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Montessori activities: Learning the months with a Slovak Fairy tale “The Twelve Months”

 ONCE upon a time, there lived a mother who had two daughters. One was her own child, the other her stepdaughter. She was very fond of her own daughter, but she would not so much as look at her step-daughter. The only reason was that Marusa, the stepdaughter, was prettier than her own daughter, Holena. The gentle-hearted Marusa did not know how beautiful she was, and so she could never make out why her mother was so cross with her whenever she looked at her. She had to do all the housework, tidying up the cottage, cooking, washing, and sewing, and then she had to take the hay to the cow and look after her. She did all this work alone, while Holena spent the time adorning herself and lazing about. But Marusa liked work, for she was a patient girl, and when her mother scolded and rated her, she bore it like a lamb. It was no good, however, for they grew crueller and crueller every day, only because Marusa was growing prettier and …

Mon avis Sur le livre “oh, j’ai perdu Mon mom ” de LostMyName

Il y a quelque temps je vous parlais de ce livre que j’avais choisi pour annoncer la naissance de notre petite dernière. J’avais également écrit un article où je donnais mon avis sur la version anglaise que nous avions. L’article en question est en anglais. Pour l’anniversaire de notre aînée, nous avons décidé de lui offrir “oh, j’ai perdu mon nom!”tant nous avions été satisfaits par les versions anglaises de nos cadettes. Notre aînée, âgée de 5 ans, est en plus en plein apprentissage de la lecture. Nous nous sommes dit que vu l’engouement de celle-ci pour les livres de ses soeurs, elle serait certainement ravie et pourquoi pas la motiver également? Le site web de Lostmyname est réellement très facile d’utilisation et instinctif. Ce que j’aime particulièrement, c’est cette capacité à pouvoir créer sa propre histoire au travers du choix des personnages, une expérience unique et assez distrayante. De plus, à ma grande surprise le choix des personnages diffèrent d’une langue à l’autre, ce qui a rendu le livre encore plus intéressant pour notre …

Rainbow box, Montessori philosophy, child’s play and Toy Rotation

We are lucky to have a spare room in our flat and we use it as a playroom. We have never been satisfied by the way it was looking and found it so unpractical with lots of plastic boxes filled with toys.  It took us few months to decide exactly how we wanted to organize this spare room and how we wanted to use it. We definitely knew that the room needed to be divided in different areas like reading, playing, and study. We wanted to make a class room with a Montessori philosophy. I will explain this later in another post. Basically, we are looking for the child independence and try to encourage it by letting him choose and decide. Therefore, the two essentials we absolutely needed were a child-sized table and chairs and  low shelving unit for materials. We choose the famous Kallax units {Ikea} and used them to divide the room too. We made a reading/Montessori Study corner, a writing/Art corner with a table and a playing/Practical life corner. We now organize any educational …

Baby’s first name Announcement to Siblings featuring LostMyName Book

When I was pregnant {it seems so far but a month ago, I was still with my bump}, Anna {4 years old pre-schooler} kept asking about Baby’s first name and when Baby will go out to meet her. She was really curious about baby and eager to discover her and learn her name. Hubby and I decided to keep Baby’s gender and name secret until birth and we built a little story for our daughters. We wanted them to have a real surprise when baby would arrive and some “sibling” gifts. Because Anna kept asking why Baby did not have a name, we started to say that Baby lost her name and would find it when she would be born but we would need to help her find it. We found this more whimsical than just tell her that we were going to choose a name. 🙂 I was looking for: something original, something beautiful and playful something that each of them will keep something to develop some skills finally something that will corroborate our story. Do you know …

Holztiger Story Set by Little Acorn to Mighty Oaks

 Since few weeks, my interest for Holztiger animals has grown and grown. We love wooden toys and clearly we rather buy wooden toys to plastic ones for many reasons. They last longer, they are safer, healthier and they are durable! And most of all, they offer plenty themes for imaginative and pretend play. Tired of silly songs all day long, I wanted to connect our children to sensations, real and bright memories that will help them build, grow their imagination and encourage their development and I should say it is not always easy. I have sadly noticed that healthier alternatives are often more expensive but you do not need to switch all you have at once. Change takes time: little by little you grow and you change. So let’s start together this journey. Why Holztiger animals? Simply because I have heard about them so much and did not understood why people were so excited and enthusiastic about them. I thought I should see by myself and see if it is just a “fashion” mummy thing or if really children will enjoy it. …