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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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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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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SAVE THE CHILDREN ORGANIZATION x VICKS REMINDER

“Children protected from violence are less likely to be perpetrators of violence when they grow up.” One of the most challenging parts of parenting, I think, is really understanding that prevention is way better than cure. Sometimes, we do things with a positive intention, but enforce it in a negative way. The sad truth here is that sometimes, we end up hurting the ones we love – not only physically, but also psychologically – and sometimes, children end up being […]

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PABLO’S 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 Pablo really enjoyed books that encouraged action, because he would try to imitate them. An example of this would be Helen Oxenbury’s famous […]

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MONTESSORI-AT-HOME TIP: HOW TO CHOOSE OUTFITS FOR YOUR CHILD

Many parents know the value of movement in a child’s learning. Children maximize all their senses when they encounter new things, so unlike us adults who rely mostly on our sight, children make use of their ears, hands, feet, nose, and mouth to really understand the world around them. Based on observation though, what is often overlooked is what children wear. Long dresses, stockings, tight jeans, tight button-down tops, tight fabrics, trendy shoes — the list is quite long in […]

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MY FAVORITE BOOKSTORES IN MANILA

When we think of bookstores in Metro Manila, three chains immediately come to mind: Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and Power Books. Actually, maybe Goodwill, too. I do go to those bookstores and enjoy my finds from there every now and then, but there are other bookstores I really love visiting! Today, let me share with you my favorites (in no particular order) and why!:) 1. ARTBOOKS.PH Located along Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong, this bookstore may be small, but is GOOOLDEN when […]

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