Montessori Mother Blog

Practical life in the Montessori Toddler Community

posted by Katelynn 🌻28 April 2020

This post is an extensive photo tour of the practical life materials in the Montessori toddler community. It also includes guidelines on arranging materials in your home or classroom, & how to present these materials to toddlers.

Materials for Montessori-at-Home

posted by Katelynn 🌻22 March 2020

The home offers so many opportunities for developmental activities. In this blog post I have recommended different DIY activity ideas and my Amazon material recommendations listed by age. These are all materials that the children use in class which inspire concentration and teach new skills.

Montessori Mixed Age Groups: in school & with siblings at home

posted by Katelynn 🌻8 March 2020

In Montessori education, classes are organised in mixed age groups: 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18. This post discusses why mixed age groups are so important for child development and also gives tips on Montessori at home when you are preparing the environment for siblings of different ages.

Baking with Toddlers | Lemon Cookies

posted by Katelynn 🌻9 February 2020

For our baking days this month the toddlers will bake lemon thumbprint cookies in pairs. The cookies turned out deliciously – I even baked an extra batch for the parents to enjoy! 🙂 In this blogpost I will walk you through how I prepare this baking workshop and share with you the vegan, gluten-free recipe that I used with my students. Enjoy!

Montessori Food Q+A

posted by Katelynn 🌻2 February 2020

This blog post is common question and answer style discussion about Montessori Weaning, food-related difficulties with toddlers, play food, and links to a great Montessori mealtime set. I hope you find it very practical and helpful! 

How to set up a Montessori play area at home (from birth to 3 years)

posted by Katelynn 🌻27 January 2020

This step by step guide (with examples) shows how we can prepare the child’s environment Montessori-style so they can follow their natural path of development. In a Montessori play area, babies and toddlers are able to face challenges, grow their creativity, and have success.

15 Montessori gifts for 0-3

posted by Katelynn 🌻1 December 2019

Here are 5 Montessori gifts for newborns, babies, and toddlers that are perfect for Christmas, Chanukah, birthdays, or just because!

Understanding your Child’s Temperament

posted by Katelynn 🌻17 November 2019

Understanding our children’s personality and the way it contrasts with our own helps us to prevent and manage problems more easily, modify the child’s environment to best suit their needs, and set reasonable limits & expectations. Use this questionnaire to find your child’s temperament and get Montessori tips for each personality trait!

Supporting Concentration in Montessori

posted by Katelynn 🌻4 October 2019

A special part of the Montessori classroom, which is different from traditional classrooms, is that children concentrate deeply and for long periods of time on their work, whether a teacher is watching over them or not. This blogpost is about the philosophy behind concentration in Montessori and practical ways to support it in the child’s environment from 0-3…

Baking with Toddlers

posted by Katelynn 🌻18 August 2019

This blogpost includes photos, our time-tested vegan banana muffin recipe, and everything I learned from baking with toddlers every day for a week! 

The Way Children Play: how to use a Montessori shelf at home

posted by Katelynn 🌻4 August 2019

What makes Montessori toys special? How are they different from commercial toys? What kind of toys should I give to my child?… Children love to learn. They are naturally curious and fascinated by the world around them. They are eager to perfect their own skills and mimic the things they see older children and adults doing. They “play” to absorb new information and to train their skills. They enjoy repeating over and over these new skills until they have been perfected.

Translating for Toddlers

posted by Katelynn 🌻30 June 2019

From 1-2 years old children are faced with the struggle of having many intelligent ideas, but lacking the linguistic ability to express themselves verbally. They may use 1-2 words to convey a whole idea. In this blogpost my hope is to help us to see the world from their position, understand their language, and give supportive reactions.

Montessori Ikea Hacks

posted by Katelynn 🌻16 June 2019

Preparing a Montessori space for toddlers may take some extra time and planning, but it doesn’t have to be expensive! In this blogpost I have explained the Ikea hacks I used when preparing 5 different areas of my classroom, along with links and lots of photos!

Imagination and Creativity in Montessori

posted by Katelynn 🌻1 June 2019

There is a common misconception that the Montessori approach doesn’t encourage children to be imaginative and creative… In this blogpost and corresponding podcast, I will discuss the Montessori approach as it relates to imaginary play, fairytales, and creativity through art and music.

What Your Child Is Capable Of : from birth to 18m

posted by Katelynn 🌻23 May 2019

Montessori is all about allowing each child use the full potential they were born with. This month-by-month guide shares some of the things children do during the Sensitive Periods for movement and language and a few Montessori activities which would be appropriate during that stage of development…

Welcome to Germany’s 1st Montessori Early Learning Center!

posted by Katelynn 🌻4 May 2019

In this blog, I would like to share practical tips on applying Montessori-at-Home and give you a look inside the Montessori Mother Early Learning Center.

This first post is an introduction to myself and our little school in the heart of Berlin, Germany. I hope you enjoy!