I could watch Marley clean up spills all day! At 13 months, she loves any task that has multiple steps. I can’t even tell you how many times we have cleaned up spilled water together, but she has clearly been paying attention to what I’ve been doing. It makes my heart sing to see her do it on her own. Go Marley!!
Calling Seattle caregivers of babies and toddlers (0-2.5)! Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori Philosophy? Or just want to meet other like-minded parents in the area? Join me and @montessoriinreallife this fall for our 2nd Parent-Child series at our new, beautiful indoor location in Phinney Ridge! Your infant or toddler will get to play in a Montessori prepared environment while we discuss a range of topics, from how to set up Montessori spaces at home to strategies for respectful parenting. This fall series includes 6 classes, starting Wednesday October 17th. You can purchase a class bundle or individual classes. To learn more and register, check out our website (link in profile)!
Oh how Marley loves this little duck! It has leather feet attached to the wheels that make a sweet little pattering noise when she pushes it. So much fun for a new walker to use while she practices her skills!
This weekend we went apple picking and pressed some cider! Fall is here!!What are your favorite fall family traditions?
Calling Seattle moms and dads of babies and toddlers (0-2.5)! Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori Philosophy? Or just want to meet other like-minded parents in the area? Join me and @montessoriinreallife this fall for our 2nd Parent-Child series at our new, beautiful indoor location in Phinney Ridge! Your infant or toddler will get to play in a Montessori prepared environment while we discuss a range of topics, from how to set up Montessori spaces at home to strategies for respectful parenting. This fall series includes 6 classes, starting Wednesday October 17th. You can purchase a class bundle or individual classes. To learn more and register, check out our website (link in profile)!
When I made ravioli for lunch today, Camden looked at it in dismay and yelled “I don’t like ravioli anymore!” Sensing an impending blood sugar related meltdown I asked him what healthy food he wanted to eat for lunch instead. He announced that he wanted PB&J, which sounded like a great option to me so I told him I would help him make it after I finished changing his sister. I heard him banging around in the kitchen a little bit, but then it was quiet. I walked back into the kitchen to see him making his own sandwich. I was putting away my camera at the time, so I had time to snap a photo before he saw me. He looked up at me and said “I’m ready for lunch now!” And sat down and ate it. I feel like we’ve been in the weeds for the past couple of months, with him wanting help with almost everything and experiencing some intense emotions, so walking into this was absolutely beautiful. If I’m being really honest here, I actually cried a little. The last couple of months have been very challenging to navigate, but above all I have been trying to remember that he is working on big things. If the sound games in the car this morning and the independent sandwich making are any indication, I think I am about to see a big leap. So if you feel like you are in the weeds too, just remember there might just be a sandwich at the end! 💛
Hi there! I’m Bridget, mom to Camden (3.5) and Marley (12 months.) I’m seeing a lot of new faces around here these days and thought I would introduce our family and the mama behind the camera. That handsome guy there is my husband, Tim, who makes our life possible by running our landscaping design/build small business. Camden is now attending a Montessori Primary program in the mornings and is in love with trucks, his bike and taking everything apart. Marley loves running around and climbing on everything, especially the dogs, but still loves a good snuggle in her sling. Our beautiful chocolate labs, Carbon and Calla, are litter mates (extra points if you can tell me how we came up with the dogs names!)
Once upon a time, I was an organic chemist. I finished my PhD when Camden was two. Now I stay home with my kids. I love all things Montessori and do everything I can to parent my children respectfully. A little about me, though. My first thought when I see something cool is “I wonder if I can make that!?” Montessori materials? Yup. Ring slings? Oh yes. Bonnets? So many! My drive to create new things is strong and you will be seeing some of my projects soon. I’m training for my first half marathon since my kids were born and am currently trying to figure out how to run with both dogs AND a stroller. I’m in love with mountains and we spend every moment we can hiking around the Pacific Northwest. I blog at Montessori in Motion and hopefully there will be some new posts coming up. I truly appreciate all of your comments, likes and messages it has made sharing our journey feel wonderful. Now tell me a little about you! Where are you reading this post from?
