It was a lot of fun to find animals to include in our Montessori-Inspired matching cards this month. Much of Europe has similar animals, so it was a fun challenge to pick a few for our England unit. Did you know the Barbary Lion that has been extinct for decades? It's amazing that England has … Continue reading ENGLAND Unit Study: Fauna – Montessori 3-Part Matching Cards
We started studying ENGLAND for the month of April, and honestly we could have spent a lot more time than one month because England has such a rich and diverse history because it's been around for so many years! My husband and I visited London back in 2012, as well as took a day-trip to … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – ENGLAND Unit!
One of the things I like to do with our unit studies is make a model or diorama of a major landmark or place. In 2015 I visited Ireland and loved Dublin castle, and thought it would make a fun project for my oldest and I. First, we gathered some parts - I used a … Continue reading Ireland Unit: Dublin Castle Model
Our study of Ireland wouldn't be complete without our signature foam map! We used our pattern (the detail of the country simplified to make it easier to cut out) to trace onto paper and then cut it out. You can download your copy of the map HERE. We used map pins to attach the different … Continue reading Ireland Unit Study: Geography
My girls LOVE sensory play. Every time I make a sensory bin, my kiddos go nuts for a long time feeling, sorting, arranging, etc. Most of the sensory bins I make are geared for my oldest because my youngest (17 months) likes to put most everything in her mouth and so I have to watch … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Themed Sensory Bin
I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic "sheets" to upcycle into fun crafts. This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher
As part of our Australia Unit, we talked about not only the land mass but also the surrounding ocean habitat. The Great Barrier Reef is considered a natural wonder of the world, and unfortunately in recent history it is dying as a result of a disturbance in the environment in which it had recently flourished. … Continue reading Pasta Art: Great Barrier Reef
A few months ago, one of my mommy friends did a activity at a playgroup co-op with play dough and toothpicks. It was so much fun that I thought it would be fun to incorporate into an activity for our Australia Unit. Cactus are not indigenous to Australia, although they are plentiful there today. They … Continue reading Australia Unit Study: Cactus Toothpick Fine Motor Activity
As we continue our study about Israel, I thought it would be fun to make a small-world style craft of an ancient Israeli house. A square tissue box makes the perfect foundation for a square stone home. I cut out four little holes on each side near the top to slide my stick "beams" later … Continue reading Ancient Israeli House (Tissue Box Upcycle)
Christmas is one of my favorite time of year - I think some of my best memories as a child are related to activities I did together with my mom. I wanted to continue this tradition with my daughters, and came up with this activity to make together. I love Advent Calendars, but they can … Continue reading Reusable Advent Calendar – Dollar Tree Hack!