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

By 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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S1 E12 Your Montessori questions answered by me
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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:

  1. when you learn about Montessori, make some changes, and things seem to be getting worse rather than better
  2. how much to let our children play independently and how much to do together like cooking, playing football together etc
  3. how much to show our child how to play with an activity vs letting them explore for themselves
  4. a child who has never put away toys and when asked says, "you do it"
  5. training to become a Montessori teacher
  6. whether picture to picture matching is a Montessori activity or not
  7. ideas for integrating Montessori into the early infant days
  8. dealing with a toddler who is avoiding bedtime and using every excuse and getting up constantly
  9. not interfering with the child and observing them, but feeling like they could be doing something more interesting or meaningful themselves
  10. dealing with family who buy lots of battery-powered toys without being ungrateful
  11. what to do when friends have battery-powered toys and merchandised toys that you don't allow them at home
  12. how to arrange a sleeping area for a newborn and 3 year old
  13. what I recommend as a crash course for beginners
  14. applying Montessori with children with special needs, ie, physical and learning difficulties
  15. what type of children Montessori is best for
  16. how to talk to a family member who cares for your infant but is not in agreement with the Montessori approach
  17. talking with a young child about upcoming medical procedures, scars etc
  18. finding space for Montessori with a 4 year old and 6 month old in a small space
  19. what to do when your 18-month old keeps getting to the sink to play with water
  20. dealing with a child screaming with frustration

So 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 episode

Click here for full show notes: https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/your-montessori-questions-answered-2/

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- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast
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Apr 17, 2020
S1 E11 All about why children need boundaries and how to do this in a kind, loving and respectful way
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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-boundaries

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.


Apr 10, 2020
S1 E10 All about how to build trust in your children, understand them, and enjoy it as well
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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-children

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.

Apr 03, 2020
S1 E9 All about how Nicole Kavanaugh makes raising 4 children (and a dog) look easy the Montessori way
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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 other
  • what Nicole does when siblings are in disagreement
  • the different needs of a second plane child (6-12) and how they view the world
  • how Nicole uses her spaces in an intentional way to meet everyone's needs
  • how she looks after herself
  • some of their favourite practical life activities and the value of including children around the home
  • ways to give maximum effort to a toddler/preschooler
  • Montessori DIY ideas and her favourite thrift store finds
  • what she's learning about with her fourth child
  • their experience using a floor bed
  • how she gets her husband on board with the Montessori approach
  • how they maintain their partnership with 4 young children
  • and, something now often talked about, how she dealt with her miscarriages

I 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.

Mar 27, 2020
S1 E8 When you get to ask the head of a Montessori school about dealing with conflict in the classroom, is Montessori still relevant today, and what if your child never chooses an activity
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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 area
  • how to work in a Montessori way with teachers and build a vision for the school
  • how Montessori ideas are also being used in companies
  • how to build a community in the school
  • why there is no homework in the Montessori approach
  • learning to serve others in a Montessori classroom and in society
  • Montessori and technology
  • being a Montessori grandparent
  • how to live in a Montessori way? and
  • guiding 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-classroom

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.

Mar 20, 2020
S1 E7 All about Montessori at home, conflict resolution with children, connecting with your partner, and more
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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 home
  • their Montessori spaces
  • conflict resolution between children
  • the grey cloud of early motherhood for Heleen and how she got through it
  • involving Josie in daily life - her favourite, folding laundry!
  • heading outdoors in the city
  • how they used a Montessori floor bed
  • keeping our own sense of self during parenthood
  • how Josie finds having two mamas
  • couch time - something we all need to do to stay connected if we have a partner
  • and 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.

Mar 13, 2020
S1 E6 Your Montessori questions answered by me!
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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:

  1. A Montessori approach to night sleep
  2. Incorporating Montessori as working parents
  3. Discipline advice for aggressive behaviour (pulling hair, pinching, etc.) without spanking and convincing family members
  4. Montessori with multiple children
  5. Having to justify ourselves to others as a teacher/parent
  6. A question about nerf guns
  7. Daily routines and getting anything done
  8. Montessori ideas for storing Lego
  9. What about duplicate materials with their Montessori classroom?
  10. Showing a 1-year-old an activity or task
  11. Tearing lift-the-flap books
  12. Parenting in a different way to your partner
  13. Tantrums in a public place
  14. Getting your child in a car seat when in a hurry
  15. When a younger sibling upsets the older one’s play

See? 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.

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Mar 06, 2020

S1 E5 - All about anti-bias education, Montessori at different ages, and life as a Montessori child, teacher and parent
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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 school
  • what a middle school Montessori program looks like
  • how Judaism is brought into the Jewish Day School program
  • how 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 teenagers
  • Andy's wonderful phrase "convince me" instead of closing a dialogue with her son
  • single parenting and ideas for creating a village
  • Montessori observation and self-observation
  • what 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 Reason

Simone 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/themontessorinotebook

The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Feb 28, 2020
S1 E4 - All about Dr Montessori's life, family and work in conversation with Carolina Montessori, her great granddaughter
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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 education
  • Her work as a feminist
  • How she became so well-known in an era before the internet and instagram
  • An insight into her relationship with her own son, Mario, who was born out of wedlock
  • Carolina's work in the AMI archives including books of letters from her great-grandmother to her family
  • What it is like to grow up in the Montessori family and how Carolina raised her own children in a Montessori way
  • Carolina's own beautiful story being married to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and Minister of Finance
  • a visit to a school in Kurdistan, Iraq
  • and problems getting Montessori into the public system

Simone 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/themontessorinotebook

The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Feb 21, 2020
S1 E3 - All about creating a beautiful childhood, following the child, building family rhythms not schedules, eclectic homeschooling, and more
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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 parent

And 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/themontessorinotebook

The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Feb 14, 2020
S1 E2 - All about Montessori as a working parent, how to respectfully say goodbye to our child, and lots of ideas for Montessori art
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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 work
  • what 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 child
  • working parents and stay-at-home parents
  • how to guide the carers/grandparents looking after our child
  • using our spaces efficiently
  • lots of Montessori art ideas
  • what it's like having a nearly 4 year old child and 11 year old child doing Montessori
  • what Montessori is like for a 6-12 year old
  • a beautiful insight into the Maria Montessori Model UN, and
  • how to get your partner on board with Montessori

And 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/a-working-mother-and-montessori/

Want even more Montessori inspiration?

- website: themontessorinotebook.com/the-montessori-notebook-podcast
- instagram: instagram.com/themontessorinotebook
- facebook: facebook.com/themontessorinotebook

The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Feb 07, 2020
S1 E1- All about being a Montessori family, transitioning to regular school and co-parenting
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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
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The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Jan 31, 2020
Season 1 Trailer: The Montessori Notebook podcast with Simone Davies for all your Montessori inspiration
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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 approach

In 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 activities
ideas for Montessori at home
Montessori at different ages
using Montessori principles in our daily lives
and 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 conversations

Yes, 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/themontessorinotebook

The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

Jan 28, 2020