This amazing drawing was done by @bobthebobletandme . I can’t recommend having her draw your family enough! She did this lovely drawing for us about 6 months ago.
GIVEAWAY!! We are excited to giveaway a set of Montessori first shapes puzzles! To enter: our follow both @montessoriinreallife and @montessoriinmotion and tag a friend (or many!) in the comments. Want even more chances to win? For three additional entries post this picture in your feed or stories and tag @montessoriinmotion with the hashtag #montessoripuzzlegiveaway. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram in anyway. Shipping to the US only. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 21st.
This weekend has been full of my favorite things: fall, rain, time outside with my kids and bonnets. (Have you noticed how much I love bonnets?? This gorgeous bonnet was made for Marley by my dear friend @sosuzette!) I hope your weekend was full of the things you love too. 🍁
Oh how this little girl keeps me on my toes! She started walking less than a month ago and already is using slides by herself. Seeing her develop these skills independently and on her own time frame is absolutely amazing. We spot her, but don’t help her, which has given her an accurate sense of her abilities. She is brave, but is actually quite discerning about what she is physically able to do. Even though she slips a bit on these slippery mulch covered stairs, she slides down the stairs on her belly and keeps on going up. I never thought I would be able to step away from a 12 month old on a play structure, but she is showing me how capable she is every day! (She so badly wants to keep up with her big brother, who is zooming around on his bike at the end of the video!)
Now that Camden is back in school, I have some one on one time with Marley in the mornings. It feels like such a gift to be able to let her explore at her pace. She got to listen to the birds sing while she checked out sticks and practiced walking on the uneven path. Giving her this chance to focus feels so important, especially since she is frequently disrupted from working when her brother is around. There are so many benefits to being a younger sister, but quiet time while big brother is around isn’t always one of them 😂. This morning I followed quietly behind her with my camera, (which gave me a chance to try out a new lens! 🙌🏼) When I was new to Montessori a friend told me to sit on my hands when I felt like jumping in to help unnecessarily, instead I fill my hands with my camera which has the same effect. Photography helps me step back and let them do their thing, whether it is a tricky puzzle or trying to peel the bark off of a stick. Learning to use my camera is one hobby I can actually pursue while my kids are around, after all capturing their childhoods beautifully is my goal! 😉
Now that I have a baby climbing on the Pilker triangle, I can’t get over the brilliance of the design. The rings are spaced only 5 inches apart, which means that the baby’s legs don’t easily fall through the rings because their knee can rest against the rung above where their foot is. The angle is also lovely because when she misses a step, she just slides to the floor instead of falling down. She has been walking and climbing for only two weeks and is already starting to try to climb over the top (see my stories!) The design of the triangle has allowed her to gain so much confidence in her climbing skills! (She is 12 months and 2 weeks.)
Camden recently discovered that one of his fire trucks had lights and sound that would start if he pushed it quickly. This was incredibly unexpected because I had removed the batteries before giving it to him a couple of years ago. I asked him why he thought it was making noise now and he said that he thought the batteries only worked if it was going fast. I explained to him that I thought it was mechanically powered and he was totally (totally!) unconvinced. Then he asked if he could take it apart so he could show me the batteries. My first instinct was to say no because he might ruin it, but after thinking a moment longer I realized that he would get so much out of it if he did. He was so proud as he carefully took it apart and was very surprised to find that there were no batteries! He used real tools, worked on unscrewing tiny screws (fine motor skills 🙌🏼), got to see how the wheels were held on the axles and learned about how friction powered the lights and sound. While taking it apart, some of the wires got disconnected and now it no longer works so I put it with a screw driver on his shelf so he can assemble and disassemble it as much as he wants. ⚙️⚙️⚙️
This week, we are practicing our morning routine for school. Summer shifted the kids sleep schedule so that they were waking up when we are already supposed to be at school, so I wanted to get back into the routine to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible. Over the summer, we had moved away from using Marley’s weaning table to eat breakfast as a family at our dining table where she sits in a high chair. This morning, for the third morning in a row, Marley dropped her plate off of her high chair and it broke. As I looked at the plate in dismay, I briefly lamented the fact that I have less time on a school morning to sit with her while she is in this new testing gravity phase. Then realized that I could change her environment to make this easier for us all. After all, it’s less dramatic to drop a plate off of a small table. So I grabbed the industrial carpet that we keep in our entryway, the table that felt too big for Marley and too small for Camden and some small chairs and we gave it a try at lunch. All could think was “Why haven’t we been doing this all the long??” Camden set the table with only a little encouragement because it is right next to where his dishes are stored. Mars was so happy to be eating with her brother that she forgot about gravity. And I was so happy to watch them having positive time together where there are SO many opportunities to have them work together. Sometimes I overthink things when trying to make the “perfect” setup that will work for both of them since they are at such different stages, but they are much more flexible than I had thought. I need to remember to give new setups a try when what we have isn’t working for us anymore. (Also, I’m SO glad I gave all of this a try before the school year started so that I had time to think things through. Thanks for the advice @eden.prairie.montessori!)So here it is, our new perfectly imperfect children’s dining area!
