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 

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

Jo @ MontessoriSoul

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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    Jo

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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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      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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        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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          Jo

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