The Big W Toy Mania Sale starts tomorrow in store (Thursday 18th). The sale can be a big event for many families, it is a great opportunity to buy toys at a discount and especially to stock up for birthdays or Christmas. We have family members who don't shop online and are always looking for gift ideas from big stores like Big W. I don't want to promote consumerism here but I do want to support you with good and affordable purchasing options. When I think of Big W's toy sales, I think of Lego. They usually have various and... Read more →


There is a whole lot of hand-washing going on around here and it's a good thing! I've learnt that toddlers need to be standing up themselves to wash their hands adequately, you can't be holding them up. When you get home from being out (during this pandemic) you, the adult caregiver, need to help the toddler wash their hands. You need to make sure they use enough soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. See my recent study here. During the pandemic we've been using more liquid soap as I find it to be more effective (than bar soap)... Read more →


I looove children's books and I believe in a circular economy. We consume a lot of books, there are some books that we will keep forever but we also have children's books that we donate each year, some that my children have grown out of and some that just didn't land as I'd hoped. Since arriving in Sydney I have been searching for a convenient place to donate our children's books and I stumbled upon Street Libraries. Street Libraries aren't just for donating, we can take a book too!! Honestly, what a wonderful idea. I haven't lived anywhere previously that... Read more →


Today I want to share some fantastic children's books by Indigenous authors. This is not an exhaustive list, these are the books that we have and love. All of these are educational but you can see that these books are so much more, many have significant cultural value. If you live outside of Australia these are fantastic books use to learn about Australia and what could be better than supporting Indigenous authors. Welcome To Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kenndey - board book (pictured above). An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time... Read more →


How do we follow a child's interest in a Montessori way? We need to provide hands on, real learning opportunities, but how? Here are some ideas that I like to explore when following a child's interest: Materials that are age and developmentally appropriate. Materials displayed in a way that is attractive and accessible to the child - on children's low shelves or on a child sized table. A relevant field trip - if possible. You or the child can take some photos, you can print the photos out and use them to explore the topic further. Learning experiences that use... Read more →


Lovevery's new play kits for two year olds are out today. Yes, the play kits now include children from 24 to 36 months check them out here. As a parent of a two year old I am beyond thrilled. They look fantastic! What do the play kits have in them? The Helper Play Kit - for months 25, 26, 27 Super Sustainable Sink With Bio-Based Cups and Plates (pictured above) Drop and Match Dot Catcher Felt Flowers in a Row Double Sided Sunny Day Puzzle Anywhere Art Kit with Washable Tempera Paintsticks Let's Map It Out Routine Cards Making Muffins... Read more →


If you are new to Montessori you may not have heard of Michael J. Dorer. If you are an experienced Montessorian or teacher it's likely you've read his work. I haven't heard him speak but he's a brilliant writer and storyteller. Hatching the Cosmic Egg is a new picture book by Michael J. Dorer that I absolutely love. The concept blew me away as I haven't read a book like this before. It is a story of the universe and humans. It is big picture story about human beings! I would recommend it for children from five years+, those in... Read more →


Much to the delight of my toddler we found an awesome garbage truck puzzle. This puzzle has a photographic image and has the image on the background so it's easy for the toddler to see where each pieces goes. (AU link, UK link). So many circles! Otto's drawing at 33 months. Using the Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 Crayon Pencils. He is working hard to control the pencil. Where is the first place you go when the pandemic restrictions lift? Perhaps your local bookshop? I've been twice now, the first time I didn't take Otto due to the number restrictions in the... Read more →


Here are some resources that I've found useful this week. All of these have been created by Montessori or like minded parents and educators. I'm listening, learning, and sharing. Our Big Work: Reflections on being Anti-Racist Montessorians at Montessori for Social Justice. Resources for Talking to Children About Race and Racism at Trillium Montessori. Talking to Your Child About Race and Racism at My New Life a Lovevery Podcast. This is hard but please listen. Jessica Rolph speaks to Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie is an author, speaker, and activist based out of Palo Alto, California. She identifies as a black and... Read more →


I wasn't intending on publishing an article on juicing, but this morning my toddler kept on asking to use the juicer, he got all the juicer pieces out and put them on the kitchen bench and just waited until I agreed. He was so eager to do this work! Have you used a juicer like this with your children? My toddler is 2.5 years old, a child closer to two years old might struggle with the strength but many children by three will be able to do this. This work is empowering, it's almost like magic - turning the fresh... Read more →


I recently watched a chef whip up an Arugula (rocket) and Pea Pesto to serve with pasta that I knew my kids would love. He made the pesto with a mortar and pestle (no food processor) and it was really fast. My first thought was - a toddler could do that! Yes, a toddler could do that, but they would need little guidance. My toddler (2.5 years) has done some mortar and pestle work before but it's been more like free play and exploration. This time I decided to work along side him as we needed to turn the arugula... Read more →


Silence can be harmful. I feel like I don't know enough about race to say anything but I don't want to be silent. I have a voice and I want to share some of the small actions I've taken this week. (Pre)Ordered: AntiRacist Baby Board Book – by Ibram X. Kendi (Author), Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator). The National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist has written a new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves. "A beautiful board book that shows parents and children... Read more →


Our entryway is lacking, so I thought it might be a good time to revisit the subject. These are all recent entryways from real Montessori families. Lots of commonalities but all very different homes! This takes up a bit of space, but has almost everything the child would need including a mirror. A space for sunglasses, tissues and a hair brush is a good idea. Here they are using the clear Command style hooks. Mirror, basket and lots of hooks! These look similar to Command hooks too which are good for this purpose as they are removable and in a... Read more →


a. / b. / c. / d. / e. / f. / g. / h. / i. / j. / k. / l. / m. / n. / o. / p. Perhaps it is the wind and rain, although we are still going for our nature walks we are spending more time inside and my toddler is loving ALL the cutting, pasting, and sticker work! Sometimes we use sticker books how they are intended, by sticking the stickers in the books often on predetermined pages. Most of all we use stickers for collage work, presented on a tray. Although we... Read more →


This is a friendly reminder that there are huge benefits to using paste and a brush before using a glue stick - especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Montessori schools often have young children apply paste with brushes or small spreaders as opposed to glue sticks. It serves as an opportunity for the child to develop their fine motor skills and pincer grasp preparing their hand for writing. If at home you are going to do some collage or pasting work with a young child try using paste and a brush or a little glue spreader, we don't need to set... Read more →