pearl stickers
Sharpies

For Feely box:

Craft foam
O
ld shoe box

Instructions:

Simply write the letters on the blocks with a sharpie.  I have chosen to use the montessori colours for letters and isolated the vowels by using blue.  Then stick the pearl stickers on!  Voila!

I also made a quick feely box.  I cut out circles from the shoe box.  I then stuck craft foam on the inside with a cross cut out so the hands can fit in but it covers up and gaps for peeking!

Here you can see Freya’s hand on the inside of the box.

I then used double sided tape to stick a laminated version of the Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip to the top so they could use it or refrence.

The Game

Place some or all of the braille blocks in the box and then the person feeling has to say which letter it is before pulling it out.

Variations could be to place blocks that make a word in the box and the child has to lay the blocks out in order before opening the lid!

I am sure there are so many other ways we will explore and play with this but for now we will say goodbye.

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Jo

Slime Bubbles - UK recipe Borax Free

We have been playing with Slime for the past two days.  Lots of fun, fine motor and this time we added in straws which the children have been blowing bubbles with!  Its been great for controlling breath.

We whipped up a batch of Borax Free slime (Recipe available here) and added some straws #affiliate

We have had so much fun!

 

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Jo

Sun Safety for Kids with UV Bracelets

We all know how important it is to teach our kids about staying safe in the sun.  Since a young age we have talked about this with Freya and Seb.  Sometimes though it is hard for them to see when we need to put on suncream.  How can they tell when UV isn’t visible?  Well they can now with these simple UV bracelets.  As soon as they are exposed to UV they start to change colour!

As you can see above – the beads are white when there is no UV and then Purple, pink or blue when they are exposed to UV.

These UV beads are very affordable – I got mine from amazon. #affiliate https://alexa.design/2orsE0O

I have made these in school too.  It was a great lesson and I didn’t tell the children about the special beads, we just made the bracelets to start with.  I saw this design on the fabulous blog RedTedArt – no need to make my own so here it is.  Simply use the UV Pony beads instead of the coloured ones. You will need loom bands too!

Once we got outside the children started to notice the change.

We discussed what it might be.  Eventually we decided it was the sun.  I told the children it was UV light that is invisible but comes from the sun.  This is what also causes sunburn,  So now the children know when their bracelet changes colour they need Sun Screen.

Here are some pics of Freya and Seb making them too 🙂

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Jo

DIY Bird Feeders in 5 Minutes!

We have started to learn about the birds in our garden and we decided we wanted to try and encourage some more!

A quick trip to the local supermarket and we got some bird seed and dried worms!  (Much to Seb’s delight!)  You can also order these on amazon http://amzn.to/2nAI4vG #affiliate.

We have been using these free cards to learn about British birds:

British birds (Three part cards)
British birds (Three part cards)
Free printable to show 48 common british birds. ...
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Now we needed to find a way to feed the birds without spending a fortune on bird feeders.  Luckily we had camembert for lunch and it gave me this idea!

Shopping list:

Camembert box (never far from my fridge and I always keep old ones for crafting much to my husbands dismay!
String – I always like to use natural string
Bradawl or small screw driver

Instructions:

First, make four holes in the camembert case on opposite sides.

Next, cut 2 lengths of string approximately 60 cms.

Thread the string through the holes on opposite sides and secure with a knot.

Voila!

Fill with seeds and worms and you are ready to go.

Ready to hang in a tree

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Jo

Top Tips for lighting fires the Forest School Way

Lighting fires the forest school way!

I have learnt alot in my forest school training.  Who knew that you could use pixie pillows (cotton wool), dragons snot (vaseline, although this wasn’t allowed during my assessment) and dragons breath (from a fire steel).  But, what I have really learnt is how to make a good controlled fire, using natural materials.  Most importantly I have leant how to do this safely and remove it leaving little impact on the woodlands.

Materials:

King Alfred Cakes are a fungus that is found in woods, often growing on tree stumps and rotting wood.  Now I know what I am looking for I actually see them all the time!

I have discovered that their are different types of silver birch. Some have this wonderful ‘paper’ that is great for fire lighting.

I have found it is important to make sure you are prepared with lots of wood in different sizes.  Here I had some dried nettles which lit really well.  I then had some matchstick thickness sticks.  Next, pencil thickness sticks.  Followed by finger thick sticks.  I think you get the idea!  But they were all laid out and ready for when I needed them.  I also had some more birch bark which really burns well.

First you need to prepare the ground.  Ensure that the soil is suitable for lighting fires, peat for example can catch on fire.  Find some larger logs to make a surround to help contain the fire.  Next use so sticks about thumb thickness and create a waffle effect at the bottom.  This will help ensure that the air can get to the fire.

In this video you will see that I have used Pixie pillows (aka cotton wool), birch paper and king alfred cakes as the base of my fire.   I have then added some dried nettles in a rough tepee shape to form the base.

I have used this brilliant fire steel that I found on amazon for just £5.99 – it gives great sparks and my 8 year old can use it with a bit of practice too. http://amzn.to/2oqOX7d #affiliate

Once it got going I then added the sticks, gradually getting thicker, in a teepee shape to help the air get to the fire.  The key here is to not add the thick sticks too quickly.

When you want to put the fire out the first thing to do is break the fire up using a stick.

Once the fire has died down you can then dowse the fire with a bit of water.

Next, you can remove the surround and any big bits of debris.

Finally, when you are sure the site is fully cooled, cover the site with leaf litter so you can’t tell the fire has been there.

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Jo