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Are you ready for International Darwin Day this Tuesday 12th February? "International Darwin Day will inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. It will be a day of celebration, activism, and international cooperation for the advancement of science, education, and human well-being." International Darwin Day. We've been reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva. It's the perfect way to educate our children about evolution and natural selection and celebrate the work of Charles Darwin and... Read more →

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. I love natural furniture in children's spaces with pops of colour provided by soft furnishings like rugs and cushions. Rugs can add warmth and help to define an area. In particular, I am loving these rainbow rag rugs. The cotton rag rug we have is nice, thick and soft, perfect for a young child to sit or lie on. They look lovely in children's reading or playing areas or even in a Montessori toddler class! Happy Rainbow Rug at Baltic Frog (EU). Multicoloured Rainbow Rag Rug at Scarramouch (UK). Megs Rainbow Braided Cotton... Read more →

We recently moved Otto into Otis' old room. Otis had this wooden display unit on his wall for his minerals and fossils. I've been thinking about ways to display Schleich animals and thought we would try using this display unit for some of Otto's animals. It works, Otto loves playing with them and always tries to return them to the little cubby holes. Otto loves to point and name the animals too. Schleich animals really beautiful, why not put them on display? Here are a few other ideas I love for displaying Schleich animals... Above the animals are on a... Read more →

It's been raining here for days. Although I am a huge advocate for getting outdoors no matter the weather, we've definitely been spending more time indoors. But what to do with a toddler indoors? No need to google indoor play activities, just look around you. Practical life is all around us, often in the weirdest of places. Best of all once you have engaged the child, it's likely they will be busy for quite a while. Who said toddlers can't concentrate? Above Otto is chopping some peeled apple, before that he chopped up some cheese. Absolutely none of it made... Read more →

Montessori looks different in every home, so today I want to share a collection of posts from other families with children at the same age as Otto. Here are a few experiences and activities other families have enjoyed with their children at 16 months: On our shelves at 16 months at Our Montessori Journey Montessori Inspired Work at 16 Months at This Merry Montessori. Our Montessori Routine at 16 Months of Age at Mama's Happy Hive. Activities at 16 Months at Nduoma. Introducing Language Work at Montessori in Real Life. Dakota in this post is 16 months old. Montessori in... Read more →

Caspar and Otis' school is also a boarding school so it doesn't technically close for a snow day. But our driveway was full of snow and rather than walk to school we decided to stay home. It was only the third or fourth time we've actually seen snow falling and we soaked up every minute. Otto was amazed and delighted!! Last time it snowed he was only a few months old. We went for a walk earlier in the day with Otto in his snow gear but he was so uncomfortable and wouldn't keep his gloves on. Every time he... Read more →

I recently received an email from an Australian parent unable to find the crinkle cutter locally. No matter where you live, these are not easy to find. Look in little independent kitchen stores. It can help if you are able to choose one in person rather than online. Although you may find one type popular online, in person I've seen families use a whole range of different crinkle cutters, there is no one brand that is endorsed or labelled as Montessori. I first used a crinkle cutter with Caspar back in 2011. I received it as part of a pack... Read more →