CHILD-LED PLAY IN ART

Google child-led play and you will see a plethora of articles indicating the benefits. But what is child-led play, really? As a parent who practices both RIE and Montessori to my son, this has been a key principle in our chosen way of raising our child. For me, it simply means allowing Pablo to explore and observe with non-judgmental eyes because I respect him and the person he is becoming. It means watching to see what he discovers (and letting […]

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MAKING BANANA + MILK DESSERT WITH A TODDLER

Summer is officially here! It’s been so hot lately that I’m starting to crave for iced desserts. In the Philippines, HALO-HALO is a favorite for many Filipinos. It’s a mix of different textures and tastes put together with milk, ice, and if you’re lucky, ice cream and our beloved leche flan. In our household though, I grew up with this simple banana and milk dessert. And since I was craving for it after lunch earlier, I decided to introduce it […]

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MY FAVORITE PHASE: MY SON’S GROWING SENSE OF ORDER

If you were to tell years ago that toddlers are naturally orderly, I would have laughed at you. I mean, have you seen how homes with children look like?!? Well…I am writing now to tell you that it is apparently true. Maria Montessori was right. Toddlers do get into the sensitive period for order. Just like the photo below. What?! How in the world is that photo orderly, right? That’s probably what you think. To appreciate that, you should first […]

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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 Pablo’s existing materials more in line with Montessori’s principles. See, a few days ago, while on vacation, Pablo 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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PABLO’S BOOK COLLECTION (0-12 MONTHS)

Now that Pablo is 1 year old, I’d like to share the books that made it to his year of infancy. Before I became a mom, I had a completely different set of books in mind. In fact, the very first thing I shopped for when I found out I was pregnant was a couple of books (you can check them HERE and HERE), but after having read Montessori later on in my pregnancy, I ended up with a completely […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF PABLO’S ROOM

Prepared Environment – if you were to follow only ONE Montessori principle, I would say go for this. Of course it’s a whole philosophy in itself, and are all linked and related that it’d be hard to just follow just one, BUT, it can be quite overwhelming, so you can start slowly while you read more (I still have so much to read and learn)! Here is the evolution of Pablo’s room from birth to now that he’s 1 year […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: GARDEN RAKING

We had a visitor the other night. My 3-year-old nephew sleptover our home without his parents for the very first time. And I thought it was a great opportunity for my 11-month-old and him to bond together. When he arrived from school that afternoon, we talked about what he wanted to do. I offered him choices. Did he want to visit a nearby gym play area? Or did he want to stay home? Did he want to eat already, or […]

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MY PARENTING (AND MOSTLY MONTESSORI) BOOKLIST

If there’s one question I often get on Instagram, it’s this: “May I ask what books you read to guide you with your parenting?” I am not ashamed to admit that I am the type of mom who relies on lots and lots of books to help me guide my son. If I’ll be honest here, I admit I don’t believe in “mother’s instinct” 100%. If that were true, we’d all be doing the same thing and treating our children […]

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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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