Tag: Montessori

Tag: Montessori

Wise Home Design Details and Montessori Principles: A Beautiful Fit

Design Wise by Vern Yip  Once Designer Vern Yip was confirmed as the guest speaker at a local Charleston museum fundraiser, I reserved my seat. My calendar was marked and I ordered a copy of his newest design book, Vern Yip’s Design Wise. Along with more than one hundred attendees, I listened intently as he shared

Offer Respectful Choices With Boundaries at Pick Up Time

“Respect all reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” — Maria Montessori Imagine that it’s a beautiful Saturday. Your child had spent the afternoon playing happily at his friend’s house and you’ve just arrived to take him home. From the look on your child’s face, you know he

The Child’s First and Greatest Teacher: The Hand

“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, milestone expectations are common concerns as children grow and develop. Within a relatively short time, helpless newborns gain control of their bodies and movements. Before long,

First, Follow the Child to Offer Guidance

“Follow the child, but follow the child as his leader.” —Maria Montessori For most adults, it can be confusing to hear the recommendation, “Follow the child, but follow the child as his leader.” As the responsible adult, the expectation is to be the child’s “leader”.  But leading is often based on our own needs. So,

A Happy 1st Birthday to Remember

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

An Imagination Can Be Launched in a Laundry Basket!

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create.” — Maria Montessori Our now grown daughter just reminded me 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

Listen With Your Ears, Heart and Mind to Discover the Magic✨

“Under the urge of nature and according to the laws of development, though not understood by the adult, the child is obliged to be serious about two fundamental things … the first is the love of activity … The second fundamental thing is independence.” — Maria Montessori Parenting Can Be Awesome  There’s no magic pill for