Montessori at Home; The Table Tray
Many a meal time have descended into a kind of seated jig for me. I plate up a meal, we sit down to eat and someone needs a drink, or someone forgot a fork, someone needs the toilet or someone wants more juice or in the worst scenarios they don’t like what’s on offer and I’m making something new. Meanwhile my dinner forms a skin and goes cold while my blood pressure creeps ever northward. I’m fairly laid back but this was starting to really grind my gears. So, I looked at our problems and tried to come up with a solution. Part of the problem was a lack of…
Dealing with Unwanted Gifts in a Montessori Home
What to do with non-Montessori gifts, alternatives to sugges and what to say when they just won’t listen!
Helping Siblings Share
Five Montessori inspired ways to encourage sharing between young siblings
Montessori At Home: Our Work Shelves at 2 Years
Why have we introduced Montessori trays? How did we decide what to include? Most importantly - what does our toddler think of them?
Montessori at Home: A Toddler’s Kitchen
The kitchen is full of things which pose a danger to a toddler. There are sharp implements, hot surfaces, glasses to break and liquids to spill. Yet the kitchen is also full of opportunity for a toddler who more than anything else seeks the chance to be independent and to make a valuable contribution to their family. Our Kitchen Space We are lucky enough to have space for a dedicated unit just for Alfie. Of course this is not possible in every home but if you can then it’s best to give a child their own dedicated space, even if it’s just on shelf in a cupboard or a low…
Easy Vegetables to Grow with Children
Any outside space is the ultimate prepared environment, without any effort at all it provides a wealth of learning opportunities in just about every plane of development and to suit nearly every interest. Here's a quick guide on how to get started on the veg patch and how to get your toddler involved too!
March in the Kitchen Garden
In the third of this year’s series on the Kitchen Garden I’m sharing our planting schedule and thinking a little bit about Spring. Spring On The March As a child of the summer Winter takes an unfortunate toll on my sun seeking soul, March therefore holds a special charm for me. It is in March thankfully that Winter finally surrenders though rarely with the dignity to accept the inevitable and more years than not with a decrepit stubbornness of threadbare fog cloaks and miserly dustings of frost. In March the evening is once again returned to us, ours are the dawn chorus and the evensong, ours are the fresh eggs…
Deciding What and When to Plant – February in the Kitchen Garden
The second in our series on Square Foot Gardening in our Potager Garden, this month looking at what seeds to sow and when to sow them to ensure a steady supply of home grown veg so you can Grow Your Own without a Glut.