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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 

5 Minute Ikea Classroom Clock hack - Free Download

I have updated my teaching time printable to make this simple clock by hacking the Ikea Rusch clock.  If you can’t get to ikea not as you can buy the clock for a little extra on Amazon 🙂  Ikea Rusch clock #affilaite

Just download my Free Clock printable and cut it out.

Carefully remove the clock front.  There are three little tabs you need to push in – then the front will come out.  I did the biggest one first.  You do need to be careful not to damage the plastic.

Carefully remove the hands.

I used a skewer to carefully make a hole in the middle of my clock printable.  Then glued it in place.

NB:  Make sure your put it the right way up!  12 needs to cover the ole 12!

Now carefully place the hands back.  Hour hand first, then minutes, then seconds.

Finally, place the front back on. Voila!

I have added the beads round the edge for a more visual approach – see how the printable also has the 5 bead bars to mark the minutes/seconds.

You could use numicon here as well 🙂

See all of my FREE teaching time downloads here:

Ikea RUSCH clock printable

Telling time printables

Half past analogue clock (3 part cards)

Half past digital 24 hour clock (3 part cards)

Kaboom - Time

Digital clock cards (O'clock times)

Analogue clock cards (O'clock times)

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    Classroom editing kit

    In the past year I have been trying to learn about children’s writing and the different processes it involves.

    I have decided that I really want to focus on the task of editing as a separate task so that the mechanics of writing don’t inhibit young writers.

    In the video above you will see I have found some great boxes from Really Useful Boxes.  This is the 0.55l box. If you want to order some they are available on amazon – affiliate link.

    I created a cover to help engage the children.  Inside the box I have made a key to remind the children what they should be looking at.

    Inside the box I am going to include a highlighter pen and a purple pen.  The idea is that they can highlight any errors they find and then use the purple pen to show their corrections.

    Letter Formation card - Cursive

    Letter Formation card

    200 HFW wordbank

    Digraph and Trigraph grapheme card

    Editing kit cover and key

      I have also created some cards that will help with the corrections:

      I am really excited to try this out in the classroom and really hope that it helps inspire my little writers!

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      Dates in the classroom

      I have been setting up my new classroom recently and have moved up into KS2.

      I want to try and encourage my class to be more independent when it comes to writing the date.  I plan to teach them how the shower date is formed and that the numbers represent the day, then the month, e.g. January = 1, then the year, 16 = 2016.

      I have this great clock I got in a Habitat sale but you can find similar on Amazon –  http://amzn.to/2wgZjLw (affiliate).

      Underneath the clock I have used my month and days of the week cards:

      Month Name cards - Southern Hemisphere

      Days of the week cards

      Date cards 1st - 31st

      Seasons label cards

      Season Name cards

      Month Name cards

        Hopefully the children will learn to write their own short and long dates and work more independently 🙂

        Also, living my hessian backed boards and fabric surrounds. A little effort to set up but this will be the second year I use them and they still look like new!!  Get your hessian from Amazon – (affiliate link).

        As always we hope you enjoy this too!  If you have any questions or feedback please email me info@montessorisoul.com .

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        DIY Giant Bubbles - 4 simple ingredients - NEW and improved!

        We have updated our bubble mixture and its got even better with 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

        This video shows how big the bubbles can get!

        We have played a game called Pop, blow or shoot!  Great for listening and patience!

        Basically as the bubble floats off you shot Pop Blow or Shoot!

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        Seb loves this Distributor nerf gun – less than £10 and an accurate shot.   #affiliate

        Top tips for giant bubbles

        Making the giant bubbles is a skill in itself!

        You need to move quite slowly and then almost snip the bubble off by pulling the sticks together smoothly.  You can see Freya doing this in the picture above.

        GIant Bubbles Recipe

        Ingredients

        Glycerine  2 tbsp (affiliate link)
        Baking powder 1 tbsp  (affiliate link)
        Fairy Liquid 1/2 cup
        Corn Flour 1/2 cup
        HOT (just boiled) water 6 cups

        First, we mixed the dry ingredients with a whisk.

        Then, we mixed in the Glycerine and hot water.

        We found that mixing half the water glycerine mix so that it makes a thick paste with the cornflour and baking powder.  

        Then add the remaining water to make an opaque liquid.

        Finally, we added the fairy liquid – we slowly mixed this so that we didn’t create any bubbles.

        You can use this straight away but we have found that leaving it to rest over night makes it even better!

        DIY Giant bubble wand

        2 Nails
        Dowel or sticks (we used two bits of  willow) about 40cm long
        A weight – you could use a nut – we have used stones with holes or buttons!)
        Natural cord or wool – This is my go to I always have a supply.  Jute String 

        First, put the two nails in the end of your wooden rods.

        Next cut 2 piece of string.  One about 45 cm long, the other about 60cm long.

        Put the ends together and tie on to the nail – I used a clove hitch.

        No thread the weight onto the other end and then put the other ends together.

        Secure with a clove hitch or any knot on the other stick.

        I normally leave the string in the bubble mixture for a minute or two before we start blowing bubbles.

        We have had so much fun – hope you do to!

        As always we hope you enjoy this too!  If you have any questions or feedback please email me info@montessorisoul.com .

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        Fidget Spinner Tricky Words challenge

        Freya and Seb have finally caught on to the trend of fidget spinners! #affiliate We found some great ones on Amazon that didn’t break the bank (around £3) and came quickly.

        Seb especially has loved this challenge – he has read his tricky words at least 8 times today!!  I need to make him a harder challenge!

        These printables are so easy to use.  I just printed them and laminated them (so they last longer) and then we were ready to go!

        Set the spinner spinning placing it on the image top right of this printable and the child has to complete the challenge before the spinner stops.  Lots of options:

        How many words can they read?
        How many words can they find (adult calls out word)
        How many words can they write – CORRECTLY?

        I am certain that you will have plenty more great ideas too!

        These are the printables available:

        Phase 2 and 3 tricky words.

        Phase 4 and 5 tricky words.

        Year 3 common exception words (part 1)

        Blank fidget Spinner template – I have also added a blank one so you can choose your own challenges.

        Get a free trial now! #affiliate

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