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The Montessori Notebook podcast :: a Montessori parenting podcast with Simone Davies

Author: Simone Davies, Montessori teacher and parent

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The Montessori Notebook podcast is the place for all your Montessori inspiration. Simone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler, reveals all her insights from years of being a Montessori teacher and parent. Through conversations, answering listener’s questions, and sharing what she’s been learning lately, you’ll be inspired to take those ideas that resonate for you and put them straight into practice to be a more calm, supportive parent or teacher. Simone is down to earth, warm, and makes these ideas accessible to parents, educators and anyone wanting to learn more about Montessori. Montessori activities, Montessori at home, how to set up your Montessori home (or classroom), how to talk so kids will listen, positive discipline, simplicity parenting, and more. Yes, how to raise a child in a respectful way, help you better understand your child, and raise a curious and responsible human being. With the aim of spreading more peace and positivity around the world.
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Happy to be back with another Q&A episode. So many valuable questions, it was hard to choose! I've selected the most commonly asked questions as well as a few less often asked but useful to answer as I haven't seen them often discussed elsewhere.In this episode I answer your questions about:when you learn about Montessori, make some changes, and things seem to be getting worse rather than betterhow much to let our children play independently and how much to do together like cooking, playing football together etchow much to show our child how to play with an activity vs letting them explore for themselvesa child who has never put away toys and when asked says, "you do it"training to become a Montessori teacherwhether picture to picture matching is a Montessori activity or notideas for integrating Montessori into the early infant daysdealing with a toddler who is avoiding bedtime and using every excuse and getting up constantlynot interfering with the child and observing them, but feeling like they could be doing something more interesting or meaningful themselvesdealing with family who buy lots of battery-powered toys without being ungratefulwhat to do when friends have battery-powered toys and merchandised toys that you don't allow them at homehow to arrange a sleeping area for a newborn and 3 year oldwhat I recommend as a crash course for beginnersapplying Montessori with children with special needs, ie, physical and learning difficultieswhat type of children Montessori is best forhow to talk to a family member who cares for your infant but is not in agreement with the Montessori approachtalking with a young child about upcoming medical procedures, scars etcfinding space for Montessori with a 4 year old and 6 month old in a small spacewhat to do when your 18-month old keeps getting to the sink to play with waterdealing with a child screaming with frustrationSo many fun questions, right? I hope you all find some useful answers to your Montessori questions.Sadly this episode of the podcast is the last of Season 1. That went by so quick! I don't yet have a date for Season 2, but if you'd like to be kept up to date, be sure to subscribe here to receive my regular e-newsletter with the latest news and always packed full of Montessori inspiration.And in the meantime, there are also lots of podcast episodes in this season to listen to or revisit, you can follow me on Instagram, check out the blog and free resources, and there are lots of online courses to explore too.Til Season 2! Watch this space...Links from this episodeClick here for full show notes: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/your-montessori-questions-answered-2/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinoteb
I love it when Montessori teachers share their secrets and today's conversation with Nichole Holtvluwer of Radicle Beginnings is just like that. Nichole talks us through why children need boundaries, and we can set these limits in a calm and clear way from a child hitting to a fussy eater. Nichole is so respectful in how she communicates with children right down to making intentional word choices and how she speaks with them to keep them curious about the world around them. She is an expert with Montessori for toddlers, but her advice is relevant for any age child.In the episode, I also give you lots of tips for setting up your home in a Montessori way and answer a listener question about sharing.For full show notes, click here: www.themontessorinotebook.com/children-need-boundariesWant even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
