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Today I am sharing some really simple geography and cultural work we have been enjoying at home. Above and below Montessori Flag Map Work c/o Montessori Shop. You can also see in the background our Continents Globe which we have used for years. Montessori children first learn the continents then later the countries! Australasia Puzzle Map c/o Montessori Shop with handmade labels. The labels add a language component which is... Read more →


Have you seen or used Magic Nuudles before? I hadn't heard of them until recently. There were a few reasons I really wanted the boys to give them a try. They are bright, colourful and interesting but also they are made from cornstarch and are fully biodegradable! Wow! They are also so different to all of the other arts and craft materials we have tried before. I couldn't wait to... Read more →


How has your week been? Our week has been hectic mixed in with a little illness. I'm looking forward to the weekend! Caspar is away tonight at a Cosmic Campout! I can't wait to hear all about it tomorrow. Here are a few links and things I've been enjoying this week! I was recently interviewed about Montessori and our approach at Emil Und Mathilda! Otis has been doing a little... Read more →


I'm often asked for quick ideas on how to create a Montessori home. I don't believe in Montessori makeovers. I believe changes should be gradual and each change should be followed by a close observation of the child in the new environment. However, I have some small, quick tips that are also really affordable, changes that you can make today that will help to create a more child led environment... Read more →


My kids love a good scavenger hunt! It can be lots of fun in the backyard or while on a nature walk. Scavenger hunts can help the child to further connect with their surroundings. Here are a few scavenger hunt ideas that I really love! 1. The Woods: Search and Find Adventures. I love this idea for young children. The cards are laminated and the child can colour in each... Read more →


Today I want to share with you a beautiful collection of prints, puzzles, and games designed and illustrated by a Mum from the Blue Mountains. Eloise from Millions of Monkeys has developed a range of gender neutral, Australian themed, quality children's educational products. There is something really honest and enchanting about this collection. Take a look! Above and below are The Great Barrier Reef Puzzle (100 pieces) recommended for 6ys+.... Read more →


Put all the premeasured ingredients on a tray and all the child needs to do it mix (and mash) and pour into a pan ready for the oven. Pictured above are the ingredients for a basic banana bread. From two years. Provide an illustrated recipe card plus all ingredients on a tray (with measuring cups and spoons). We laminated the recipe card so Otis could mark off the ingredients as... Read more →


Otis (5 yrs) has been unwell and home from school all week. Because he has spent so much time at home I've made note of the materials he has been using. Keep in mind we don't use many of the Montessori school materials at home - because he uses them so much at school. So these are more at home, play, open-ended materials. Here are his favourites from this week!... Read more →


This is The Secret of Childhood Montessori School 3-6 classroom in Switzerland. This classroom opened in January 2017 and offers a curriculum in English and French. For further information visit their contact page. It looks so warm and inviting. Congratulations to the staff for getting this gorgeous classroom ready and best wishes for the new year! Above you can see language shelves with metal insets in the centre. Below is... Read more →


We all want our children to be little bookworms. We read to them from birth, we create a literacy-rich home environment. Yet some parents feel a sense of disappointment when their children are not early readers. What have we done wrong, why can't my child read yet? Perhaps the school is at fault? I stressed a lot when Caspar (my eldest son) was learning to read and it really impacted... Read more →


My boys love playing with Magnetic Tiles. They are an open-ended construction toy that really gets the children thinking. Today I want to look at the educational benefits of Magnetic Tiles. Are they the ultimate educational toy? Magnetic Tiles come in various colours in the shape of squares and triangles. They have magnets and attract on all side. Our Magnetic Tiles are translucent and work beautifully on the light table.... Read more →


How has your week been? Our week was busy! The boys are back at all of their extra-curricular activities and have recommenced their weekly speech therapy sessions after the long summer break. Here are a few articles I've been enjoying this week. Have you seen this awesome Owl Treehouse Library at Omni Montessori School? I linked to this one FB last week. I love the connection one of the teachers... Read more →


Otis is five and loves playdough now more than ever. I've written occasionally about how we use playdough, always with different items and in different colours, textures and scents. Adding essential oils to playdough is a must. Here are four ways we are currently enjoying playdough. 1. Alphabet Stamps. This is an excellent early literacy activity, remembering it's best to start with lower case letters. 2. Other Stamps. I didn't... Read more →


Do you have an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet at home? If so, this is a really fun activity that reinforces knowledge on the shapes and form of letters. I wouldn't do this in a way to teach children their letters or to test them but to reinforce their knowledge. I would include letters they are confident with alongside letters they may be struggling with. This is a simple activity... Read more →


I like to share books with my children that are inspiring and are about real people. I love real stories. They are more relatable and hopefully they get the children thinking about what they can do in their lives, about what they would like to achieve. Here are three books that we are currently reading about real people and their inspiring stories. Me...Jane (worldwide). While I love this book I... Read more →