Montessori Community

Montessori Community Series – Shawnee Bernabe (My Mom!)

I am starting a Montessori Community Series, a blog post about the people whom I have worked with, admired, and have a big influence on my Montessori journey.  It's a no-brainer to start with someone close to me and who influenced me greatly other than my Mom, Shawnee Bernabe.   My Mom is a big… Continue reading Montessori Community Series – Shawnee Bernabe (My Mom!)


Order: The Need Of The Child

We had school holidays for two weeks and I always take that chance to source and prepare materials and maybe rearrange the furniture for the next session back. Today was the first session back after two weeks, and my toddlers reminded me how order is so important to them. I innocently moved the water dispenser… Continue reading Order: The Need Of The Child

Families, Personal

Trust Your Child’s Ability

When my son turned 3 he was enrolled at Children's House in Dunedin. His teachers were amazing, wonderful and so patient with him. It was only my 3rd year as a Montessori Teacher, and I was quite inexperienced compared to my son's teachers. I work with toddlers, and by age of 2 1/2 if they… Continue reading Trust Your Child’s Ability

Families, Personal

{old post} NZ School Holidays

I found this old blog, how we spent school holidays back in New Zealand.  For us, school holidays are for lying in bed until 8am, watching movies after dinner every day, bushwalks and more books.  ------------------ Two sunny days in a row. Lucky for us! School holidays have just started and we're quite a little… Continue reading {old post} NZ School Holidays

Article, Families

The Trained Eye

As a Montessori Teacher, I often reflect on my practice. It is tantamount to do so, unless you want to get stuck in a rut (well I don't!). Sometimes I can be hard on myself, as I strive harder because I know my role is essential to every child I meet. I also reflect on… Continue reading The Trained Eye

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Eating Out – Manners and Expectations

Our family enjoys eating out and trying different cuisines; it's one of our favorite things to do. When my kids learned how to read, they were very excited every time we ate out and will ask for a menu for themselves. To be able to read the menu's option for themselves gave them a triumphant… Continue reading Eating Out – Manners and Expectations



Whenever an Educator asks me what book I can recommend them to learn more about Montessori philosophy, I usually tell them to read Montessori From The Start - Paula Lillard I often recommend this to the parents I work with, and I get really good feedback such as it helped them so much not just… Continue reading iRecommend


A Morning Well Spent

What is a typical morning in a Montessori Infant or Toddler Class? Are you ready? It starts with a warm morning greeting and I make sure I make eye contact with children. A child usually darts off to the room and looks at what activities they would like to do. Some may take awhile to… Continue reading A Morning Well Spent

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Montessori Way : Toys That Matter

I came across an article written by Joshua Becker (becoming minimalist) on why fewer toys will benefit children. He has 12 great points and I chose my top 3 and share my perspective using Montessori Approach. A Montessori environment for babies and toddlers has selected materials neatly organized on the shelves. Just the right activities… Continue reading Montessori Way : Toys That Matter


Raising Adolescents – A Reflection

Lately, I am the least favorite person of my kids. Not very popular right now, lots of "Oh come on Mom!" "But why can't I have it now?" "Not Fair!" You see, I try not to promise anything to my kids because it can be very frustrating for them and I lose my credibility if… Continue reading Raising Adolescents – A Reflection