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howwemontessori
Canberra, Australia
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Who doesn't love a good Montessori shelfie? There is always lots of new ideas to be found when taking a peek into other people's homes. Here are a few Montessori infant and toddler shelves full of interesting materials. The above-pictured shelves are for a 10 month old, which is useful... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at how we montessori
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I'm starting to think about pounding and hammering toys for Otto (nine months) and I'm also starting to get some ideas for his first birthday! We have the Hammer Game with Balls (#3), c/o Manine Montessori). A few of my Montessori friends have used the Plan Toys Miracle Pounding toy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at how we montessori
Yes to this!
Try not to feel bad about it. I feel like I've let my middle child (Otis) down a lot since Otto has been born. Otis really needs me a bedtime and I'm not always available, or when I get to him it's too late for a long story or even worse he's fallen asleep waiting for me. It's even harder when solo parenting. But we are mindful and are doing the best we can.
We are renting all of our furniture in the UK, but they are made by Julian Bowen, in the Tribeca range (metal bookshelves).
Six weeks! Such a special time. It's funny, I'm so used to boys, I'm not sure how a girl would be different!
Wow, I'm sure it is completely different with twins too!! I hope you enjoy the summer break!
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I'm loving anything thrifted, handmade or repurposed. There are some lovely Montessori materials that I'm going to invest in but I like to DIY a few things too! Here are three DIY materials that we are currently using and loving with Otto at nine months. These are suitable with supervision... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at how we montessori
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I was recently reading article about Montessori in the home and gentle parenting that left me feeling slightly unorganized, my house suddenly felt a little too messy, life a little too chaotic. After discussing this with a friend and also thinking about it internally, I realized there was something wrong... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at how we montessori
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one. / two. / three. / four. / five. / six. / seven. / eight. / nine. I've been searching for some cute Montessori aprons for my children and also for some gifts. I've been feeling inspired by these cute and colourful aprons! I'm thinking summer fruits, strawberries and watermelons,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at how we montessori
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We don't need to provide a lot of activities to promote gross motor development, it really comes naturally to the child and they will find things in the environment to support them. But it is important that we provide a safe environment and sometimes that means giving them things to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at how we montessori
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In January we moved our family of five out of our home in Brisbane (Australia) to Wiltshire in England. Otto was three months old when we left. As you can imagine it's a big move that required a lot of planning. We spent over a month in temporary accommodation and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at how we montessori
Have you read anything at all about the RIE approach (Magda Gerber)? She states that if there isn't a room that can be completely child proofed to try a play pen. It's obviously not ideal but if you are building I say go for it. Otto (my youngest) is so fast and puts every single, little thing in his mouth, so I understand that need for an enclosed space that is entirely safe. I would ensure there is lots of variety of things to do in that area and remove the 'fence' as soon as you can, it's a bit like having a crib where Maria Montessori describes it as being behind bars, but I would do what you need to for the time being. If you baby isn't moving can you wait a little, you don't want to obstruct their view until you have to?
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The Waldorf approach to parenting and education is very different to the Montessori approach. However, while recently looking through board book suggestions for Waldorf families I found a few books that I loved and that I instantly knew would appeal to some Montessori families too. There are a few characteristics... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at how we montessori
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Today I want to share my top five Montessori home and room tours. I've found all of these useful and they have all impacted my parenting and our home environments. These tours help to explain how the rooms work, how they are laid out, it's not just about the materials.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at how we montessori
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There are so many good and inspiring materials available on Etsy. It's easy to find natural learning and Montessori style activities for your children. I often find ideas on Etsy that I can DIY or gift ideas that I can put away for later. Best of all these materials are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at how we montessori
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Like many children, Otis loves his nature collection. He loves to collect items from his nature walks including dead bugs. In the past, we've stored his nature collection including his bugs in a lovely wooden box (it has sections and a glass cover) which has worked really well and looks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at how we montessori
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Have you tried a stacking toy with your little one? They are very popular but most stacking toys given to children look a little like this or like this, with graduated rings. There is a simpler stacking toy to start with, that can be used by the sitting infant to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at how we montessori
Hi Anna, He stopped using it when he transitioned into Cycle 2 at 6 years. At the same age that Caspar also stopped using the Mini. Caspar started using the standard/adult size Kanken which worked well at six years. The mini really wasn't big enough at this stage, the boys both wanted something larger. It depends what you want to put in it but it doesn't fit a child this age jumper, water bottle and lunch.
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We have done a little bit of traveling this week as our older boys were on half term break. We hope to visit Stonehenge over the weekend, we also might try to visit Avebury which is in the same area. Let me know if you have any tips or suggestions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at how we montessori
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While at this stage we work mostly on establishing a good attachment, there are lots of ways we can support the infant's need to participate in their daily care of self activities. These are most relevant for the infant once they can sit, perhaps from around six months, and can... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at how we montessori
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Ever since I can remember I have loved indoor plants. It's easier and more affordable to propagate plants and sometimes to share cuttings rather than buy plants new. By propagating plants I've also developed a love for growing plants in water. After having children I've discovered how well they work... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at how we montessori
I forgot to mention that we did this over a long weekend, it seems to take forever! Good luck!
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Last week a reader, Rochelle asked if we made our dried oranges for our sensory basket. I bought the dried orange and lime as part of a natural discovery resource set. However, I really feel this should be easy enough to do at home, so we gave it ago. You... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at how we montessori
I deal with it with consistency. Keep on doing what you are doing. It depends on the child's age, Otto will drink from his cup and then pour the rest out - but we only pour a little in there to start with so it's no big deal. He will eat some spoonfuls then tip the bowl out. They are exploring and discovering how things work! No need to rush, be patient and your baby will get it in no time. Stay calm too, if they feel you are stressed or angered by the behaviour they will become stressed too.