I have always had a hard time writing here with the consistency I would prefer, with my other commitments. I am doing and thinking and talking about Montessori and RIE every single day yet rarely get it down in print here. So I asked one of the people I spend a fair amount of time talking about these things with – my friend and colleague – Heather Ellis. She is going to be a guest contributor and author!
A little background: “Heather Ellis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is certified as a Montessori guide through the global organization, Association Montessori International (AMI). She has spent the past twelve years honing her skills in the prepared environment known as the Children’s House, which serves children between the ages of 3 to 6 years. She is currently staying at home with her two-year-old daughter, as well as training to become a recognized AMI consultant.”
More importantly, to me, Heather has raised her daughter with one of the more “true” applied Montessori upbringings I’ve ever witnessed. This is an infant who was respected and honored and allowed opportunities for independence from the beginning with ever expanding freedom within limits. It’s been a marvel to behold! I’ve been lucky to watch some of this unfold from the beginning as this little one attended my MontessoRIE Parent-Infant and was also in my todller program.
You may have seen pictures I’ve posted of Heather’s floor bed in her home environment that is the BEST because it meets needs at every developmental phase. As a newborn Mom and/or Dad could lie down with baby. As she grew and began to explore, and might prefer exploring over sleeping, the gate could be shut to ensure a needed rest.
I’ve never seen a child potty train so effortlessly (and early!), dress herself completely with ease at such a young age, go to sleep without struggle, and feed herself so independently. I’ve asked Heather if she could share how these events came to pass. She promises she has a wealth of videos and thoughts to pass on to all of us and I can’t wait to hear and see!!!
Let’s welcome Heather and her font of Montessori knowledge!!!