This week I have a beautiful conversation with Junnifa all the way over in Nigeria. You may know Junnifa from her blog, Nduoma or instagram or her school, Fruitful Orchard Montessori. You'll leave this episode feeling inspired to either parent in a more Montessori way, maybe take a Montessori training, or simply to be more calm and present in whatever role you are taking on right now.In our conversation we cover:🌿how she juggles running a Montessori school, her Montessori trainings, being a member of the AMI board, and raising 3 young children🌿the importance of soft hands and how to talk with babies🌿some special Montessori moments in her family🌿building trust with her children including teaching them about telling the truth🌿observing empathy in her two-year-old🌿siblings - helping them take responsibility for each other and what to do if they interfere with each other's activity🌿using baby signs with babies🌿how we can help children build trust in self and their environment🌿observing when there are sleeping problems🌿favourite parts of her 3-6 classroom🌿the brilliance of Montessori elementary including deriving your own formulas🌿the importance of understanding the characteristics of different ages🌿what to do when they are having a hard time🌿AND a big announcement about a secret project we've been working on - yes, The Montessori Baby book and The Montessori Chid book! Coming soon...in Spring 2021 and 2022.I also talk about what we can do to keep our children's love of learning alive. And answer a listener question about why Montessori children seem to be very strong-willed.For full show notes, click here: www.themontessorinotebook.com/building-trust-in-childrenWant even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
On today's podcast I had so much fun chatting to Nicole Kavanaugh of The Kavanaugh Report, mother of four children (and a dog), raising four children in a Montessori way. So if you've ever thought it might be easy to raise children in a Montessori way with one child, but struggled once there were some siblings involved, this episode will help you breathe a sigh of relief and give you an insight into how it can be a more relaxing way to parent, even in larger families.We cover so much in this conversation including:dealing with 4 children who may be needing her help and how she gets them to help each otherwhat Nicole does when siblings are in disagreementthe different needs of a second plane child (6-12) and how they view the worldhow Nicole uses her spaces in an intentional way to meet everyone's needshow she looks after herselfsome of their favourite practical life activities and the value of including children around the homeways to give maximum effort to a toddler/preschoolerMontessori DIY ideas and her favourite thrift store findswhat she's learning about with her fourth childtheir experience using a floor bedhow she gets her husband on board with the Montessori approachhow they maintain their partnership with 4 young childrenand, something now often talked about, how she dealt with her miscarriagesI also talk about how I use Ayurveda to support being a Montessori teacher and parent and give an introduction to Ayurvedic principles. As well as answer a listener question about when a child throws, hits and laughs.For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/raising-four-children-in-a-montessori-way/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
Today I share my conversation with Bill Conway which is a little different to others in the series where we zoom out and look at the big picture of Montessori. Bill is the Head of School at Montessori East in Sydney, Australia and I loved getting to ask him the tough questions like "does Montessori prepare children for the real world?", asking him if Montessori is still relevant in today's modern world, and how they deal with conflict in the classroom and bullying. We also cover:parent’s concerns that their child might not finish work or be interested in an areahow to work in a Montessori way with teachers and build a vision for the schoolhow Montessori ideas are also being used in companieshow to build a community in the schoolwhy there is no homework in the Montessori approachlearning to serve others in a Montessori classroom and in societyMontessori and technologybeing a Montessori grandparenthow to live in a Montessori way? andguiding children through uncertain times (a topic that is more relevant than ever)I also talk about kids who don't want to be told what to do and answer a listener question about listening to podcasts in front of your children (!).For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/dealing-with-conflict-in-the-classroomWant even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
I had so much fun in this episode catching up with Heleen who used to come to my Montessori playgroup here in Amsterdam with her daughter Josie. We hear all about the Montessori principles they still use in their home now that Josie is 6 and even though Josie doesn't go to a Montessori school. We have a beautiful conversation covering:Montessori at hometheir Montessori spacesconflict resolution between childrenthe grey cloud of early motherhood for Heleen and how she got through itinvolving Josie in daily life - her favourite, folding laundry!heading outdoors in the cityhow they used a Montessori floor bedkeeping our own sense of self during parenthoodhow Josie finds having two mamascouch time - something we all need to do to stay connected if we have a partnerand more I also loved talking about how I'm not a perfect Montessori teacher or parent. I'm making mistakes still, reflecting on them, seeing if I can do better, and just keep doing my best. And I answer another listener question.For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/montessori-at-home/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
