I love quotes by Maria Montessori. This quote is perfect any time … and especially perfect for the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge: “Let us treat them [children], therefore, with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them.” (Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook) For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share

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My family has participated in the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge since it started in 2011. We participated as an adult family until this year when we’re able to include 14-month-old Zoey. Even as adults, we used some Montessori principles during our challenge. This year, we’re using even more Montessori principles as we include a toddler. Using Montessori Principles with a Toddler or Preschooler

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I hope you’re having a wonderful 2015! At the beginning of each new year, I love to look back on my posts from the previous year. I like to see which posts are your favorites. Thanks so much for reading and following my blog. I really appreciate the inspiration you give me throughout the year! According to Google Analytics, here are the top 10

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Watching Christmas light shows is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit. I’ve shared a number of my favorite Christmas light shows in my Christmas inspiration posts since I started this blog. Today, I want to share what I consider the best Christmas light shows on YouTube together in one post. These are all residential house displays that are animated to music.

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It’s that time of year when many are feeling holiday burnout. I think it’s important to place family before perfection and keep a sense of humor about the craziness you’ll encounter this Christmas season. Here are a couple of YouTube videos that are good reminders not to take yourself (and your images of Christmas perfection) too seriously: This is one of my very favorite

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Maria Montessori quotes are great inspiration for reflection. Here’s a word art freebie based on a thought-provoking quote by Maria Montessori (from The Absorbent Mind): “Development is a series of rebirths..” For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of course, I always appreciate when you

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I love that new traditions are starting in many families to encourage kindness in kids at Christmastime. I wrote before about kindness elves. Today, I want to share resources for families who would like to encourage kindness with the Christmas Angel. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). The Christmas Angel used by many families is The Christmas Angel storybook

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Kindness elves made a huge and welcomed entrance last Christmas season, thanks to The Imagination Tree. Last year I had a post introducing and giving ideas for kindness elves: “Using Variations of Elf on the Shelf to Encourage Kindness.” Today, I want to share some more ideas and resources, including free printables, for using kindness elves to encourage kindness at Christmastime. What a fun

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I love the emphasis on gratitude in November, but it’s a great focus for character education at any time. Family Gratitude Activities I have a post with a roundup of November Inspiration and Gratitude Activities. Today, as part of the Festive Family Holiday Hop, I want to add 20 more ideas for family gratitude activities.   Make a Gratitude Tree for Kids – Learning

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There isn’t an easy way to deal with cancer, whether it’s early-stage, curable cancer or terminal cancer. And cancer is difficult for everyone who loves someone with cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although most of these ideas can relate to any type of cancer. I want to share some tips today for talking with children about cancer. I’ll write as if

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The third week in October is Character Counts! Week. In honor of Character Counts! Week October 19-25, I’m sharing 20+ free character education printables. These are great for Character Counts! Week, but can be used throughout the year to encourage good character in your children and/or students. I’m especially focusing here on character education activities, posters, and bookmarks. Free Character Education Printables for a

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m excited to be part of the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team in the fight against breast cancer! My mom is a breast cancer survivor (over 5 years now!), and the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team is participating in the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure November 2 in honor of my mom. Susan G.

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