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Don't be fooled by the title of this book. While Stephanie Woo is the mother of twins, her title, Raising Your Twins, this book applies to raising children, one or more. Her practical tips for parenting and advice on how to maintain your relationship with your partner (her husband even plays with his own section on this topic) give you more than enough advice to keep you busy being a better parent, part of meaning that you learn how not to be busy by finding some time for yourself after you have taught your children how to entertain themselves.
Through the book, Stephanie uses her twin daughters, Brooke and Mackenzie, as her primary examples, including countless photos of those showing their eating skills, their playing with cell phones, and how they play and nap for them. furnished. But Raising Your Twins is more than one parenting experience for a mother. