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

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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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S2 E12 Britt Hawthorne all about raising antiracist children
Welcome to the last episode of Season 2. And it’s a good one. Today I get to chat to Montessori educator and a nationally recognised anti-bias educator in the US, Britt Hawthorne. She’s all about creating inclusive and equitable environments for all learners and understandably her work has been recognized by none other than PBS, Drew Barrymore, Google Edu, Association Montessori Internationale, and more. I have learned so much from Britt over the last year and a half, yes, about being an anti-racist parent and educator but also just how you can raise critically thinking children, children who can advocate for themselves, recognise injustice, call it out and do something about it. We all need people like this that raise their children in a way that shows us what is possible. Links from the show Britt Hawthorne - website / instagramJoin Britt's Collective Liberation communityDr Kira BanksMore about the fundamental needs in MontessoriAnti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen EdwardsDr Rudine Sims Bishop on mirrors, windows and sliding doorsBritt's favourite books - out for Britt's book coming in 2022, "Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide"redistributes funds to Keres Children's Learning Center and Sankofa Learning Centersome of my favourite instagram posts from Britt:pyramid of accountability“If you’re tired, rest don’t quit” by darling and illustrated bby minna_so 8 ABAR goals to set for 202142 ways in Montessori we allow intrinsic motivation to express itself - insta post / blog postmore about the spindle boxtour of Kristina's spacefollow one of Simone's Montessori workshops here (from US$10)sign up for Simone's regular e-newsletter filled with Montessori inspirationListener question Maeg asks “I’m really having a hard time preparing work cycles for two daughters with totally #1 different interests. They are 3 & 1. Also my 3 year old is so focused and loves doing things all by herself (even when she was just a baby) however the 1 year old loves to join her older sister. Another factor is a very small apartment. We only have one low shelf that could fit the room so most of the time for the 1 year old were prepared in the shelf. What should I do. We’ll live in this apartment for the next five years before having our third baby."
S2 E11 Montessori at home whether you are homeschooling or not with Jeanne-Marie Paynel and Pilar Bewley
I have not just one amazing guest but two for a conversation about Montessori at home. I invited Jeanne-Marie Paynel, Your Parenting Mentor, and Pilar Bewley from Mainly Montessori to look at how we can apply Montessori principles in our homes whether we are homeschooling our child, they go to a Montessori school or not and we want to apply Montessori at home. We cover children from 0 to 12 in this conversation, how Montessori can be done on a budget, Montessori and minimalism, Montessori training and a whole lot more. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Links from the show Jeanne-Marie Paynel - website /  instagram / The Art of Parenting podcastPilar Bewley - website / instagram / Second Plane Montessori Facebook groupIdea of wonder wall from Julie Bogart's book "The Brave Learner"“The Quality of your life depends on the quality of the questions you ask yourself” ― Bernardo Moya, The Question: Find Your True PurposeSimone's Setting up your home Montessori-style 4-week online workshopListener question "How should someone decorate their Montessori classroom? I like minimalist but just wanting to make sure I'm not decorating too much." - anonymous
S2 E10 What is cosmic education with Hannah Baynham
Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today I'm talking with Hannah Baynham  from Collaborative Montessori about some of the big picture principles in Montessori. Hannah is a teacher educator who is passionate about issues of social justice, sustainability and the spiritual preparation of the guide. Having worked in schools around the world, she has a unique view of the importance of Cosmic Education in our early years environments.  Don’t know what cosmic education is? Then you’ve come to the right place as Hannah will guide us through it all and I hope you’ll leave feeling as inspired as I did. Links from the show Collaborative Montessori - website / instagram / facebook groupMontessori Movement Unites facebook groupSustainable development goals nesting boxes - youtube“In order to love others, all of us must first love ourselves. This self-love is not to be confused with selfishness which means over-concern with one’s self without regard to others. A healthy self-love tells a child that she is a worthy person, unique in the universe, with special attributes and talents to contribute to the world. It does not say that she is better than anyone else.” Aline D Wolf, Nurturing the SpiritArt Engager podcast with Claire Bown - ep 4 about asking great questions; ep 2 about slow lookingAubrey Hargis, Child of the RedwoodsListener question Ruth asks, "I'm a mother of a 9 month old baby. I knew about Montessori before becoming a mother but dove into learning more once our baby was born. I am passionate about the Montessori approach to development, especially the principles like follow the child, the prepared environment and prepared parent, building peace, and being in nature. Lately I find myself getting too focused on the "stuff", or materials. It feels like consumerism, waste, and endless activities are the visuals of Montessori that I see online all the time. Expensive wooden toys and materials, perfectly clean spaces.  I know this isn't what is about, but I still feel some pressure to meet all my baby's developmental needs with the right "thing" at the right time. I'd love to hear a discussion about this and how I can reset my focus on the bigger picture. I love following you and Aubrey from child the redwoods, you always help to keep it real and de-centre the stuff. I guess this isn't really a question, but maybe an idea for discussion. I feel Montessori must be accessible and inclusive and I don't want to lose sight of that. Thanks! "
S2 E9 how Montessori principles apply all around the world with Ochuko Prudence Daniels in Nigeria
Welcome to another episode of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today’s conversation is a little different as we transport ourselves to Nigeria and get to see how Montessori looks there. This conversation is with Ochuko Prudence Daniels, the founder of Momahill Montessori who found Montessori through her children and, as you’ll hear, she didn’t choose to become a Montessori teacher. It just happened. You’ll learn so much from Pru as we talk about how they apply Montessori in their home and in her school. What I love most is how passionate she is about bringing Montessori to her country and to any and every child and when you listen to her talk, you’ll have little doubt that she will make it happen. She even says that she brought in friends to her school, to the training and she’d go up to people on the street to tell them to respect their child because she’s just that passionate and she does it all with a warm heart, a big smile and a lot of grace. Links from the episode Advanced Montessori Method Vol 1, Dr MontessoriMomahill Montessori - website / instagramListener question "How can parents work with Montessori schools when kids who are hitting when upset? Do you give feedback on the spot and how to deal with consequences " -  Crystal
S2 E8 all about Montessori in real life with Theresa
So lovely to learn more about Theresa from Montessori In Real Life who we all love following on Instagram. She shares so much in this episode from how she gets her children to pack away, to what they are loving outdoors, organising spaces with siblings, their favourite practical life, her own anti-bias journey and so much more. Links from the show Theresa from Montessori in Real Life - Website / InstagramQuote from Aubrey Hargis hereBritt & Tiffany's course - their 4 week course is currently unavailable / 2 hour workshop with The Montessori NotebookTheresa featured on The Montessori notebook blog here and hereTheir Ikea play kitchen turned Montessori kitchen hereHow Montessori brings more joy - blog postToddlers need for movement - insta reelTips for practical life in the kitchen - insta reelGetting kids to put things away - insta postPraise vs acknowledgement - blog postEncouraging independent play - blog postfreedom within limits - insta postTips for caregivers and grandparents - blog postTheresa's Montessori guidesWhole Brain Child, Dan Siegel & Tina Payne BrysonListener question Hi! I am just discovering Montessori and I have a 3…almost 4 year old. She has developed a fear of bugs so much that she cries when it’s time to go outside. I’m a working mom so I try to get her outside as much as I can. I do let her hold my hand and I let her know that she is safe. We talk about bugs that are okay to observe close up vs bugs that we want to observe at a distance. Basically, how do I navigate through this time? We are in Michigan so it’s quite buggy right now and the summer months are upon us. My husband and I loooove being outside (camping, gardening, etc) but now she’s so afraid that we are finding ourselves inside a lot to respect her emotions. - Scarlett
S2 E7 with Ana-Kay from Pickneys at Play all about Montessori with twins
