Image Credit: The Post Oak School I hope you've had a good weekend. My children are on school holidays so even though it's Sunday night we are all still very relaxed. Here are a few links and things that I've been enjoying this week. 10 Ideas for Setting up a Montessori Space at Home for Your Toddler at The Post Oak School. This is a really good article, the images they've used are perfect! "Setting up a Montessori-inspired play space can be simple, without the need to buy anything! A Montessori environment is designed to encourage independence and concentration." How... Read more →


As I've show pictures of my toddler drawing and tightly grasping a pencil, I've been asked a lot about pencil grip. For a child in the first plane of development, especially in the child under three I would never correct pencil grip. Another one I'm asked about is how the child holds their scissors, unless it is a safety issue don't fix them. Role model and work along side them, surround them by peers of all ages (who can also role model), give clear and precise demonstrations but don't fix them, they are learning from the experience, and will learn... Read more →


Two-piece part-whole perception puzzles can look simple but they can be difficult, they go to the core of what puzzles are about - matching pieces and forming a whole. Part-whole perception puzzles help the child to understand 'part' and 'whole' relationships, that two parts can come together to form a single shape or a single whole picture. They allow for hands-on discovery and exploration of shape, colour, form and spatial relationships. There is growing evidence that spatial skills exercised during puzzle play are foundational in supporting learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "Through infant age, toddler age and in... Read more →


We love to use our Ikea Flisat children's table as a sensory table or as a simple sand and water table. But the mess can be too much for indoors. We have put the table outside on our deck but sand still travels everywhere and the area around the table always needs sweeping. When we lived in the UK we would often use our Ikea Flisat table for sand and water outside. When it rained I would bring it inside or put it under our door table setting. It held up for over a year. But eventually it got a... Read more →


We've had these on our back deck for weeks and they look so beautiful. Otto is using them for sorting and transferring but when the sunlight passes through them it's all about the colour! Have you seen these before? They are Colour Treasure Tubes. The Colour Treasure Tubes come in red, blue, green and yellow. There is also a clear set available. The aim is to promote exploratory play ✨. The round, transparent tubes are stackable and have a removable lid at one end. My toddler can independently take off and put the lid back on. These open-ended materials, more... Read more →


I've spent hours searching for a new yoga mat for Otto. He has been using his brother's yoga mat but it's time he has one of his own. It needs to be cute, grippy, tough, comfortable and hopefully biodegradable. Is that possible? What you do think of these options? Moon Child and Rainbow Yoga Mat by Sunchild Yogi - 100% natural tree rubber base with microsuede top, eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable, free of PVC, latex, silicone, phthalates, chlorine, and odour. Printed Kids Yoga Mats at Mindful & Co Kids - This is the Sweet Print. Made with 100% recycled tree... Read more →


The weather here has been gorgeous. We've had plenty of rain but also lots of wonderful sunshine! ☀️Otto and I have been spending most mornings in our garden or on our back deck doing a little planting. Yesterday we were out there for four hours. Here are four garden and planting trays that we have been using and loving! Seed Planting Tray. Above is one of my all time favourite gardening trays, a simple seed planting activity. We are using terracotta pots (there are three on the tray, but as they are stacked you can't see them all). I cannot... Read more →


Are you looking for a children's book about Maria Montessori? Here are a few that you might like! The first three are books about a wide range of women of which Maria Montessori is included. Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan and Sarah Walsh. Maria Montessori is included in this compilation of inspiring and powerful women who changed the world. For children aged 8yrs+. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli. A wildly popular compilation book that also features Maria Montessori. For children 8yrs+. The People Awards by... Read more →


To celebrate International Mud Day (Monday 29th June) we spent the morning in our garden getting dirty and a little muddy! Digging lots of holes and filling them with water. The only tools we used were a trowel and a watering can. And a few seeds and seedlings. Today was a bit of a wake-up call. We really haven't done any mud play since leaving our UK Forest School. We know that mud play is just so good for children. So I have a few ideas of a mud play area I can create with some water, buckets, and a... Read more →


Teaching consent is a part of Montessori education, and it always has been. But what does it look like in our home? In some ways I've found it easy teaching consent to a toddler, "you don't have to give Grandma a hug, only if you want to". Other ways it can be difficult, how do I get a toddler to wash, brush, wipe or get in the car when they realllly don't want to? When we teach children to respect themselves we are also teaching them to respect others. Respect is at the core of consent. We respect an infant... Read more →


What do you put on your clay tray or with your toddler clay work? In the past I've presented clay with lots of bits and pieces like small craft sticks, mosaic tiles, dried beans, gum nuts and other items from nature. This week our clay tray includes more tools, rather than sticking things in the clay I want my toddler to explore the clay with his hands, to change the shape of the clay, to model and mould it. A toddler size spray bottle to keep the clay moist. Textured rolling pin. "Clay has a utilitarian purpose—it can make bowls... Read more →


Are you looking for grammar work that complements what your children are learning at school that is also fun and interesting? A few of my Montessori teacher friends have recommended Ruth Heller's Explore Language Series and they did not disappoint. The books we have in this series are beautiful and whimsical. They are imaginative, creative almost mystical. The colours and the clash of pattern make this series captivating, while the language is lyrical and fun. One reviewer rightfully said "a visual and auditory feast!". Let's take a look. This one is Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives. All of... Read more →


Are you looking for some new art trays to try? Here are eight that we've tried this week. Tape - my toddler is in a huge scissor phase so he likes this tray, I have coloured tape, children's scissors and card. The card is from Reverse Garbage but the back of cereal containers or other card packaging would work well too. The child cuts pieces of tape and arranges it on the card. Mirror - painting with a cotton bud on a mirror, fantastic for developing fine motor skills. We loooove using our pencil crayons on the mirror too. Car... Read more →


I've been thinking about the Indigenous educational materials present in our home. I would love to see more Indigenous representation in our art (and art appreciation studies), in the foods we eat, in the music we listen to and in the clothes/designers we wear, and I'm making changes in those areas. We have a few children's books by Indigenous authors and we love to explore with Ochre. What about other educational materials like games, puzzles and manipulatives? Are there early learning materials by Indigenous creatives that are suitable for a Montessori home? It turns out there is a lot and... Read more →


Otto is sleeping in extra long this morning so I though I would quickly upload some photos I took of our recent number hunt. I've found that as children get closer to three they are able to visually identify numbers. We are using the Tumble Down Counting Pegs and I'm sure this helps. Once I pointed out a couple of numbers Otto got so excited "three!!" and so it continued, seeing numbers everywhere! Identifying numbers in our neighbourhood is like reading! It's all about visual discrimination - identifying shapes and lines and interpreting them, using memory to know what that... Read more →