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Hey! I'm Nicole Kavanaugh and Montessori parenting is my jam. In addition to parenting my own 4 children with Montessori, since 2017 I've been helping hundreds of families from around the world bring Montessori into their homes. And, I can do the same for you! 


By working with me, you can grow to a deeper understanding of how Montessori can work for your family. I want to bring you a deep understanding of not only Montessori principles but practical tips and advice on bringing Montessori into your home. With my help, you can find the joy of Montessori with your own children on your own terms.


Are you new to Montessori? Or looking to dive deeper? It can be tough without support and guidance. I'm here to help! Below you'll find a variety of course offerings to help and support you on your Montessori journey. There's a little something for everyone.

Click on an image to learn more about the selected course, or to register for an upcoming session.

Each of these courses includes a private community, live video support, and practical information on how to bring Montessori to life in your home. Each is co-taught with Aubrey Hargis. Check the quick guide schedule below for upcoming course dates.


These courses can help you with everything from preparing your Montessori home, to potty learning, and cooking with your child. Each course is designed to help both beginners learn about the topic, and for more experienced Montessorians to dive deeper and expand their understanding of these important aspects of Montessori parenting.


Occasionally, I will offer online workshops to learn more about specific Montessori topics. See the schedule below for current workshop dates and times:

Workshops returning Early 2020


Do you want even more personalized support? I would love to chat. Whether you have a parenting question, need gift or product recommendations, or need personalized help creating your Montessori space. Please email me at nicole@thekavanaughreport.com for current rates and availability. 

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The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 


So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me. 
This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable. 

As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help, we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps me remain fle…

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return. 

That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains, 
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"A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a…