Freebie Friday ~ Botany Resources

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Botany Resources

I’m a firm believer in child directed learning, to a point. The kidlets have shown interest in many different subjects and we have explored them as much as possible. One of the subjects they showed interest in was botany. Koko has grown hydroponic vegetables to earn a Cub Scout badge and the girls have grown flowers. We learned all about how seeds germinate and how fruit develops on a plant.

Here are some great free resources to assist your child in understanding

How Does it Grow?: Potato from
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Your child has probably tried a potato, but does he know the process it goes through to make it to the dinner table? Find out with this life science worksheet. He’ll exercise his fine motor muscles as he cuts out the pictures, then he’ll use his brains to put each picture in the right order.

Plant freebies and Schoolhouse Rocks from Swimming into Second
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We have started our unit on plants and I am so excited. I love teaching plants! There are so many things that you can do to teach plants and the kids love everything. Today, I introduced the topic by doing a graphic organizer with the class. Then, the kiddos completed one on their own. I forgot to take a picture of my anchor chart but it looks like the kids’ version.

Learning About Seeds: Free Printable Seed Journal & Activities from Spell Outloud
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One of our favorite spring-time activities is to plant seeds! I’ve teamed up with Lauren from Mama’s Learning Corner to create free seed printables for toddlers through elementary ages!

Free Life Cycle of a Plant Pack from 3Dinosaurs
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Life Cycle of a Plant Pack contains 59 pages with the following:
(part 1) 3 Part Cards, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next?, Prewriting Practice, Pattern Cards, Matching Cards, 4 Piece Puzzles, 10 Piece Puzzles, Label the Life Cycle, Find the Letters S, P, Trace the Letters S, P (part 2) Beginning Sounds, Wall Cards, Trace Beginning Sounds, Trace the Words, Write the Words, Size Sorting, Writing About the Word, Trace & Color, Color by Size, Plant Life Cycle Dice, Life Cycle of a Plant Tally, Write about What does a plant Need to Grow, Write about the Life Cycle of a Plant (part 3) Color the Pattern, Fill in the Missing Pattern, Count and Match, Measure the Plant

Tot Pack contains 33 pages:
Solid Line Prewriting, Dashed Line Prewriting, Which One is Different, Color the Small Seeds, 2 Piece Puzzles, Color the Seed Book, Matching Cards, 9 Piece Puzzle, Matching Pages, Roll & Count, Shape tracing, Dot the Letter P, S, Seed Lacing Card

Parts of Leaf Botany Coloring Set- Montessori Freebie- Special Offer from MontessoriToolkit on Teachers Pay Teachers
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Available for just a limited time, enjoy this free Montessori Printable!

Explore botany studies with this project that combines art, language, and handwriting skills that your students will love!

Features beautifully colored botany control cards to make a Parts of a Leaf booklet for your classroom and matching coloring sheets that you can print for your students so they can make their own Parts of a Leaf booklets to bring home. If your students are beginning to write, you can encourage them to write on the line provided. This printable pairs perfectly with the Montessori leaf puzzle. Ages 4 and up.

Poisonous Plants Clipart – Botany from on Teachers Pay Teachers
This product includes clipart of three common poisonous plants (Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac) in full color version and line art version – hand drawn, scanned, and digitally colored.

This product can be used for science or nature studies.

STEAM Botany – Plants in Action from STEAM Botany on Teachers Pay Teachers
STEAM Botany – Plants in Action are plant based, hands on, inquiry driven activities, investigations and field work that introduce students to the importance of plants.
Growing plants drives the curriculum which will support studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Expression, Arts, and Mathematics.

Botany / Biology / Life Science Plant Picture Gallery from The Ace Teachers LLC on Teachers Pay Teachers
44 pictures of various plants from Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH. (

I’ve used some of these pictures when introducing/discussing plants over the years. Thought they could potentially be of use!

Nancy Larson-Botany-Part 2 Quiz, Quiz Trade from Kama Garcia on Teachers Pay Teachers
This is to be used to study for the Nancy Larson Botany-Part 2 Assessment. It is a set of multiple choice cards that can be used for “Scoot” or “Quiz quiz trade” games in the classroom.

Violet: A Botany Coloring Page from Coryell Castle on Teachers Pay Teachers
I draw these pages to teach multiple ages and skill levels concurrently. The little ones color and listen while the older ones listen and engage the topics more avidly. It works well in a small homeschool co-op context.