I loved putting together this episode of the podcast. So many great questions have been submitted about the Montessori approach and today I spend the whole episode answering lots of them. Hope it will be super useful to all of you no matter where you are on your Montessori journey.Topics we cover in today’s episode include:A Montessori approach to night sleepIncorporating Montessori as working parentsDiscipline advice for aggressive behaviour (pulling hair, pinching, etc.) without spanking and convincing family membersMontessori with multiple childrenHaving to justify ourselves to others as a teacher/parentA question about nerf gunsDaily routines and getting anything doneMontessori ideas for storing LegoWhat about duplicate materials with their Montessori classroom?Showing a 1-year-old an activity or taskTearing lift-the-flap booksParenting in a different way to your partnerTantrums in a public placeGetting your child in a car seat when in a hurryWhen a younger sibling upsets the older one’s playSee? So many interesting topics. Let me know what you think and if you enjoy these Q&A episodes.For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/your-montessori-questions-answered/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook- my online courses: themontessorinotebook.com/online-courses/The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.Episode is LivePublished: Feb. 28, 2020 @ 7AM EditUnpublishAmplify this EpisodeAdd Chapter MarkersTranscribe this EpisodePromote this EpisodeCreate a Video SoundbiteShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail Link to EpisodeDirect Link to MP3
Today's episode is a positive and heartwarming conversation with Andy Lulka, a Montessori teacher, parent and child. As someone who has spent their whole life around Montessori, you'll hear about:growing up in a Montessori schoolwhat a middle school Montessori program looks likehow Judaism is brought into the Jewish Day School programhow we can do better with anti-bias education touching on equity, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality (and where Simone puts up her hand to say, "I'm losing you" and asks for more explanation, learning right alongside you)the four planes of development including the Montessori elementary child and teenagersAndy's wonderful phrase "convince me" instead of closing a dialogue with her sonsingle parenting and ideas for creating a villageMontessori observation and self-observationwhat is dialoguing"Who we are as human beings - how we show up in the world - is what will make the biggest impact on our children's lives" - Andy Lulka"Montessori is a way to make the world a better place" - Andy Lulka"People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”― Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of ReasonSimone also answers a listener question:I am a working mother of 14 month old twin girls. I have started following Montessori principles recently. It is extremely hard for either of the babies to focus on their own activities without getting distracted by the other. It is challenging for me to engage both the girls in the same activity without them fighting over the toy or anything else. I try to explain them to wait for their turn but I guess they do not understand that yet and cannot wait for anything. Any suggestions on how to implement Montessori at home with twins?For full show notes, click here:  https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/montessori-and-anti-bias-education/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
Today we get into the woman behind the Montessori approach - yes, Dr Montessori herself in a lovely conversation with her great granddaughter, Carolina Montessori. Listen to this conversation and learn about:Dr Montessori's years working in psychiatric hospitals and anthropology before working in educationHer work as a feministHow she became so well-known in an era before the internet and instagramAn insight into her relationship with her own son, Mario, who was born out of wedlockCarolina's work in the AMI archives including books of letters from her great-grandmother to her familyWhat it is like to grow up in the Montessori family and how Carolina raised her own children in a Montessori wayCarolina's own beautiful story being married to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and Minister of Financea visit to a school in Kurdistan, Iraqand problems getting Montessori into the public systemSimone also talks about a Montessori approach to food and answers another listener question:How is a day in your room with the parents? Do they just observe or are they with you or with the kids all the time?... Gracias!! For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/dr-montessori-and-her-life-family-and-work/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