Something I get asked a lot about is how to do Montessori with twins. I loved this conversation with Ana-Kay of Pickneys at Play who shared with us everything from eating and toileting with two, when they copy each other doing something that's not safe, some travelling tips and how they incorporated their religion and Jamaican culture into their home. Links from the show Pickneys at Play - InstagramFrom Childhood to Adolescence, by Dr Montessoristand up diaper changelanguage matching activitygiving them access in the kitchendressing areatravel tipsDIY oversized object permanence boxDIY chalkboardDIY placematbooks from and about the CaribbeanThis week's listener question "Hi Simone, My daughter (recently turned 2) is really into counting at the moment. She had a beautiful abacus that she uses all the time. She, of course, gets the order wrong most of the time en generally counts one.. two.. eight, nine, ten! I want to help her slowly get the hang of it, but don’t want to say “no, you’re doing it wrong, counting goes like this”. I try to do this by counting out loud when possible (for example the coops of coffee when she helps making coffee or the number of tomatoes for dinner). But I’m an insecure about how I can help her best when she is counting for herself. Should I just leave her to it, correct her and, for example, count together, or what would be the ‘Montessori way’ to help her? Love to have your take on this!" - Eva
S2 E6 In conversation with Junnifa Uzodike & Dr Ayize Sabater about Montessori for babies
I said last week I’d have to do a podcast soon all about babies, and after our book launch Zoom party for The Montessori Baby last week where Junnifa and I were talking all about our love for babies, I decided it could be fun to share the recording from the book launch party for this week’s podcast. We talked about how we show respect for babies in the Montessori approach, we give you a virtual tour of the book, and even some of the people featured in the book were live on the call and able to talk about how it’s been for them to apply Montessori in their lives. And the most fun is Dr Ayize Sabater of the Black Montessori Education Fund. He kindly agreed to host the event and you can just feel his joy and his passion for Montessori. Enjoy... Links from the show Dr Ayize Sabater - Instagram, blackmontessorieducationfund.orgSanny van Loon - Instagram (our book illustrator)Montessori Chapters, Maria and CharlieMontessorian by heart, Neus - Spanish/BraziliaThe Kavanaugh Report, Nicole KavanaughMainly Montessori, Pilar BewleyRaising Yannis, AhoefaForest Montessori, JayaMontessori in Real Life, TheresaMontessori like a Mother, AmyKarin SlabaughTo order 10+ books for schools or wholesale, email specialmarkets@workman.comYouTube video of The Montessori Baby book launchTilt ParentingBilingualismEowyn Crisfield - Bilingual Families: A Practical Language Planning Guide bookEowyn Crisfield - Raising Bilingual & Multilingual children workshopColin Baker, A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to BilingualismThis week's listener question I'd love to hear more about your journey incorporating Montessori and bilingualism, Simone. Where we are moving next (in the US), we'll have to choose between one or the other for schooling (a Montessori school or an immersion school). The second language is not my first language, but we'd still like to introduce a second language. How did you navigate this or do you have any tips or resources you recommend? Thank you! - Sarah
S2 E5 Wisdom from two of my favourite Montessori grandparents, Barbara Isaacs and Ferne van Zyl
In this episode, Barbara and Ferne share so much wisdom from years of Montessori teaching, Montessori parenting and being a Montessori grandparent. By the end of the episode, you'll want to adopt both of them as surrogate grandparents in your home too! Links from the show Barbara Isaacs - Montessori Europe, Montessori Musings, Montessori Granny, My Montessori Life podcastFerne van Zyl - The Independent Child, InstagramThe book you wish your parents had read, by Philippa PerryOn Children by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet, by Kahlil GibranWhat is the research into Montessori?A group for Montessori grandparents with Pamela GreenThis week's listener question My son is 7 months old, I have been following all the Montessori principles that i can find and using it with my son. I live in Kathmandu and the concept is there in a very superficial way. Schools are called Montessori but they don't follow the principles. So my question is regarding my son visiting his peers / friends who live in a mountain of electronic toys.  How will my son deal with an environment where no one is vaguely following the method. All his toys are wooden Montessori toys and his friends have just plastic and battery operated toys. What can i expect from his interactions with his peers.  And what will the difference be between him and his friends when they are older?
