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Canberra, Australia
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Do you feel the pull to get your children outdoors more? My children spend time outdoors but often it is at my request or during organized activities. I want to create a culture, a family norm where we have regular, unstructured play outdoors that is entirely child led. There's No... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at how we montessori
Do you have any magnetic letters at home? Magnetic letters on our fridge really helped my children to casually practice the spelling of their name and other short words. Using magnetic letters at home is a great way for the child to practice their literacy skills without duplicating or replicating... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at how we montessori
I want to share with you this cute mobile that Otto has been using and absolutely loving. We've used it hanging on the play gym and now over the movement area. The child can bat at or pull on the ring to make the wooden bells (or chimes) ring. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at how we montessori
Thank you Zuly, I appreciate your advice! I've emailed.
I believe the best 'Montessori' activities for Christmas including baking Christmas treats (always Gingerbread!) and making gifts by hand. We LOVE Christmas themed playdough and Christmas puzzles! Here are a few other ideas to bring some Christmas to your Montessori shelves at home, homeschool or school! Above toddler language cards... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at how we montessori
Stuckness in that he was stuck in a position or couldn't move?? Otto has a side preference (due to his position in utero) so we are doing physio with him twice a day, lots more tummy time than I've done with my other children but I can really see the benefits. We are taking him to an Osteopath this week too! There is so much you can do if things aren't quite right!
I thought a would be able to find an article online, but I can't. I remember doing something very similar with my first born in Kindergym many years ago. We tap and then gently squeeze the child's limbs, hands and feet, it helps them get in touch with their body and to "map" their body parts. Does that make sense? Just by touch it's like you are activating the brain, alerting it to that body part. I'm sure there is a better description somewhere... Yes, we are about to venture to the UK winter, perhaps we will be in the same bundled up condition soon!
If resources or location weren't an issue, what would be in your Montessori Nursery? It's not a tough question for me as it's something that I've thought about many times. I might be a bit obsessed but I'm sure I'm not the only one! I don't know if it's a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at how we montessori
When Otis was little I loved lists like this. Not because I felt like I needed to do all of the activities suggested, but because it gave me some simple ideas to try at home. I hope you find this list just as useful. This is a no pressure list,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at how we montessori
I have a longer post that I'm just having a little trouble finishing, I will aim to publish it tomorrow. So for today, I have some midweek Montessori reading! Here are a few articles and things I'm loving. 1. Kuhn Rikon kinderkitchen knife review at Frida Be Mighty. Because we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at how we montessori
It's the time of year when we start to get our house ready for Christmas. A few little touches here and there to remind us that the holiday season is nearly here! We have put out our Christmas tablecloth and beeswax Christmas candles, we've started a few Christmas puzzles. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at how we montessori
The pull up bar is such a good idea!
Have you ever questioned why we put a mirror in our baby's room? It's common to see a low mirror in Montessori nurseries, in Nidos and infant classes. My number one reason is to promote movement. The mirror is placed next to our playmat and allows my child to focus,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at how we montessori
I've been thinking about gift ideas for Montessori children around five to six years old. Most of my ideas end up being STEM related. This list is naturally influenced by my own children, what they have loved over the last few years and the toys they still hope to receive.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at how we montessori
Are you looking an awesome gift for a new or expectant mum? Perhaps for a sister, best friend, daughter or daughter-in-law? I would have bought this for my sister for her first or second baby, or even for myself. The idea is brilliant! The Tuutu Baby Box is inspired by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at how we montessori
I wish there was more information online about Montessori with infants. There just isn't enough information available to support parents through these early parenting days. I would love to write more about this period but find myself struggling with daily parenting tasks. When I read some work by Simone, who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at how we montessori
Hi Sarah, Yes the shop is closed for the time being, I have no plans to reopen the shop at the moment. The exact same placemat is available at M.Vita below, I believe they have really good international shipping too. Kylie
1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. I remember reading, perhaps in The Absorbent Mind, that Maria Montessori suggested children only need two toys at home, a basket of wooden blocks and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at how we montessori
Yes! We intentionally left a three year gap between our first and second child for this very reason, this was the ideal gap for us, not so much a Montessori thing but we know the three year old could be independent enough at home for us to manage a second child. Also our first child would have started at Montessori school (just in the mornings) before our second one came along. For our third child there was a larger gap but that was more to do with my husband's (overseas) work and nature!
Also Zuly, please let me know of any stores I need to know about. I think I know of all the big ones but if there are any small, independent or handmade type stores you think like I would like, please let me know. Kylie.
Hi Zuly, Due to my husband's work I'm really not supposed to go into too much detail about our move. We will be in Australia for Christmas but will fly out very soon after. We will be in Wiltshire. Are you after the little electric fry pan/skillet? I can see if I can pack one (as we are taking a few kitchen items) and post it to you. Let me know.
Are you in Australia Crystal? Most of our frames are custom made in Tasmanian Oak, this is a little expensive but I love it. The two frames in this picture were from our local framers (in Ashgrove Qld) and discounted, I don't know the kind of timber though. I know what you mean, I love the light timber but don't like them looking too yellow.
Best of luck Olivia!!
It's always hard to find those small but wonderful stores!
Are you looking for some weekend Montessori reading and inspiration? Here are a few things I'm loving this week. Simple embroidery piece at Midwest Montessori, this is by Charlotte who is four years old. Preparing our Montessori Infant Space at Fishies in a Row. This Montessori nursery in France at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at how we montessori