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

A look inside the art studio of a Montessori/ Waldorf school (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you about Woodentots (insta here and website here), a wonderful Montessori/ Waldorf school in London. If the setting was not gorgeous enough, they also have a children’s art studio in this lush garden. A cosy art studio filled with light… And all manner of loose parts. (Create your own art space at… Continue reading A look inside the art studio of a Montessori/ Waldorf school (Part 2)

A look inside a Montessori/ Waldorf School in London (Part 1)

I had the pleasure of interviewing and photographing (with my humble iPhone) Woodentots Montessori School in London, UK. The principal, Paula, was just awarded Montessorian of the Year! Congrats Paula!! The Woodentots at Rochester Road is divided into four main zones, the entryway, the indoor Montessori classroom, the garden (outdoor classroom) and a wonderful little art studio… Continue reading A look inside a Montessori/ Waldorf School in London (Part 1)

Montessori at home: a week in pictures

With both my children in AMI-accredited schools in London, Montessori at home must be different from Montessori in school. I try not to have Montessori materials out as that might cause them to be bored with the same materials in school, but I very much follow the child and allow ample uninterrupted time for developing… Continue reading Montessori at home: a week in pictures