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 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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Jo

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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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Jo

 

DIY Egg candler

We we have 12 runner duck eggs in our incubator at the moment. They have been in for 5 days and I wanted to check their progress. I normally use the titan egg candler Which is fantastic, however we are mid house move so it’s packed away.

Instead i found this easy DIY version which isn’t as detailed but does a great job.

I used a toilet roll over the light of my iPhone. You could easily use a high powered torch too!

As you can see from the picture above the area of shadow shows that the egg is beginning to develop. If there is no development the whole egg will just glow one colour.

Here is a picture of our incubator. As you can see Freya is very excited about the eggs hatching and is counting down the days.   We bought this incubator second hand but there are lots of others good ones available. Check our incubators on Amazon. #affilate

I would recommend Getting an incubator with an auto turning feature.

We got our eggs from eBay – amazing they were delivered through the post!

We will keep you posted with how the ducklings develop.

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As always I hope you enjoy this post, if you have any questions or feedback please email me at info@montessorisoul.com

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Jo

 

Multiplication and Times Tables - Fun Montessori Style

Freya is starting to learn her times tables at school.  I remember hating this as a child and thinking it was pointless!  I now know the importance of it – but still remember my own struggles so I have been trying to make it as fun and easy for Freya as possible.

I saw this wonderful idea on the blog – The adventures of Adam for getting addition using dice.  Emma has kindly said I can include a modified version for multiplication.

Penguin Multiplication:

By putting the dice in the penguin not only added an element of fun – but also contained the dice!!

Shopping list:

Penguin Ice cube tray
Sharpie pens
12 sided dice

I have chosen to use some prepared sheets for Freya to record the sums.  Free printable – Multiplication Sum sheets blank.

I have also made some Multiplication tables for Freya to check her work herself:

Other Multiplication printables are here:

http://www.montessorisoul.com/free-downloads/timestables/

    Time Table Songs:

    We have quite along car journey at the moment so we have been listening to some times table songs:

    http://www.percyparker.com/

    This is not an affiliate link – this is just something which has really helped!

    We have also found a number of songs which are good on Amazon Music which is free as part of Prime – I don’t know how I would live without Prime!  Get a free trial now! #affiliate

    As always I hope you enjoy this post, if you have any questions or feedback please email me at info@montessorisoul.com

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    Jo

    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.

    As always I hope you enjoy this post, if you have any questions or feedback please email me at info@montessorisoul.com

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    Jo

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