Fractions Practice for Kids

Fractions Practice for Kids of all Ages- Made Fun!


What do these objects all have in common?  

 

  • Pizza
  • A dollar bill
  • An apple
  • Children’s building blocks

 

Not quite sure? They are all excellent tools for fractions practice.  

Fractions Practice Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

 

Parents are constantly asking us when to introduce fractions. There seems to be a lot of confusion and stress over introducing them. It’s an important concept for children to understand. However, parents find it’s difficult to help kids *get* them. Each and every day our children are eating them. They’re playing with them. They’re seeing them at the store. Fortunately, they are all around us- we just have to look in the right place!

 

We can begin introducing ½, ¼, ⅓, etc. to our children at a young age. When we split a sandwich, we tell each child they may have half. When we cut into that delicious pie, we can explain to our children how we’re dividing it up and why. Involving children in cooking is one of the best ways to introduce this concept. They’re in our recipes, our measuring cups, and in how we serve our food.

 

As our children get older, they can work with money.  Cash is an excellent tool for fractions practice. They begin to understand four quarters = 1 whole ($1). They can see how much change is needed and convert that appropriately. If we switch over to cash only at the store, our kids can help count it out. It will give them valuable experience and financial wisdom!

 

Children’s building blocks are also full of fraction games! If you download our FREE activity pack, you’ll learn all about how to find and use them. As you can see, even if we’re not teaching fractions, our kids see them everywhere. From our food to our signs, their toys, at the store- they are everywhere!

How to Teach Fractions in a Way Your Kids Will Get

 

Even though they’re everywhere, we still need to teach the fundamentals. We need to teach how to use them, and why they matter. It doesn’t have to be dull worksheets and rote memorization though! Here are some teaching tips-

 

  • Make it hands-on! Maria Montessori said, “What the hand does, the mind remembers.” We all learn best through hands-on learning. Use fraction circles in your lessons to make it hands on. They’ll give a visual and tactile concept of what you’re teaching. Even preschoolers can start with these hands-on materials.  

 

  • Show real-life examples. We’ve already discussed this a bit above. Anytime you’re cutting, measuring, or dividing- let the kids in on it.

 

  • Start with a whole. It’s much easier to *get* what one whole is. You can start to break it down after that.

 

  • Have a foundation for division. Before you can advance too much, kids need to have the basics of division.   There’s a lot that can be done before division comes onto the scene. Parents are often frustrated when they try to advance into higher-level concepts and the kids are confused. Usually, this is because they don’t understand division well yet. Around 3rd-4th grade is a good time to move into some of the more advanced skills.

 

  • Teach to all the senses. When we incorporate multi-sensory learning, we stimulate all the areas of the brain. This helps children grasp concepts and cements them for the long term. We’ve created a beautiful activity pack to help you do this. You’ll find fraction games for kids of all ages, that engage the senses.

You Can Teach With Fractions in A Way Kids Will Get With NO Prep work, Stress, or Tears!

 

Yes, it’s possible! They can be taught in a way kids will love. They’ll jump at the chance to learn. You’ll love not having any prep work, pre-reading, or fights over school work. Older kids can even work independently.

 

If you’re ready to dive in a bit deeper than this activity pack, keep reading.

 

We have put together an entire Fraction Kit. It’s almost 200 pages of lessons. It comes with our beautiful, high-quality fraction circles, pre-scripted lessons, and answers. Everything you need to start. All you need to do is open and go, seriously, no prep work required. Do the first diagnostic test to see what lessons you need to cover. Then jump into the lessons. Our lessons use the 3-Period lesson from Montessori’s philosophy and all the senses to help kids learn!  

It’s the perfect companion to this fun FREE activity pack.

 

Teaching on a Budget?

 

If you’re on a budget, start with this activity pack.   There are activities for the whole family to work on together. You’ll also find independent Montessori-based works you can add to your home shelves.  

 

In the pack, kids will cook, play, take a field trip, enjoy fraction games, and fractions practice in the real world. It’s the perfect place to start while you save up money for the kit! All the activities have been kid-approved by the kids of the ShillerLearning team.  

