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This is the largest and most exciting Playmobil sets we've ever had. I think this may be Otto drawing circles for the first time (he is 31 months old). My enthusiastic 11 year old is on the boundary getting an autograph from one of his favourite (Australian) bowlers. There's no such thing as bad weather! Poor Otis forgot his gloves this morning, natural consequences, I am sure he won't forget again (by the time I found out it. Look at those little fingers and toes! It's a little quieter around here than usual as we are spending the week in Copenhagen. It's amazing to tour real castles. It looks so pretty! It was raining lightly but we didn't let that stop us. We are using the FunPod 4-5 times a day, sometimes more! Using water colour paints. I always thought porcupines would be small, the size of echindas, but these were so much bigger. They have lots more gorgeous baby clothes here. While waiting for his brothers Judo class to finish, the Magnatab was a hit. Caspar, Otto and Otis on the ferry leaving Dover (UK). Yes, read it outside and hold it up to the light! Caspar and Otis learning how to use a saw at Forest School today. The French jars with red lids are adorable. (2 years 11 months). Before going into hospital to give birth to Otto I wrote a post about what I packed in my hospital and labor bag. Straight to his mouth! Last time we visted the baths Otto wasn't walking! I love this Forest School activity. Yes it is!! Because of the damage to his teeth he couldn't eat, have breastmilk or even suck his fingers which is what he does when he is tired. Above the butterfly mobile is hanging from an air vent. These floor puzzles are lovely and are for children ages 3yrs+. These are all bare my all time favourite. Seeing and handling so many different types of fruit an vegetables is fantastic for language development too! This puzzle is a little advanced for Otto, but I still love it. Today with friends we visited the absolutely beautiful Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden, in the heart of Centennial Park. They have a lovely section for under 5's and two levels plus the roof top for older children. - Cornwall Guide. We haven't tried this before but both Caspar and Otis loved it! The balls are really bouncy and perfect to give as little gifts (for best friends only! Otis and Otto hanging out at the nature reserve after school. Above and below are before. Trying out Otis' new Illuminated Mini Beasts Centre, it's solar powered and lights up at night to attract mini beasts, what a wonderful idea! The balls are really bouncy and perfect to give as little gifts (for best friends only!). For the first time in years we are growing strawberries. We almost always have a playdough tray out. We miss so many foods, not just treats, from home. He is also sleeping on his tummy, which I don't like, but I turn him onto his back and he just rolls over on his tummy again. We buy a lot of our books online, it's convenient and our little town doesn't have a book shop. I've labelled our water colour paints with their real names. Totally overwhelmed, Montessori parents should not enter baby stores! How do we deal with it? I did think how nice it would be to stay home and bake some lovely muffins. My little Otto. You can see at the top he has tried to write his name. Water colour paints come in the most wonderful colours! Maximum effort! It's his favourite thing to chew. We need to understand what that need might be and try to provide something suitable. I think it's a Santa but it could be an elf?! I didn't end up publishing the post but here is a quick picture that I took. This process begins when the child is born, and progresses as the child develops their intelligence, sense of self and personality. I was feeling so inspired I bought a mini Bundt pan. To help bring forth a Montessori future, we have combined unprecedented accessibility with deep rigor and high standards. We will be using this one in 2019! All organic and ethical fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy. Caspar admiring his puzzle globe. Forest School love!! Time for some fine motor sticker art. In thelemon grass, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pods. At Forest School my children are so close to nature, every hour, every minute. I also need to paint it. It has references to Cornwall which is just lovely and reminds us of our visit there this summer. We take turns and swat the words we know (reading the card as we swat them), I also give lots of hints if Otis gets stuck. The fresh sea air is everything. He had damage to his teeth and needed to wait overnight for surgery. It's super hot in Brisbane at the moment, so don't worry he isn't cold. Taking Otto for an afternoon walk. I also mad. A whole shop dedicated to marshmallows. ), a short walk helps! It's a snow day. At Forest School today Otis made this puzzle. I'd seen so many photos of this museum online it was amazing to see it in real life. It contains a book with lots of nature