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Shelf Help Ep. 28 - Being a YES Parent

Sometimes it's important as a parent to let go of a little control and say yes to your kids. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy talk about the power of saying yes as Montessori parents. We explore the benefits, challenges, and opportunities that come along with really and deeply following your child. 
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.  Show Notes...Signs that You're Entering the Second PlaneSubscribe to Nicole's newsletterHandling BIG Emotions (limit setting)Imbucare Box Thanks for joining me for today's podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share and leave a review in your favorite podcast app.
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Montessori Friendly Resources for Autumn

Autumn is almost a magical time of year when everything changes and feels like a fresh start! Our whole world is just beautiful right now and it's pretty inspiring. There are so many great toys and materials that can enhance this feeling for your children right now. I'm not big on creating themes for learning, instead I like to follow the child and their interests. But, every now and then, I think brining in a theme can be really fun. 

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Autumn has so many great choices for jumping off points: apples, fall leaves, moon phases (because it's actually dark enough to see the moon before bed!), weather, hibernation, migration, birds, and so many more! We will bring in a few pieces of Autumn into our play here at home with Gus and Nora. 
Here are a resources that can help you and your children explore Autumn!  My Autumn themed Montessori shopMontessori Family Fall Bucket ListOur Outdoor Autumn EssentialsLaminated Rainbow Leaf Sort …

Independent Play with Babies and Young Toddlers

Independence. It's an important Montessori concept to understand, and one that I've talked about many times before. In her book, The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori said, "The child's development follows a path of successive stages of independence...We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself." Having said that, I don't think that Dr. Montessori meant that *bam* children should be independent completely from the moment they are born in all areas of their lives. Each child is on a path towards that ultimate goal. But, as parents we can support that path from infancy. 
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When it comes to playing alone, sometimes that can be a struggle for children, especially young ones. I know that it has been for some of my children. So I know that when it comes to independent play for babies and toddlers I need to keep my own expectations in check. We aren't looking for long stretches of time where our k…

Recent Montessori Inspiration from Instagram

It's been awhile since I've shared some of my favorite finds from Instagram! If you know me at all, then you know I love the community of Montessorians on Instagram. It's where you can find me hanging out in my free time during the day, sharing real moments from our Montessori journey. But so many people share so many amazing ideas that it is hard not to be inspired! Here is some inspiration for you.

On Our Montessori Bookshelves this Autumn

And, suddenly it's Autumn! Autumn is one of my favorite times of year for so many reasons. The world is just filled with this renewed sense of beauty and wonder. And it just so happens that our collection of Autumn books is also one of my favorites. There are just so many great topics to explore during these few months. I typically bring out our books around the Equinox and leave them out for a few weeks before starting to move on. 

Here is a look at the books we  actually own and have out on our shelves for fall. I have broken these down roughly by age, but really my older kids enjoy them all.
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Baby+Autumn (Gerda Muller) - beautiful and wordless 18-months+Apples and Pumpkins - a Family favorite My Autumn Book - this entire series is very cute Autumn (Shirley Hughes) - you can get a stand alone book part of this collection or as a chapter in this book. 2.5-years+Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - my kids love this whole series too, later i…

Shelf Help Ep. 27 - Montessori and Open Ended Toys

How do open ended toys fit into a Montessori home? What is the deal with pretend play? What kinds of open-ended toys are best? What should you look for when considering adding open ended toys? In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy answer these questions and dive into the world of pretend play and open-ended toys. 
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Show Notes...Amy on InstagramNicole on InstagramShelf Help Ep. 8 - From the ABCs to SwearingSchleich | Safari Ltd. | Papo AnimalsOur Play Farm SetupUnit BlocksLegoPlay Kitchens and Montessori HomesPlay SilksWhich Open-Ended Toys are Worth it?Barn Thanks for joining me for today's podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share and leave a review in your favorite podcast app.
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Types of Consequences - Options for a Montessori Home

The other day I was talking about a hard moment that happened between me and Gus with my mom. Gus had done something out of anger and I mentioned it to her. She replied, "We'll what was his consequence?" This sparked a conversation with her about Montessori, consequences, and our approach to those hard moments. 
What was his consequence? The answer, a natural one. Gus had hurt me, I had to excuse myself, we could no longer continue our activity until I was done collecting myself. This moment of time gave him the space to consider what happened, feel horrible, and then we had some connection following. Sorry, I'm being vague about the details because I don't think we need to share every 3-year-old tantrum details. 

Anyway,  this conversation got me thinking about the types of consequences that parents can impose and where they fit in a Montessori home. Here are some choices, and some thoughts: Natural Consequences Natural consequences are consequences that come natur…