WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada., and currently live in Texas. It's quite a climate change, while I miss the white Christmases, I do love being closer to the Southern beaches.
WHAT CREDENTIALS DO YOU HAVE AS A MONTESSORI EXPERTISE?
I majored in Journalism and Minored in English Literature in College and shortly after that I became a certified Early Childhood Montessori Directress. I have been part of Southampton Montessori School for 10+ years and have built and staged two brand new classrooms. I am a digital and activity creator for a Montessori environment. At home, I practice Montessori methods and approach with my children fostering the same grace and courtesy as I would in the classroom.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOGGER BEGINNING?
I started my blog shortly after Sweet A turned 2.5 and being a Montessori teacher, I could not find any methods that would help encourage or develop her early learning needs. I decided to build a space that would mimic a Montessori classroom filled with lessons for her needs in our home.
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN HELPING YOUNG MOTHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN?
I am fortunate enough to have the Montessori philosophy passed to me and I hope to share my knowledge and advices to young mothers with young children who are struggling with keeping them engaged in activities and/or for those who would like their child to develop early childhood skills during the sensitive period.
WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
The Montessori philosophy originated in Italy by a mathematician, scientist and a teacher who taught children with different disabilities. Dr. Maria Montessori developed lessons and exercises that would help encourage and develop skills that disabled children lacked of. These "schools" took place in homes of women who came together and collaborated. The philosophy was a non-traditional approach of teaching but was recognized by many later on and soon it travelled to other countries like India. The method was known for it's philosophy of "Following the Child."
WHAT IS OCCI?
OCCI stands for Orderliness, Concentration, Coordination, and Independence. Practical Life is one of the first area that is introduced to a child and the lessons encourages and develops OCCI.