based activities, activity sheets, identification sheets and a nature spotter chart. I was worried Otis might not use these as much as the age recommendation is 7 yrs+ (Otis is 6yrs), but he loves it as much as Caspar (9yrs). We did a test walk to the boys' new school. These three are really good and would recommend! This workbook is perfect for that. The idea is also to support British moths! Cornwall is a wonderful location for a seaside vacation! Our first ever, real, snowman! I will feature this class in more detail soon. He doesn't draw a lot of animals and this is the first time he has drawn a spider. It's nice to find some puddles on our rainy nature walk today. You can see the white cliffs of Dover in the background. Fromelles is known as 'Australia's Worst 24 hours'. We are walking the walk, no such thing as bad weather and all that! This RSPB Nature Clipboard is brilliant. Still no sign of our baby, I'm feeling really impatient! We would love your photo to be in the next issue or selected for the cover. This addition of favourite books fascinated both Quentin and I and we have been looking for copies to read here. He ended up drawing a lot more footprints and loved the physicality involved in drawing them (lots of dots and dashes). The English countryside, the view only a couple of minutes walk from our house. This was our first delivery and I was blown away. So much green! It made me really want to have clay out on our shelves permanently. These are two, three and four piece wood, hand cut farm animal puzzles from Absorbent Minds (UK). There are boats, dolphins and so many people! We spent the long weekend in a gorgeous forest cabin in Cornwall. The best seafood!! I'm SO glad that he did. Otto is spending lots of time rolling and on his tummy, creeping and on all fours rocking, learning to crawl!! Above, Otto with the shape sorter at 12 months. He's actually more interested in using the paint bottle to flick paint everywhere. Otto is now six weeks and he is super comfortable here, it just takes practice! An Air plant display at the Bath and West Show. Montessori classrooms are immediately recognizable. He can competently and independently do two and four piece puzzles but I like to do larger puzzles with him together (or he can do them with his siblings). We offer arithmetic to the child in the final two years of the first place of developments from age four to age five and six. The Great Garden Birdwatch was held over the weekend. (At the art studio). Otto has started describing what is going on in the picture, or what he is doing with the diggers and people. Did I mention the boys now have three weeks of school holidays! Some pics from Forest/Bush school. Otto picked out Hairy Maclary And Zachary Quack! Fingers crossed! This is non-competitive and a no pressure game. It is a holistic approach to education which Farmers markets or farm direct deliveries can be so helpful (I use and recommend Riverford Organic Famers in the UK)!! They are everywhere we travel and they always have the best produce. I want it to look awesome but I'm no artist!! Otto's drawing at 29 months. Risky play. How do you dress your children for Forest School? Ours is from Absorbent Minds (UK) but I have seen the same at other Montessori specific stores. So much time at the beach. A child, when he is ready to begin this work, already has developed oral language. This week it's the school holidays and I asked for him to plan for and cook one meal. A beautiful spot at Forest School! - French Prime Minister, Georges Clemenceau, 7 July 1918. Otis received this fantastic kit for his birthday. St Michael's Mount, in Cornwall, UK. Otto has been talking alot about pigs so I put some pigs out on our play dough tray. I ordered a lot of the specific "nappy wash powder" only to find that my washing machine doesn't like it. (UK link for puzzles here). We woke to the sounds of seagulls (which I know not everyone would enjoy!). The tray is the Mirrored Sensory Tray c/o MTA. This was going to be a little painting but turned into a lot of finger painting, normally we would have taken this outside! We are loving these Treasure Tubes (c/o MTA)! They are not as engaging as some of our other books but I would still recommend them if your child likes to chew (or eat) paper books. This has small parts and Otto is still putting everything in his mouth, so I sit with him while he uses this basket. And our very first time visiting this school! How cute is this Christmas pasta? Do you find lots of spontaneous matching in your home? Caspar and Otis are teaching Otto all about vermiculture! The labels aren't for Otto but for me to remember what they are called. Otto noticed a snail on our back deck. This could work in almost any room of the house, for younger children for their artwork or for older children and school forms or photographs! With a baby in the house I need to cook quickly, you just don't know when they will wake from their nap. This looks very much like a devastating Australian bushfire scene. Who knew there were