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Montessori Made Affordable December 30th

As I scoured the internet today looking for a great deal for the Montessori Made Affordable 12.30.13 edition, it really dawned on my how much I love Montessori materials. My children have grown to the point of being abstract thinkers so we don’t have as many concrete materials left in our homeschool…. but I just love them. So much so, I actually wrote an article about my Montessori Love Affair ūüôā

Anyway, I found a couple deals but don’t want to start adding too much so I’m focusing on one. Today’s deal is from Alison’s Montessori also. I’ve already mentioned how much of my own materials were from Alison’s and how impressed I’ve always been with their customer service, so I won’t go into great detail about their reputation… I’ll just get to the deal!

I love Zoology! My boys love zoology! We had every single puzzle (both botany and zoology) and every set of nomenclature cards to match! So, when I find good deals on the puzzles, you will always hear about them! Today’s deal is Parts of a Turtle Puzzle and it is 66% off!!

Parts of a Turtle

 

I always partnered three-part cards with my puzzles.  You can print these cards from Montessori Services.  There are some free ones from Montessori Materials too.

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There are a ton of resources for turtles that will compliment this puzzle and function as strike the imagination morsels… here are a few I found:

Lesson Plans:  http://www.wpsu.org/edservices/iwonder/turtlelessonplan.html

Unit study:  http://www.pinterest.com/happybrownhouse/turtle-unit-study/ and http://www.pinterest.com/rbohnert/turtle-animal-study/

My favorite Strike the Imagination books on Turtles:

I’ll Follow the Moon. ¬†I love having the strike the imagination books in hardback books, but if that is not in your budget, this one is free for Kindle. ¬†You don’t have to have a kindle to read it either. ¬†You can download kindle software for your PC. ¬†Google it.

I'll follow the moon

Minn of the Mississippi.  This is one of our favorite books ever!

Minn of the Mississippi

Until our next post on Montessori Made Affordable, I’ll leave you with a Montessori quote about …

‚ÄúImagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†~Maria Montessori

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Montessori Made Affordable December 29th

Montessori materials are expensive which makes many of the items out of reach for homeschoolers. Because I really believe in the Montessori method, I am starting¬†a new feature for 2014 ‚Äď Montessori Made Affordable.

Montessori Made Affordable 12.29.13

I am a huge fan of¬†Alison’s Montessori. Many, if not most, of our materials came from this Montessori online store. ¬†I have had a couple of situations where items where not what I wanted or expected, and they corrected the issues, no questions asked.

Today, I found a great deal on the¬†Short Bead Chain in Alison’s bargain basement center… it is more than 50% off!

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Are you unsure how to use the short bead chain in your Montessori Classroom? ¬†You need to visit Teaching from a Tackle Box…¬†she has absolutely beautiful materials AND she shows you where to find the lessons as well.

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Until next time, I’ll leave you with a Montessori quote…

‚ÄúThe first essential for the child‚Äôs development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.‚ÄĚ ~Maria Montessori

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New Feature for 2014 – Montessori Made Affordable

We are a Montessori homeschooling family.  I have been homeschooling for five years and prior to that, I was the Chairman of the Board for a local Montessori School for three years.  We LOVE the Montessori pedagogy and believe it is one of the reasons our boys are so advanced in their education… Montessori created a strong foundation to build on.  However, Montessori materials are expensive which makes many of the items out of reach for homeschoolers. Because I really believe in the Montessori method, I want to help you by creating a new feature for 2014 – Montessori Made Affordable.

Montessori Made Affordable

As I find items that are either a less expensive version of a traditional Montessori work or material or a deal I’ve stumbled upon, I’ll post them here on our blog and on our Facebook page.  It may be an article on how to make the item, it may be a link to a sale, it may be a used item… but any and all will be opportunities to help you implement Montessori concepts in your homeschool more economically.

This blog is actually part of our upper level Montessori homeschool curriculum.  We teach creative writing via Institute for Excellence in Writing and part of my boys’ creative writing curriculum is to blog here at Live and Learn Farm. (Note:  We are starting a link up for tweens and teens in 2014 for other homeschoolers to have an outlet for their children to blog as part of their writing curriculum too!)

