Montessori, Fantasy, and Pretend Play in the First Plane (Age 0-6)

Montessori is often associated with a classroom or home environment that is all work and no play, and to some extent this is true (depending on what you consider work and what you consider play). In the Montessori classroom, the materials and activities provided are there to encourage the child to concentrate. When a child [...]

Getting Started With Montessori At Home (without spending lots of money!)

It's easy to look at all the fancy Instagram photos and "shelfies" and think Montessori is all about expensive materials. While the Montessori classroom tends to have a certain standard and quality for their materials that tends to come with a price tag, your Montessori home doesn't need all of that. In fact, it's better [...]

What is a Montessori toy?

Thanks to social media popularizing the "natural" aesthetic, Montessori toys are all over the place these days. I should say "Montessori" toys in air quotes because many of these toys are not actually Montessori at all. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the term Montessori is not copyrighted so anyone can use it to describe their toys, schools, [...]

5 Questions I Ask Myself Before Buying a Children’s Toy

Over the last couple of years I have been on a long journey towards carefully curating the types of toys and materials that come into our home. Since I began studying Maria Montessori's philosophy a couple of years ago, I've become much more aware of just how important it is to select the right type [...]