With Montessori, we try to support the child’s development of independence from infancy. we often address movement, toileting, care of self and the environment. What about communication? Can we support independence with communication from infancy? Can we help our babies tell us what they are thinking? Yes! One of the ways that we help our … More Can you help your baby tell you what she’s thinking?
I received a question from a reader asking how to support her toddler’s work now that her infant is crawling and can get to his shelves and also distract him while he is working. I thought I’d answer with a post. While the original question specified infant and toddler, I think this can be an … More Montessori Siblings: How can I keep my infant or toddler from distracting my older child and messing up his shelves?
This is the fourth interview in the Exploring the essence of Montessori Parenting series. Today’s interview is with Heather of Little Bluestem Montessori. If you don’t already follow her on Facebook, do so at the end of the post! As with the other posts, grab a cup of tea (or wine), relax, take your time … More Exploring the Essence of Montessori Parenting – Heather Harty
I recently wrote about Montessori, imagination and pretend play, so I thought it would be helpful to share some of our favorite open-ended toys that foster imagination and are Montessori friendly. I have also included the few pretend sets that we have purchased based on interest from the boys. Listed in order of frequency of … More Our Most Used Montessori Friendly Open-Ended Materials
One of the common myths about Montessori is that it does not encourage imagination and pretend play. This misunderstanding stems from the fact that Montessori emphasizes real experiences and discourages fantasy (not to be mistaken for pretend play) for children under 6 years old. The emphasis on real experiences actually leads to a lot of … More Do Montessori Children Pretend Play?
Like many parents, as my son’s first birthday drew close, I spent a lot of time thinking of and researching the best gifts for the first birthday. My wish list included wooden stacking blocks, a tricycle, and musical instruments. Then one day, while observing my almost one year old, I realized that the best gifts for … More The Best Montessori Gifts for the First Year
If you have ever had a young child then you have probably experienced it before, an unrolled roll of toilet paper. Sometimes you find it in a long strip or other times in heap. Sometimes it was a mistake and other times, not so much. What if instead of an inconvenience, you see it as … More Seeing Learning Opportunities in Unlikely Situations
As promised, here are some of the things that help me in dealing with the difficult side of Montessori Parenting. It was encouraging to see that most of us deal with the same issues. This was a hard post for me to write because I am by no means done with the ‘fights’ but they … More Tips for Dealing with the Difficult Side of Montessori Parenting
Montessori has made parenting easier in many ways but it can also be a hard and lonely path. I feel like this side is not discussed enough and so I’m sharing my own feelings about it. I think the word that describes what makes it hard for me is fight. It sometimes seems like I’m … More The Difficult Side of Montessori Parenting
Recently while walking to the car, my older son pointed excitedly, “Mummy, see a pied crow on that roof like the one in Gambia.” Another day it was a laughing dove and yet another it was a yellow alder. This was a plant which caught our attention in Gambia because when we were leaving for school … More Helping Children Develop Eyes that See