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Montessori Madness ~ Owl School

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Pixie LOVES owls, just like her Momma. This month, we have been working on Owl themed Preschool printables I have found online.

Pixie has loved the variety of goodies I have prepared for her. Her favourite, so far, being the mask. Go figure.
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The following printables have been used for this month’s work:
You’re a Whoot! with printables from Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
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The following items are available as free downloads:
Thinking skills
Fill in with colors
Letter Recognition
Complete the patterns
Counting on owls
O is for Owl writing sheet
Circle the different item
Math skills
Prewriting practice

Owl Preschool Pack from LittleMonkeyPrintables
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Included in this download, you will find 17 activities:

memory game
shape matching
count and clip cards
coloring page
prewriting page
ten part puzzle
size sequencing
word builders
owl fact cards
finish the pattern page
owl magnet/dot page
two Bible verses
5 Little Owls poem
scissors skills
roll & graph activity
handwriting page (O,o)
circle the smallest

5 Little Owls Printable Puzzle from Growing in Pre K and K
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Printable Five Little Owls Number Sequencing Puzzle 1-5

Letter Tumble from PreKinders
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This owl letter tumble game can be used to practice matching uppercase to uppercase letters, lowercase to lowercase letters, or uppercase to lowercase letters.

OWL Numbers FREE from KidSparkz
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OWL Numbers FREE

This is a set of number cards with an owl theme, 0-10. Three cards for each number – the number, a ten-frame representation, and the number word. Use for recognition, sequence, memory games, hiding and finding games, and of course, matching.

from Making Learning Fun
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Have the children put the paper on a cookie sheet. Have the children complete the picture by putting a magnet in each circle. Some people use pompoms or bingo markers with them. This activity is designed to promote one to one correspondence and letter recognition.

Lacing Cards with Owls from Making Learning Fun
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Using a small hole punch, punch holes at the dots. Have the children lace yarn through the holes.

Owl Shape Craft from Making Learning Fun
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You can have the children glue them to dark blue construction paper as a reminder to the children that owls are nocturnal. You could also give the children construction paper scraps
and let the children add to seen. An alternative idea is to cut patterns for the owl pieces,
and have the children trace, cut and assemble.

O-owl writing sheet from Making Learning Fun
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Five Little Owls from DLTK
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by Leanne Guenther – it’s the same idea as all the other “Five Little ____” nursery rhymes (pumpkins, snowflakes, chickens, monkeys, etc) so it isn’t terribly original. They’re fairly simple to write but some of them start to be a bit repetitive (which is fine for preschoolers!) because there are only so many things that rhyme with four, three, two, one and none.

Owl Mask from First Palette
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Super cute printable owl craft (choose pink or blue) from Kids Activities Blog
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Let imagination run wild when creating owls – pull out the leftover craft supplies because owls may need feathers, pom poms or to be painted like a rainbow!

Printable Preschool Set: Owlette from Learn Create Love
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This set includes the following:

Which Owl Is Different – a 4 card set in which your child has to find and circle the owl that is different. You can use this sheet as a whole, or laminate, cut out each card, hole punch the corner, and stick a key ring through it to keep it as a card set.
How Many Owls? (3 pages) – A fun set of cards for your child to practice counting and writing numbers. I laminated, cut out, hole-punched, and stuck a key ring through our set.
Stacking Cards – Laminate and cut out, then have your child arrange in order from largest to smallest or vice versa… or, of course, stack! =)
Line Tracing – Help Owlette get to her friend by tracing the lines provided.

Owl Patterning from Rachel Lynn
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This a quick and cute patterning activity. It will require a keen eye by the kiddos since all of the pictures are owls. They will have to pay attention to details!




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Montessori Madness ~ Spielgaben is finally in South Africa!

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We recently received our Spielgaben and I absolutely L.O.V.E. it! I was introduced to Spielgaben by Carisa from 1+1+1=1 about 2 years ago and have been coveting a set ever since. Sending Papa Steve a link to it when ever I saw something else about the set I liked. He finally caved, LOL.

What is Spielgaben?
Spielgaben introduces one of the best educational toys out there for your kids, which makes learning fun and puts education back into the hands of your children as they play, manipulate objects and engross themselves in a new world. With Spielgaben, you can give your kids the best head start in life to achieve success.

An educational toy that is beautifully designed in a wooden drawer format, made from non-toxic and environmentally sustainable materials.
Suitable for kids from 3 years to 12 years old.
Consists of 14 play sets used in sequence to help brain development.
Contains a digital library of guides with simple and easy to understand instructions.

