Because the first six years matter most

The first few years of life are truly remarkable in a child’s natural development. Experiences during these early years shape the way a child learns and grows more than any other period of life.

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When One Door Closes

Young children are naturally attracted to things that open and close. This is especially true when it comes to doors. The young child may suddenly show a profound interest in a doorknob and door, and will continue to do so until his need is satisfied. The knob in his hand is yet another material that

Taken Root

One of my favorite areas of our property is our Charleston-style side garden with its lush greenery, native trees, colorful flowers and flowing fountain. It’s a wonderful place to relax with a book, visit with a friend or simply ‘be’. It’s also an area that needs frequent care: watering, misting, trimming, weeding, sweeping, etc. This

A Mister In Hand

Caring for plants, both indoors and outdoors, is part of our daily routine at home. Our sunny and warm climate means our plants require watering, trimming and attention frequently. We always keep a watering can and mister handy. As important as it is for the plants to be cared for, the benefits to the child

I Wonder Why…

As adults, we all have fond and emotional memories deep within us from our early childhood experiences. Most of us can recall intense relationships with other living things: favorite animals we had and loved, open fields, wild flowers growing on a mountain side, or perhaps the sound of a fresh water stream trickling down the

Repetition and Riptides

Children are born with natural urges that guide them as they gain control of their muscles and senses with little effort. Especially in the first three years of life, they are unconscious learners and tirelessly work toward independence. Given a safe and well-prepared environment, an infant will begin working to hold her head up, roll

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Julie Mitaro

Founder of the prepared nest

As a former AMI Montessori Primary teacher, a mother of three grown children and an interior design consultant, The Prepared Nest concept pulled at my heart: share Montessori inspiration and encourage a Montessori lifestyle in ALL family homes! Creating children’s rooms and home spaces that are beautiful, calm, natural, enriching and inviting to the child will enhance the child’s innate development, and a Montessori lifestyle can strengthen family relationships. The goal is reason enough; to help children develop to their fullest potential.