Our strawberry crop is still going strong. This activity reminds me of this day.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
If you are wondering why you haven't seen this book before it's because it's a new release. Published in 2013 I suggest this is already a Montessori classic. Books of this calibre don't come along very often. I ordered it immediately knowing Susan's other publications The Joyful Child and Child of the World (Michael Olaf's Essential Montessori Series). This book is essential for all Montessori school and parent education libraries. Even for those well versed in Montessori this is a must read because it contains so much of Susan's personal experiences (from around the world) and her valuable insight.
Child of the World is divided into four parts; Age 3-6, Age 6-12, Age 0-24 (Stages of Development) and Parents and Teachers. I found Part One, Age 3-6 the most valuable. It contains so much practical information for school and home. I love this section and I took pages of notes. I particularly appreciate the information on selecting toys, activity suggestions and the discussion on screen time.
Part Two, Age 6-12 is less about what to do at home and more about the 6-12 Montessori school environment. I found this very useful as the mother of a five year old and knowing very little about the next cycle. If you have a child in or approaching 6-12, at a Montessori school, this section is extremely valuable.
I felt a little lost in Part Three. This section contains Montessori theory about the stages of development. It was so refreshing to read about Montessori adolescence and even adulthood, so rarely mentioned in other texts. Perhaps I'll be more engaged when my own children near this age.
Part Four, Parents and Teachers is too brief. This section provides some background to Montessori education, covers the basics and it a nice way to finish what is an excellent resource.
Child of the World is perfect for all parents including those new to Montessori, although it is quite different (in a good way) from existing books. It's not at all prescriptive but if you read the entire book you will have all the information needed to create a Montessori home environment. I would recommend this book to parents of children from the toddler years up. It is a strength of this book that it covers such a wide age range. After reading Child of the World I have fresh ideas and am inspired to make changes to our home!
Those pages of notes I mentioned, I thought I'd share some of them with you!
Child of the World is a complete resource for Montessori in the home for ages three and up.
Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts?
Expecting a baby? Having a baby shower? Attending a baby shower? Here are a few Montessori-ish baby gift ideas. This post contains some affiliate links.
Understanding the Human Being. A great Montessori book for pregnancy through to the first year. The best price I have found is via NAMTA.
Montessori mobiles. This is a Bell on a Ribbon.
Baby Hair Brush. This one has a waxed beech handle with soft goat hair bristles.
Bodysuits that open at the front.
Baby Blankets, wraps and wipes.
Nursing Necklace. A beautiful gift!
Books. Because newborns like a story too.
Munari Mobile. Find one online or make your own. Image from Montessori in Motion.
Walker Wagon (not really furniture I know)
What a fun list to compile! I love shopping for babies!! I would love to hear your suggestions. What do you like to give at baby showers?
Edited to add that all links should be working now!
Today we gathered with some of our dearest friends to celebrate Otis's second birthday. There was magic and balloons.
This guy is fabulous! Otis's favourite part was the cake. This is our first party since we've committed to wholefoods. I think we did ok.
Happy birthday Otis. We love you.
More photographs at photo of the day.
There are special toys of what might be thought of as sensorial puzzles in the Montessori school to isolate and teach specific concepts through repeated individual work of the child. A few examples you may have heard of include the pink tower, the color tablets, and the sound boxes... These sensorial materials have no place in the home. - Child of the World. Montessori, Global Education for Age 3-12+. Susan Mayclin Stephenson.
Susan has a point. She continues to say that Montessori sensorial materials should only be used as intended, not as the child pleases and that parents can keep the lessons and play with the child in ways she mentions further. The whole concept of using Montessori materials at home has been a puzzle to me until now. It is impossible to think we can create a Montessori school at home. It is impossible to have the same knowledge as someone who is trained, it is impossible to create the same environment. There isn't any need to.
At home we share many of the experiences Susan lists (playing with blocks, gardening, woodwork, baking). But we also have some toys that while they don't replace the Montessori materials they do represent a sensorial lesson.
Nesting or stacking boxes. I have shown these before, the difference is now Otis is using them all by himself.
Puzzles. Also Otis is using the Rainbow Stacking Tower.
Have you ever thought you needed to purchase (or make) specific Montessori marterials? Perhaps think again.