A deep conversation with Eloise from @mightymother_ in the UK all about creating a beautiful childhood and how they incorporate Montessori into their eclectic homeschooling days. And even if you aren't homeschooling, you'll learn:* alternatives to praise* building a family rhythm rather than a schedule* creating cosy spaces at different ages* what morning time looks like in their home - from tea to poetry to Latin and French - you are going to want to hear why a 4.5 year old is into these!* the joy in the bad days* getting out into nature in the city* giving ourselves permission to rest and look after ourselves* a realistic perspective on anxiety* and how there is no such thing as a perfect parentAnd don't forget to listen right to the end when Simone answer's this week's listener question from India:My first born child is now turning 2 years old and I have only recently discovered the montessori method which I feel is so perfect for our family. I am in the process of purging a lot of “stuff” in our home that does not have a purpose, and make our home more “montessori friendly”. In many ways though, I feel like we are starting too late and I have failed my son as a parent. But at the same time I feel inspired to make some positive changes. Any suggestions for parents who are just starting to learn about montessori and transitioning from a more “conventional?” ... almost consumerish approach to parenting (always looking for the latest toy or gadget or stimulation).For full show notes, click here: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/a-beautiful-childhood/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
Simone has a fascinating conversation with Trina from DIY Corporate Mom from The Philippines about how she embraces the Montessori philosophy as a way of parenting as a working parent. We cover so many questions like:if it's possible to do Montessori at home if you workwhat about Montessori and Disney? (two things you don't often see in the same sentence)how we can say goodbye in a respectful way with our childworking parents and stay-at-home parentshow to guide the carers/grandparents looking after our childusing our spaces efficientlylots of Montessori art ideaswhat it's like having a nearly 4 year old child and 11 year old child doing Montessoriwhat Montessori is like for a 6-12 year olda beautiful insight into the Maria Montessori Model UN, andhow to get your partner on board with MontessoriAnd don't forget to listen right to the end when Simone answer's this week's listener question from Megan:My 14 month old boy is always on the go and although we have glimpses of his intense concentration, much of the Montessori method seems to have no affect on him. Any tips or tricks for implementing Montessori for boys, specifically?For full show notes, click here:  https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/montessori-as-a-working-parent/Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
Want to really know what it's like to be a Montessori family? I'll be talking to my daughter Emma and my son Oliver who went to Montessori school up until 12 years old. And how they found the transition to a "regular" school (spoiler: not so difficult it appears). We talk about what it's like to be bilingual, things they remember from Montessori school, what it's like having a Montessori teacher as a parent, and even sex education in the Netherlands.I'll also be talking to their Dad, Luke, all about co-parenting, communication, and raising Montessori children.And sharing what I love about Montessori.Listen right to the end for this week's listener question all about Montessori without spending a lot of money.For detailed show notes:  https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/meet-simone-and-her-family/ Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
Perhaps you don’t know yet what Montessori is. Or you may have been on a Montessori journey for a long time. Your children may or may not be at Montessori school. Or still a baby, already a teenager, or having families of their own. There will be something for everyone, Montessori parents, teachers, or just if you have a curious mind.Your host, Simone Davies, is a Montessori teacher and parent and aims to make Montessori accessible to anyone, help you be more calm, understanding and supportive, and give you the tools to help you at home (or in the classroom), while preserving the heart behind the Montessori approachIn each episode, join Simone having relaxed conversations with Montessori friends, families and other Montessori teachers. She’ll also be sharing what she’s learning along the way - even after years as a Montessori educator, parent and author, there is so much more to learn. And at the end of each episode, Simone will answer a listener question.Over the course of the season, you can look forward to hearing about Montessori activitiesideas for Montessori at homeMontessori at different agesusing Montessori principles in our daily livesand there will also be for sure positive discipline, gentle parenting and the - oh so commonly asked - “how do I get my child to listen” sprinkled through these conversationsYes, how to raise children in a respectful way, help you better understand them, and raise curious - and yet - responsible human beings. With the aim of spreading more peace and positivity around the world.Want even more Montessori inspiration?- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebookThe Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.
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Isabel Freitas

What a lovely podcast episode, thank you so much Simone! I devoured it in one morning.

Feb 11th
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