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Canberra, Australia
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What is the right age for the child's first pocket knife? If the child has been raised in a Montessori environment and is familiar with using knives, I'm thinking around five or six years of age? By seven, eight or nine years old - absolutely! Of course, it depends on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at how we montessori
THANK-YOU! Good clothes are SO hard to find for the older kids! School uniforms are now helping in part, less casual clothes to worry about.
Hi Betty, It's just reality isn't it? No matter how much we love Montessori schools, there will be times or locations when it's not an option. I hope you get in though! Fingers crossed!
What?? I'd like to think that this sort of thing is easy to pick up on as you would detect an all round lack of respect for the child. Haven't seen or heard of this in my travels.
Homeschooling under six is totally doable in my mind. We thought the commute was ok too until we had a newborn!!
I am sure that I have missed many of my children's developmental milestones. Often it's because I don't know what I'm looking for and they just pass while I am blissfully unaware. However, when it comes to the development of the hand, I watch my children like a hawk. I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at how we montessori
We always have lots of puzzles in our home. They are fantastic for children of all ages. They help to promote hand-eye coordination, visual perception, build concentration and they can also help the child to learn more about their environment. If you are looking for some new puzzles how about... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at how we montessori
Do you love and follow the Montessori philosophy at home? What about at school, is Montessori schooling an option for you? There may not be a Montessori school close to you? What do you do? Don't despair! We recently moved from Australia to the UK. We knew before we moved,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at how we montessori
Have you tried M.Vita, they are in Hong Kong, I have used some of their mobiles and a few other things. I believe they ship world wide, I know the shipping to Australia was very reasonable.
Thanks for the tip on Pour La Babe, they have a huge range and I hadn't seen their site before!! Duns and Frugi are favourites here too.
I love kid's clothing, I love researching, I love browsing and I love finding products that look good and work for us. I'm starting a monthly feature on kids clothing; for big and little kids, clothes, possibly shoes and outerwear that meet our Montessori values. Clothes that are good for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at how we montessori
Thank you so much Rosemary! We recently found a lovely nature reserve within walking distance (about 30 minutes one way by foot) and we have been travelling/sightseeing each weekend. There is a lot in our area and it is beautiful and green with rolling hills... The boys loved the Roman Baths! Caspar my eldest, now 10, has always enjoyed history so this is just delightful for him. There is history everywhere! We now have the mid-term break (who knew there was such a thing!) so I have all kids at home this week for more exploring!
Thank you for the welcome Kate!
Hi Nancy, We are here for two years for my husband's work. Our children will attend a British school while they are here and will return to Montessori schooling when we are back in Australia. We were very disappointed to find there are no Montessori schools in our area. We looked briefly at a Waldorf/Steiner school nearby but this was a public school which we were out of the area for and they had a long wait list. Thank you for the welcome!
We moved to the UK mid January however some of our (new/rented) furniture is still arriving and we only recieved our personal items from Australia last week. Finally, some shelves for Otto! This is a part of our living area, it is next to our dining area and adjacent to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at how we montessori
I've been looking for ways to extend Otis' woodworking, to increase his skill level and to take him past the basic hammering he's been doing to date. It's the perfect time to introduce some measuring and the use of a saw. Here are a few of my thoughts and ideas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at how we montessori
It's this one here from Domayne. It comes in a variety of colours. Ours is a king single so it might look a little bigger than a single would. I think they recommend the child being seven until they use the top bunk, might be worth checking.
I love giving my babies discovery baskets! With Otto (pictured above) and Otis, I've introduced them at around four months of age, when the child is able to explore things well with their hands. I've found it a great way of exposing them a wide range of objects where they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at how we montessori
We make regular trips to the library however, there are some books which you just want to own. These two books have been on my wishlist for a while. I knew that Otis would love them immediately. They are both really beautiful and deliver information to the child in an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at how we montessori
Great advice Susana, I had no idea about the newspaper?!? Otis needs wellies for school too, which I love. In Australia they weren't allowed outside play if it's raining but here it's part of the norm! We need to stock up on wool socks too!
I am not sure I have seen the Muddy Puddles website before, it is amazing!!! Such a good recommendation, thank you!
Today I am sharing some Montessori related articles. I've found all of these articles interesting, inspiring or motivating! DIY Montessori Sound Pouches: Learn Phonics the Fun Way at Volcano Mama, this is a cute DIY including some excellent repurposing by a Montessori teacher. Love this Colour Tablets Nature Matching activity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at how we montessori
Nine weeks!!! Congratulations Lizzie!
Thank you for stopping by Carine. I am new to your site but enjoy your content and of course learning about how it's different here in the UK!
Thank you Susana, I've taken a look, they have a gorgeous section of nature books!!