 

We can’t wait to hear how much your kids love this pack!


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Yoga For Kids with a Homeschool Yoga Practice

Enjoy the Benefits of Yoga For Kids with a Homeschool Yoga Practice


In nearly every Montessori classroom, you’ll find children participating in yoga. The entire class may take part at once. Or, a station may be set up with pose cards for the children to follow along with. Teachers get in on the practice as well.  

If you think about it, these two go excellently together. Both approaches flow with a certain, never forced, order. Both are known for their ability to bring calm, focus, and joy. Yoga for kids (and adults) can bring about remarkable benefits. When combined with Montessori education, you’ve got a winning combination! Beginning a homeschool yoga practice is easy, even if you’re not using a Montessori-based homeschool.

How to Get Started With Homeschool Yoga


How Yoga and Montessori Go Hand-in-Hand


A Montessori education is unlike anything else. Yoga is a form of movement unlike anything else. While Maria Montessori did not teach it, she did encourage purposeful movement. We find movement with care, grace, mindfulness, and awareness incorporated into everything she taught. Children in a Montessori setting move unlike children in any other education approach. This integrates perfectly with yoga!

Personal space and order are valued in both as well. In yoga, we have our mat. In Montessori, we have our work mat. These don’t exist because we’re trying to separate ourselves. They exist for order, visual-spatial balance, space to focus, and more. Sometimes we may do “partner poses” or work on lessons together. This only happens when both individuals are ready and willing.



“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to times in which they live.”

 

Maria Montessori

 

Both are focused on developing the whole person. With our education, we develop the whole person in mind, body, and soul. Yoga for kids does the same. It isn’t about hitting the perfect pose and movement. It’s about moving with ease, with grace, and with awareness. Sounds a lot like Montessori speak, doesn’t it? While these are components of yoga, it’s about so much more. It has been proven to have profound effects on the nervous system, stress levels, brain development, critical thinking, organ health, and more. Montessori education has shown to benefit many of these aspects as well. In both, we find a calming and centering effect for children. When used together, you bring an entirely new dimension to your homeschool.

Regular practice is often described as bringing peace. This was a key desire for Dr. Montessori. To help children find peace. Not only in the world, but in themselves. Peace with who they are. Peace in managing stress. Handling conflict with peace. You’ll even find a “peace object” in most classrooms. (These are excellent to have at home too!)

Getting started


A decade ago, yoga resources for children were few and far between. Today you can find books, videos, cards, and classes. There’s a wealth of resources! It can be hard to decide what to start with. Here are a few things to consider. You may choose to find a class to attend on a regular basis, Mommy and Me classes are common at a lot of libraries and rec centers. Or learn yourself with an at-home practice to teach to your children. Pre-made lesson plans are a great option to learn together. Children can lead themselves with videos, making it easy to ensure they’re moving through the poses properly. Cards or a book can be nice to leave out on the shelf for children to get to whenever they want.

When beginning homeschool yoga, begin with basic poses. If you decide to get a children’s program, they’ll all begin with more basic postures. If you decide to work through poses on your own, begin with the foundation. Throughout the practice, it’s beneficial to make sure kids are working through the poses properly. It can be possible to hurt yourself if hitting a more advanced pose improperly. By starting with a foundation we allow our children the chance to get a feel for the flow and the calm before starting more difficult poses.

Don’t forget about trying some of the breathing exercises as well. Children of all ages love lions breath. Alternative nostril breathing is usually a favorite for teens. While a mat is not 100% necessary, it can be helpful. If you don’t have a mat, try a towel on top of the carpet.  

Great poses to start with include:

 

  • Cobblers pose

 

  • Downward facing dog

 

  • Butterfly

 

  • Shoulder rolls

 

  • Child’s pose

 

  • Bridge

 

  • Runner’s lunge

 

  • Hero pose

 

  • Neck circles

 

  • Forward bend (seated and standing)

 

  • Standing spin

 

  • Mountain

 

  • Leg’s up to the wall

 

  • Cobra

 

  • Warrior I and II

 

  • Sun salutations are a nice beginner sequence

 

  • Shavasana (aka “resting pose”) - this is typically how practice is ended

    Whatever you do, remember to do it with ease, joy, and a spirit of learning. It is also a good idea to check with your child’s doctor before beginning practice.

