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 is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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