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Welcome to Montessori At Home UK. 

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am Kimberley - a plus sized,  down-to-earth Mom with an adventurous 18 month old called Arlo. I created this blog (and my other social media pages which you can find links to here) because Montessori really changed my life for the better. 

But before we get to that, let me tell you a little bit about me. I am a Primary School Teacher and I love my job. The joy of watching a child finally master something is incredible. I met and fell in love with my now husband when I was 15 years old. We have shared some amazing memories over the years, but some heartbreaking ones, too.

I was told at age 18 that I would never be able to have children due to damage on my ovaries from my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It was a huge blow. I left that doctors room and sobbed in my car. I was heartbroken. Having that taken away from me was the worst pain I had experienced in my life at that point. My husband was wonderful and supported me every step of the way. 

Years passed and I couldn't shake my desire to have children of my own, so I began to research PCOS and began making changes to my lifestyle, diet and included a range of supplements to help with ovulation. At first, I had no success, but gradually I began to notice changes in my body. One day, after what felt like I had been on this road an eternity, I realised I felt very different to usual. I had extremely tender breasts and a headache that wouldn't shift. After consulting Dr Google (never do it!) I decided to take a pregnancy test ahead of my visit to the GP for no other reason than to prove I wasn't pregnant, as I knew the GP would ask. To my utter disbelief - it was positive! I was pregnant! 

Seeing those two little lines was the happiest day of my life. I honestly couldn't believe it. It felt like such an incredible journey and to be honest, I had almost resigned myself to my fate of never having children. I tried not to get my hopes up and booked in for an early 6 week scan. All was looking great. As the weeks passed and I met my 12 and 20 week scan milestones, I began to relax and enjoy my pregnancy. 

Since Arlo was born, I have been the happiest I have ever been. Being a parent is such hard work, but it is also true what they say - nothing has ever been more rewarding. 

So, back to Montessori. As Arlo grew and began to explore the world around him, I started to notice that his usual toys and our usual routine weren't maximising his engagement or development. I watched as he dumped his toys out of the toy box, barely sparing a second glance at any of them. I began to seek ways I could channel Arlo's energy into meaningful activities that would engage him while developing a desire for learning.

That was when I stumbled upon Montessori. I loved it immediately and spent hours reading books, watching YouTube videos and trying to absorb every bit of information. It was a lot to take in (if you are reading this and feeling the same way, check out my post: Getting Started With Montessori), but I decided to start slowly and build my way up from there. 

I noticed positive changes almost immediately. Arlo would sit and engage with activities rather than push them to one side and I could really get a sense of what he enjoyed by becoming the observer and taking a back seat to his play. It was truly inspiring. Some things, of course, took time, patience and guidance - such as teaching him to mop up his own spills, take down and put back his own activity and some of the self care experiences - but every second was worth it. 

I became so passionate about Montessori, that I decided to create this blog in order to help inspire other parents to travel this journey with me. So, whether you are following Montessori fully or using ideas and resources to build a system that works for you, I hope you find something here to give you ideas and inspiration!

Love, 

Kimberley xx 





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