I am often asked about how we store all of our toys and materials. When we moved from the UK to Australia I knew I had to find a way to store our puzzles so that they stayed together and we didn't lose any of the tiny pieces (especially in transit). I wish we had one system for storing puzzles but I strongly believe in using what you have. My priority is keeping the puzzles safe, protected and clean, keeping all of the pieces together and making sure they are still easy to identify and find. Before I put away... Read more →

The boys' cousin will be visiting this month (and staying for Christmas!!). I really want to make him feel welcome but most of all I want to provide him with the opportunity to work and play with developmentally appropriate toys (in a developmentally appropriate environment) while staying with us. Toddlers can often feel unsettled when out of their routine and home environment and possibly frustrated when the environment doesn't match their capabilities. So while I will need to observe him and see if this environment works for him (he can also eat and draw/do other activities at this table) I... Read more →

Composting is one of those things - just like healthy eating, physical activity and recycling, it is one of those things where we need to set a really good example. Where a lesson just isn't good enough. These are things we need to live and children need to experience through everyday life. It is about doing, making it a habit and a part of the way we live. We had a break from composting when we moved but in our new home we are using the same system as before. We love the Bokashi system as it is so easy,... Read more →

Montessori wrote of children needing only a few toys (as opposed to materials) and blocks (along with a special doll or bear) was what she suggested. Most educators support the use of blocks by children. Montessori went further and developed blocks as materials for her schools (I'm thinking pink tower, brown stairs). As I watch my children play with blocks they balance different shapes on top of each other, each with varying levels of success. I am reminded of Montessori's words on movement.The child has an instinct to co-ordinate his movements and to bring them under control. Yes, in trying... Read more →