Before I was introduced to Montessori, I would have never imagined that a three year old could work on a embroidery project independently. He has big dreams for this project: he wants to put his design on a shirt. It’s been slow going because sometimes his stitches haven’t matched the image in his head, but he has learned how to remove stitches and is learning that if he can stay calm he gets better results. There is so much he is learning from this simple project. Now, I just need to figure out the best way to put this on a shirt (the backing is just white linen). Any thoughts?
Oh, these pictures of her working this morning are just too beautiful to keep to myself! These were taken in a ten minute period. First, she did some pegging and then moved onto the coin drop. After she dropped the coin basked and bent down to get it, she noticed the cubes on a dowel and worked on that for a couple of minutes. This is more complicated for her because the hole is only on one side of the cube, but she finally got it today! Then she stood up and made elephant noises at the elephant (if only this image had sound!) and then heard her brother using the car track. She walked over to see what he was doing and he taught her how to send a car down the track. (I love, love, love having materials that they can use together.) She has been so focused on gross motor recently that it was fun to see her return to her shelves!
First she loved putting the coins in the coin drop, now she loves opening and closing the drawer and hiding alllll of the things inside.... like my car keys. 😂😂😂
She’s been walking for only a week and already wants to be a part of the work of our family! This morning, Camden got out his vacuum and Swiffer and set to work while I was cleaning up breakfast. When I turned around, I saw Marley sweeping beside him! These child sized tools give them such a wonderful opportunity to be included in our daily life. Today, my floors got cleaned a bit, but this is more about process not the final product. She is learning that she can contribute to our family, just like her brother. I’m not sure I ever expected to see a 12 month old vaccuming, but she did for about 5 minutes today and swept for much longer. This was absolutely amazing to watch, check out my stories to see them in action!
And just like that, Marley has totally abandoned crawling and is walking on those impossibly chubby little legs of hers. I forgot how stinking cute this phase is. It’s like we have a tiny Frankenstein frat boy stumbling around our house. My very favorite is when she looks right at me and her body takes her in the opposite direction. She looks continually surprised to see where she winds up. 😂💕 There is also something so magical about the second baby. I find myself remembering all of these tiny little details of Camden’s babyhood that I haven’t thought about in years. Has anyone else felt this way with their second?? These are some photos from our recent trip to San Juan Island to celebrate her first birthday. We had so much fun celebrating this little girl!! @rocheharborresort
It's hard to believe this is our last week of our Montessori Mornings summer session! To end the summer, we will be joined by a guest speaker: speech language pathologist Leslie Delorenzi. Leslie worked at the same Montessori school as Theresa and was an excellent resource for both the toddlers and their parents. We will be discussing typical and atypical language development as well as activities to promote language learning at home!
As always, this class is an opportunity for our babies and toddlers to play in a prepared environment together, and for like-minded parents to connect. ***Due to the smoke forecast for tomorrow, we will hold the Morning on Beacon Hill. RSVP in the link in my profile!***