S2 E4 Marvin Reyes and sustainability at their Montessori school
This episode about Marvin Reyes and sustainability Such a fun conversation today with Marvin of Vincerola nurseries & preschools in Cologne, Germany. We were planning to interview some of the children but with 4 and 5 year olds whose native language isn't English, well, you'll have to listen to hear how that went. Keeping it real. Then I got to ask Marvin all about their sustainability projects in their Montessori school. We talked about building bee hotels, nature visits and how they are making children conscious of how much trash they make in a week. Listen to the episode for more! Links from the show The Montessori Baby - register to join our free virtual book tour eventsThe Montessori Baby - the book including preorder details for those ordering by 10 May10 ways we can show respect to our childAlfie Kohn, Unconditional ParentingAlfie Kohn, 5 reasons to stop saying good jobVincerola - website / YouTubeThe Earth Project with Montessori EverywhereListener question Today's listener question is from Eve-Marie: "Hi Simone, thank you so much for all the resources you have put into the world. I listen to the podcast regularly and read the Montessori Toddler while on maternity leave. My 2.5 year old son attends a lovely AMI Montessori School full time here in Canada, and my husband and I try our best to follow the Montessori method at home, although we were both raised in a very different way. His teachers report that our little guy is easy and affable at school, but at home he has lately started to push up on limits very strongly. Although I understand this is exactly what he should be doing, I often don't know what to do after I feel like I appropriately responded to his behavior and he persists in it. For an example: the first nice warm day of Spring on our commute home from school (I was walking and pulling him in his wagon as usual) we saw another family eating ice cream cones. He started asking for ice cream, repeating the request more and more urgently. I pulled the wagon off the side walk, crouched down to his level to look him in the eye. I calmly explained that I understood that he wanted ice cream, ice cream was delicious and I wished we could have some too. But today we were not going to have ice cream. I couldn't buy him ice cream today (this was true, I hadn't brought my wallet), which was hard, because I understood the he wanted some very much. Today was not the day to have ice cream. Today was that family's turn to eat ice cream and it would be our tun to have ice cream on a different day. Today we were going to the park!. I felt like we had connected and he understood, but as soon as we started walking again he resumed yelling and repeating his demand for ice cream. What to do in this instance? Ignoring him didn't feel very respectful, but I was at a loss how else to move on and ended up diverting him with the slide when we arrived at the playground. This is an example of something that is happening a lot. I feel like I am communicating that I understand his wishes, explain the limit, and validate his feelings towards the limit. But then when he continues to test that limit (which I understand) what is the best way to respond?"  
S2 E3 A rich conversation with Gabriel Salomão of Lar Montessori in Brazil
Today I have an amazing conversation to share with Gabriel Salomão of Lar Montessori in Brazil. His native language is Portuguese and yet speaks so eloquently, gently and respectfully about the Montessori approach. I always learn something from our conversations and am so happy to be able to share this conversation with you on the podcast today. Lar Montessori: Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube Gabriel works with families and schools in Brazil and abroad, including training Montessori educators. He went to Montessori school himself until he was 14 and came back to Montessori when he was graduating in Literature in search of tools to become a better teacher. "One night, I found a small little book by Maria Montessori online and started to read, without pretensions. When I finished, it was dawn, and my life was transformed." Quotes - Gabriel asked a child "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The child responded, "An adult." - "To obey is hard, it's a skill and you learn that." - "Step into the wilderness of silence" - "Love is very much silent" Links from the episode Dignity: a new gift for children8 principles of silent educationMuriel Dwyers "A Path for the Exploration of Any Language Leading to Writing and Reading"Instagram @whatdaddidJoin our free book launch zoom party for The Montessori Baby on 11 May at 11am ET!Listener question Hi, Simone! I want to thank you so much for this podcast & your book. It has helped me immensely in my personal interactions with my 20-month old and I have already seen a change in her demeanour at home. My question is regarding my spouse. He tells me to ""lead the way"" indicating that he wants me to learn all I can to incorporate Montessori principles at home. He is supportive in my research, but rarely listens to parts of your podcast that I share or reads blog posts that I recommend for him. He often interrupts our daughter's activities that I spend time planning, or constantly ""quizzes"" her to see what she has learned. He is well-intentioned and loves her so much. How do I gently guide him, or really guide all of our family, to let her lead and stop interrupting her or constantly asking her questions? Thank you so much for helping me in this situation! Submit your listener question here
S2 E2 Montessori through the eyes of Cara, 6 years old, in the Philippines & her mother Mars
Mars (Instagram/website) was a Montessori educator and owned her own school and now homeschools her daughter Cara. I asked Mars if I could interview her daughter Cara about their Montessori homeschooling and we spoke for over an hour! I'm sure you'll enjoy this conversation as much as I did. At the end Mars also talks about how she supports Cara's learning and what "successful" homeschooling looks like to them. Links from the episode How to Save a Planet - podcast about climate changeGardener of the Sea: A Story About Nida CalumpongCharlotte MasonFor Nature Stories for Young Readers, we have the Animal Life. Nature Stories for Young Readers: Animal Life by Florence BassShell, Beak, TuskHow to clean a hippopotamus bookSleeping queensRainbow KnightsCuBirdsTrellisBitesJurassic SnackThe Magic LabyrinthSecret Seven // Famous Fivea photo from Cara's bookblog post about Montessori trainingpre-order The Montessori BabyListener question My question for you is do you have any recommendations regarding resources or training for educators who do not intend on working in a Montessori school but would still like to approach teaching in a Montessori way? I work as a teacher in a public elementary school in Canada and would love to have a better understanding of the Montessori approach to early numeracy and literacy learning. I am specifically looking for resources for students in the 3-6 range. Thanks!
