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I've only ordered one thing from Etsy this week, but I've done a lot of looking around. I'm constantly drawn to handmade products and often to the textures of materials like wool and timber. Here are a few sweet wooden finds on Etsy that are suitable for a Montessori home,... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at how we montessori
There is no intent to reduce skin to skin contact between the parents and the infant. The secure holding is mostly for other family members and siblings/friends and so that the infant retains the parents' (in most cases the mother's) scent and warmth. Having skin to skin contact with parents is utmost importance in the Montessori philosophy. Most elderly people and the very young (think toddler siblings) struggle to securely hold and infant and the topponcino can really help with this. The holder feels more confident with the child and the infant feels secure. Infants are also exposed to Drs, health nurses, being weighed, a topponcino can provide some comfort and warmth in these situations. There are a couple of comments on my Facebook page about how parents have used this. For example by the mother when breastfeeding can use the topponcino as support, under the infant, to support the infant's neck and back but not in-between the mother and child, and making that transition to bed or elsewhere easier and less disruptive to the child. One parent commented after feeding they can put the infant down easier as the baby is on the warm topponcino not being placed on a cold bed sheet. I hope this helps to clarify but if not I'm happy to answer more questions.
It's a sunbeam. Let me know if you want to know the model. It's a little larger than most because we wanted the boys to use it well into the future, it has a fan so Otis can bake cakes but if you wanted you could also roast a (small) chicken in it, it's versatile. In our previous Montessori Cycle One classrooms the teachers have always had to take what the children were cooking into the staff room kitchen to bake them and I feel this is such a shame, the children are missing an integral part of the experience. Every (Cycle One) classroom should have one! Many Cycle Two and I think all Cycle Three Classrooms I have been in have a full sized oven, but it's the little kids that miss out!
I have a thing for apple prints! My eldest currently as an apple print bed cover/quilt cover, I love it! So bright and fresh!!
It not only depends on the age of the children, it depends on the height of the children. It it's for a classroom I would look speak to some other teachers for advice or take a few younger and older (shorter and taller) students and ensure it is accessible to all. If it's for your own children I would use temporary hooks if possible or be prepared to move them up in a few years. It's best to use your child/ren as the guide.
I know, I think Ikea should make one too, or at least some kind of child's kitchen stand!
Toggle Commented 22 hours ago on Jack's DIY Learning Tower at how we montessori
I apologise for this narrow topic but it's one that I feel is important and useful to me! Today I'm writing about the Montessori Topponcino or security pillow. The Topponcino is typically used from birth to six to eight weeks (or more depending on the size of the infant). It... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at how we montessori
Thank you Jeni! xx
Yes, they are from Ikea. We bought them for a different purpose but Otis just keeps on wanting more space so they've ended up here! There are two Stuva white benches. One has the green apple table cloth on it.
Like most Montessori families, we have children's spaces in all of our rooms, we don't have a specific 'Montessori' area. We have a space for our children in our entry way, outdoors, on our decks, bathroom etc. Our children's areas have evolved naturally over the years. Due to the children's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at how we montessori
I'm at the stage in my pregnancy where I can't get a good night's sleep. Remember what it is like? Not able to get comfortable no matter which way you lie? I'm also at the stage where I wished the nursery was finished. Well, it's getting there. I've put up... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at how we montessori
Do your children like to do puzzles together? My boys have been bickering like crazy but put them in front of a puzzle and they become collaborators, allies. It engages them on the same level. They build on their successes to achieve their desired outcome - the finished puzzle. We... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at how we montessori
A colourful reading corner with lots of storage space! This is a cute little wardrobe from Manine Montessori. It's always a good idea to provide a little chair or stool next to the wardrobe for the child to sit on. This family has got the balance right, enough clothes for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at how we montessori
Have you ever tried to make or use the traditional Montessori Munari Mobile? It is the first in the visual mobile series offered to a newborn at around 2-3 weeks of age. They are incredibly hard to balance and our glass globe broke while Otis was underneath it. We replaced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at how we montessori
Today we have a guest post by Susan from Emil Und Mathilda. Susan has recently completed her Montessori Diploma. I love following her and her Montessori journey with her two boys. Today she is sharing a few Montessori maths activities for children approximately three to five years. I hope you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at how we montessori
Have you made mushroom spore prints before? It is incredibly easy to do and suitable for children of all ages. For a young child, it can be an activity to make pretty prints. An older child can closely examine the prints to identify the type of mushroom and put the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at how we montessori
Today we are taking a peek inside the beautiful Montessori School Almeria! This school offers a British education following the Montessori Pedagogy. They have an Infant Community (18-36 months), Children's House (3-6 years) and a Primary Program (6-12 years). The Children's House is full of light and colour. Above is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at how we montessori
Image: Montessori Handwork Here are some fantastic articles that I have been enjoying this week: Preparing the Environment for the Work of Wool and the really lovely shelves above at Montessori Handwork written by Carol, a Montessori teacher in New Zealand. I'm in love with her site, she has lots... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at how we montessori
I know, I featured some rugs last week but I've just found out the top left traffic rug (#1) is back in stock (in Australia). We've had our traffic rug since Caspar was little (I'd love to recreate this scene!), it's such a statement piece that the boys have really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at how we montessori
I've become obsessed with wool, especially now we know we are moving to a cooler climate. My direction for buying baby clothes has changed completely! When we lived in Canberra the boys wore a lot of wool including organic merino thermals (we loved these). Now I'm starting to stock up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at how we montessori
It's a gorgeous wooden bed by Gonzagarredi (Italy). A fantastic reader of the blog passed it onto us, such a lucky find and I'm always so thankful for those who read here and offer suggestions, support and this was just so generous. I haven't seen anything similar in Australia, I'm so sorry to say. Please let me know if you find something like this as I would love to share it.
Around our home. We had a plasterer come and do some work this week. All of the plants were covered in plaster and needed a really good clean! Care of plant caddy, including a child size spray bottle, child's cleaning mitt (these are so useful!), garden shears, dusting brush and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at how we montessori
I've featured some amazing Montessori wardrobes before, but what if you are not able to DIY, don't have an Ikea nearby or just want to order something ready made? Here are some really lovely ready made options. You can see some of these were designed for dress-up clothing but work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at how we montessori
Image: Awesome Montessori Kitchen at Mindful Learning Do your children enjoy independent play? My children are capable of independent play but have gone through stages of wanting or needing me near them and like most children have gone through stages where they won't leave my side at all. There are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at how we montessori
Today we are reviewing our Felt Ball Rug from Felt Ball Rugs Australia. I've chosen this rug for our Montessori nursery but it works in almost any room in the home. It will be perfect for our baby to lie on and it adds a nice touch of colour to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at how we montessori