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Today I'm sharing five Montessori articles, links and things that you might enjoy! Earlier in the week I put this image on Instagram. The little baskets are new and really help to brighten up the space, I ordered them from Babipur (UK), they look much nicer in real life and are all fair trade! How Sound Blocks Help Babies and Toddlers at Rainy Day Sunny Play, because only this week... Read more →

I always want to follow my children, to meet their individual needs and wants. At home I've been trying to guide my ten-year-old (Caspar) to try a few new things, not to push but to get him thinking more broadly, thinking outside of the box. Perhaps it's because he has two younger siblings that take up so much of my time but I've been making an effort to spend more... Read more →

Once your child grows out of the toddler to preschooler stage there really isn't a lot of advice available on how to create Montessori home spaces. When it comes to my children's rooms my aim is to create a space they can be themselves in, that they can grow in, relax in and be at peace in, that they can use to explore the world. It needs to be warm... Read more →

Perhaps it's because they are so small, perhaps it's because they don't say much, babies especially those with older siblings can be constantly on the move or rushed or shushed. I'm a busy parent, I live in the real world but I could do with a reminder. Perhaps you could do with a reminder too. From some of my Montessori readings, here a few ways we can respect the baby.... Read more →

How was your week? Otto has been teething, so there hasn't been a lot of sleep going on around here. On a positive note, it's now Spring and the school holidays start next week! Here are a few articles that I've been enjoying. If you have a toddler you must read this - and take look at the gorgeous pictures. The Development of the Will: Movement in the 0-3 Year... Read more →

It's now Spring, although it still feels like Winter and we have a tendency to want to rug our babies up and keep them inside. At six months the baby is grabbing and pulling and putting things in their mouths, we are constantly saying no and keeping them away from everything precious. But at six months the child is capable and interested and has an innate desire to explore. Today... Read more →

Otis (six years) loves being in the kitchen. He loves making and baking. He loves his kitchen gadgets and appliances almost as much as I do! The boys have school holidays next week so I'm already thinking about what food and snacks we'll need. It has me thinking about the children's favourite kitchen appliances. It should be noted that not all of these appliances are made for or targeted at... Read more →

Today I'm sharing a fantastic idea for creative kids, perhaps as a gift or as an activity for the school holidays! Out of all of my children, Otis (six years) enjoyed this the most! I also have a discount code for you at the end of the post. All tees and products shown are c/o My Monster. The idea here is simple, in the kit you receive a tee or... Read more →

I remember when Otis was four, there was a young boy in his class learning long division. Wow, just wow! Every time I saw the boy I tried to take a peek over his shoulder to see what he was working on. The accomplishments of this young boy should be celebrated, just as the accomplishments of the other children in the class. His achievements do not lessen the achievements of... Read more →

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 When we arrived here a couple of months ago I ordered this cute and colourful table and chair for Otto. It is toddler sized, I was thinking of shortening the legs but now I'm not sure, the chair is low and the seat is wide which is great for toddlers. I needed some colour in... Read more →

It's always difficult to find the Montessori materials you are looking for in a store near you. So many Montessori infant materials are handmade, finding them is often dependant on finding an Assistant to Infancy trained guide near you. Many materials can be DIYed so if you are interested, have a search or let me know, I might be able to find a tutorial for you. In a lot of... Read more →

Montessori home spaces to love - March 2018

Today I'm sharing some Montessori home spaces that have touched me in some way. Some are beautiful and inspiring while other remind me of the importance of organisation and order. Above is just one image from the Montessori365 account which is calming and simple - never overwhelming. A child's organised kitchen space at Family Friendly Home. A gorgeous kitchen space at The Curious Craft. In all areas of our homes,... Read more →

When do you allow your child to walk to school by themselves? If you have free-range children you may have them start earlier than others, however, it's not always your decision alone. Often when deciding when a child can walk to school by themselves the school needs to be involved too. This is a situation where we can say "it depends". It depends on the child, the distance, the school.... Read more →

This is my second post in a monthly series on children's clothing. Clothing that we love, clothing that is fun, practical and true to our Montessori values! Clothing is so important for children and more so for infants. Otto (six months) spends most of his day on the floor on a movement mat or on a play mat at friends or curled up in his brothers' arms. Having soft, comfortable... Read more →

Today I'm sharing some of the books we've been enjoying recently! Otto - six months When I search for Montessori baby books, the same titles keep on coming up. It could be because these are the tried and true and it could be because we aren't reviewing new baby books. Books like Priddy's First 100 Words will never go out of fashion in Montessori homes - the clear realistic images... Read more →