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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…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…

A Montessori Approach to Purging Your Toys

Becoming a Montessori family has been life changing in so many ways, most obviously with the amount and type of materials we use in our home. Once you see why having so many toys is a problem, or when you make the decision to move towards Montessori, it can be completely overwhelming. But, taking a Montessori approach to purging your toys is possible! And, it doesn't exactly mean that you have to throw away everything you have and start over with only expensive wooden toys. It will mean taking a hard look at what you have and whether it really fits with Montessori.


One note, however, Montessori is at its core about following your child's own path and respecting your child as a whole person. So, if your child has a toy, lovey, book, or whatever that your child super loves or is super attached to, but it doesn't fit Montessori ideals, don't take it away. Follow your child, that is more Montessori than whether or not you own some specific consumer product. 
How to Purge You…