Learning to read and write the Montessori way: Introducing the moveable alphabet

I recently decided to bring out the moveable alphabet that I have had sitting in a cupboard upstairs for a while and introduce it to Frida. If you’re not familiar with it, the moveable alphabet is a brilliant Montessori material which recognises that most children will be able to start spelling out words long before…

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Meet the Mother: Amy Dorsch

I am delighted to be sharing this interview series with you, where I will be talking to a different woman every fortnight about parenting, motherhood, their daily rhythm and what makes a beautiful childhood. So without further ado, let’s meet the mother… This week, I’d like to welcome Montessori teacher, school founder, and mother of…

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Seven tips on introducing practical life activities

“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities, which they can perform themselves. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down the stairs, to…

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Why we love… Nature Storybooks 

As a family, we read a lot of books. I aim to take Frida to the library regularly, I read children’s book reviews, greedily soak up recommendations, and love discovering new books to share with her. One of my happiest discoveries has been the Nature Storybooks series, and I have been meaning to share a…

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In praise of good quality art materials: Stockmar and Lyra review

Art is an important part of our daily rhythm at the moment, with Frida choosing to work with her paints, pencils, crayons and modelling clay most days – sometimes more than once. She has free access to paints, water, pencils, crayons, paper, and felt tips (you can see our current set up here), and tends…

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My favourite Montessori books for parents

I am often asked if I can recommend some books on Montessori for parents who would like to find out more, or to deepen their knowledge and understanding on the topic. I have finally organised myself enough to share some recommendations with you! There is so much more to the Montessori philosophy and approach than…

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