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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P’s FIRST YEAR IN PHOTOS

Apart from the photos of the monthly updates I post here for P (where there are too many things surrounding him – a beautiful reminder for us later on what mattered to him that time), my husband and I decided to make a separate shoot for him for the first year of his life – something clean. Good thing my niece showed us a peg – a baby’s growth with a wooden play horse as background. My dad-in-law has a […]

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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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DIY POSTING WORK FOR MINIMAL OR NO COST (FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS)

My son was 9 months old when he first showed interest in doing posting work. In THIS video, you will see him try out his peg material. We did not teach him how to do this, but he would always see us fix it whenever he’s done playing with it. This to me, meant that he was ready for it. A month after, he showed readiness for the coin-box type of posting (see video HERE). I would have loved the […]

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OUR SON’S FIRST BIRTHDAY!

Sharing a throwback of when our son turned 1. 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 […]

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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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MY TRASH, MY TREASURE

I have been busy re-cleaning the house before my son arrives. Today, I decided to clean a drawer full of broken accessories. I kept them thinking I could be a jewelry maker someday, but let’s face it, that’s just not my thing and I’ll probably never be one. I know of Marie Kondo and appreciate the wisdom she tries to impart, but on days like this, I am just really happy to be a basurera [a Filipino term that means “garbage” […]

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