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A few of my favorite things #5

What is it? Why do I like them? When are they appropriate for children*?   Russian nesting dolls, also  known as a matryoshka or babushka doll. These nesting dolls are ideal to add beauty in the child’s home and to give them the opportunity to develop their fine motor, eye hand coordination and learn the concepts of scale. If […]

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Less is More in Your Child’s Home

Thank you to The Mom’s Guide to San Diego, for featuring Voila Montessori!   Less is More in Your Child’s Home A “floor bed” may not be your idea of a beautiful addition to a nursery, but Jeanne-Marie Paynel of  Voila Montessori says the floor bed is central to a baby-friendly room. Long before you might explore Montessori […]

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Listen up!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Elizabeth Caliva from LezBeMommies radio, on the ways we can create spaces in our homes for our children to thrive. Enjoy and please let me know what you think.

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A few of my favorite things #2

  What is it, why do I like them and when* are they appropriate for children? Color coordinated kitchen utensils, found at a local bargain store. Color coordinating children’s activities helps them with their sense of order. It is essential when setting up activities to have all of the items together so the child does not […]

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Eat, Poop, Sleep – Part 4: Sleeping by Pilar Bewley

Pilar’s five month old son sleeping through the night on his floor bed. In part III of this series, we discussed how parents use the Montessori approach to help children develop toileting awareness.  Today we’re going to discuss the importance of child-friendly sleeping environments.  Here’s a common scenario and the Montessori alternative… Scenario: Sonia shared […]

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Guest Post: The Floor Bed

Five month old Zach sleeping through the night on his floor bed.   My dear friend Pilar shares with us her experience and understanding of the “floor bed”. It seem to be such a controversial idea, yet when we think of it; isn’t the crib used more to comfort parents then for the freedom of […]

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