In addition to the blog being part of our boys’ creative writing curriculum, it is also part of their Montessori practical life studies. Maria Montessori suggested an Erdkinder environment for children in upper level grades.  We have created our version of an Erdkinder here at Live and Learn Farm… we call it farmschooling.  All of our boys have farm businesses, and they will also be blogging about their businesses.  In this plane of development, Montessori encouraged teaching our children a means to financial independence.

Maria Montessori Four Planes of Development

Along that line, and in the interest of full disclosure… we are an affiliate with some organizations (Amazon, for instance) and are paid a commission if you purchase due to our recommendation.  We will ALWAYS be honest in our recommendation and only recommend items we have used or would use in our homeschool. There is ZERO additional cost to you and it is a tiny (and I mean tiny) amount to us.  That is part of teaching the boys how to earn a living by doing something they LOVE to do (and me too) … writing.

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We hope by showing you how we are continuing to use the Montessori educational philosophy to teach our boys in the upper grades, sharing what is working, how we are implementing it and being genuine in our failures, that you will be blessed by our blog and that it will help you continue to Montessori homeschool into the upper grades.  If we succeed, we hope you will consider our efforts to share our experiences worthwhile and will help – by not only using our links when we introduce the items if they make sense for your homeschool – but also by sharing them with your friends.  We will learn together and help each other!

Thank you for being part of our community and we look forward to presenting Montessori Made Affordable in 2014!

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Free Montessori Materials from Around the Web

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As a homeschooler on a seriously tight budget, I completely understand the need to stretch our budget as far as it will go.  I have been homeschooling for four years now and starting to pull together many resources that provide free Montessori Materials.  Below is a list of the ones I know of at present.  More will be added as I find them.  If you have Montessori materials you are sharing (or know of a site that is not on the list), please either leave a comment or email me!  I hope these are a blessing to you as much as they were a blessing to us!

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 free montessori materials from around the web

 

Vendors for Materials that offer free downloads:   

http://www.montessoriprintshop.com/Free_Montessori_Downloads.html

  • Birds Match-up & Memory
  • # Rods Control Card & Numbers
  • Weather Tracking Cards
  • 0-10 Numbers and Counters (Summer)
  • Celebration of Life
  • 0-10 Quanity, Symbol & Written Word Cards
  • Triangles 3-part cards
  • Stamp Game Papers
  • Square Chain Labels
  • Superimposed Geometric Figures
  • Small, Medium, Large Sorting
  • Labels for Sensorial Area
  • Puzzle Word Cards
  • Plural Series
  • Pink Ending Sound Cards
  • Picasso Art Book
  • Globe, Continent & Ocean Labels
  • Color Matching Cards
  • Frog Match Up & Memory Game
  • Frog Nomenclature Cards
  • Frog Nomenclature Book
  • O’Keefe Art Cards
  • Large Number Cards
  • Electrical Applicances 3-Part Cards
  • Nomenclature Storage Tags
  • Dinosaur Cards
  • Bead Chain Papers
  • Australia / Oceania / Australasia Landmarks 3-Part Cards
  • Animals & Their Sounds
  • Phonetic Word Cards – Step 1
  • Annimal Camoulage Cards
  • Celebrations of Life
  • Storage Labels for the Pink, Blue, Green Phonics Series
  • Storage Labels for the Step 1, 2, 3 Phonics Series
  • Flamingo Nomenclature Cards
  • Fall Cutting Stripis
  • Imagine Story Cards
  • Language Record
  • Research Outlines
  • Seed & Plant Matching Cards
  • World Continents Pin Map Flags and Map
  • Ladybug Lie Cycle Cards & Charts
  • Printable Stamp Game & Instructions
  • Animal Adaptation: ¬†Birds and Beaks
  • Australia Fun Fact Cards
  • Compass Rose
  • More Than – Less Than
  • Short Poetry
  • Bossy E Word Cards
  • Graph Paper – Half Inch
  • I Spy Pages
  • Garden Tools
  • Animal Movement – Swim, Walk, Fly

http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Free-Downloads_ep_35-1.html

Elementary Workplans & Teacher Tools

  • Workplans: 1st – 4th Grades
  • School Calendar 2012 – 2013
  • Evaluations
  • Testing Info
  • Just for Fun
  • Nametag Templates

