INVITATION TO PLAY WITH CLAY

My son has really been into clay lately, so today, I’m sharing quickly how I make a tray for him. No, you don’t need to buy those plastic “dough” sets for your child’s play – they usually come out more expensive, but if you already have them, no worries – use them and just arrange them in a more orderly manner in your tray. Look around your kitchen and your craft supplies and you might have just what you need. […]

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QUICK DIY: MATCHING WORK FOR TODDLERS

Matching work is one of the activities Montessori parents do that I easily loved (just by looking at their photos). I was eager to see it in action, but I really want my son to own the discovery for many things, so I patiently waited, and sometime on his 18th or 19th month, I think – he just suddenly started matching and it was probably one of the most exciting days around here for me. I need to stress this […]

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DIY BAHAY KUBO (TODDLER-FRIENDLY WORK)

We got a copy of Tahanan’s Bahay Kubo book last week, and since then, my son just got hooked to the song (listen to our song here) and the book. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to display a miniature bahay kubo at home (we have a farm-themed one, so I wanted one with trees and miniature fruits), so we visited Balikbayan Handicrafts and Tesoro’s but came home empty-handed. They don’t have bahay kubos except for really small ones […]

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PEELING ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son is at the stage where he loves to peel, rip, peel, rip! I usually don’t mind when he does those because that means he’s also working on his fine motor skills. For books, I have observed that he likes ripping books with glossy pages (think magazine type), and thankfully, we only have a few of those out, so for now, since he started flipping pages, he has only ripped 2 books in total (and both bought on sale, […]

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR MATERIAL MORE MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY

Sharing my sorta-DIY stacking material for last night. Here’s one way I make P’s existing materials more in line with Montessori’s principles. See, a few days ago, while on vacation, P has shown spontaneous interest in stacking. He’d stack whatever he would find – speakers on a box, phones on top of one another, etc. This is the only one I got to take photos of – he saw our paper bag of containers, got a few and stacked them […]

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OUR SON’S FIRST BIRTHDAY!

Yesterday, our son officially turned a year old! It’s been one beautiful journey, with little bumps here and there for me (mostly breastfeeding-related), but really, it’s been the most wonderful year for me and my husband so far, obviously because our little one is finally in it! We were never big on parties, so even though thoughts of a big party to celebrate crossed our minds, our wish for an intimate and intentional celebration won in the end. We wanted […]

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MONTESSORI MOBILES FOR WATCHING

In my previous post on Montessori Mobiles, I shared how we did the black-and-white visuals. As mentioned in that post, the difference with Montessori mobiles is that they are intentionally used while the infant is awake and ready to absorb his/her surroundings. The mobiles are meant to help develop focus on a moving object and develop perception of color and depth. Just yesterday, my mom-in-law had visitors and she was holding our son while chatting with them. When I came to […]

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MONTESSORI VISUAL FOR INFANTS: THE MUNARI MOBILE

One of the things my husband and I did when I was still pregnant was to DIY our son’s Montessori Mobiles. You see, in our baby registry, we did not register for any commercial mobile nursery and instead made our own. Upon reading Montessori books and articles, I’ve learned that many of the commercial mobiles for nurseries don’t really serve any purpose to infants – design and color-wise. I am quite positive there are well-thought of commercial mobiles out there […]

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