The kidlets love the variety of the set (see description below) and have spent countless hours playing together with the set and constantly ask to grab a draw when they are bored.

Here are a few pictures of the set in action:

What is included in the Spielgaben Complete Set?
14 sequential Spielgaben sets made of environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials.
Solid wooden storage drawers with 8 individual storage containers, which store all of the 14 sets neatly and efficiently.
Wooden Play board as well as Double-Sided Non-Toxic plastic play board.
Learning Resources : there are curriculum based digital learning resources that will help you to incorporate play based learning into everyday play and learning time. You can watch as your child experiments and learns through physical manipulation for many years to come. (Designed for children between 3 and 12 years old)

Spielgaben 1
Spielgaben 1 is a collection of 6 soft, woolen balls with removable strings. Using the balls provides a child with the opportunity to discover and evaluate different types of movement. The wool is soft & easy to hold. The balls are the colour of the rainbow or the colour spectrum. Crossbeam, crossbar and pillars also included.

Spielgaben 3 – 6
After exploring objects in Spielgaben 1 and Spielgaben 2, you are now providing more complex tools such as cubes, cuboids, triangular prisms, semi-circular columns, concave parts and concentric rings to make shapes and teach the relationship between a whole and its parts. Your child will develop a strong understanding of how different geometric solids work together to create structures. The math discoveries that Spielgaben 3 – 6 encourages your child will amaze you.

Spielgaben 2
All new Spielgaben 2 contains 12 geometrical figures to help children to understand the core basics of mathematical figures & shapes.

Spielgaben 8 and Spielgaben 8B
With the introduction of Spielgaben 8, we move from the plane to the line (sticks). These sticks come in 6 different lengths, which increase in size by increments of 2.5cm. Now, instead of being limited to a triangle with a certain angle, the child can build whatever angle he likes. Let the child explore the flat sides of the sticks and explore the concept of length. These sticks are excellent for teaching measurement. The accompanying guide is full of great ideas for introducing the sticks to your child. Your child will even learn how to use them to make a skeleton.

Spielgaben 8B is a new addition and it is colored vertex balls that will be used with Spielgaben 8 colored rods. Using both sets together, a child has an opportunity to learn how abstract ideas of shape, form and space composed of arbitrary lines and points can be realized in solid 3D form.

Spielgaben 7
Spielgaben 7 is made up of seven differently-shaped tablets. You’ll find colourful squares, equilateral triangles, right angle isosceles triangles, scalene triangles, obtuse isosceles triangles, circles, and half circles. Do you know the difference between an equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangle? If you don’t, it is probably because you memorized these terms in high school instead of learning about them through exploration as a young child. While playing with Spielgaben 7, your child will discover that all plane geometric figures can be made from triangles. Your child will learn problem solving and special rotation skills as well as relationship between 3D solids into 2D flat figures.

Spielgaben 9
Inside the Spielgaben 9 box, you will find a collection of rings and semi-rings. The rings come in multiple sizes, so you can choose from small, medium, or large rings in a variety of colours. Using this set, a child has the opportunity to explore full circles and semi circles. Until this point, most of the gifts have introduced straight lines. Children are delighted by the beautiful, complex patterns they can create with Spielgaben 9. By playing with straight and curved lines, you are able to allow your child to explore concepts found in both Euclidean and spherical geometry.

Spielgaben 10
Spielgaben 10 is the final set, and involves one of the most critical elements of geometry: the point. Spielgaben 10 makes the point tangible. It is real and solid. By placing the point between line segments, the child intuitively understands how a point allows a line to change direction. Use them as counting aids, to play sticks and peas, to create borders or to teach patterning and sequencing. You’ll also find that the small size of the points strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.

Spielgaben 2B
Spielgaben 2B is a modified version of 2. It contains five different types of solids: the cube, cylinder, sphere, triangular prism, and semi-circular column in 6 different colours. Most of the solids in Spielgaben 2B have holes in the middle. The addition of colours and holes give your child even more possibilities for building. A cylinder can be rotated like a wheel. A cylinder with a hole in it allows you to introduce the concept of the axle.

Playboard #1
Playboard #1 is original form of playboard. It is made of solid European Beech and each grid is 1″ square to provide a child the sense of distance and size. This playboard will provide a solid base for a child whatever he/she desires to create.

