The Prepared Nest

Mighty Meltdowns

“Respect all reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” — Maria Montessori It’s a beautiful Saturday. Your son has spent the afternoon playing happily at his friend’s house and you’ve just arrived to collect him. From the look on your son’s face, you know he is not going

Hands-On Learning

“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence. “ — Maria Montessori As parents, we expect certain milestones to be reached as our children grow and develop. They begin life as helpless newborns and soon gain control of their bodies

Follow the Child

“Follow the child, but follow the child as his leader.” —Maria Montessori “Follow the child” is a very common phrase Montessorians use. It’s an approach not only intended for Montessori teachers; it’s meant for parents and caregivers as well. Maria Montessori was a scientist and her method of education was conceived and based on countless hours

Happy 1st Birthday? The Pressure Is On!!

It’s been almost a year since you gave birth to your precious little one and now the stressful job of planning the perfect birthday celebration is dominating your daily thoughts. You’ve joined the ranks of late night Pinterest parents, pinning frantically to come up with the BEST birthday party board ideas EVER for their little

The Laundry Basket

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create.” — Maria Montessori My daughter reminded me the other day that she would spend hours playing in a laundry basket, pretending she was in a boat with her “blankie” as the sail. Thinking back, the laundry basket was