Montessori: On Outdoor Exploration

Children are born natural explorers. I first encountered the Montessori method of education years ago, but it wasn’t until the birth of our first daughter that I began to actively research it. My husband gifted me several books she had written, and I slowly delved into her theories relating to child development. If you do

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Little Library: Favorite Christmas Books

What are some of your favorite family traditions for celebrating Christmas? Do you celebrate Advent? What about the Winter Solstice? We are still in the midst of creating new traditions for our little family, and this year we’re beginning the tradition of the Jesse tree with our daughters. We’ve chosen Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest

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100+ Fun and Practical Gifts for Small Children

I can’t believe it’s already the week of Thanksgiving! Or that my youngest will be celebrating her first birthday in a few more weeks! We’ve had a pretty busy year around here, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do many blog updates but I’m really hoping to figure out how to devote more time to

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Montessori: Create an Infant Play Space at Home

It’s been a busy few months in our household. We welcomed our newborn daughter in December and then enjoyed the Christmas holiday. We set up our infant’s play space shortly after Christmas, and now, at nearly 3 months old, time spent in this area of our home is definitely something she looks forward to every

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“Woah, Slow Down, Mama! That’s Too Much Stuff!”

Today was the hardest day I’ve experienced in motherhood, one that ended with me in tears as I sobbingly proclaimed to my husband that I must be the world’s worst mother. It was his first day back to work following the holiday break, and I had made all these grand plans of how I’d handle

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DIY: Montessori Baby Activity Gym

Since we’re expecting a baby this holiday season, we are slowly getting things ready for Christmas so the month of December will be one of rest and relaxation (as much as can be expected with a newborn, right?). We’ve compiled the kids’ gift lists and have been ordering some things in advance as they go

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Preparing for Baby: A Montessori-Inspired Gift Registry

Preparing for the arrival of a second child is a lot less stressful than the first since you’ve already begun to realize what things work best for your family and what may be incompatible with either your lifestyle or parenting philosophy. You most likely already have the basic necessities needed for the arrival of another

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Little Library: Our Favorite Books in August

At 2.5 years old, our daughter has begun to show a marked interest in poetry and rhyming books. She loves to read the same book or poem over and over again, repeating the words along with you as you read out loud. She also enjoys retelling the stories in her own words as she flips

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Little Library: Ocean & Seashore Books

As we prepare for our summer beach vacation, we have been reading books about the ocean and seashore and discussing water safety. The last time we visited the beach, our daughter was only 6 months and not yet mobile so we just had to ensure she had adequate sun protection and didn’t get sand in

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