An interview with Carine Robin from Montessori-family (UK)

Jasmine: When I was in London, I had the pleasure of hearing about Carine Robin and the weekly Montessori playgroups she runs in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (UK). I reached out to her and she very kindly answered some questions I had. (All photos in this post are courtesy of Carine, taken during her playgroups) 1.… Continue reading An interview with Carine Robin from Montessori-family (UK)

A Montessori Family’s Living Room

As a newly-minted minimalist relocating from London to Singapore (here’s our pre-minimalist house), it was obvious that we had changed and our home environment needed to as well. I spent the first month decluttering using the Konmari method, which really merits another post all on its own, so we were pretty much living in an… Continue reading A Montessori Family’s Living Room

Why I Stopped Praising My Child

The Montessori approach to educating and raising children does not use rewards or punishments. We didn’t have sticker charts for toilet learning and we don’t give money for household chores (which are chores to us, but enjoyable to them). This is because such external factors undermine children’s intrinsic motivation, shifting them from doing something for pure… Continue reading Why I Stopped Praising My Child