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I had the pleasure to interview Jasmine Ong, from 3 minute Montessori blog, during the Montessori Parenting Conference.
Jasmine and I have met through Social Media. I was lucky enough to meet her in "real life" too. I consider Jasmine as my good friend online and I so wish we were neighbours! There are some people you can relate to straight away and Jasmine is one of them.
One of the things we have in common with Jasmine is our passion for interior design and for uncluttered space and minimalism.
I have to say that she is more talented for interior design than me and her house is very inspiring.
On a regular basis, I visit families and help them to set up a Montessori friendly space. Jasmine does the same in Singapore.
By the way, being organised and minimalist doesn't come naturally to me. I had to work hard on myself to overcome some hoarding tendencies! I talked about my own KonMari process here and how I deal with sorting toys with my children here
In this video, we asked some families to send us pictures of their home and we had fun auditing their space and sharing some advice and tips to make those spaces child-friendly and to encourage independence.
I am planning a similar video about toys and how to choose Montessori friendly toys. I would love it if you would send me some pictures of the toys you are not sure about! I will then give you my opinion and tips in my next video!
Jasmine's introduction: 1:08
How and why she changed the way she was doing Montessori at home: 2:29
Jasmine discovered Montessori first as a parent then decided to train as an AMI assistant, here she explains why: 8:00
The most important thing she learned in her training: 9:45
The importance of an uncluttered environment for children: 16:35
Best tips to start decluttering: 21:44
Do you need to involve children in a decluttering process: 25:26
House tour audit : 32:00
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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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