Language Materials

  • Language Activities
  • Reading and Pre-Reading Activities
  • Story Writing
  • Nomenclature Cards
  • Word Study – Nouns
  • Grammar & Punctuation

Cultural Materials

  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • General
  • Months & Seasons
  • Seasons Matching Cards
  • History & Geography

Math & Geometry Materials

  • Math Activities
  • Number Writing Practice
  • Math Fact Practice
  • Geometry Materials

http://montessori-n-such.com/Freebies.aspx

http://www.montessorimaterials.org/

  • Puzzle Outlines
  • Hammer Kit Patterns

http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/free-downloadable-materials

  • Pink picture cards and labels
  • Blue picture cards and labels

http://www.amonco.org/

http://wasecabiomes.org/products/an-introduction-to-the-biomes-with-curriculum-primary (scroll down. On the right side, right below the item number.. )

http://montessoriforlearning.com/FreeDownloadIndex.html   

Reading and Language

  • Pre-Primer Lowercase Matching Set
  • Scissor Practice
  • Vegetable Vocabulary Cards (Nomenclature Cards)
  • Blue Reading Dominoes Set I
  • Mirror Cards (C-V-C reading practice)
  • Sight Word Activities Pre-Primer Hand Flashcards
  • Pink Level Reading Phonics Bingo Set I
  • Color Word Flashcards
  • Shape and Sight Word Scavenger Hunt
  • Letter-Recognition Matching Cards
  • Kids Joke Cards
  • Finger Labeling Activity (Labeling parts of a finger)
  • Today is… Beginning writing prompt journal paper
  • Beginning Alphabetizing Work
  • Number of Syllables Cards
  • Blue Level Phonetic Noun Cards
  • Building Sentences (with instructions)
  • Spanish Phrases Set 2 Cards

Math

  • Red and Blue Rods with Number Cards
  • Equivalent Liquid Measurement Cards
  • Divisibility Cards
  • Sorting Number Cards
  • Percent of a Number Cards
  • Place Value Mission (with instructions)
  • Tangram Pieces and Pattern Work
  • How many game (with instructions)
  • Counting Arrangement Game (with instructions)
  • Congruent Figures
  • Equivalent Fractions Matching
  • Spanish / English Number Words
  • Geometric Shapes Nomenclature Cards

Science

  • Diffusion Science Experiment 1 and 2 and explanation
  • Thirsty Carnation (absorption) experiment and explanation
  • Science Observation Sheet (for both young and older children)
  • Solar System Sequencing / Patterning Cards
  • Vertebrates and Invertebrates
  • Moon Phase 3-part Cards
  • Simple Machine 3-Part Cards

Administrative

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Calendar
  • Class Checklist for 25 -35 students
  • Class Information Sheet
  • Parent / Teacher Conference Record
  • Journal Paper

Miscellaneous

  • Spring Fact / Opinion Cards
  • Fruit Nomenclature Cards
  • Vegetable Nomenclature Cards
  • Outdoor Vocabulary Nomenclature Cards

https://sites.google.com/site/freemontessoriresources/ 

LOTS of stuff here to download. ¬†Too much to list, so I’m listing the categories! ¬†

  • Canadian French Nomenclature
  • Canadian History and Geography
  • Games, links and fun
  • Language
  • Life Skills
  • Science
  • Sensory
  • World Culture

http://www.jmjpublishing.com/hope4memembers.html

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial / Geometry
  • Language
  • Math¬†
  • Culture
  • Catechesis

http://www.currclick.com/index.php?search_filter=&filters=&cPath=&search_here=&keywords=montessori&page=1&sort=4a   

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Type-of-Resource/Montessori/Order:Price-Asc new

 

Bloggers that are creating and sharing works:  

http://www.voilamontessori.com/en/resources/downloads/ new

http://buggyandbuddy.com/free-printables/

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Trillium-Montessori/Price-Range/Free/Order:Price-Asc