so many breeds of pigs, sheep, cattle, and chickens? I'm loving this book - Connoisseur Kids: Etiquette, Manners, and Living Well for Parents and Their Little Ones. It's a bit old for Otto, best for toddlers an preschoolers but I'm glad we have it for later! It was so, so beautiful inside. Black marker on butchers paper. Absolutely loving these handmade, gender neutral and organic baby clothes from Sunny Afternoon (on E. I can't wait for Otis to get home from school... he is going to love this! A home, learning how to use the rake (one handed apparently). This is a must see if you visit the UK! Now at 24 months, he gets a knee pad from the pile, puts it on the ground and kneels at the fire, he gently and slowly leans forward and he knows how far he can reach and touch before it is too hot. When gardening I'm much more capable with indoor plants, or those in pots or baskets. These colours are so vibrant. We are also terribly busy doing lots of administration that is required when you move countries including getting the boys ready for their new school. In Montessori, we have a lovely expression, “Teach by teaching, not by correcting.” If they make a mistake, rather than correcting them, simply make a mental (or actual) note and, at a later neutral moment, find another way to show them again. Otis was bedazzeled! Otto taking the long path to Forest School. The Stokke newborn attachment, is it worth it? He doesn't always put away his tools but at least the playdough always gets packed away. This is plasticine so it's a little harder than play dough. Win-win! This is the best sight - a bunch of three, four, and five years olds pond dipping! Autumn officially starts here in the UK on Monday 23rd September. We preserved the autumnal leaves with beeswax earlier in the day, so they look nice and glossy here. It looks dark but this was taken in the middle of the afternoon. For Otis (7rs) Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children. We've only found one feather this year but I'm sure we will find more once the weather warms up. It's lovely, I actually really, really like it. For more than a century now, the child-focused approach that Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed for educating children has been transforming schools around the globe. I picked these up at Ikea today. These are a few pictures I took for Instagram. I was surprised to see what he found and what interested him, he loves looking at the decaying leaves (in the centre of the bowl). Could life get any crazier? Otis' (8yrs) focaccia! It is a lovely way for children to observe growth over the winter months. Within a day or so Otis has put the pan to good use! So many cheeses. Pouring is hard work!! So sorry for the silence, it was not intentional. Something which we often feel so detached from. Otis made this cute little person. The Roman Baths are amazing too. I love looking at the tts website for ideas, I love these Natural Wooden Mark Makers, but I saw these (pictured) wooden salad servers for only £1 each and they work wonderfully, not just for making marks but also for digging. Our weather has been up and down and everyone in our family has a cold. He did not complete this cycle of activity, but it's a good start! All of our boxes from Australia arrived safely today!! Yesterday the boys Grandad passed away. I am SO thankful to be surrounded by some of our own things again. At our first toddler art class in Sydney! So beautiful, I love air plants, they are so unusual. It's going to take a little getting used to (perhaps he needs to come up a bit higher too). It was aimed at children/families so perhaps that why he found it so entertaining. We enticed it into our bug catcher using leafy vegetables. Kylie lives with her husband and three boys in Sydney, Australia. The children could have stayed here for many more hours climbing and exploring. Street Library Australia has a mission to have 5000 registered Street Libraries in Australia by 2021. We no longer have a nice forest area to walk to and explore. I also introduced Otto to the butterfly mobile which was completely new to him (he is loving it). Otis' skittle experiment! Don't forget that the big kids love this too! Another day as tourists. Out of al. He doesn't really enjoy cooking but will do it when asked. These are terrible iPhone pictures of Otto's little movement area in our new apartment (still in Brisbane). The boys love these venus fly trap plants!! We have other markets we visit in the area when we can. Butterflies, bees, ducks, flowers and feathers. Otis came to Otto's Forest School class. Magnetic Let's Play Diggers! In Australia holly is hard to find and it is expensive. You can read all about our review of it here. Our UK school offers so much more sport than our previous Australian schools. And now we are all absolutely exhausted, what a big day! More painting and drawing with green. The Mededith Dairy Goats Cheese is familiar though, we almost always have this in our fridge. A few things going into Otis' Christmas Stocking. He