Infants and Toddlers
I love the simplicity of the Montessori 3-period lesson for teaching vocabulary and concepts. I’ve been using the 3-period to teach vocabulary to my 15-month old granddaughter, Zoey. I also showed my daughter, Christina, how to use the 3-period lesson. Today, I’m sharing a video I directed of Christina
My 15-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been in love with beluga whales for a number of months. Because of her interest in beluga whales, I prepared some Montessori-inspired whale activities for her. We’ve had LOTS of fun with toddler geography activities based on baby beluga. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate
Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new.
A DIY Montessori open and close basket is one of the easiest materials to prepare, yet it works on many important skills for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I love that you can easily adapt the activity for your child’s age and skill level. Like other practical life activities, an
I’m excited today to gather and update my Montessori toddler resources. Montessori toddler activities are especially relevant to me right now, since my granddaughter, Zoey, is 14 months old. I’m having lots of fun preparing toddler activities for my own home again. Here are some helpful resources for toddlers.
Happy Christmas Eve! Today, I have a Montessori-inspired activity for babies and toddlers that’s very easy to prepare and can be used both before and after Christmas. It’s a good way to recycle Christmas gift boxes and bags. Preparing the Montessori-Inspired Christmas Gift Box and Bag Treasure Basket This
My 13-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, has always loved her treasure baskets. She enjoyed her kitchen treasure basket and ball treasure basket for months. For the Christmas season, I put together a Christmas bell treasure basket that took about 5 minutes to prepare. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no
Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all
I love handprint and footprint keepsake crafts. I made sure I had a handprint from both of my kids when they were little. So I wanted my granddaughter’s presents to her parents this Christmas to be handprint and footprint keepsake ornaments. I had helped Zoey make a special keepsake
Life for moms with babies can be overwhelming, but following Montessori principles can make it easier in many ways. Helping your baby learn to concentrate by not interrupting a cycle of concentration is always important. Another important Montessori principle is to observe your baby to be in tune with
I had a super-fun experience last week … making banana playdough for the first time and watching my granddaughter’s first experience with playdough! Thanks to Asia Citro and her FABULOUS new book, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, I’m a convert to playdough making. Back when I was a Montessori
As the grandma of a 12-month old, I’ve had LOTS of fun reading books to a baby over the last year. For my gift guide today, I want to share some of my favorite Montessori-friendly books for babies. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.
I love creating new activities for my grandbaby. Today, I want to share ideas for simple sensory bottles for babies and toddlers using miniature farm animals, zoo animals, and ocean animals. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. I could have prepared sensory bottles for
My birthday was last week, and I’m lucky to have a husband who gives me a dozen roses for special occasions like birthdays. I hate to throw the roses away when they get old, so I was very happy today to create sensory activities for my granddaughter with the
Singing “Old MacDonald” and saying animal sounds with babies and toddlers is always fun, so I decided to prepare a Montessori-inspired farm-animal matching and vocabulary activity for a baby or toddler. My granddaughter, Zoey, is now 10 months old and loves animals. She doesn’t have a pet, but she
It’s no secret that babies have an intense need for movement. When your baby is crawling and wants to learn to walk, you might find that your baby seems to lose interest in toys and other learning experiences, instead focusing on moving as much as possible. Don’t worry if
I had fun preparing Montessori spaces for my children at home. Now I’m having fun preparing Montessori spaces for my granddaughter. I take care of my 10- month-old granddaughter, Zoey, a number of afternoons each week. I wouldn’t be comfortable having a home that wasn’t Montessori-friendly, so I’ve created
Spielgaben educational toys are recommended for ages 3-12. If you consider the Spielgaben yarn balls, then the Spielgaben toys are appropriate for birth through age 12. (Only the yarn balls are safe for babies and toddlers, though.) Spielgaben yarn balls have been my 8-month-old granddaughter’s favorite toys for some
My granddaughter is now 8 months old, and we’re still having a great time with Montessori treasure baskets. Today, I want to share one of my granddaughter’s all-time favorite “toys” … her Montessori-inspired ball treasure basket. Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you). Treasure
My 7-month old granddaughter LOVES necklaces and wants to play with and chew on any necklaces she sees. I tend to wear necklaces a lot but didn’t want Zoey chewing on my necklaces for fear of the necklace breaking and causing her to swallow beads. I also worried that
My post today gives a way for babies (and toddlers) to enjoy all those little objects that are a choking hazard. Mini discovery boxes are similar to discovery bottles. I especially like that the mini discovery boxes are both safe and easy for babies to grasp and explore. Like
I prepared Montessori baby rooms for both of my now-adult children as babies. I also prepared a baby space in our living room for naps and playtime. You can see a photo of those spaces in my posts “My Top 3 Natural Parenting Principles” and “How to Set Up
I LOVE the Montessori weaning table … so much that I used one for both of my now-adult children when they were babies, and I’m using one for my granddaughter. The Montessori weaning table is designed to be heavy and also uses a heavy chair that will give support
Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful mothers around the world! I’m excited to celebrate my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother! My granddaughter was born on November 2, 2013, and my life hasn’t been the same since. My husband and I even moved from Colorado Springs to San Diego
My granddaughter and I had a busy afternoon yesterday making a special handprint keepsake for my daughter-in-law, Chea, for Mother’s Day. Shhhh … don’t tell Chea! Today, I’ll share how we made the handprint art along with giving a free printable to make it easier for you to make
I’ve been having LOTS of fun with my new granddaughter, who’s now 5½ months old. One of the items I’ve added to my home is a kitchen treasure basket. You’ll find treasure baskets in Montessori infant-toddler programs, and they’re great to have if you’re the parent, grandparent, or caregiver
I love using plastic Easter eggs to create Montessori-inspired sound sets. I have a DIY Easter egg sound set for preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing an idea for inexpensive DIY Montessori-inspired Easter egg sound shakers for babies and toddlers. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).