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Today, in my series Meet a Montessori-family, let me introduce you to Shelly from @our_montessori_journey. Shelly is a Montessori teacher and has one daughter who is 4 and a baby. She lives in Australia and home educate her children. Her Instagram is inspiring, with DIY and clear info about Montessori at home.
I see Montessori as a way of life. The name of my business has always been Montessori-family as I am convinced that every family can benefit from the Montessori education. And every family will use Montessori in its own way.
My name is Shelly and I run the account @our_montessori_journey. I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia with my fiancé. Together we have two children aged 4 years and 4 months and he has two children aged 10 and 12 to a previous relationship that we have part time.
I first became interested in Montessori when I accidentally stumbled across it during my work experience for my Diploma of Early Childhood. The respect the children were shown from the educators and the independence they were given resonated the most with me. I eventually went on to study my Diploma of Montessori for the age 3-6 through AMI from 2013-2016 in Sydney.
I loved teaching and witnessing light bulb moments. I loved watching them grow in every aspect and being able to be a part of their journey. I especially enjoyed tending to practical life and creating activities.
Being a teacher is in many ways so different to being a parent. No matter how much we know about Montessori, at home, it seems so different! What would be some of the differences between teaching Montessori and raising your children the Montessori way?
So many differences! In a school setting there is an emphasis on the materials and academics. At home and particularly for us my main focus is respect for each other and our environment as well as caring for it. Whilst those areas are still key to a Montessori classroom the materials are ranked high. We have very few materials here at home.
We’re very intentional with what we purchase and save big buys for birthdays or Christmas. Ill stew on a toy or material for a while before purchasing. When I do I’m looking to see what its purpose is, if its of my daughters interest, how long it will be used for, if it can be DIY’d. To date I don’t have any regret buys though I can see how easy it would be.
You can never go wrong in investing pieces for your home that will promote independence. These are the only “materials” that I will ever promote. Practical life items that are child sized are also essential.
I define ourselves as a Montessori family because we have and continue to encourage our daughter’s independence. Practical life is a huge part of our life and is where everyone should start when wanting to implement the philosophy.
We plan on homeschooling both children. How that looks will change every year and I see ourselves taking a more unschooled approach down the track. How Montessori will fit into this will be continuing to having the children be active participants in the home and practical life for every age and stage. The way that they will learn will be very hands on and the Montessori materials support this. We have chosen to homeschool because it is the lifestyle that we wish for our children and as a family. Enrolling them in a Montessori school or any school for that matter would change the way we live entirely.
I have always loved www.howwemontessori.com and have followed her blog for 6+ years.
The transition has been easier than I expected. As usual I overthought every aspect of bringing a baby into the family and really had nothing to worry about. You don’t really know how your child will react until the baby is home. Prior to my son’s birth we read a lot of books about having a baby and being a big sister. My daughter was involved throughout the entire pregnancy from attending appointments to folding and putting away his clothes. Now she is just as involved and bathing him brings her the most joy. So my biggest piece of advice would be to involve the older child/ren in caring for the baby. Sometimes this can take up a large part of our day so if I didn’t I wouldn’t spend much time with her.
Keep it simple and make it as calm as possible. Stray away from noisy, plastic, light up toys and mobiles. Instead opt for toys that are made from natural materials that isolate a concept. Their young minds don’t need to be bombarded with colour and sound they need the opposite.
The evenings are my time for homeschool prep, reading a book or listening to a podcast. I only watch TV on Friday and Saturday nights. This means I get at least 3 hours of me time every night.
“It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method... I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”
Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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