Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Love and Need for Order in the {Montessori} Child

In Montessori, the sensitive period for order is recognized from birth to around the age of five.

As with every sensitive period, this too, serves an important purpose.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Some Simple Ways Help Your Child Learn to Speak Well

Have you ever thought about how remarkable the acquisition of language is? How complex it is for an adult to learn a new language, and even then, how impossible it is to master this new language?

To think that babies all over the world learn the language of their cultures and families, within the first three years of their lives, with a perfection and ease that can never be replicated.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Frog Life Cycle Freebie

The boys and I will be starting on a frog unit study right away here, and I created some exciting materials to supplement our learning.

We'll be doing plenty of reading, crafting, and searching for frogs in our wild backyard.

To grab your own hand drawn and painted life cycle of a frog wheel, just go here.

Have a great week!
Olivia Fischer

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Reason Parents Should Get Ready in The Morning

While I am sure there are all kinds of reasons to get ready in the morning, the one that finally got me was, of course, rooted in Montessori.

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Best Lesson We Can Teach Our Children (With Very Few Words)

The other day I was washing up the dishes before putting the boys to bed. This is a task I generally do in a rush, trying to get it done as quickly as possible so I can get on to more important things.

As I scrubbed furiously at a pan, I realized Jerome was standing near my arm. Watching me. Watching my careless movements, learning from me.

Always Watching, Always Learning

In the Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori talks about how the child is an eager observer who is particularly interested in imitating the actions of the adults in their lives.

As the primary adult my children observe, my every movement is catalogued, eventually imitated. Do I want them to be careless? Do I want them to always be in a rush?

I can tell my children to handle items gently, move slowly, act peacefully, but my actions, my attitudes, my movements are most effective in teaching these lessons.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders but they have always been good at imitating them - James Baldwin

Because of this, I am practicing carefulness, gracefulness, gentleness, not only with the people in my life, but also with my tasks, the items I handle in our home. The preparation of the guide.

This, I believe, is important work, lasting work. Work that requires me to really focus on each task as I accomplish it, the pan from our morning eggs, the tiny pair of pants in the laundry pile.

Before my realization of Jerome watching me that day, I had surely thought of it before, but since then I have been doubly conscious of slowing down. It ties in beautifully with the choice I am making as a mother, which is really turning my motherhood around.

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God bless,
Olivia Fischer

Monday, 16 April 2018

Observations of a Montessori Five Month Old

Last Monday I shared some thoughts on why I think protecting concentration in infants is crucial, and partnered with this post, I wanted to share some of my observations of Ignatius.

Friday, 13 April 2018

How the Most 'Unseen' Parts of Motherhood Can Be the Most Important

Following up my post about the turning point of motherhood, I wanted to share some of the ways I have been practicing this mindfulness in my personal life.

I, of course, am not an expert. This is a decision I need to make daily, often moment-to-moment.

And I definitely do not get it right every day. Because, let's not be precious, some days I am not my best.