The Montessori Notebook podcast is the place for all your Montessori inspiration. Simone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler, reveals all her insights from years of being a Montessori teacher and parent. Through conversations, answering listener’s questions, and sharing what she’s been learning lately, you’ll be inspired to take those ideas that resonate for you and put them straight into practice to be a more calm, supportive parent or teacher. Simone is down to earth, warm, and makes these ideas accessible to parents, educators and anyone wanting to learn more about Montessori. Montessori activities, Montessori at home, how to set up your Montessori home (or classroom), how to talk so kids will listen, positive discipline, simplicity parenting, and more. Yes, how to raise a child in a respectful way, help you better understand your child, and raise a curious and responsible human being. With the aim of spreading more peace and positivity around the world.
S2 E12 Britt Hawthorne all about raising antiracist children
Welcome to the last episode of Season 2. And it’s a good one. Today I get to chat to Montessori educator and a nationally recognised anti-bias educator in the US, Britt Hawthorne. She’s all about creating inclusive and equitable environments for all learners and understandably her work has been recognized by none other than PBS, Drew Barrymore, Google Edu, Association Montessori Internationale, and more.
I have learned so much from Britt over the last year and a half, yes, about being an anti-racist parent and educator but also just how you can raise critically thinking children, children who can advocate for themselves, recognise injustice, call it out and do something about it. We all need people like this that raise their children in a way that shows us what is possible.
Links from the show
Britt Hawthorne - website / instagramJoin Britt's Collective Liberation communityDr Kira BanksMore about the fundamental needs in MontessoriAnti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen EdwardsDr Rudine Sims Bishop on mirrors, windows and sliding doorsBritt's favourite books - bookshop.org/shop/britthawthornelook out for Britt's book coming in 2022, "Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide"redistributes funds to Keres Children's Learning Center and Sankofa Learning Centersome of my favourite instagram posts from Britt:pyramid of accountability“If you’re tired, rest don’t quit” by darling and illustrated bby minna_so 8 ABAR goals to set for 202142 ways in Montessori we allow intrinsic motivation to express itself - insta post / blog postmore about the spindle boxtour of Kristina's spacefollow one of Simone's Montessori workshops here (from US$10)sign up for Simone's regular e-newsletter filled with Montessori inspirationListener question
“I’m really having a hard time preparing work cycles for two daughters with totally #1 different interests. They are 3 & 1. Also my 3 year old is so focused and loves doing things all by herself (even when she was just a baby) however the 1 year old loves to join her older sister. Another factor is a very small apartment. We only have one low shelf that could fit the room so most of the time for the 1 year old were prepared in the shelf. What should I do. We’ll live in this apartment for the next five years before having our third baby."
S2 E11 Montessori at home whether you are homeschooling or not with Jeanne-Marie Paynel and Pilar Bewley
I have not just one amazing guest but two for a conversation about Montessori at home. I invited Jeanne-Marie Paynel, Your Parenting Mentor, and Pilar Bewley from Mainly Montessori to look at how we can apply Montessori principles in our homes whether we are homeschooling our child, they go to a Montessori school or not and we want to apply Montessori at home. We cover children from 0 to 12 in this conversation, how Montessori can be done on a budget, Montessori and minimalism, Montessori training and a whole lot more. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Links from the show
Jeanne-Marie Paynel - website / instagram / The Art of Parenting podcastPilar Bewley - website / instagram / Second Plane Montessori Facebook groupIdea of wonder wall from Julie Bogart's book "The Brave Learner"“The Quality of your life depends on the quality of the questions you ask yourself” ― Bernardo Moya, The Question: Find Your True PurposeSimone's Setting up your home Montessori-style 4-week online workshopListener question
"How should someone decorate their Montessori classroom? I like minimalist but just wanting to make sure I'm not decorating too much." - anonymous
S2 E10 What is cosmic education with Hannah Baynham
Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today I'm talking with Hannah Baynham from Collaborative Montessori about some of the big picture principles in Montessori. Hannah is a teacher educator who is passionate about issues of social justice, sustainability and the spiritual preparation of the guide. Having worked in schools around the world, she has a unique view of the importance of Cosmic Education in our early years environments.
Don’t know what cosmic education is? Then you’ve come to the right place as Hannah will guide us through it all and I hope you’ll leave feeling as inspired as I did.
Links from the show
Collaborative Montessori - website / instagram / facebook groupMontessori Movement Unites facebook groupSustainable development goals nesting boxes - youtube“In order to love others, all of us must first love ourselves. This self-love is not to be confused with selfishness which means over-concern with one’s self without regard to others. A healthy self-love tells a child that she is a worthy person, unique in the universe, with special attributes and talents to contribute to the world. It does not say that she is better than anyone else.” Aline D Wolf, Nurturing the SpiritArt Engager podcast with Claire Bown - ep 4 about asking great questions; ep 2 about slow lookingAubrey Hargis, Child of the RedwoodsListener question
Ruth asks, "I'm a mother of a 9 month old baby. I knew about Montessori before becoming a mother but dove into learning more once our baby was born. I am passionate about the Montessori approach to development, especially the principles like follow the child, the prepared environment and prepared parent, building peace, and being in nature. Lately I find myself getting too focused on the "stuff", or materials. It feels like consumerism, waste, and endless activities are the visuals of Montessori that I see online all the time. Expensive wooden toys and materials, perfectly clean spaces. I know this isn't what is about, but I still feel some pressure to meet all my baby's developmental needs with the right "thing" at the right time. I'd love to hear a discussion about this and how I can reset my focus on the bigger picture. I love following you and Aubrey from child the redwoods, you always help to keep it real and de-centre the stuff. I guess this isn't really a question, but maybe an idea for discussion. I feel Montessori must be accessible and inclusive and I don't want to lose sight of that. Thanks! "
S2 E9 how Montessori principles apply all around the world with Ochuko Prudence Daniels in Nigeria
Welcome to another episode of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today’s conversation is a little different as we transport ourselves to Nigeria and get to see how Montessori looks there. This conversation is with Ochuko Prudence Daniels, the founder of Momahill Montessori who found Montessori through her children and, as you’ll hear, she didn’t choose to become a Montessori teacher. It just happened. You’ll learn so much from Pru as we talk about how they apply Montessori in their home and in her school. What I love most is how passionate she is about bringing Montessori to her country and to any and every child and when you listen to her talk, you’ll have little doubt that she will make it happen. She even says that she brought in friends to her school, to the training and she’d go up to people on the street to tell them to respect their child because she’s just that passionate and she does it all with a warm heart, a big smile and a lot of grace.
