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 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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    Jo

    Jo @ MontessoriSoul

    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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      Multiplication Times table circles pegging activity

      I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate fine motor skills into the classroom.  I am hoping that improving hand strength will help with handwriting.

      As I am in Year 3 at the moment we are also starting to learn times tables.  So I made these times table wheels.  They are attractive to look at so hopefully the children will want to pick them up.  They are colour coded for each number to match the Montessori beads that I have in the classroom.

      You could use them to chant the times tables as you turn the disk.

      I have used a sharpie to add numbers to pegs (#affiliate) so that the children can peg the the right answer to the sum.

      To do this activity I have laminated them with 125 pouches so there is extra rigidity.  I also printed them on card.

      It was a great activity at home too as Freya and Seb could both work at their own levels.

      I have lots of other free download printables for multiplication and times tables:

      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

      Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Montessori

      A4 TIMES TABLE CHART Colour coded INCLUDING BLANK

      A4 Times table chart including blank

      A3 Times table chart including blank

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        Jo

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        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:

        Blank Clock faces 2/6/8 per page

        Digital Clocks (Quarter to)

        Digital Clocks (Quarter past)

        Analogue Clocks (Quarter to)

        Analogue Clocks (Quarter past)

        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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