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Seven Montessori Sewing Works For Your Home or Class by Aimee Fagan of Montessori Works

If I had to pick just one type of work to stock my practical life shelves with, it would be sewing. I am NOT an accomplished sewer. Actually, I think it has been over a year since I pulled out my sewing machine, and then I prefer to make clothing with elasticized waists. But, when it comes to the classroom, I think nothing beats handwork.

Maria Montessori stated that the activities of practical life should be meaningful, looking around my classroom, I wanted to find activities that still had meaning for today’s children. Polishing is great, but how many children really see their parents polishing the silver place settings? Spooning, tonging, pouring and the like are quickly mastered when we leave the lessons simple and isolated on the tray. What materials could we use that would appeal to the 3 year-old and remained enticing through age 6 or beyond? Sewing.

Get Ready for the New School Year with Free Printables by Seemi Abdullah of Trillium Montessori

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, summer vacation is coming to an end and families and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.  If you are a homeschooler or a teacher of 3-6 year olds, you are probably starting to make plans for the coming school year.  

Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite free Montessori-friendly printable resources from around the web that you can use in your classroom or homeschool room.

The Working Mom's Guide to Montessori in the Home by Meghan Sheffield of Milkweed & Montessori

There are all sorts of reasons for bringing Montessori home. And there are all sorts of ways of doing it. There doesn't have to be a divide between working moms and stay-at-home moms (who are, of course, also working). There really are just moms, and we’re all just doing our best.

Montessori in 5 Minutes a Day by Jennifer Tammy of Study-at-Home Mama

Incorporating the Montessori Method into your home is an exciting decision, but it can be a bit daunting. 

Reading Dr. Montessori’s books can overwhelm us with theory, and while Montessori-inspired blogs are great sources for ideas, sometimes it seems like these moms must not only be super-organized, they must invest a lot of time into their set-ups and activities. Just getting started (or keeping with it) can be a huge obstacle.

Fast and Frugal Three Part Card Folders by Bess Wuertz of Grace and Green Pastures

From the moment I purchased my laminator I have been enthralled with the wide range of Montessori printables available, many for free.  While this has enriched our home classroom, it has presented a challenge in how I display these for my children to use.  I found that my children were more likely to use the cards if they were neatly organized.  Initially, I tried a three part card tray.  While it was a solution that worked, it wasn’t space or budget friendly for more than 1 -2 sets at a time.
I came across various solutions for three part card folders.  I’ve seen beautiful sets sewn from fabric and highly durable options created by laminating card stock.  However, since I was intending to make quite a few sets, I needed something very simple and budget friendly.  After a few attempts, I came up with something that has worked quite well for us.

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