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Today was almost magical. It was so warm (around 30 degrees celcius) and a public holiday, yes on a Wednesday! And we made one of our favourite foods - donuts! We actually made mini donuts, these are much smaller than they look. But they are a lot of fun to... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at how we montessori
Are your children collectors? My children have collected different things over the years. As toddlers, my children loved collecting rocks and sticks. I put a basket by the front door so they had a place to put them all. One of the things I have learnt as a parent is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at how we montessori
Many classrooms are being reorganized, cleaned and set up fresh for children returning from the summer break. Here are a few classrooms that I am loving, ready for the new school year! Above a toddler class at Guidepost Montessori, USA. Preprimary class at La Montessori Nurtury, Iowa, USA. So much... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at how we montessori
Mirror / Topponcino / Whale Mobile I am incredibly thankful that I am nearing the end of this pregnancy. Not including a couple of weeks in November/December last year, I have been pregnant for over 12 months. This is my fourth pregnancy and it has been harder emotionally and physically.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at how we montessori
Do you know what these strange cube things are? What are they used for? What exactly do they teach? If you've never been into a Montessori classroom it's possible you've never seen these before. If you have been into a Montessori (3-6yrs) classroom you may have seen them, your child... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at how we montessori
I am sure I saw this when it was in a Kickstarter campaign?? It looks awesome!!
Here are a few articles and things I've been enjoying this week: I absolutely love this Montessori inspired bathroom at Wunschkind - Herzkind - Nervkind. I love all the hooks and accessories. This is the best! A story of how one Montessori teacher, Gavin McCormak, has made a difference to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at how we montessori
No, not yet! This is a picture I took in a Montesssori playgroup, I really love their shelves!
Did you know that next week (12-20 August 2017) is National Science Week? Do you have any activities planned? To celebrate we have partnered with Parent Direct to share one of our favourite STEM toys, which is an early coding activity. Coding is something Caspar started learning in his Cycle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at how we montessori
I love looking at other people's #montessorishelfies. I get ideas for my own children, I see activities they might enjoy and generally I feel inspired. All of these #montessorisheflies are doable and relatable! I hope you enjoy these too! There is so much to love here, the materials, the simple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at how we montessori
Today I'm sharing a little about Mobilo. Previously we've featured Mobilo in a post about what plastic toys make the grade in our home. Otis has been using and loving Mobilo since he was around four years old. Now he is older his creations just get bigger with more moving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at how we montessori
I love finding new stores, they are always a source of fresh ideas and inspiration!
1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. Does your child's school use cloth napkins? Most Montessori schools do. How about at home? I know many families don't use napkins at all (cloth or paper)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at how we montessori
The supermarket has lots of materials that you can use to bring a little Montessori into your home. Keep your eyes open, you might be surprised what you can find! These are a few examples of materials we have found in our local supermarket! Wooden handled mops and brooms. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at how we montessori
I often feature images of gorgeous Montessori home environments. Today I'm sharing words. Words from some well-known Montessorians that I've been reading. I hope you find these quotes as useful and inspiring as I do! ...... "A rich environment, full of interesting activities, having to do with music, art, history,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at how we montessori
Today I want to introduce you to Emma from Montessori Enterprises ( Montessori Enterprises stock a wide range of Montessori language materials. You can order individual items including objects, picture cards, word strips, phrase strips and sentence strips or complete sets. Including the Pink, Blue and Green Series. This makes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at how we montessori
My children do a lot of cooking and baking at home. They are not mini master chefs but learning to make really basic foods, developing an essential life skill in a fun and enjoyable way. Learning to read a recipe is a really important part of this. Otis (6ys) is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at how we montessori
These are not traditional Montessori materials but are all suitable for a Montessori home! These materials have lots of colour and texture for the child to explore! Pikler Climbing Set - This is a large climbing set however individual pieces are also available. Perfect for the infant who needs to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at how we montessori
Threading pasta or wooden beads are standard preschooler activities. But what other threading activities are there? Here are a few we've used over the years, from twelve months to four years. We know that threading is good for concentration, coordination and developing fine motor skills. Activities that strengthen the muscles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at how we montessori
A shared Montessori inspired room, image Apartment Therapy. Here are some fun and interesting links I've been reading and loving!! Montessori in a Small House. A Real Environment from Pequefelicidad. I have and can recommend all of these, for new and experienced Montessori parents! Montessori Books I'm Reading at The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at how we montessori
How important is diversity to you? I am constantly reassessing our home environment to ensure it meets our children's needs. I am often concerned about bias - unconscious, perceived or outright that exists within our community and want to ensure they don't find a way into our home. We know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at how we montessori
A few months ago I was approached to try the My Little Sous-Chef cookbook! It was written and developed by three Italian mothers living in the UK. My Little Sous-Chef is a tandem cookbook for children and parents to use together and was inspired by the Montessori Method. I absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at how we montessori
Over a year ago I came across Artventure, online art classes for children. Otis (then 4-5 yrs) loved it straight away. While we do a lot of open ended free art at home it's fantastic for the children to be able to independently choose a lesson and learn some really... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at how we montessori
Do your children enjoy helping with the washing? Why not give them a few small items and their own little washing station? Today I'm sharing some ideas on creating Montessori style washing (laundry) areas. Above a cloth washing table at The Learning Ark - Elementary Montessori. Train table turned wash... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at how we montessori
Today I gave Otis a lesson on ironing. It was a lot of fun and something completely new to him (perhaps a novelty!). We started with a small child-sized (travel) iron. I put it on medium heat. Low heat wasn't hot enough to remove the wrinkles. We also used a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at how we montessori