Year: 2020

Montessori For Free

Montessori For Free

Over the years I have found many materials online to not only teach me the Montessori method but to make my own materials to aid in teaching my son. There are tons of resources on the internet so you can google away if you like. 

Montessori Math Materials

Montessori Math Materials

Montessori materials are wonderful to work with. We have some materials I have purchased and some I have made myself. Montessori method allows for hands on learning. Children are taught to use the material first and move onto independent work. If you would like more 

Sensory Writing

Sensory Writing

Sensory play stimulates the senses and is an important part of brain development. The idea is by using their senses they are able to retain more information.

At the pre-k age we started with writing in sand to form letters. You start with a small box or container. At first we used a cute box I found at Home Goods and later switched to a plastic pencil case. You can use a pencil in the sand but to really get the sensory aspect of it let your child use their finger to form the letters. This was not an activity that we allowed free reign on due to there being enough sand in our house as a side effect of living in Florida. At the younger age it was something we did with him and put it all away when he was done with it.

You can download and print this Free Upper and Lower Case printable. I laminated them, cut them and put them in a small plastic baggie to keep inside the box.
Cheeseburger Wraps

Cheeseburger Wraps

I have always wanted to open a food truck or a small cafe. I have always loved feeding people and trying new dishes. I won’t bore you with step by step photos and a story that you don’t want to read. My recipes will mostly 

Educational Games

Educational Games

Our homeschool is not all about worksheets. Play is an important part of learning at this age. We have the typical toys a child would want to play with as well as many different types of educational toys and games. Here are some of the 

Literature Based Learning

Literature Based Learning

One of the curriculum’s I chose was Moving Beyond the Page.  It is literature based and has everything laid out for you.  When we started this journey I was working part time.  I had the capability to pick out what to teach and had started creating lessons months before starting school.  I just didn’t have the time.  I looked for a curriculum that was laid out in what I needed to say and do.  The parent manual contains just that.  Even now that I am no longer working I have purchased future years of this curriculum since we like it so much.


In this lesson the discussion included environmental changes and feelings.  My son was never into drawing or art before so his drawing work amazed me.

You can download Samples on the publishers website.  There is enough to actually do a lesson with your child from each concept book.  Choose the age level in the pull down menu and select a unit to download.  

This curriculum follows state standards if that is something you are looking for. Each age level has a book of concepts. It is project based and hits all the different learning styles. There are no tests but end of unit projects. If you aren’t sure where you should start they have guidelines to help you choose an age level as well as placement tests.

Another great thing about this curriculum is you can purchase a full year or only concepts your child would be interested in. At the higher levels you can decide to only purchase the language arts portion and use a different curriculum for science and social studies. You can purchase books from the publisher with your kit, borrow from the library or purchase on Amazon.

If you have any questions about this curriculum feel free to ask. We will share more from this curriculum as we go.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Make black history a part of your year not just February.  Black lives should matter all the time.  Not only in February and not only when something bad happens. We should talk to our children of all ages.  The youngest children don’t need gruesome details 

Using Trello for Education

Using Trello for Education

In my previous job I created the task management system the company continues to uses today. I looked for something similar I could use to keep track of homeschooling that was also free. I tested out many different websites and decided that Trello would work 

Math Can Be Fun

Math Can Be Fun

Before purchasing a math curriculum I printed many resources that were Montessori based. My son attended a Montessori pre-k program and I really liked the teaching methods they used. It’s not just pencils, paper and workbooks.

You can purchase the wooden number cards or print and laminate the Large Number Cards from Montessori Album. There are many free printables on that website that you may find helpful.

The curriculum we did purchase was Montessori based. Shiller Learning has 3 math kits. The scripting and answers are all there for you to teach your child math concepts. This is a multi-sensory curriculum to hit on all learning styles. Samples of their math and language arts curriculum is available on their website. Click on “Mostly Free Stuff, Sample Lessons, and choose what you want to download.

Kit 1 is for Pre-K to 3rd grade. We started with Kindergarten and skipped some of the beginning. You can purchase the full Kit 1 on Amazon and get free shipping or through the publisher directly. By using my link for the publisher you will get 5% off your purchase.

I recently found they have their fractions kit for free via download. Make sure to choose the Virtual Kit in the pull down menu. I don’t know how long it will be for free so get it while you can!

Kit 2 is for Grade 4 through Pre-Algebra. You can purchase the full Kit 2 on Amazon and get free shipping or through the publisher directly. By using my link for the publisher you will get 5% off your purchase.

Look for more math fun to come!

Organizing School

Organizing School

We started our homeschooling journey the beginning of this school year.   We knew when our son was born that we would be teaching him at home.  Closer to him starting Kindergarten I researched every program I could find.  I printed all the samples, read reviews