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 

Ending Screen Time battles

This has been a Game changer for us. My kids, like many others, love their iPads. I have been trying to limit the time that they have on them, as I can see dramatic changes in their behaviour with too much use. I had explored apps such as OurPact but at £6.99 a month I felt it was cost prohibitive.

Now I have discovered the screen time controls released with the latest update from Apple. This takes the nagging away from me, as the children know they have one hour a day on the games on the iPad and now they automatically switch off.

 Apple have just released an update which includes an amazing screen controls. They allow you to set how much time your children can use the apps for (or anyone in your household) and can also enforce a blanket screen ban.
Very simple to set up, and you can control anyone who is in your account or linked to you as a family member. This really has been a game changer in our house as it takes the responsibility of managing screen time away from me (less nagging and being ignored) and it is a simple switch off.
 To implement this I gave the children clear boundaries to avoid any meltdowns at switch of time. I explained that the iPads would not work after one hour and then they had to turn them off.
In the beginning, they did ask for extensions but I insured from day one that this wasn’t allowed so there have been no further negotiations.
Step-by-step set up guide

Go to the Settings menu and choose ‘Screen Time’

This is the screen time menu:

This is also available as a free download – How to set screen time limits.

This has had a massive impact on our house – I hope it helps you too!

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Jo

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

Easter Egg Hunt Challenge

Over the years I have been refining this Easter egg hunt idea, it is always a hit, from the younger children all the way up.   At the end you can always give a chocolate egg for the completed sheet!

The hunt only takes a few minutes to prepare.  You can either use the coloured eggs on my free printable (link at the bottom of this post)  or you can purchase the lovely wooden eggs from Hobbycraft. (Not an affiliate link, just I like them!)

I coloured them using the Chunky felt pens from pound land.  These are great as they come in 12 different colours.  I coloured them to match the sheets I made (but if you don’t have the Hobbycraft eggs you could just laminate the free printable)

Once you are all prepared – just spread the eggs around your hunt area – I normally attach them low down on a tree with a couple of pens with each one.  It is so lovely to see everyone huddling round each tree.

This normally takes about 20 – 30 minutes – so perfect for a lesson outdoors!

I really hope that this is useful – everything you need is available for free – Easter Egg Hunt Challenge Free printable.

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Jo

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

Human X-ray printable

We are just about to start looking at the human body at school.  I have made this printable so that the children can explore how the bones work in our bodies.

I have all my downloads for Human body here and will be adding more!

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Jo

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

 

Conker weaving

We had a wonderful day making these today.  We were blessed with a glorious autumnal day and children from year 1 to year 8 who enjoyed making these.

I found these great hand drills on amazon and safety gloves that are a perfect fit for the children, but they don’t affect how they can use their hands.

The wool was from Poundland, but any wool will do!

What you need:

Conkers – the fresher the better!
Hand drills
Safety glove
Bamboo skewers or similar
Wool
Pens – we used Gelly Roll Pens that I love and Posca pens.

Here is a video explaining how we made them.

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Jo

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

Guided reading

Last year I set up a ‘Book Club’ in my class.  In groups of four the children enjoyed reading books together.  I want to make this as independent as possible for all reading abilities.  So I have started creating some challenge cards so at the end of each page the children can answer the questions and then check their answers.

I got a great set of books from the book people.  http://referme.to/p4ogj0o Search for Little Gem books and there are 10 books for £9.99.

My first set of cards are for the book ‘Snug’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Download guided reading cards

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Jo

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

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