S2 E1 Montessori through the four planes of development
Hi everyone! Simone here and I'm super excited to be back with another season of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today I'll be talking with Nusaibah Macadam from Rumi Montessori. It was a beautiful conversation covering: Montessori through the four planes of developmentHow Nusaibah sees Montessori as being of serviceHow to develop trust in the Montessori methodHow using Montessori can be joyful and not stressfulHow to stay calm when a child is having a hard timeDoes Montessori mean children can do whatever they want?Their family's approach to screensHer experience of raising Noah who is autistic and seeing it as a giftIncorporating Montessori into Islamic parenting and educationCultural differences between the UK and MalaysiaHow their classroom is trilingualWhy there is only one of everything in a Montessori classroom and why children learn to waitListener question I have a 3 year old son who has been raised in a Spanish environment even though we live in the US. I have never wanted to label him as a shy person, but I think that’s one of the descriptions that the rest of the people that gets to know him say about him. So, how do you work with persons that are shy or have some personality trails of shyness?, how do you help this people to succeed? And what can I do as a parent to encourage in my child to be more open to others and to play and work with others?  - Carolina Links from the show Rumi Montessori: website, instagramMore information about The Montessori Baby and how to claim your pre-order bonuses if you upload your order details by 10 May 2021.

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Andreainthewoodlands 2022/05/17
A Place for Positivity and Learning
Thank you for creating this podcast! Simone has such a thoughtful and kind way of presenting information about teaching, parenting and living life. I ...
CaroDlt 2021/09/15
Love it!
Thank you Simone for all the amazing information you share. As a young mom, I appreciate your knowledge and wisdom. I feel like you inspire and guide ...
PsychoticNarcotics 2021/10/06
Pedophilic conversations
Fell right into the liberal politics unfortunately, they’re talking about “only giving our children two options for gender” please stop worrying so mu...
cantstopluving 2021/07/24
One of my favorite podcasts! Simone has recommended such great books, podcasts, articles, etc. She is incredibly knowledgeable and kind!
Genie & 2020/08/03
Beautifully Presented
Valuable content presented in a clear way. Beautifully produced.
shark video 2020/04/20
My go-to parenting podcast
Thank you, Simone, for interviewing very interesting people and for sharing your wisdom! This is one of my favorite podcasts and I look forward to tun...
Jvc12 2020/03/31
Love this podcast!
I love Simone’s honesty and strategies at the beginning of each podcast. I look forward to hearing her conversations each week! Thank you for bringing...
NoraYH 2020/03/30
Very helpful
Simone is just wonderful. You can just listen to her voice and it makes you calm and more optimistic about parenting. Thank you for being so helpful e...
Tinamou00 2020/03/13
Changing the way I show up in the world
I originally posted a negative view of this podcast, not understanding why Simone delved into her personal family life on the first episode. But I’ve ...
Lexie1383 2020/03/12
Great Weekly Check-In
I loved reading Simone’s book and like to use it as a reference guide, however I found myself forgetting the philosophy or advice. The podcast has pro...


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