Montessori Key #2: Free Choice & Perceived Autonomy For this second key to understanding Montessori, I want you to think about the last several weeks of quarantine. Even if you are an introvert who works from home, somehow being under lockdown feels stifling and has given many feelings of anxiety or even depression. Why is … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #2: Freedom
🇬🇧 Five years ago when I was at Cambridge, I drove north, to a farm deep into the countryside of Yorkshire. The farmers waved from the barn as I got out of my car. I said hello to the mostly black Border Collie who came to greet me, then I followed the lady farmer into … Continue reading In Praise of Four-Legged Firstborns
Hi there! Here we are with the first post in our series on Montessori methods. The purpose of this series is not to strictly define the principles, but to just chat about the heart of Montessori and unlock a little of the mystery. Let’s jump in — Montessori Key # 1: Movement Anyone who has … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #1: Movement
Much of my teaching and parenting style derives from the Montessori Method (created by Dr. Maria Montessori). Now I'm sure most of you have at least heard of Montessori and can conjure up a few images of low, open shelves, simple wooden toys, and natural materials and colors. It can seem a little mysterious, maybe … Continue reading But what is “Montessori” anyway?