Homespun Montessori: Wool Dryer Balls

“If I were to establish a primary principle, it would be to constantly allow the child’s participation in our lives. To extend to the child this hospitality, to allow him to participate in our work can be difficult, but it costs nothing. Our time is a far more precious gift than material objects,” said Maria

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DIY: Clothing Rack with Shelf

When we moved into our new home in August I knew one of the first projects we’d need to undertake was to figure out how to make our kids’ clothing accessible to them. The builder-installed shelving in their bedroom closet currently hangs at 70″ high, most definitely out of reach for a 4-year-old and a

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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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