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21 Free Montessori Based Winter Printable Activities

Fun Holiday-themed Activities to Engage Your Children with Math and Language Arts



If you haven’t seen our free winter printables pack yet you are in for a treat. This pack is the perfect addition for your Montessori based at home schooling. But I don’t want to spoil the surprise or bore you to tears by describing every detail of all 32 activities. So I wrote a little poem that I’d like to read to you instead. Or you can just watch Jonathan read it to you in the video below...

Twas 16 days before Christmas and all through the town
The printers where whirring, putting ink down;
ShillerLearning’s FREE activity pack was created with care,
To enrich homeschooling for kids everywhere;

The children were nestled in their homeschool room,
Where winter Montessori works would be done soon;
And mamma with her printables, all fresh from her pack,
Which she just printed from her Windows or Mac,

When out from the works there arose so much learning,
The children were matching shapes by carefully turning.
Away to the mailbox I flew like a flash,
To get greeting cards for lacing which were done in a dash.

The snowmen with numbers were done with a nod
Gave the children practice learning even and odd,
When, even numbers came with snowflakes cut out,
The students learned those with a shout!

With 3-part cards, of a winter theme,
I knew in a moment they were learning.
More eager than beavers the learning came,
And the children pointed and said objects by name;

Now snowflake! now coat! Now, sled and hat!
On we continue learning words on our mat!
To the top of the shelf the winter works go,
We’ve even matched flakes of snow.

As the achievement badges are colored and done,
The children learned and had fun,
So until next month we will now wait,
For the new ShillerLearning printable pack, which will also be great.

...Happy Holidays from ShillerLearning! We hope you enjoy the first of our monthly printable packs. Every month you'll find a brand new FREE Montessori based pack.

Here are some things about this pack in particular that we think you'll love. It...

  • Is 100% FREE!!

  • Designed to be used as standalone works. But for those of you who do have our curriculum, we include some suggestions from our materials. You will still be able to use these packs without them though.

  • For many ages. Most activities are for the preschool crowd. But we also do some activities for older children. And even some that can be enjoyed by all your kids together.

  • Includes a wide range of Montessori subjects

  • Is print and go. Just like our lessons, it requires very little prep work

  • Brings all of the fun of the holiday season to Montessori

We're excited to bring these to you! Click the link below to get your own copy of the 21 free Montessori activities with printables. And don't forget to take photos of your kids having fun with them too! We love seeing your family enjoy Montessori-based fun on our Facebook page.


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Part II of the Winter Literature Printable

PART II of Our Free Winter Printables.

Playdough Trees Penguin Waddles and Sugar Cookies, Oh My!


Part 2 of our Winter Literature Inspired Activity Pack is here! This pack is full of free activities your kids are sure to enjoy. Perfect for homeschooling, winter break activities, and Montessori preschools. We're excited to share it with you.

How did you like part one? Did you enjoy working through it together? We’d love to see photos on our Facebook page of your family enjoying last month’s pack.  

We’re continuing the theme of activities inspired by popular wintertime children’s books. The books these works are inspired by are:

• Without You by Sarah Weeks

• The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

• Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright

To give you a little preview, we’ve written our own rendition of “In the Bleak Midwinter”...

 

In the bleak mid-winter
ShillerLearning’s pack;
Language Arts and Math,
Favorite Children’s books;
Snowflake window art,
Snow ice cream,
In the bleak mid-winter
Homeschooling.

Our pack, free Montessori works
For all ages too,
STEM and science challenges
When kids come to learn:
In the bleak mid-winter
A warm and cozy time
For all of your students —
In your home.

Inspired by winterime books,
Sneezy the Snowman,
The Snowy Day too,
And Without You penguin games;
Plenty for your school time,
And new shelf works,
The children will learn together.

