TODDLER KNIVES: THE TOOLS WE USE AT HOME

In Montessori families, it is not unusual to see toddlers working in the kitchen. For some, knives are introduced at around 12-18 months of age, while for some, it’s introduced at around 2-3 years old. I understand the worry — so, if you are not yet ready to introduce the knife to your child or feel that your child still needs to do fine motor work before you can do actual slicing work, do remember that there are many other […]

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WHERE TO BUY BOARDGAMES IN METRO MANILA (FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND ADULTS)

I’ve loved boardgames from the year I was introduced to Cranium. Maybe it’s not THE boardgame for hardcore gamers, but it is a fun game for everyone! From then on, I would constantly look at new boardgames, and unfortunately, they are not as popular here in the Philippines as they are in the US or other countries. It’s like a chicken and egg thing- we don’t get enough exposure here to really grow an interest, but there are also not […]

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WHERE TO DONATE YOUR BOOKS (OR FIND SOME TREASURES YOURSELF) IN METRO MANILA

Are you curating your books and want to share the ones you no longer need with others? Whether you have used or new books, here are some places within Metro Manila where your books might end up as treasure for others, or where you might find treasures yourself. photo from The Bookstop Project’s Facebook page BOOKSTOP MANILA According to their Facebook page, “The Book Stop is a pop-up library that encourages reading and a passion for books and promotes the […]

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KEEPSAKE IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

Do you sometimes wish your child stops growing? I do, but I also know that aside from that being impossible, it’s a very selfish thing to wish (thankfully, nature is on his side)– I mean, my son needs to keep growing for himself. He needs it for his own survival. We cannot stop time, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s really true: the days may be long, but the years are short. My son is only 25 months, yet […]

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OUR BOOKLIST FOR MOVEMENT

I did not realize how powerful books are in helping children move more until I saw my very own son copying the poses in his book I Can by Helen Oxenbury. From then on, I’ve enjoyed scouting for books that encourage a lot of movement for children, and my son really enjoys them, so I’m sharing here our favorites! First things first: we buy international books either from www.BookDepository.com or local bookstores (if they are available), or through Amazon when […]

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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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PRACTICAL LIFE: BLOWING PRACTICE FOR TODDLERS

I didn’t realize how important blowing is (and how much practice it would take before an actual blow happens) until we started swimming lessons for our 20-month-old. Blowing is one good way to get your child comfortable in the water (for swimming) because it’s a practice in breathing and helps your toddler get used to water in his/her face. Blowing was something we’ve always done with our soups — so our son knows the word blow, but as we had […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY MATERIALS IN PAPEMELROTI

Established in 1967, many of us who grew up in the Philippines probably know the store PAPEMELROTI. Named after all the children of the Alejandro family (owners of the company), this store has been a major source for crafts, Filipino-made products, pasalubong, etc for me – it carries a lot of very affordable products! It has several branches in Manila, and a few provincial branches as well, but my absolute favorite would be their main branch along Roces Avenue, Quezon […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY ITEMS IN NATIONAL BOOKSTORE

Hi guys. Welcome to the very first of a series I’m planning to do regularly – What Montessori-Friendly Materials Have I Spotted In _________ (a series of different local stores). This is my attempt to share my finds with parents who are just starting out in their Montessori journey, in the hope that instead of getting overwhelmed and intimidated with this beautiful philosophy, it encourages us to look for Montessori-friendly materials in our everyday things and usual stores. I admit, […]

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OUR BOOK COLLECTION (12-18 MONTHS | 1-1.5 YEARS OLD)

My very first post on this series (books for children 0-12 months) may be found HERE. In that post, I shared about what I look for in a book. Here are more qualities that have been added to the list: 1. Action Books – Especially at the tail end of the 12-18 month spectrum, I noticed how our son really enjoyed books that encouraged action, because he would try to imitate them. An example of this would be Helen Oxenbury’s […]

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