Category Archives: Education at home

Who was Froebel and what are Froebel’s Gifts?

Who was Froebel and what are Froebel’s Gifts

You may be here looking for answers as to who Friedrich Froebel was and what are Froebel’s gifts, and when looking for the right education, home learning format or curriculum for your child, there are so many options. Montessori, Waldorf and the lesser-known Froebel method. Let’s take a closer look at Froebel, the style of…

Exploring common Montessori myths and misconceptions

Exploring common Montessori myths and misconceptions

Over the years we have come across lots of common myths and misconceptions surrounding the Montessori method of learning, as well as frequent questions regarding what makes a toy or educational resource ‘Montessori’ and what to look out for when selecting your learning materials. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to address some…

How children can learn to live a sustainable life

How to teach children about sustainability and sustainable toys

We recently spoke about how green and ecological toys that are plastic-free contribute positively to our future and the well-being of our planet, but how can we inspire our children to be more aware of our impact on the planet and show the right example for them to learn to live a sustainable life? As parents…

Raising a Montessori toddler

Raising a Montessori toddler

Anybody who is raising or has spent time with a Montessori toddler, or any toddler for that matter, will understand the utter joy and excitement that they bring to any and every situation. Their curiosity is completely unmatched and almost enviable from an adult’s point of view. To be so enthralled with the world and…

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education?

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education?

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education? This is a question people often ask, perhaps because there are similarities between the two pedagogies. Both are very holistic methods that focus on educating the whole child. Both the Montessori and Waldorf methods of education place great importance on character development and the nurturing of…

How to incorporate the Montessori method at home

How to incorporate the Montessori method at home

Following the Montessori method at home is a fantastic way to foster your child’s development in all aspects and environments of their lives. By ensuring that there is cohesion between a child’s Montessori school or educational setting and home life, allows for reinforcement of the core principles and philosophies of the Montessori pedagogy, and creates…

The abundance of Autumn learning opportunities

Autumn presents us with an abundance of learning opportunities

Dig out your jackets, dust off your welly boots and get ready for traditionally wetter, windier, cooler and muddier days – stomp in those puddles, play out in the rain, enjoy the wind in your face, smell the smoke from a bonfire and throw leaves in the air. Autumn is such a colourful season and represents…

Waldorf art supplies and crafting ideas

Waldorf Art Supplies and Crafting Ideas

Arts, crafts and handwork are key elements of the Waldorf Steiner philosophy and children are provided with the most beautiful high quality art supplies and materials. Waldorf crafts engage the head, hands, and heart of the child at the same time. At home, parents and children creating simple crafts together provides a lovely shared experience and…

Writing and reading: the two most important skills to teach a child

Writing and reading the two most important skills to teach a child

It could be argued that writing alongside reading, are probably the two most important skills to teach a child and help them prepare for the world ahead, indeed writing is a skill that as adults, we often take for granted because it is practically second nature to us, and we probably do not remember a…

The Montessori approach to music

Nienhuis Montessori Music - Bells set

The Montessori approach to music is based upon the understanding that young children learn first through their experiences and senses. By at once engaging the ear, the eye, the voice, the hand, the body, and the soul the whole of the child is actively involved in the entire musical experience. Maria Montessori once said: “Music can…