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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Who are we and why do we use Montessori?

My First Ever Montessori Blog Post! 


Hi guys!

My name is Kimberley and I am a busy, working Mom who lives in the UK with my husband, Darren and my 1 year old son, Arlo.


I stumbled upon the Montessori practices quite by chance when scouring the internet for inspiration one day. Several lost hours later and I was hooked! Ever since that day, I have followed the principles of Montessori in the hope of raising a confident, independent and - most importantly - happy little boy. It hasn't always been easy and there have certainly been bumps along the way, but the results speak for themselves and I became so passionate about Montessori that I couldn't contain it any longer. I just had to share!


The Montessori concept was born in the early 1900's by an Italian doctor called Dr Maria Montessori. Dr Montessori was tasked with opening a school for disadvantaged children where she was able to hone her learning principles and ideas.


As a primary school teacher myself, I could see the wealth of benefits in the Montessori way of life but, since I was intending to use this in my home rather than in a formal educational setting, I knew I would have to make some adaptations to fit the principles into my every day life.


So, why start a blog?

Quite simply - after hours and hours of research online, I couldn't find any examples of relatable families based in the UK who were also using Montessori in their homes. I enjoyed watching hours of YouTube videos and reading dozens of blog posts by various families from the US, but I often found it difficult to imagine their set-ups and ideas taking shape in my own home. Not to mention the frustration of seeing various products or ideas only to find they were unavailable in the UK.


In the end, I decided that I would try and give something back to the Montessori community and dedicate some time to sharing with other families both in the UK and around the world how I make Montessori work for us.


I hope you can take inspiration from some of my ideas and activities!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kimberley! There is a huge community of UK parents! Check Montessori for families UK on FB ;-)

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    1. Hi Carine! Thanks so much for your comment. I am a member of that group already and find it very inspiring. I’m also trying to build a group for parents like me who dip in and out of Montessori to make it work for them and would like a less formal community to chit chat with other parents. I only launched a week ago, but I’d love to gain some active members. You should check us out: www.facebook.com/groups/montessoriathomeuk

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