Make winter bird feeders
And homemade snow too,
Work on retelling stories;
Play some games without worries
From only ShillerLearning
Can you get these packs
Each and every month here
On our blog, you’ll find our tracks.

We hope you enjoy,
This part 2 pack —
If I were a student
I would sure love it;
If I were a teacher
I could use it too, —
Yes, we hope you like it, —
This free pack.

This pack is full of great Montessori inspired works.  There are over one dozen projects which you can easily incorporate into your homeschool day. Use them in your classroom, daycare, or co-op too. This month we’ve got activities for kids ages two and up and activities that muli-ages of kids can work on together. There are even some we think adults will enjoy as well.

The majority of the activities in this pack are open and go with no prep-work required. However, you will need to gather some supplies for a few of the works. Most should be things you already have around the house. If you live in an area that doesn’t get snow, or you don’t want to use snow for the “Snow ice cream” project, you can blend ice in your blender for the same effect.  

We hope you’ll enjoy these fun activities! We think they’ll help you enjoy these classic children’s books in a different way. Next month, we’re bringing you a pack that will be great for on-the-go. This way you can use them while homeschooling at homeschool conventions, Spring Break trips, and for all of you roadschoolers out there. It’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Grab your pack today by entering your email in the box below. Then get started right away with the first activity that catches your eye!


Amanda Osenga

Amanda is a former Montessori teacher who is now homeschooling her only child, a seven-year-old boy. Her family resides in an Airstream that is parked in Colorado. She loves Colorado’s outdoor opportunities. When she’s not schooling, she also blogs at TreehouseDaily.com, works as a Virtual Assistant and loves reading and creating hand-lettering pieces.

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Audrey McCormick

Audrey is a busy homeschool mom of 6, preacher’s wife, and the founder of David’s Gift, a non-profit organization that provides funds for funeral expenses for children. She was born and raised in northwest Louisiana, where she is also raising her family. When she has a little free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, scrapbooking, and other crafts. You can follow Audrey’s adventures on her blog BeautifulGrace.net.  

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Montessori Free Listening Skills For Kids Activity Book

Free "Listening Skills For Kids" Activity Book


Working on listening skills with kids can feel like playing a broken record. We want our children to be attentive and aware. Yet we’re not quite sure how to *get* our children to listen and comprehend. These important skills can be difficult to teach. I can’t tell you how many frustrated parents I’ve talked to who say “My kids don’t listen to me!”

If we’re honest, we work on listening skills our whole lives. To this day I am still working on how to better hear and pay attention to the auditory input I have coming my way. Teaching our kids ways to listen, equipping them with comprehension skills, and helping them appreciate silence helps set them up for success.

Tips For Teaching Listening Skills to Children

 

Appreciate Silence- Recent studies have shown immense benefits of silence for the human brain. In a society that is constantly receiving auditory stimulation, silence is more golden than ever before. By allowing times of silence in our homes, we can help build listening skills. Our brains benefit from a break from all the sensory input, especially children’s brains! Plus when we embrace silence, we open our ears up to hear things we might otherwise not notice.

 

Repeat back- This one might seem silly. However, it’s a key tenant of communication skills. It is a highly valued listening skill. Teaching our children to “tell back” what they’ve heard helps them listen more carefully. It also helps the speaker ensure everything has been heard appropriately. Asking children to tell back what they’ve heard during story time can be a great way to build this skill. For young children, you may need to have the child tell back every few sentences. As children get older- you can move up to every few paragraphs, every few pages, and every chapter. This skill can be added to conversations as well. It’s especially helpful in conversations with details you don’t want to be missed. Have your child tell back details in their own words so you’re sure they are interpreting information as well.

 

Give them your full attention- I get it, hearing about Minecraft for the bazzillionth time today is not exactly what you are interested in hearing about. However, our kids are watching. When we display positive listening skills, our kids learn from our example. Taking our eyes off whatever else we might be doing to fully engage in conversation is the first step. This demonstrates we’re not distracted and can be fully present. How often have we asked our children a question while they were engrossed in a show only to realize later on they totally didn’t hear us at all? One of the top reasons kids don’t “hear” is because they’re distracted and not actually listening. We may respond while watching TV or browsing Facebook. The truth is our minds are not fully aware and we’re responded by rote habit, not true attentive listening. If we model attentiveness, eye contact, and active listening it helps our children become better listeners. It will also benefit communication in your home too.

