{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

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 because I know my role is essential to every child I meet. I also reflect on my relationship with my…… Continue reading The Trained Eye

Eating Out With Your Children

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 options for themselves gave them a triumphant…… Continue reading Eating Out With Your Children

iRecommend

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

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

Montessori Approach in Setting Limits

Setting limits with your toddler is very tricky, but essential. They are still learning their environment, and our role as parents is to guide with respect and support our children. As a Montessori Teacher and fascinated with neuroscience, the book I often recommend is The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel. It helped me understand…… Continue reading Montessori Approach in Setting Limits

When Mum Said No But Dad Said Yes.

Your daughter asks your permission if she can have a sleepover at her best friends house on a school night. You explain that it’s a school night and she can reschedule it on a Friday instead. Then she storms off and looks for her Dad. Too oblivious to why sleepovers on a school night is a…… Continue reading When Mum Said No But Dad Said Yes.

Does your child know how to self soothe?

    Does your toddler carry a blankie, dummy, or stuffie? Or all of the above? Have you observed your child gets distressed when one of their coveted stuff goes missing? Can’t your toddler sleep without them? Read on. One of my friends who gave birth recently told me that her son won’t even take…… Continue reading Does your child know how to self soothe?