———————————— This fifth principle of Montessori education is one intuitive to most parents – especially in the preschool years. It is the understanding that children will learn from their peers and their surroundings continually, not just in lesson times. Maria Montessori used the term “unconscious absorbent mind” to describe the concept of the child taking … More Unlocking Montessori – Key #5: Learning From Peers & the Unconscious Absorbent Mind
I often wonder what my children make of this COVID-19 quarantine. At 1 and 3 years old, they don’t understand words like “germs”, “pandemic”, or “global health crisis”. The younger seems to operate business-as-usual, with a notably lower tolerance for car rides since they are now so infrequent. For his older brother, though, the changes … More “Bye Mom, I’m going to my work!”
With Coronavirus continuing to loom, many of us are still working on our quarantine hobby. I’m looking at you Sourdough Bread Starter. While many of us started gardens or practiced baking inspired by fears of food shortages, some have stuck to the task out of stubborn determination to WIN THIS THING. You know the feeling … More Unlocking Montessori – Key #4: Internal Rewards & Motivation
If you’ve spent any time looking at preschool schooling ideas online, you’ve likely heard of creating “invitations to play”. An invitation to play is a really straight-forward idea, but there are some misconceptions regarding the concept. In this post, I just want to clear up what an invitation to play is, what it is not, … More An Invitation to Play
I’ll admit a little bias here: child-led learning is my favorite. Why? Because children love it, yes, but also because (shhh) it’s easy. Continuing our series on Montessori, the 3rd key to understanding this educational method is individual interest and child-led learning. Children are naturally curious and constantly exploring their environments. Montessori allows the child’s … More Unlocking Montessori – Key #3: Child-Led Learning
Welcome to summer! (vacation that is – summer solstice, I see you there in week 3) I am honestly curious how many of you who, along with your children, had to deal with tele-school these past several weeks are now planning to homeschool next year. Maybe you loved having your kid home and your boss … More New to Wild & Free Childhood? Start here!
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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More But what is “Montessori” anyway?