This is Education

I am not alone in thinking there is a lot of pressure out there to have your toddler singing the alphabet, knowing shapes, counting backwards in Spanish, potty trained, and possibly qualifying for the Olympics as a world-class gymnast before he/she is age 2.

Nicole at the Kavanaugh Report wrote a great piece on her blog explaining how the Montessori approach respects the pace and development of toddlers: Let's Stop Rushing Toddlers.

Don't get me wrong. I do want to give George the best exposure to language, shapes, and movement in his environment as I can. I want to give him opportunities to grow. However, the focus of growth is different than what is in the culture today. As Maria Montessori so wisely puts it:

"By the age of three, the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being, and only then does he need the help of special scholastic influences." -Maria Montessori

Uff da! By age three! That means that in this very small window of time that is happening right now, the foundations of George's personality are being formed. I want to give him an environment that will focus on this great time in his life.

 But in our rushed, standards-based, input-output, show me the scores, public-funded education world, I sometimes struggle to know what exactly this environment looks like. ...

When Someone Asks if I am Pregnant


13 weeks and counting! Ultrasound: heart beat of 171 and kickin'!

Names for either gender picked out and top secret! Clues to come.

Please pray!

I Hope Your Weekend Goes Swimmingly

What are you up to this weekend?

We are battling hand, foot, and mouth disease around here. George had the rash last weekend and now my husband Shaun is fighting it. I am just waiting to see if I get it and praying that I am spared! In the meantime, I will tracking down some local honey with George today. 

It's for the new tea I ordered. Have you ever tried Harney and Sons tea? Now that I am getting up earlier for some time to myself before George wakes up, I have been wanting a nice, relaxing cup of tea. I ordered Rooibos Chai and Jasmine. 

My husband Shaun and I are completely addicted to
this show and the others like it. I am blown away by how accurately they are portraying history. They are acknowledging the Catholic medieval synthesis and all of the good that came of it. And it's flippin' BBC! I have had to pick my jaw up off the floor many times because they are nailing it all so well. It's like they read Hilaire Belloc, Christopher Dawson, and Eamon Duffy then put it all into a show!

Also, I finally watched the film rendition of the Glass Castle.

I am so glad I read the book first.

Since it is now Prime, I decided to see how Hollywood could turn this heart-wrenching memoir into a film.

I was disappointed.

Spoiler alert.

What I took away from the book was that Jeanette Walls was able to break out of the cycle of poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and neglect despite her dad, not because of him. The film seemed to take the opposite view. The film seemed to say, "She is so unhappy once she breaks away from her family." And while she never totally breaks away from her family in the book, she is able to recognize her parents' behavior for what it was and not glorify her upbringing. I did not see her as this torn individual in the book as she is portrayed in the movie. Her marriage with her first husband is barely mentioned and yet in the movie, it is a focal point. 

Also, I understand that the free-range type of parenting is hip right now and so the movie chose to focus more on that aspect of her upbringing and glorify it by playing folk music in the background. In reality, those beds that were portrayed as being so fun to construct caused her siblings to get sick during the winter months. 

Well Read Mom released this year's theme and book list! Check it out!

My husband Shaun is trying Stitch Fix! I am so curious what will arrive in his box today! Stay tuned!

Check back Monday! Peace be with you! 

Montessori Moment Episode 6: Current Shelfie

Our shelf looks a little different since I last posted.

I am gaining more confidence in the rhythm of deciding when it's time to switch something out, what should be switched out, and what should it be switched out with.

When George independently goes to his shelf, I make a mental note about which items he chooses and which he repeatedly ignores.

I recently had some money to buy George new toys and I did my best to buy toys that reflected what he already seemed interested in (following the child) and what could challenge him to try something new.

Here's what's on his shelf this time, including reviews of the new toys. ...