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Parts-of-a-Turkey-3-Part-Cards-and-Definitions-FREE-940018  

http://www.montessori-science.org/Montessori-Genius/Lillard_Montessori_Science_Genius_Ch1.pdf  

http://sewliberated.typepad.com/Montessori%20Childs%20Apron.pdf  

http://www.everystarisdifferent.com/2014/07/free-printables.html

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Carrots-Are-Orange/Category/FREE-203160

http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/apps/search?q=free

http://wildflowerramblings.com/tot-school-printables/  

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Judith-Heideman/Price-Range/Free

http://www.imagineourlife.com/?s=free

http://pinkprincesskingdom.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results

http://trilliummontessori.org/tag/printables/ 

http://mixingplaydough.blogspot.com/search/label/free  

http://www.3dinosaurs.com/printables/  

http://www.montessorialliance.ie/downloads-2/  

http://neenamassey.edublogs.org/files/2010/12/Cosmic-Tales-and-Great-Lessons-1vsj2wm.pdf  

http://handsonhomeschooler.com/category/freebie   

http://beautifulsunmontessori.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results

http://titus2homemaker.com/free-stuff/printables-homeschool/ new

http://titus2homemaker.com/2011/09/montessori-3-part-cards/ 

http://seedsowersmontessori.com/sightwordslist-5/ 

http://seedsowersmontessori.com/activities/ new

http://totschool.shannons.org/?s=free&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search new

http://totschool.shannons.org/printables/  

http://thelearningark.blogspot.com/search/label/free%20download 

http://montessoristory.blogspot.com/search/label/Downloads 

http://simplymontessori.blogspot.com/2009/06/printables.html 

http://www.minieco.co.uk/printable-sewing-cards/ 

http://montessorihomeschooling.blogspot.com/2009/03/montessori-printables.html 

https://sites.google.com/site/learningbyheartprintables/home/montessori-printables  

http://langfordmath.com/MontessoriMath/MontessoriIndex.html  

http://www.justmontessori.com/freebies/     

http://adventuresofarainbowmamamama.blogspot.com/2011/08/montessori-grammar-materials-free.html  

http://lessonplanstopotsandpans.blogspot.com/p/montessori-downloads.html  

http://thehelpfulgarden.blogspot.com/

http://www.wikisori.org/index.php/Main_Page

http://www.montessorimom.com/

http://chestnutgroveacademy.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html#

http://www.scribd.com/thegirlwhopaintedtrees/documents

http://www.scribd.com/tiredneedsleep/documents

http://www.scribd.com/What’sintheBox/documents¬†

http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/2011/08/montessori-printables/

http://3readers.wordpress.com/category/montessori/montessori-downloads/

http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/08/26/free-montessori-materials-online/

http://www.abcteach.com/directory/montessori-materials-9370-2-1

http://www.delicious.com/MrsLovewell/free_montessori

http://montessorihomes.blogspot.com/2011/06/free-download.html

http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/08/free-printables.html

http://www.freemontessori.org/

http://www.forskoleburken.com/2010/01/en-till.html

http://themontessorigoldmine.blogspot.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/freemontessoriresources/Home

http://homeschoolescapade.blogspot.com/p/downloads.html

http://motherwellmontessori.com/category/montessori-downloads/

http://www.jojoebi-designs.com/2010/01/downloads.html

http://www.jmjpublishing.com/hope4memembers.html

http://www.montessorialbum.com/montessori/index.php?title=Printable_Materials

http://montessorihelper.com/category/free-lesson-activities/

http://mymontessorimoments.com/free-materials/

http://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com/my_montessori_journey/free_downloads/

http://www.onehookwonder.com/search/label/Montessori

http://thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com/p/free-downloads-from-homeschool-den.html

http://tiredneedsleep.blogspot.com/search/label/Printables%20Main%20Page

http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/p/printables-with-instructions-and-ideas.html

http://sporschool.blogspot.com/search/label/downloads

http://www.scribd.com/kh4d0c

http://www.scribd.com/delightfullearning

http://www.scribd.com/harmonyartmom

http://www.scribd.com/coffeeandconversation

http://www.scribd.com/mysecondgradejournal

http://www.scribd.com/nando973

http://www.scribd.com/lisa_nolan_2

http://www.scribd.com/toadymama

http://montessorihelper.com/category/free-lesson-activities/

http://thelittlelist.wordpress.com/m-o-n-t-e-s-s-o-r-i/

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4xMsNe4G32CXzZSNHRjQ2t2Tm8/edit?pli=1 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzFNPnI_PfbwS2VqcXA2MzdrRVU/edit 

