Follow Your Child. With Saniyyah Khalilallah

Follow Your Child with Saniyyah Khalilallah

I’m always on the lookout for quality books to help support children’s independence. Sanniyyah has outdone herself with her first two books sharing the importance and beauty of Montessori life skills. Listen in to learn more about how you can support your child’s need for independence and truly follow your child.

What We Talked About

  • How Saniyyah discovered Montessori 
  • Why she wrote her first two books
  • What role does a Paraprofessional play in a school setting
  • What is her definition of Montessori
  • What parents need to know about Montessori
  • Why Montessori is not for every parent
  • How she prepares herself to be in the presence of children 
  • What does it truly mean to do Montessori at home

Things to Remember

“Following a child is what you do when you’re guiding children in a Montessori environment.” –

“Montessori is about following the child’s interest and following what lights up a child  and  creating the education around that interest.”

“Montessori can be for every child but it’s not for every parent.”

“Giving them time and opportunity to be their best selves makes a big difference for the child.”

– Saniyyah Khalilallah

“Follow the child but follow but follow the child as his leader.”

“The child is much more spiritually elevated than is usually supposed. He often suffers, not from too much work, but from work that is unworthy of him.”

“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself–that is the first duty of the educator.”

“The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Additional Resources

Saniyyah’s Books:

I Did It Myself!: I Can Get Dressed, Brush My Teeth, Put on My Shoes, and More: Montessori Life Skills

I Help at Home!: I Can Clean My Room, Fold Laundry, Set the Table, and More: Montessori Life Skills

The Secret of Childhood Maria Montessori

The Absorbent Mind Maria Montessori

Let’s Continue the conversation…

Now, Saniyyah and I want to know from you!

Are you letting your child help around the house? Listen in to find out why it’s important to do so.

Leave a comment below and let us know, you’ll also be helping others to know what is possible.

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More About My Guest

Saniyyah has worked in three Montessori schools over the course of twelve years in the Chicago area. Her experience with the philosophy gave her opportunities to tutor and do consulting for caregivers.

Saniyyah is currently working as a paraprofessional at a charter school while providing services through SKMontessori.

She wrote two books for Storey Publishing that give young children detailed steps to carry out Montessori activities at home.

She will continue to spread the Montessori method to children and families in an affordable and accessible way.


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