March 25, 2009

Montessori Philosophy Series

I have decided to remove the links to my Montessori Philosophy series, as nobody seems to be sharing who they are when they download them (thanks to those people who did identify themselves!)
I am still more than happy to share the documents with anyone who wants to read them, but you will need to email me for the link. I can also email to you in PDF format if this is easier for you.

Amendment Jan 2011 - You can also find these on my new blog (Google Reader) at

March 7, 2009

Tell me who you are!

My computer skills are limited to web-surfing, emailing, typing word documents, and occasionally drawing up household budgets on MS Excel (which are subsequently saved in the archives of documents never to be seen again!).

Being relatively new to blogging, I have not been able to work out who is downloading my files.

Whilst I am not claiming copyright to these Montessori Philosophy documents that I write (the ideas are not mine, I merely put them in into practical terms, which benefits me as much as the families I write them for..), I would love to know if you have downloaded any of the documents, and what you are using them for, or how they have impacted on your life with your child/ren. Please take the time to send me a comment or email. I would love to hear from you.

And if you do use them outside your family, or share them with others, please give them the link to my blog, so that at least my little contribution to the Montessori community can be acknowledged in some small way!



The stages of obedience

Montessori has a unique approach to discipline, and views obedience as a developmental skill that the child attains through natural processes and environmental support. The most frequent question I get as a parent educator, is how to implement the Montessori approach to discipline and obedience in the home. Anyone who has visited a Montessori classroom and witnessed first-hand how amazing this approach can be for helping children to become normalised will empathise with the desire to recreate this utopia in the home environment. This article, on my other blog, shares the Montessori perspective on discipline, the role of the parent in helping the child to develop self-discipline, and quotes from various sources which back up Maria Montessori's ideas.
A word of warning though! Changing a lifetime of habits can be challenging at best, and very discouraging at worst...I recommend implementing these changes with a friend, or partner, who will encourage you, be honest about your failings, and celebrate your success. Parenting is the most important job anyone can ever have.