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Design Inspiration and the Child’s Space

✨The child helps us see what we don’t; and my (now grown) children are consistently helpful in this area. Marni Jameson’s* interview with Thom Filicia said it best: “We all stop seeing ourselves and our homes honestly, and can benefit from outside experts who have good taste and a keen eye to help us see

The Very Hungry Caterpillar —Why Less Is More

Clearly, there is something about caterpillars and their ever-growing appetites for more. As the story shares: “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

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.

The Art Cart — An Invitation to Paint

Before my young friend arrived, I had prepared our art cart hoping there would be something that would catch her eye. Sure enough, the paint set was the the visual invitation that sparked her interest. While holding a paint set in one hand and a paint brush in the other, she turned and looked up at

Leaps of Language and Learning

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” Fred Rogers Outdoor play time is an important part of our day. Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the weather in April typically means we spend more of our day outside playing and learning. Lucky for us, there is no better classroom for children

The Prepared Nest in the Spotlight

This past spring, I was contacted by Baan Dek Montessori school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and invited to participate in their Spotlight Series (link below in green font). Surprisingly, I first discovered Baan Dek’s logo on a creative branding site called Fuzzco (a local Charleston, SC creative studio). I was intrigued and soon began