Turn Household Objects into Toys with Bracelets on a Peg

   Maria Montessori famously described the hands as the tools of intelligence. When babies develop their hands, they are preparing to take on purposeful and more independent work, such as feeding themselves. That’s just one good reason to place a set of bracelets and a wooden peg in front of your child next time […]

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The Stitching Block Offers Sewing Skills and More For Your Child

   In my practice as a parenting coach clients often ask me for toys and/or activities they can easily travel with, especially during the busier summer months. The stitching block is one of my favorites, as it comes all in one piece and is a real skill-booster for the little ones. Developed in Prague, […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: pouring grain

Foster Your Child’s Independence with a Pouring Grains Activity

In my practice as a parenting coach, I often guide my clients into understanding the incredible benefits of engaging our young ones in sensorial play. Simple activities such as moving grains from one container to another are not only accessible and inexpensive, they offer a wealth of educational benefits to our children. The Montessori method […]

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Asking Your Child to Wash the Windows Has Many Benefits

 In the Montessori method of education, we frequently encourage children to grow and develop new skills through their practical lives at home. The simple task of washing windows with parents is just one great example of this. Asking a child to use a spray bottle to clean the windows exercises their gross motor skills; […]

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Asking Your Child to Water Plants Helps Both to Thrive

 A regular theme in my practice as a parenting coach, and in the Montessori method in general, is that of including your children in everyday household chores whenever possible. There is much to gain from these activities, and watering your indoor plants is no exception. The process may begin by showing your child how […]

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Ask Your Child to Scrub a Potato and Improve Their Confidence

Scrubbing a Potato by Jeanne Marie Paynel from As parents, sometimes we may find ourselves feeling more like short order cooks. Even worse, our hungry little customers might grate on our nerves as they anxiously hover around the kitchen, waiting for us as we finish working for them. In my practice as a parenting […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: locks keys

A Matching Game of Locks and Keys Builds Your Child’s Resilience

Last summer I shared a useful travel activity to entertain your young child on a road trip or an airplane ride while simultaneously developing their motor skills and self-esteem: play with a padlock and key. Well, today I’m back with the next evolution of this purposeful play, which also happens to be another favorite of […]

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Teach Your Child to Core an Apple and Build Their Self-Esteem

As a parenting mentor, I help show my clients how to facilitate their children’s independence, whether that means cleaning up after a play session or fixing a snack. This is important not only for the parent, who starts to feel like their child’s servant but also serves a valuable foundation as their children grow into […]

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AMI Refresher Course

Refreshed and Inspired

Refreshed and Inspired Last weekend I gave myself permission to step away from the daily responsibilities of family life and running my business to dive back into what I believe to be fundamental truths. Every once in a while it is essential to do so, taking time to refine ones’ practice by attending a ‘Refresher […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: shaker & toothpicks

Use Toothpicks and a Shaker to Develop Your Child’s Motor Skills

Shaker & Toothpicks by Jeanne Marie Paynel from In my practice as a Montessori parenting coach, I always look around my clients’ homes to see what they might organically have on hand that can be used as an educational toy. Not only will it save them from buying expensive toys, but it also gives […]

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