DIY: Make your own Montessori alphabet box

Our Montessori alphabet box is one of my all-time favorite homeschool DIY projects. I was originally inspired to make my own box after checking them out on Amazon and Etsy, and then reading an excellent DIY post by Wildflower Ramblings.

Montessori alphabet boxes can be used for all sorts of activities, including early phonics, sorting, storytelling, etc. Right now what I like to do is take two letter drawers out that represent very distinctly different sounds (M and D, for instance), mix up the items, and then let Bryn sort bthem. She also likes to just grab a bunch of the tiny items to play with, and when she’s done, we work together to put them back in the proper drawers. Continue reading

Review & Giveaway: Ivy Kids’ July 2017 kit is all about octopuses

There are few things more exciting to a kid than getting a box in the mail with his or her name on it, right? Ivy Kids is a monthly subscription kit for children ages three to eight. For $35-40 a month, you and your child will receive a box absolutely filled with fun and educational activities to do together, all based on the theme of an included book!

Be sure to scroll all the way down to the end of this review for a FREE GIVEAWAY of an Ivy Kids kit based on the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Continue reading