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Montessori at Home with The Prepared Nest™

A home environment based on the child’s innate need to learn offers safe hands-on play, exploration and participation in daily family life.  Introducing Montessori principles at home will nurture the child’s learning development — cognitively, physically, and emotionally— and strengthen family relationships.

Julie Mitaro

Founder of the Prepared Nest
As an AMI trained Montessori educator, former Primary Guide for ages 2.5 to 7 years, and parent of three grown children, I now enjoy helping families bring Montessori principles and inspiration into their homes through The Prepared Nest. A home is not a classroom; however, it is the child’s first and most important learning environment. I founded The Prepared Nest to help parents understand how much they can enrich their child’s development by applying these principles at home.
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Montessori activities at home:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar —Why Less is More

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach ache.” 🐛🍫🍰🍦🧀🍕🍭🍒🌭🍉 ✨I watched as she explored the pages of

Early Toddler Art

Naturally drawn to hands-on exploration, early art activities are especially attractive to the toddler. This attraction encourages the gathering of important information through touch. As Dr. Montessori discovered, “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.” The benefits to learning through art are many. To begin with, engaging in toddler art supports small motor

Going Green

At 24 months, there is plenty of interest in new activities. Meanwhile, I have to be mindful that as a toddler she still “mouths” objects occasionally. For this reason, I decided to offer some fresh vegetables to sort, peel and taste. Yes, we were “going green.” She has grown so much in the past few months.

Recent blog posts about Montessori at home:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar —Why Less is More

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach ache.” 🐛🍫🍰🍦🧀🍕🍭🍒🌭🍉 ✨I watched as she explored the pages of

Early Toddler Art

Naturally drawn to hands-on exploration, early art activities are especially attractive to the toddler. This attraction encourages the gathering of important information through touch. As Dr. Montessori discovered, “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.” The benefits to learning through art are many. To begin with, engaging in toddler art supports small motor

Going Green

At 24 months, there is plenty of interest in new activities. Meanwhile, I have to be mindful that as a toddler she still “mouths” objects occasionally. For this reason, I decided to offer some fresh vegetables to sort, peel and taste. Yes, we were “going green.” She has grown so much in the past few months.