Can you tell us a little about yourself, your family and where you live?
When and how did you first become interested in the work of Montessori?
How have you applied Montessori at home? (Big question, I know!)
Since doing more reading, our home has been slowly adapted so that each room is Cameron-friendly. We still have a fair way to go. Mostly, I attempt to be mindful and patient and allow Cameron access to whatever he needs at the time and to 'help' with what I do around the home. I try to watch him for new things he is trying to master and/or is interested in and help to incorporate things into our home to help him with that.
His playroom is organised with mostly natural toys, puzzles, instruments, blocks and a small selection of his books. I am working on a rotational system of books and toys. There is also always dough and his dough tools (inspired by Sew Liberated again) and art and craft tools. Everything is accessible for Cameron and has it's place.
He is not yet at a stage of attempting to dress himself but he has a basket of socks and shoes which he loves to choose from and we have moved his change mat to the floor as he likes to tell us when he wants to be changed and get a wipe and nappy ready. He now also has a self-care basket with his tooth brush and paste, a comb, a flannel, and his moisturiser which he helps with after his bath.
For some items (child-sized cups, jugs, wooden bowls for eating and sorting, books, some toys and furniture) search through thrift stores and second hand items. Get Montessori books and Montessori-inspired parenting books out at the library, instead of buying them first.
Blogs with Montessori-inspired posts that I frequent (in no particular order) include Sew Liberated, Simply Montessori, Montessori Moments, The Montessori Child at Home, Confessions of a Montessori Mom, Discovery Days and Montessori Moments, Counting Coconuts, Montessori Mama, Montessori Candy, and of course your blog Kylie. I particularly love The Adventures of Bear and My Child's Diary for their categorisation into age in months.
With regards to books, I really enjoyed How to Raise an Amazing Child by Tim Seldin, Montessori Madness by Trevor Eissler, and Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard.
Where do you find inspiration?
My son, our Montessori playgroup and guide and I love to browse Montessori images of playspaces, tray ideas, etc on Flickr!
Thank you so much Rachel for sharing with us and for those gorgeous photographs of Cameron! If you haven't already click over to Rachel's blog Racheous to see more of Cameron's Montessori activities - make sure to check out his mud-pie-kitchen in this post.