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I was going to write about Caspar being a reluctant reader (and writer) but I think I'll leave that for another day. My last post received some comments about pencil grip and I think it's a topic and a discussion that needs it's own post. Ever since Caspar began holding a pencil I've been concerned about his grip. He used to hold a pencil, crayon or marker by wrapping his... Read more →

We decided the kids needed a specific space to study, to work. Not such a place to play or be noisy. More of a personal space, where friends don't play. This was Otis's bedroom before he moved into Caspar's room, it's beautiful and sunny. Caspar calls it the 'study room'. Most of all I wanted the space to be enticing. Otis has most of his materials in here. Caspar doesn't... Read more →

Today I was planning to give you a tour of our study. Unfortunately Caspar was home from school, he injured his foot at soccer on the weekend. He's having x-rays tomorrow. So while taking photographs of the study I became a little distracted. . . Hand-prints! . . Otis is using some eco clay and some new tools that he received for his birthday. His favourite thing to do with... Read more →

As with most parents, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I would not call myself a good cook but I'm finally getting the courage to experiment. I've made banana bread everyday this week and everyday I've included something different, something extra to keep it interesting. I also try to keep my baking nut free, just in case there is any left over for Caspar's lunchbox. This is... Read more →

It's puzzle mania around here. Otis is definitely in a sensitive period for puzzles - if such a thing exists. These puzzles are a combination of support and challenge. The above vehicle puzzle is easy for him but it's fun, so he repeats it. He's also practising his language as he names each vehicle. We have a couple of sequencing puzzles out. The one above has three shapes each in... Read more →

There are a lot of Montessori DVDs on the market. It's difficult to know how valuable they are to parents. There are many DVDs that I would like to see but they are expensive and difficult to obtain in Australia. A couple of months ago I chose seven DVDs that were of particular interest to me (Otis is 2 years and Caspar is 5 years old) and only now have... Read more →

I would like to introduce you to Kit. She is six months old and lives with her Mum Belle and Dad Tim in Sydney. Quite remarkably Kit and her family live in a small flat with zero storage which explains why her Dad's bike is mounted in her room. Belle was first exposed to Montessori through her Stepmother's involvement at her brother's Montessori school. Although Kit's room can only be... Read more →

When I prepared this activity I prepared it for two so I could work along side him. I've simply used wool with a piece of pasta tied at one end and an embroidery needle threaded and taped at the other. The most important part of this for Otis is that the needle is longer than the pasta. This makes it easy for him to thread. This is simple to prepare,... Read more →

I've mentioned previously that I enjoyed Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks. I think the reason might be because I don't have a lot of experience with blocks. So slowly our block area is developing. We have a variety of blocks, architectural prints, hard hats, lots of matchbox cars, Siku and Bruder vehicles, and sometimes clipboards, paper, pens, tool box and tool belt. There are still a couple of... Read more →

Photographs by Katie Kolenberg for Little ONE Baby. There is a little bit of Montessori in the latest edition of Little ONE Baby magazine due to hit the shelves later this week in Australia. It was a privilege to have Katie photograph our home and a privilege to be featured in Australia's premier baby magazine. Wow! Isn't it fantastic for a Montessori home to get such exposure and in Australia!!... Read more →

Today was a crazy, happy, busy day. Although we were fortunate to have a settled morning. Otis chose to work with some two piece jigsaw puzzles. He did all the puzzles twice and put them back in the basket and back on the shelves. Time wise I'm sure this didn't last five minutes. But it was a good five minutes. Edited to add our Geometric Shape Puzzle is from Michael... Read more →

Ok, I know, it's not ground breaking. But it's fun for them when they can eventually do it themselves! Opening the letterbox. . This post got me thinking. It's the bigger picture that is important. Building the child's confidence, ego, self esteem. For them to believe in themselves. He's not just opening the letterbox independently, he's building his self trust, he's building confidence. I'm sure this leads to greater success... Read more →