Dear caregiver, I know you have the best intentions. When you take me to the park and “walk” me by the arms, sit me on the teeter-totter, or send me down the slide, you’re doing it because you want me to have fun. But here’s the thing: I am a baby. I am driven by developmental urges… Read More Letter From Your Baby
Welcome to Theory Thursday, where Jeanne-Marie Paynel (from Voila Montessori) and I team up to share our knowledge and love of all things Montessori through text and video! I recently received this question from a client: “My 8-month old freaks out every time I am out of her sight. I can’t even go to the bathroom… Read More Now You See It…
I was sitting outside, enjoying a bit of sunshine, when Zachary walked out of the bathroom and approached me with an inquisitive look. “Mom, can plants grow with pee?” The question from my just-turned-four year old caught me off guard. “Uh, I’m not sure.” He reasoned: “Well, pee comes from water, right? So maybe they can.”… Read More Bathroom Botany
Preface: I struggled to write this because my goal is NOT to cast Zachary’s old school in a negative light. I believe that this school has done an amazing job of providing a quality Montessori experience for hundreds of families. However, each school, teacher and family has their own set of values and goals, and it’s the parents’ responsibility… Read More From Montessori to Unschooling and Back
In June 2014, at the age of 38, my plate was overflowing with working full-time as an elementary Montessori teacher and being the mom of a 2.5-year old boy, Zachary. My husband, Tom, and I knew we wanted another child, but I also knew it would be hard to sustain the type of pregnancy I wanted… Read More Nadia’s home birth: A rainbow baby orgasmic birth story
With the birth or our daughter, I found myself slacking off in the “Montessori parenting” department. Gone are the days when Zach and I could spend 30 minutes cooking together, and my patience and resolve are minimal these days due to sleep deprivation and meeting the needs of a tiny human 24/7. When I started noticing… Read More Getting Back on the Montessori Wagon
In honor of Pi Day, Zachary and I made a quiche following this tried-and-true recipe. While not the speediest quiche to make, it was perfect for keeping us entertained on an otherwise lazy afternoon. Here are some pictures of Zach working, to give you an idea of what a toddler can help with. Please pardon the shades; he’s 100% three… Read More Happy Pi Day!
You might be familiar with the idea that children learn best when they are following their interests. But you might not know that by “following the child”, you’re also helping them develop executive functions: skills like impulse control, delayed gratification, problem-solving, strategizing and concentrating, which are much bigger determinants for success in life than IQ. I recently attended… Read More Letting the Child Lead the Way