Playboard #2 (Dual Side)
Playboard #2 is dual side high quality plastic playboard that front-side lets children do pattern play with points and back-side lets children explore further with various sets such as thin colored tablets, sticks, rings and blocks. Possibility of play & learn is now limitless.

Learning Resources
There are over 670 pages worth of learning activities and lessons in full colour digital PDF format.
1 set of Playguide (page Length: 118 pages), 1 set of Mathguide (page Length: 217 pages), 1 set of Workbook (page length: 165 Pages), 1 set of Inspiration Cards (page length: 92 pages), 1 set of Nature Cards (page length: 66 pages) and more…




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Montessori Madness ~ Valentine’s Day Preschool Trays

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Wow, its been quite some time since I’ve written of our Montessori adventures! Here is a sneak peak of Pixie’s Valentine’s Day Preschool TraysPreschool Trays this week.

I printed off two Preschool Packs from Over the Big Moon and A Teaching Mommy

I printed all the pages of both packs to keep Pixie occupied for the duration of the week, and possibly longer (totally dependent on her level of interest and how much work she wants to do at the time, of course) and popped into a file folder. I loved the cover of the Valentine’s day Pack from Over the Big Moon so much that I decided to use it on the cover of the file folder to make it easier for Pixie to identify. She will often grab a file folder with her previous themes and redo some of the activities.

Her trays today have the following printables available:

Valentine’s Day Spelling from Over the Big Moon. This particular activity requires Scrabble like tiles, we unfortunately don’t have any she can used (we have a collectors Scrabble set, so that’s a no go), so I just printed off two sets of the recommended tiles they suggested on the original file.

V is for Valentine Do-a-dot painting from Over the Big Moon. Pixie L.O.V.E.S. her dot painters and this page excited her to no end when she saw it come out of the printer.

What comes next worksheet from Over the Big Moon. I cut out the pictures for Pixie to glue onto the worksheet. I’ll be letting her cut them out from now on. Some scissor practice won’t hurt.

Letter Hh sorting from A Teaching Mommy. Here she sorts the capital from the lower case letters into the appropriate box.

In addition to the activities above, we’ll be using our new Spielgaben 4.0 set! (Post on all our Spielgaben fun coming soon!)

Follow us on Instagram to catch us in action during this week of L.O.V.E.




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12 Months of Montessori Learning 2015 Post Round Up

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January: Practical Life
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February: Geography
World - Control Maps, Masters and Labels

March: Language Arts

April: Botany
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May: Sensorial
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June: Zoology

July: Music

August: Montessori Spaces

September: Mathematics

October: Biology

November: History

December: Fine Arts




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12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ December: Fine Arts

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Montessori-Inspired Art Appreciation from Living Montessori Now
Montessori principles encourage parents to expose children to fine art from birth on. Dr. Montessori wanted parents and teachers to provide famous artists’ works hung at eye level for the child to learn a natural appreciation of art. A Montessori home or classroom is specially prepared to bring order and beauty into the child’s environment as well as give opportunities for children to enjoy their own individual art expression…

Free Downloads: Montessori Art Cards & Art Appreciation from Montessori on a Budget
Art cards are a staple of the Montessori classroom and art appreciation. You can make your own three-part art cards by printing out two sets of cards for matching, one set will need to be labeled, one set will need to be mute. Lastly, you need to make a set of labels for the mute cards. Below are my 10 recommended resources for art cards and art appreciation…

Art from Montessori School of Raleigh

Drawing Connections: Music Inspired Art from Playful Learning
As a musician and someone who deals in the visual arts, it’s not hard for me to draw a natural connection between music and art. Both deal in the same abstract qualities-texture, balance, form, design, harmony, line and emotion-albeit in very different ways. Both forms of expression seem to tap into the same space in the mind and can influence one another in a beautiful way when used together…

Exploring Great Artists :: complete art lesson plans from Nurture Store
Our Exploring Great Artists ebooks give you everything you need to create your own colorful units to study art at home or in your classroom. Each volume features a broad range of artists, creative art techniques, and interesting ideas for materials to explore…

13 Art and Math Projects for Kids from The Art Curator for Kids
It’s hard to teach art without connecting it with other disciplines, because art is always with us. It is everywhere! Check out these 13 art and math projects from awesome education bloggers! And, be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to find a list of books on the topic…




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12 Months of Montessori Learning Posts:
January: Practical Life
February: Geography
March: Language Arts
April: Botany
May: Sensorial
June: Zoology
July: Music
August: Montessori Spaces
September: Mathematics
October: Biology
November: History