An Awesome Montessori Blog You MUST Know About
I am always so amazed by all of the creative moms and educators who link up each week with The Weekly Kids Co-Op. Every blog (and blogger) is unique and valuable and brings their own special voice and creative ideas to our weekly party, making it the awesome kids activities resource that it is. One of the reasons that I created this “home” for The Weekly Kids Co-Op is to be able to highlight and share these amazing bloggers. So with out further ado, our very first “Featured Blogger” has been linking up with The Weekly Kids Co-Op consistently for some time and always shares great learning resources for both parents and teachers from her really cool Montessori blog…
Let’s Meet Deb of Living Montessori Now
Krissy: Tell us a bit about yourself, Deb.
Deb: I’m a Montessori educator and writer with Montessori certification and an MA in Early Childhood Studies. After working as a Montessori teacher, director, and school owner, I homeschooled my two children through high school. I’m the founder of blogs at Living Montessori Now and Raising Figure Skaters. I’m excited that my Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy eBook is in the final stages of formatting!
Krissy: Can you explain a little bit about Montessori education for those who might not know?
Deb: The Montessori Method was developed through observation of the child, with the individualized needs of each child as a primary focus. Montessori education is devoted to helping each child achieve his or her potential and develop a lifelong love of learning. An attractive and orderly prepared environment, unique learning materials, and special way of viewing and teaching the child are essential parts of Montessori education.
Krissy: And tell us more about Living Montessori Now.
Deb: The tagline for Living Montessori Now is “Information and Inspiration for Parents and Teachers.” I write about Montessori education, homeschooling from preschool through high school, and parenting in general. Because I was a Montessori preschool teacher, my biggest emphasis is Montessori-inspired activities for preschoolers through early elementary. I love sharing activities and experiences and encouraging other parents!
Krissy: Let’s hear about your kids, too, Mama!
Deb: I always consider being mother to Will, 28, and Christina, 23, as my biggest accomplishment. I’m extremely proud of them. They were international medalists in figure skating – Will competing in pairs for the U.S. and Christina competing in ice dance for Great Britain. After being homeschooled through high school, they both had great experiences in college and earned straight A’s (Will in the U.S. and Christina in England). They also have happy marriages, and successful careers … and they’re kind people (something that was always very important for me to see in my kids).
Krissy: They must’ve had a great mom! What’s your best parenting advice for those of us still “in the trenches?”
Deb: You don’t have to be perfect. Here are a couple of posts about what I learned as a mother and homeschooler:
Krissy: What about a blogging mom; what’s your best advice for a mom blogger?
Deb: Give as much time as you can to your family (top priority) and allow yourself to flow with your seasons of motherhood and writing. I wrote about balancing motherhood and writing at Spring Snow Publications.
Krissy: Alright, now for the lightning round! Let’s here your favorites for the following…
Deb: Dr. Seuss.
Krissy: …Kids Game?
Deb: Cooperative Games.
Krissy: …Kids Toy?
Deb: Wooden Blocks.
Krissy: …Rainy Day Kids Activity?
Krissy: …Outdoor Kids Activity?
Deb: Spending Time at the Beach.
Krissy: …Kids Recipe?
Deb: Ants On A Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins).
Krissy: …Kids Craft?
Deb: Creating Montessori Activities (me), Painting Miniatures (my son) and Beadwork (my daughter).
Krissy: Awesome! Now, show us your favorite posts from Living Montessori Now.
- Free Montessori Materials Online
- Montessori Practical Life Activities
- Free Educational Songs for Circle Time
- How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom
Krissy: Thanks, Deb! I always look forward to seeing what Montessori fun you have to share with us each week.
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