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Today I'm sharing a few Montessori links and things that I've been enjoying this week. This looks like a gorgeous book for Montessori families - Cuentos Montessori Para Crecer Felices (Montessori Stories to Grow Happy) by Marta Prada, to be released October 18, 2018. A few pictures from Montessori toddler classrooms in Sydney at The Montessori Notebook. So often I feel like we (and social media) complicate Montessori at home. When really it can be achieved living simply and beautifully. This is a nice reminder of the simplicity in a Montessori home. Plant Care with Children - By Responsibility and... Read more →

How much time does your infant or toddler spend outside? Otto (12 months) was recently out-of-sorts, he was unsettled and not sleeping well. I was looking for a reason and I realized that with the cooler weather coming in we were barely spending any time outdoors. The older boys are now doing so much sport we've stopped walking to school, and with the cooler mornings, the grass outside is all frosty, damp or completely wet. So after doing a little research and thinking about what is the best that we could do I've now committed to spending a minimum of... Read more →

Have you thought about making a 'yes' space for your baby or toddler? Some parents I speak to say they have baby-proofed their entire house, but it isn't the same thing. A 'yes' space is a room or an enclosed space made specifically for the child where the child can feel 100% safe and confident. They can move, touch, and, explore confidently knowing this space is for them and they won't be reprimanded or told 'no'. Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) was an advocate for 'yes' spaces but it fits very well within a Montessori home.... Read more →

Sometimes a child's interest can revolve around something a little off beat or around something you would not have previously thought about. Following my recent post Realistic Science Books for Kids and reading The Animal Cell, we have been doing some hands-on learning about animal cells. I think the best way for children to learn the parts of the cell is to make one, perhaps with various coloured card or perhaps with plasticine. I love a good felt model too. Here are a few other ideas for learning about animal cells: Animal Cell Felt Board - with labels, this is... Read more →

When I cook with my children I think about their interests and their skills levels. What I've never thought of doing is choosing a recipe based on their schemas! It totally makes sense. I recently found The Tickle Fingers Cookbook which is the first cook book I've found for children as young as one-year-old and based on the children's current schemas! I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the ebook and then the same day went back and ordered a hard copy. So obviously I wanted to share it with you too. "The idea is that, if you... Read more →