looks different in every photo. Otis wore his Ramblers for so many years! It's so, so beautiful but the concept is abstract. Appreciating and noticing the flowers in our garden, these are snopdrops. Starting with single foods only, introduced over a week or so, butternut squash, carrots, broccoli and sweet potato. Lunch Lady is fantastic in person and online! Taking a picture of these awesome block stamps before they get covered in play-dough or paint. Have you read You Are Light by Aaron Becker? Therefore, as Montessori guides, we need to adapt our way of guiding our children and supporting their families according to our new situation. So many questions about this place remain unanswered I love that the children can discuss what they think happened and why. My toddler (at 26 months) is obsessed with jigsaw puzzles. They are perfect for this stage in development, just presenting three or so at a time. Yes, we do tummy time. Photos need to be 300dpi. Through this unprecedented school year, AMS is committed to helping you by providing resources that we hope will help you adapt and innovate. Spending the weekend at Lyme Regis and on the Dorset Jurassic Coast. I encourage the kids to water sprouts or seedlings with droppers or pipettes, it's a gentle way of watering and great for their fine motor skills. Have you ever seen a swimming hedgehog? Pond dipping isn't just for big kids, these preschoolers had a blast! It's Spring but it's still freezing! Our puzzle globe is c/o Parent Direct. These were so large. Feeling very blessed. He learnt a lot about tides on this visit, this coastline is amazing. I set this up for some self-portrait work. Over the weekend we attended our first British birthday party. Another non-mobile idea to promote visual trackvisual track. Yummo. Apparently, Otis (7 yrs) now plays (tag) Rugby! It's not everyday we get to see an Anteater (I've never seen one before)..everyday we get to see an Anteater (I've never seen one before).. or Pocupines. woolens! They have so many fantastic toys. This morning Otto and I crossed the Sydney Harbour bridge to visit a very special Montessori parent toddler class. We started in St Ives which may be the most beautiful place I've ever visited. Then a long flight (13 hrs) to London. For Caspar (11yrs) Stories For Boys Who Dare to Be Different. Very different to our Christmas in Australia. Above on our canal tour of Copenhagen. This is actually print making on foil. Forest School is the highlight of our week!! I only found it recently with our Easter decorations. It was so easy to use and Otto made a lot of juice, enough to share, perfect for a toddler who isn't ready for a manual juicer!! These are usually in my nappy bag to take when traveling as I don't have to worry about them getting damaged. This one is gorgeous and an old favourite - Coming to Tea. I'm getting ready to order some Soft Star shoes for Otto but I can't decide on the colour - red, whiskey (brown) or the green? Otis is currently reading The World's Worst Children. He's using this this placemat as it's non-slip. I'm not used to cooking and baking with such a young child, Otto is 12 months and not walking, but it doesn't stop him from helping. Oiling the pan. Otto noticing the small things. Often I am caught off guard. One of Otto's current favourites (at 11 months), the wooden pop-up toy. We had an amazing day at the Bath and West show. It's outside so we can enjoy the fresh air and the glorious sunshine. Because they are so large Otto can use them in ways he can't with other toys. Currently reading and loving slow by Isabelle Huiban (UK link only here). My haul from the Frome Independent markets. This can mislead parents who are not aware that all Montessori schools are not created equal. I sanded them down so they were super smooth and finished them with a little DIY beeswax wood polish. Otto (2.5yrs) is cooking the Mini Vegetable Kababs with lots of transferring work! The party had a science theme. Our street library arrived!! The.best.markets. This is near our home so Otto rides his trike here, it's more like a neighbourhood walk/ride with a stop at the playground. Otto trying to hand his leaf on the leaf mobile at Forest School. I can't wait until Otto is old enough to use it! Every week I learn more craft ideas that are completely connected to our natural environment. Caspar will start year 7 and Otis will start year 4 in September. He sat through the entire performance, clapping at the right times and swinging his legs to the music. I can't wait for the children to see them Christmas morning! Super simple to do and it's a cute little colour matching activity. I changed the art card on our shelves today. My first Mother's Day as a moth. We offer several authentic Montessori programs, serving ages 6 weeks-6 years in a calm and stimulating atmosphere. Rotate mobiles just as you would rotate toys! It feels good to be 'home'. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. So it was chicken stir-fry! 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