Updated: Feb 3
Montessori is about learning naturally through play and observation. At Casa Montessori, as a family-owned and operated company, we also know the importance of working (and playing) together as a family. We believe in encouraging families to play together, make memories and have adventures.
In February, we are encouraging you and your child to use your imagination and learn more about storytelling. You will find a workbook and/or activity sheets that you can download to create a flipbook, encourage you to reach out to family members, and learn the oral stories of your history. Learn about how to tell an animal story or create a puppet show. You will also find a list of books that we have collected to encourage your little readers and give you some new book ideas to add to your library.
You can also find our adventures on our social media platforms. We would LOVE to see your family's adventure. Upload some pictures to your social media platforms and tag us and use the hashtag #casafamilyfun We will keep an eye out! You can also encourage your friends to join our Family Fun Adventures too. They will be so glad that you did.
The staff of Casa Montessori Preschool.
Weekend Family Fun Challenge
Activity #1 Storytime! Preschoolers love to read. Click the link below to download the STORYTELLER WORKBOOK and make a book too. Take a picture with your favorite book and share it with us!
Activity #2 Great storytellers begin with great stories to tell. This Valentine’s Day, take your preschooler to see their grandparents or Facetime this weekend. Let grandma or grandpa tell them a story about when they were little (maybe how they fell in love!) Click the link below to download the STORYTELLER WORKBOOK. Create the emotion dice and see what kind of story you can tell.
Activity #3 Make a puppet show with your preschooler this weekend. Use a sock or turn out the lights and make shadow puppets. Click the link below to download your free STORYTELLER WORKBOOK and use the flipbooks too! Tell us how your puppet show went!
Activity #4 Read a book or watch a movie about animals this weekend with your preschooler. Then tell a story about an animal! Click the link below to download our STORYTELLING WORKBOOK and use the animal cards or animal story cube to tell stories about animals.
Casa February Reading List #1
Join our NEW 30-day reading challenge. You can start your challenge off with the books listed below or just choose some of the books you have at home. The goal is to read a book every day. We have a 30-day reading challenge worksheet for you to download (click the button below) with the very unique places to read, people to read with, and book subjects you can read about. Once you have completed a "challenge" enter the information into a Google Form (CLICK HERE) and then submit it to be entered in to win one of the books below (the title is a SUPRISE!).
BOOK #1: Bear Has a Story to Tell
Written by Philip C. Stead & illustrated by Erin E. Stead
It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell… Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn’t have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story?
BOOK #2: Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One
Written By Kate Duke
What goes into a really good story? Only the best ingredients–a heroine, a hero, excitement, a little romance, and even a villain or two. They are all here, as Aunt Isabel and her niece concoct a delightful story within a story. Fun to read aloud, this book is a lively yarn, a visual treat, and a charming introduction–all in one.
BOOK #3: 10 Silly Goose's Big Story
by Keiko Kasza
Friends and imagination save the day Goose’s friends love the stories he makes up when they’re playing. Except for one thing – Goose is always the hero. And when they ask to take turns leading the fun, Goose doesn’t agree. While they argue about it, no one notices the hungry wolf sneaking up on them until he shouts, “Hello, Lunch!” This real-life danger shows Goose how silly he’s been and that his friends make terrific heroes! Always a surefire hit on laps or at storytime, Keiko Kasza’s latest shows how imagination can come in handy in an unexpected way.
BOOK #4: Ta-Da!
Written by Kathy Ellen Davis & illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Another title in Natasha Wing's bestselling Night Before series! It's the night before New Year's, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone’s stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy. . . Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?
Helpful Articles and Resources
When to transition to a toddler bed By Genevieve Howland | Aug. 2020 When is the best time to transition your toddler to a toddler bed? Learn how to tell if your child is ready, plus find out how to make the move easier. SOURCE: MamaNatural.com READ MORE > Sleep and children are kind of like oil and water. No matter how hard you try, they just don’t seem to go together. And just when you think you’ve mastered it, you encounter a new hurdle.
Cooking Fun: Make Some Fun Valentine's Treats Want to make some fun Valentines’ treats to hand out to friends and family? Try making these Rice Krispy Kisses. Click the link below to visit our website, read our blog and download the recipe. Then let us know how much fun it was! READ MORE >
12 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading in Your Preschooler By Staff of Education.com | September 4, 2013 Preschoolers love the ritual of reading with you, and each time you snuggle on the couch with a story, they’re learning key literacy and language skills. But enjoying literature is about more than reading aloud. SOURCE: Education.com READ MORE > Click the link below to download our free 30-day reading challenge worksheet. DOWNLOAD THE 30 DAY READING CHALLENGE WORKSHEET>
How Room Colors Can Influence Your Child's Mood By Amanda Rock | September 16, 2018 Thinking about redecorating your preschooler's room? What about a new paint job? Before you start slathering Elmo red paint on the walls, you might want to take a look at some research about the psychology of colors from the Paint Quality Institute. SOURCE: VeryWellFamily.com READ MORE > Color can have an effect on your preschooler and their mood. Click the link below to visit our website, read our blog and download a mood color worksheet and have your preschooler draw a picture with their favorite color. This may give you some ideas! DOWNLOAD THE MOOD COLOR WORKSHEET>
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