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Following Spramani's series on Montessori toddler art I've been focusing on the skills my toddler is developing during his art experiences. We can focus on the process, not the product. What is my child learning or achieving during the process? I'm observing: What does he enjoy? What skills is he working on? What are his hands and arms doing? What is he most focused on? How can I further assist his experience? What can we do next to meet his developing needs? I have all three children (1,8 and 11yrs) home during the summer break (it's only the first Monday)... Read more →

My favourite Montessori art teacher (and teacher trainer) is back today with an article about Setting Up The Toddler Art Environment. This is something that I struggle with. I love setting up art areas for my older children, but a toddler art area requires something a little different, something simpler. I am feeling really inspired, we are short on space but I want to create a really interesting art environment for my toddler! Here are some of Spramani's best tips. -------------------------------------------------------- Setting Up the Toddler Art Environment Toddlers are curious explorers with short attention spans. It’s important to keep this... Read more →

"If we had to live just one day in an environment such as the one we prepare for our children, I believe we also would find it painfully uncomfortable...If these mothers prepared an environment at home for the child that conformed to his size, to his energy and to his psychic faculties, the child would be at liberty and a great step would have been taken toward the resolution of the educational problem - the child would have his own environment." - Maria Montessori, The Child in the Family. "We must give the child an environment that he can utilize... Read more →

Montessori Glue and Paste Box

I have just ordered our first Montessori Gluing Box. Previously we've used a gluing tray, with a small dish for the little bits and pieces. The Montessori Gluing Box is one of those 'at school' materials that I never thought we needed at home. However, I'm about to introduce Otto (21 months) to gluing, none of my children currently attend a Montessori school and we don't have any spare trays. Gluing is always such a popular activity for my toddlers that it just makes sense to have a dedicated box! But what goes in one, what is it supposed to... Read more →

I love shopping at Flying Tiger. It is so bright, colourful and cheerful. It is a great place to find little bits and pieces for your Montessori home. I've found the items well designed and they are super affordable. On my last visit, I bought the cutest toddler size whisk, a lovely bud vase and little spices jars that are perfect for storing little things or to put into an open/close basket (I like the latch on them). They always have a good range of baskets, trays and art supplies. However, the stock changes frequently and it's easy to buy... Read more →