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Hi Paloma, It's ChompaHandmade in Newcastle, NSW. However they were a special order, I sent her a message to see if she could make them in these colours. On her other site she also sometimes lists baskets.
We recently received our order of mini playsilks from Etsy. They are absolutely gorgeous, they are hand dyed and the colours are vibrant. Silk is a beautiful natural fibre, it is a wonderful open-ended material that children of all ages can enjoy. I like the mini size (approximately 11 inches... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at how we montessori
Have you been through the process of teaching your children sight words? It can be a little difficult to make the learning fun. Sight words can include puzzle words and high-frequency words. Puzzle words are words that cannot be sounded out or decoded by the child and therefore need to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at how we montessori
Mobiles are considered to be the child's first work but have you ever wondered what are the benefits of the mobiles, why go to all the effort, what's the big deal? There are physiological and psychological benefits to using the Montessori mobiles with your infant. "The process of myelinization of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at how we montessori
Our art, craft, stationary and educational stores stock them. In Australia I know Spotlight, Riot Art and Craft and our local educational supply store has them. I also found some nice suppliers on Etsy but they were a little more expensive. I hope you find some nice beads near you!
Best wishes Anna!
We recently visited our local Biome store to find they have stopped selling many of our favourite products - our toothpaste, our sunscreen, our dishwashing liquid!! Biome has recently made a commitment not to sell any products containing palm oil. Who knew palm oil was in so many products? I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at how we montessori
I've been making a list of a few toys and materials that Caspar (9yrs) and Otis (6yrs) can make for Otto. I'm thinking of small stuffed toys or perhaps a pillow scented with lavender. Otis would love to do some more sewing. A few other toys come to mind immediately,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at how we montessori
What a week it's been! I'm so relieved the weekend is here. Thank you to those who responded to my request for help on Facebook. While I'm not feeling a hundred percent, I am improving. Are you looking for some interesting reading for the weekend? Here are a few articles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at how we montessori
If you have time please let me know which play gym you ordered or send me a link if you have a picture on your blog (I had a quick look but couldn't find one).
It's been much more useful than I could have imagined! Otto is fairly standard sized baby but as a newborn they are so small and wriggly. The topponcino is perfect for anyone holding him such as his brothers and the grandparents. He can lie on it comfortably under his mobiles, on his playmats and often in his moses basket or bed - as it's so easy to transfer him. I don't really carry him in it (unless he has fallen asleep on it) but most often when I put him down I am looking for it. When he is a little older he will be fine on the playmats by themselves but as he is so small the topponcino is just a little more comfortable. I don't breastfeed him with it, as I've found it not that comfortable for that purpose. I think it's probably most useful for the first month to two months and I think it's worth it. Most people report finishing with it, the child has outgrown it within three months. There are many DIYs if you are concerned about the cost. My friend Rebecca made one really simply and quickly! She didn't write a tutorial but here are a few pics below. You could live without it but I'd recommend giving it a go, it makes life easier and it's not so much about independence for the child as reassurance and comfort.
Yes, I still cover them - just with the little plastic insert things!
As usual, I've spent some time looking around for new materials. I've been looking ahead to what Otto might need in the upcoming weeks and months. In particular, I'm thinking about grasping materials and a playgym. Here are a few materials that I am loving, buying and DIYing on Etsy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at how we montessori
A few pictures from around our home this week. Above Otto on his floor bed. He doesn't really sleep here at the moment, he generally sleeps in a co-sleeper in my room. We have a gorgeous Gonzagarredi (Italian) wooden bed frame, which we have removed for the time being, we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at how we montessori
Hi Martou, Otis never fell out of his floor bed. Talking to other parents, he didn't move around as much as other children do. As an infant he barely moved at all in his sleep. For many months Otis used his floor bed for his day time naps only. This allowed me to supervise him and gave me comfort that he was safe. He would sometimes put his feet near the edge but that was about all. I would definitely wait until you feel 100% assured that the sleeping environment is safe.
My older boys are currently on school holidays. It's fair to say they haven't received as much attention from me as they usually do. Luckily they can both entertain themselves. They also live in a prepared environment, we don't always get it right, but we strive to provide a home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at how we montessori
Naturally, I'm looking around for ideas for Montessori infant environments. Here are a few that I've found particularly interesting or different. The last three environments are ideal for toddlers to preschoolers. The above space makes me want a play gym for Otto! I believe it is an environment for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at how we montessori
Are you looking for some fresh ideas for your family meals or snacks or perhaps for the kid's lunchboxes? Throughout my pregnancies I had morning sickness which negatively impacted on the foods I was able to prepare for my children. We ended up eating a lot from the BBQ (my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at how we montessori
Thank you Carrie, I feel like time heals. I ended up having an emergency c section, after two previous quick and natural births. The decision was made and carried out so quickly, I really need time to process it all. It's such a vulnerable and sensitive time. xx
Hi blair. Yes, he is a fantastic sleeper. Hopefully that doesn't change. We knew we were expecting a boy, we always like to find out as soon as possible!
I cannot tell you how much I love having a newborn in my arms. I had a very anxious pregnancy but now Otto is here, I have full movement back and I am pain-free, I am loving every moment of the newborn days. The older boys are on school holidays... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at how we montessori
I have some good news! Our baby arrived last Friday. His birth was much longer and less natural than anticipated, the third baby doesn't always come faster or easier. However, baby Otto (pictured above) is completely healthy and has spent the last couple of days settling into family life! Caspar... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at how we montessori
Have you ever put together a Puzzle Globe? I've wanted to try it but didn't know how they worked or how hard it would be. We recently gave it a go and it was so much easier and more fun than I had expected. Have a look how it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at how we montessori
Sorry, we've only tried the Tripp Trapp.
Mine weren't very old when they were able to just pull the corner of the chair away from the table, climb in and pull the chair back up to the table. Probably by 18 months-2yrs they were able to do this, but we have the chairs on tiles, probably not so easy on carpet or a rug.