A Waldorf-inspired daily rhythm for days at home

Over a year and a half ago I wrote a post about our daily rhythm. Althea was 18 months old and my only one. I would have been pregnant at the time with Ottilie and so I remember our days being slow and simple with lots of time spent at home as we navigated nap…

Stay Home: Starting a ‘Morning Time’ routine with young children during isolation

I expect many of us are searching for a little structure to our days at home right now. Our children, especially, will be craving the predictability that their weekdays ,usually comprised of school, nursery or groups and playdates, bring. Mornings that used to involve the simple act of getting up and getting out of the…

Our Gentle, Montessori Inspired Approach to Toilet Learning: Stage 2 ‘Training Pants’

If you read my Stage 1 post you'll know that we introduced a potty a little while back as part of Althea's self care routine. She has been sitting on it upon waking up in the morning, before and after her nap and before and after her evening bath. We have a potty set up…

Nature play: 5 play areas to take outside (come rain or shine)

“Babies thrive out-of-doors. They sleep better, eat better, look better, play better, and learn better. Fresh air both soothes and stimulates. I always tell parents how much more easily they could raise healthy, “happy” children if they would make outdoor living a regular habit for their babies.” – Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants…

Sharing art with toddlers: Using their interests to foster art appreciation

Althea is extremely taken by 'stars' and 'moons' at the moment. She will keenly point them out in her environment; she sings twinkle, twinkle little star (loudly and with actions); she is drawn to books with illustrations of moons and stars and requests that we make stars with her play dough and star cutter. I…

“I’ll be back” – a very simple absence cue for short-term separation

During my time as an Early Years Educator I’d see many parents attempt the ‘sneak away when they’re not looking’ approach. I can see how this might seem like the better of two evils but I have got to be honest, it only works to exacerbate the separation anxiety. The scenario would usually play out…

Sleep Learning: Taking a gentle approach to our toddlers early morning wake ups

Let me start off by saying that this post probably won’t tell you anything you don’t already know and unfortunately I don't have any quick fixes. What you will find instead are some of the steps we take to survive our early riser and ensure we all get enough sleep. Althea has always, ALWAYS woken…