 

Read-a-loud and audiobooks- Nothing can capture a child’s attention better than a story! Sometimes one simply needs to sit in the middle of the room with children playing around them and begin to read. Soon a quiet fills the room and the children are lost in the story. By incorporating the other tips above, stories can build listening skills immensely.

 

Practice at home- Home is the best place to practice and build skills. Work on engaging your child in conversations they’re interested in. Download our FREE Listening Activity Pack below for over a dozen activities to help build listening skills in the comfort of your own home! You’ll find the classic Montessori Sitting in Silence activity, crafts, games, and more. Your children preschool all the way through high school can build listening skills. There are even activities that you may find a benefit from as well. Plus, a few activities can be incorporated on a regular basis in your homeschool.

Refer to the ShillerLearning Parent Guide from your Math kit or at the beginning of each Language Arts books for more tips on engaging your child.

 

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Free Montessori Thanksgiving Printables

12+ FREE Montessori Activities for Thanksgiving


Autumn is upon us. The crisp cool air lingers throughout the day. Beautiful fall leaves line our streets. In our homeschool we have found the steady flow of our school year. We embrace relaxed mornings in our jammies and afternoon math by the fire. Our printers whir out warm Thanksgiving printables that we work on over a slice of hot apple pie.  What’s not to love about this time of year?

Showing Gratitude in Our Homeschool

 

A spirit of thankfulness and gratitude is always a good spirit to have. It’s especially prevalent this time of year. As we approach Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to incorporate a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness into the rhythm of your schooling.  

 

  • Stick a poster board or large piece of butcher paper on your wall. Encourage your children to record moments of gratitude throughout the day. For example, your youngest might write about how they were thankful their older sibling helped them with math.

  • Research your family history. Find out where your ancestors immigrated from. Learn more about their journey to get here, what early life was like, and the lineage of people who brought you to this moment in history. Learning about our past can be a great way to bring gratitude for where we’re at today.

  • Tell your family members thank you more often. So often we ignore the simple act of thanking one another for their kindness.

  • Make “caught in the act” cards. Write the word “caught in the act of ___________” on a small paper, or make business card size cards. Everyone in the family gets a stack. Family members hand them out to one another to show appreciation for one another. Examples of times you may wish to use them, when you see someone else doing a kind deed, going above and beyond, or working hard at something they struggle with. Fill in the blank for the recipient.

  • Write “Thank You” notes as part of your daily Language Arts or Writing time.

  • Visit your local library and do something nice for the librarians. As homeschoolers, librarians are some of our best helpers! Bring them a nice card, ask if there’s a way you can help, or tidy up the toys.

  • Cook a meal for a local military or public service member’s family.

  • Start a “Thankfulness Jar.” You’ll find all the information on starting this in the FREE Activity Pack download below.

 

FREE Montessori Activities and Thanksgiving Printables

 

In the spirit of gratitude and harvest season, we have put together this Homeschooling Harvest Pack. You’ll find activities for preschoolers through teens, including works for mixed ages to work on together. This pack of free Montessori activities is one you may want to include in your shelf works. It would also be fun to have these Thanksgiving printables available while you’re in Thanksgiving-prep-mode.  

 

You’ll find a couple projects designed to enhance your Thanksgiving meal. We included a fun and easy craft for your student to make place cards to put around the table. They’ll also learn how to roll napkins. It’s amazing what pride and joy our children find when they get to contribute something beautiful to the family table. We also have included a couple Thanksgiving research activities. Your children might enjoy sharing what they have learned over the Thanksgiving table.

 

Your students may also enjoy completing these activities on Thanksgiving Day if they start to get a little restless. The Apple Taste Test Comparison would be a fun activity for the whole family over Thanksgiving weekend.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are able to find a new season of joy and gratitude in your homeschool this year. Make sure to fill out the form below for your download of our Harvest Activity Pack.


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