Can chess be a good Educational Game for Toddlers?


Did you decide to teach your three year old to play chess? This is very good news, and here’s why. After all, chess is not just a game that delivers a lot of fun for children, but it is also a fun, effective and efficient means of mental development. The process of learning chess helps children focus on simple things, teaches them to remember, compare, generalize, predict the results of their work; it also contributes to the improvement of such valuable qualities as diligence, attentiveness, independence, patience, ingenuity, etc.

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After Dinner Jobs


After Dinner JobsWouldn't you love to walk into a kitchen all clean and sparkling? I just loved how this family came up with a practice that helps everyone clean up quickly, without fights and with whole family participating: Around the House After Dinner Jobs.

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Book templates and Free mazes


I found some wonderful resources that I wanted to share.

First of all: this site has fantastic collection of free mazes for kids. Various mazes, various levels, easy to print out and fun to use. I also used the idea from my favorite Montessori Yahoo group to avoid using a pen, but to trace the way with a finger. Apparently, it develops a lighter touch (later on translated in not pressing the pen so hard on paper), and a good tracing ability, all improving writing later on. Enjoy: Crazy Dad's Mazes.

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What's your favorite book


readingOn a TeachYourBabyToRead yahoo group, another terrific discussion of great books for the kids up to two years old. We LOVE reading, so couldn't skip this opportunity to insert our five cents.  Please jump on a wagon and add your favorites!

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Halloween party for 3 to 6 year old kids


Halloween PartyEvery year we host a Halloween party. Every year kids gather at our house for some very special way to celebrate it… This is a list of things that we do with 3 to 6 year olds. 

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I Live on the Planet Earth – Fun Geography Necklace


Planet EarthThis song turned out to be so much fun, that we sing it even after we were done with our unit in Geography.
“I live on Planet Earth” song to the He's Got The Whole World in His Hands“. We tried singing it with props: I printed pictures of earth, USA map, our State, our state with it's city on marked, picture of our house.

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Load the ship! – Small Motor coordination development


Load The ShipMontessori Practical Life transferring activities seem redundant and boring to me… and absolutely irresistible to my kid. I think my older one, Sunshine, can spend hours just pouring water or spooning beans. Though it’s tongs and tweezers that are the dearest to his heart!

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Montessori materials for a 9 month old


Sweeping the floorMy little one is turning 10 months in a few days. These are his favorite Montessori activities:

1. Opening and closing boxes

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Montessori Resources


Ice CreamSo, here are the Montessori resources that I found useful! Enjoy and please share if you discovered something that I haven't seen yet!

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