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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Frida’s shelves – eight and a half months

I don’t claim to be a Montessori expert (yet! One day I hope…) but we are trying to raise and educate Frida in a Montessori way. One of the things you will find in all Montessori environments is low open shelving with developmentally-appropriate materials, objects, and work which children can help themselves to. We have…

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