Getting Started: Montessori Updated

I’ve just updated the Getting Started: Montessori page with some questions to ask yourself when you are setting up a child-friendly kitchen. I have also included links to my two favourite Montessori blogs; How we Montessori and Montessori ici. This is where I drew inspiration when I was setting up our kitchen for Jack. So check them out.

I’m also working on a Getting Started: Reggio page. I hope it will be useful. Reggio, I don’t feel, is as well known as Montessori although it is growing in popularity. Reggio is an early childhood approach to learning and whilst it has similarities with Montessori there are also many wonderful and inspiring differences. I also find that Reggio-inspired blogs are few and far between so I’ll be adding some links to some of my favourites.

Enjoy.


6 thoughts on “Getting Started: Montessori Updated

  1. I adore your blog and am so thankful that I found you through Kylie. I also didn’t realise that you are Australian too! I didn’t know of freecycle.org until I read your blog either. Now I have managed to help a few people with some items and start to simplify. Anyway, enough rambling. Just thought you should know that your blog is super inspiring.

    • Thank you so much. That really made me smile πŸ˜€
      Isn’t free cycle great! I was able to give away an entire kitchen worth of things to a newly-arrived family. We just had way too much stuff. I think I need to do another clean out though. It does feel nice to downsize and simplify.

  2. I agree that Montessori is more well-known than Reggio, but I have to say I think there are a lot of Montessori-INSPIRED sites/blogs that aren’t what I would consider true Montessori. Some of it I could see coming from one of the training types other than AMI (Association Montessori International – IMO the best), but some of it is just plain wrong. I’d like to see more TRUE Montessori being explained and described on the web. I see a lot of criticism based on the Monte-something ideas and people are criticizing “Montessori education” without really understanding it, through no fault of their own.
    Your introduction, by the way, is excellent. Thanks for improving the public knowledge! Another great site for infants and toddlers is http://www.aidtolife.org

    • You had me worried there for a second Megan πŸ˜€ I’m not Montessori-trained just very interested. I agree, there is a lot of different interpretations and applications of Montessori and sometimes it is more than a little confusing. I’ve also read a lot of criticism about Montessori – that it discourages imaginative play, that it doesn’t encourage individual expression, that the activities discourage free play but I would also disagree strongly based on what I have read.
      Thank you for your support, I am trying to follow Montessori principles as I understand them and as they apply to my family. For us, our main focus is that we honour and respect our children as whole beings; capable and intrinsically motivated to learn. I think this is especially important when you have a child with special needs.

      • I actually posted it on my FB page with this intro: This is an excellent “beginner’s guide to Montessori”. It focuses on how you view your child and his/her development, rather than the specific materials used at school. It also breaks things down into easy questions, so you don’t have to compare to a specific example but instead can evaluate what you already have.

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