Frida’s Montessori room tour

I have finally done a bit of (very overdue!) toy rotation in Frida’s room. As Frida has gotten older I’ve found that I’ve naturally rotated her toys less, as she’s played with things in new ways, and has also focused on gross motor skills and language acquisition rather than on materials so she’s gotten bored…

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Simple autumn activities to do with children 

Look for squirrels, collect conkers, splash in puddles, crunch on leaves – in short, go outside!  Going out for a walk or an adventure is my favourite thing to do with Frida all year round, but in the cool crisp autumn there is something truly magical about walking through the falling leaves. She is starting…

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The ultimate Montessori gift guide: infants and toddlers

I have been meaning to write this post for so long, and with the festive season fast approaching (eeeek!) I thought I should actually get to it rather than leaving it too late for this year. Below are a selection of toys I feel pretty sure would be welcomed by any family with an interest in the…

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Why we chose a Steiner playgroup for our Montessori toddler 

Imagine the scene. A church hall filled with loud, single-purpose plastic toys. Children of all ages running around, ignored by their childminders who sit chatting on the benches at the side. Noise. Pushing, snatching, shouting, scolding, threats. No one welcoming you, no one leading the session or seemingly in charge, no structure whatsoever. Biscuits and…

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Toilet learning at 17 months

It’s been a month now since we ditched Frida’s nappies, a good time to take stock about what has worked well for us during her toilet learning. When Frida was ten months we tentatively took our first steps along our toilet learning journey. You can read more about it here. We basically just introduced a potty,…

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We love… Books about wildlife 

Like most young children, Frida is fascinated by wildlife. Mammals, birds, insects, fish – you name it, she loves it. Because of this we read a lot of books about wildlife and animals (“ana!”), and these are probably her favourites (as well as her ever-growing collection of Mog books and Lynley Dodd books).  We do…

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