Links from the episode
Advanced Montessori Method Vol 1, Dr MontessoriMomahill Montessori - website / instagramListener question
"How can parents work with Montessori schools when kids who are hitting when upset? Do you give feedback on the spot and how to deal with consequences " - Crystal
S2 E8 all about Montessori in real life with Theresa
So lovely to learn more about Theresa from Montessori In Real Life who we all love following on Instagram. She shares so much in this episode from how she gets her children to pack away, to what they are loving outdoors, organising spaces with siblings, their favourite practical life, her own anti-bias journey and so much more.
Links from the show
Theresa from Montessori in Real Life - Website / InstagramQuote from Aubrey Hargis hereBritt & Tiffany's course - their 4 week course is currently unavailable / 2 hour workshop with The Montessori NotebookTheresa featured on The Montessori notebook blog here and hereTheir Ikea play kitchen turned Montessori kitchen hereHow Montessori brings more joy - blog postToddlers need for movement - insta reelTips for practical life in the kitchen - insta reelGetting kids to put things away - insta postPraise vs acknowledgement - blog postEncouraging independent play - blog postfreedom within limits - insta postTips for caregivers and grandparents - blog postTheresa's Montessori guidesWhole Brain Child, Dan Siegel & Tina Payne BrysonListener question
Hi! I am just discovering Montessori and I have a 3…almost 4 year old. She has developed a fear of bugs so much that she cries when it’s time to go outside. I’m a working mom so I try to get her outside as much as I can. I do let her hold my hand and I let her know that she is safe. We talk about bugs that are okay to observe close up vs bugs that we want to observe at a distance. Basically, how do I navigate through this time? We are in Michigan so it’s quite buggy right now and the summer months are upon us. My husband and I loooove being outside (camping, gardening, etc) but now she’s so afraid that we are finding ourselves inside a lot to respect her emotions. - Scarlett
S2 E7 with Ana-Kay from Pickneys at Play all about Montessori with twins
Something I get asked a lot about is how to do Montessori with twins. I loved this conversation with Ana-Kay of Pickneys at Play who shared with us everything from eating and toileting with two, when they copy each other doing something that's not safe, some travelling tips and how they incorporated their religion and Jamaican culture into their home.
Links from the show
Pickneys at Play - InstagramFrom Childhood to Adolescence, by Dr Montessoristand up diaper changelanguage matching activitygiving them access in the kitchendressing areatravel tipsDIY oversized object permanence boxDIY chalkboardDIY placematbooks from and about the CaribbeanThis week's listener question
"Hi Simone, My daughter (recently turned 2) is really into counting at the moment. She had a beautiful abacus that she uses all the time. She, of course, gets the order wrong most of the time en generally counts one.. two.. eight, nine, ten! I want to help her slowly get the hang of it, but don’t want to say “no, you’re doing it wrong, counting goes like this”. I try to do this by counting out loud when possible (for example the coops of coffee when she helps making coffee or the number of tomatoes for dinner). But I’m an insecure about how I can help her best when she is counting for herself. Should I just leave her to it, correct her and, for example, count together, or what would be the ‘Montessori way’ to help her? Love to have your take on this!" - Eva
So good to have you back!
As I sat holding my baby girl who at the time was barely a month old, I thought about how I was brought up, I didn’t want to go in the same direction. I had no idea how to teach a child about the world, how to ‘discipline’ without shame or smacking, how to just be with a baby. I was in childcare for 15 years and thought about my traditional schooling and how I wanted none of it.
I searched, read and googled. I was drawn to Rogio as a child care worker and had only touched on Montessori. The more I read about Montessori the more I was captivated by it. I decided there and then that was the way I wanted to go but how?
I had no idea. I stumbled through until Claire was around 18months then I found you and thank goodness! I read your book and our home started to evolve, Claire thrives on it all! I started to listen to your podcast and how soothing it was to feel that I was not alone in my struggles, struggles that you had answers for!
I’m in Australia (Maitland, NSW) Claire goes to a Montessori day care, it’s not 100% Montessori but it’s the closest I’m going to get. My main concern now is that there are no Montessori schools in our area to follow up after she completes her daycare journey. I’m at a loss.
There are not a lot of people I can talk to about our daily Montessori life or to bounce ideas with etc. Hearing your voice returning to my weekly podcast was so reassuring. I want to learn more and do more
I feel that the years are moving too fast and I’m running out of time for Claire to soak it all up in her early years.
Your resources are amazing! Thank you for putting so much out there for us to learn about this wonderful Montessori journey.
Thank you also for the interviews with other Montessori families, educators , Cara and Mars who have also inspired me to do better!
Much love and gratitude xx
Simone makes Montessori really accessible in her work online and this new avenue for her to share with other voices is exciting for the Montessori and parenting community