1. How did you find out about Montessori?
2. What do you find resonates most with you about the Montessori approach?
There are 3 things we both love.
Playing with blocks, just simple wooden blocks. This amuses her for hours, and it’s beautiful seeing her use her imagination in creating characters and acting out scenes.
Secondly, taking care of plants and growing seedlings together. We’ve just set up a little winter garden in our house. She has access to her own water, which she uses to fill a little jug or watering can and take care of the plants. She’s learning to check the soil to know if they need watering, and I adore when she talks to them daily and asks if they are ok. I love that she will learn how food is grown and where it comes from.
Which leads me to the last thing, cooking and food prep. We teach her to cook basic things like omelettes and pancakes, but also to feed sourdough starters and make kombucha and kefir and kimchi. She eats and drinks all of it, and I love passing these skills on to her.
4. Where do you hunt for Montessori style materials and furniture?
When I still lived in Amsterdam, I bought some things from the Absorbent Minds website. Now I live in Norway, and with the import tax being so high I’ve had to get more creative! I think we’ve actually bought a lot in IKEA. They have some nice little natural wood shelves, baskets, a balance beam etc.
I brought a lot of beeswax crayons with me from Amsterdam, and I’ve managed to find natural playdoughs and paints here in Norway. I try so hard to keep things simple and natural, thinking of the environmental impact, so we try to avoid plastics and other unnecessary chemicals whenever possible.
5. What’s one tip you would give to other parents wanting to set up their home Montessori-style?