It’s October! I love everything cosy, which is why I love Autumn so much. I love pulling out my scarf and my boots, admiring the changing colours as I cycle to classes through the Vondelpark, and collecting those crunchy leaves.
Here are some classroom vibes from the past 2 weeks here in Amsterdam. The Autumn light is SO beautiful.
All the Montessori links you need to check out
It has been a while since I have done a link pack of my favourite links around the internet. So here are some of my favourites from the last few months.
Getting inspired for Autumn
- Go on a leaf treasure hunt with this download
- These lovely Autumn books will get us in the mood
- I love getting crafty in Autumn – this and this are two of my favourites
- This natural cinnamon playdough is fun to make and smells so cosy as it cools off outside
- I saved this picture last Autumn to remind me to try using autumn leaves with some fun craft punches + to use cotton buds with paint to make Autumn trees
- It would be fun to make your own DIY mystery box like this
- And while we are on the them of do-it-yourself, I love these DIY bolt boards
- For preschoolers who are starting to get interested in letters and numbers, my good friend Jeanne-Marie has this video on phonetic objects and this video about the memory game of numbers. And don’t forget to check out her online parenting seminar, “Be the Best Parent You Can Be” which started today. It’s not too late to join and it’s free! You can sign up here to receive the interviews.
- A gorgeous post here about the Montessori mobiles for babies perfect for their visual development
Setting up our homes Montessori-style
- Been wondering what plants to use in a small space? This is your perfect guide
- Getting inspired by this and this and this – beautiful Montessori classrooms with many ideas that would work at home too
- This is a lovely insta account to follow to get some ideas for your home
- I came across this post again recently. I totally share Meghan’s view on toddlers. Tricky indeed but love them so much!
- One of my articles about Montessori on a budget, reminding us it’s not just about the pretty activities
- I love watching the gentle hands bathing this baby – such a lovely reminder how we can use soft hands as a sign of respect for any child
- I enjoyed reading about the rhythm in the day of Frida here. It reminded me of this post about when my children were small – looking at those photos is making me very nostalgic now.
Hope you are feeling inspired. I know I’m feeling ready to get into crafty Autumn action for sure.
The Montessori Toddler book – it’s coming in February!
Thank you so much to everyone for your support of the making of “The Montessori Toddler” book. In 15 days, we had 912 backers pre-order more than 1,100 books.
We have now raised enough money to cover the illustration, book layout, editing, printing costs, Kickstarter fees, bank charges and shipping costs for the first run. And I’m putting together an audio version for all the Kickstarter backers too. I’ll be in touch with all the Kickstarter backers next week about your bonuses :).
If you missed the Kickstarter, the good news is it is not too late to pre-order your copy/copies! The special bonuses are now gone, but you can still pre-order your copies here to receive one of the first edition books (€25 per book + shipping anywhere in the world). Expected delivery in February 2018.
That’s all for now. I hope you have a lovely week. And I’ll be back soon with more Montessori inspiration.