http://www.parents.com/blogs/homeschool-den/2012/06/12/science/world-biomes-pin-map/  

http://www.parents.com/blogs/homeschool-den/tag/free-montessori-3-part-cards/ new

http://www.montessori-on-a-budget.com/2011/03/friday-free-downloads-montessori-art.html   

http://www.ourmontessorihome.com/2012/10/montessori-pre-reading-activities-and-cards-with-free-download/   

http://homemademontessori.blogspot.com/search/label/3-part-cards   

http://ukbookworm.blogspot.de/search/label/Montessori    

http://montessoriworkjobs.blogspot.com/p/nomenclature-cards.html 

http://thatresourcesite.com/faith/faith_search.htm?cx=partner-pub-1411271827471762%3A9302821237&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q=montessori&sa=Search+Our+Site   

http://saracotner.wordpress.com/resources-2/montessori-materials/ 

 

Training Centers that are sharing Lessons from their Manuals:  

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/5gl_cep/blackline_masters.pdf 

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/cultural_geography/sample_lessons.pdf 

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/physical_geography/sample_lessons.pdf 

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/classroom_guide/sample_pages.pdf 

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/matter_astronomy/sample_lessons.pdf 

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/language_arts/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/botany/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/zoology_chemistry/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/mathematics/sample_lesson1.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/mathematics/LEMath2-sample_lesson.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/health_sciences/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/apl2006/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/history2006/sample_lessons.pdf

http://www.montessoritraining.net/elementary_program/courses/science_experiments/sample_lessons.pdf 

http://www.mymontessorihouse.com/files/Montessori_Infant_and_Toddler_SampleINDEX.pdf

http://www.montessori-home-schooling.com/teach-montessori-at-home/sample-activities.aspx

 

Free Kindle Books (NOTE:  CHECK PRICE before you buy and download, prices change DAILY):

Spontaneous Activity in Education 

The Montessori Method Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in ‘The Children’s Houses’ with Additions and Revisions by the Author

The Absorbent Mind

Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook

 

Free Montessori Manuals:

 

Cultivating Dharma:  http://www.freemontessori.org/?page_id=9

     Elementary:  

  • Math 1, Math 2, Geometry, Language Albums

Miss Barbara:  http://www.missbarbara.net/greatlessons.html 

  • The Great Lessons

Montessori Teacher’s Collective: ¬†http://www.moteaco.com/albums.html

     Three to Six:  

  • Math¬†
  • Culture¬†

     Six to Nine:  

  • Math
  • History
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Language¬†

     The Great Lessons
     Timeline of Life 
     Timeline of Writing

Montessori Album:  http://www.montessorialbum.com/montessori/index.php?title=Main_Page

  • Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Social Studies, Music, Art, Language, Science and Methodology (these are not very complete yet)…¬†

Shu-Chen Jenny Yen’s Albums: ¬†http://faculty.fullerton.edu/syen/mts/_link.htm¬†

     Three to Six:  

  • Practical Life¬†
  • Sensorial
  • Language¬†Development¬†
  • Math¬†

Wikisori:  http://www.wikisori.org/index.php/Wikisori_Albums

     Three to Six, Six to Nine and Nine to Twelve Albums

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language Mathematics
  • Cultural
  • Science¬†

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell:  http://www.elizrosshubbell.com/portfolio/geometryunit.pdf

     Six to Nine:  

  • Geometry Album

Info Montessori:  http://www.infomontessori.com/

     Three to Six:  

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial¬†
  • Language
  • Math

Montessori World http://montessoriworld.org/  This site also has videos!  

  • Beginning Math
  • Beginning Reading¬†
  • Practical Lie
  • Handiwork
  • Music
  • Sensorial Development

 

Curriculum Assistance

Toddler Classroom Curriculum  

https://sites.google.com/a/compassmontessorievents.com/compass-main/lower-elementary

1st grade curriculum guide

2nd grade curriculum guide

3rd grade curriculum guide

3to6 Scope & Sequence

6to9 Scope & Sequence

Complete Classroom Setups for LE and UE

Curriculum scope and sequence all

Namta Curriculum Downloads    

Lesson Plans http://faculty.tamu-commerce.edu/jthompson/Resources/MaitrilLessonplansall.pdf 

 

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