Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Favorite Montessori blogs and a good book
Favorite Montessori Blogs
How We Montessori
Modern Parents Messy Kids
Feeding the Soil
At Home With Montessori
Living Montessori Now
An Everyday Story
and a good book : How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way
Until I took the time to learn more about Montessori (and Waldorf...more to come in another post) I used to get intimidated by this approach. Even now, I still find it a bit overwhelming (very active parenting style)...but maybe it is just me?
Going with my mom instincts is still my motto but, personally, I find that following certain principles (especially when they fit naturally into your regular lifestyle) makes things much more enjoyable.
I don't think that I will ever be a "hard core" Montessori follower (probably because I don't have any "real life" Montessori guidance...any Montessori moms in Montreal?) but I love to incorporate as many elements as possible in my family life.
Things I love about Montessori:
Freedom to learn
Child friendly home (child size furniture and objects)
Discovering through the senses
Gaining independence (everyday living skills)
Beauty and harmony
Positive approach to discipline
Limited uses of television and computer
Visual stimulation, artwork, musical value and "beautiful" toys
...and so many little elements that are just freakin awesome!
Lately, we started to use a small "rug" to define Alice's work area when she chooses to play on the floor. This idea might be a bit strange but is very logical in a small living environment like our home.
Baby steps...or should I say toddler steps ;)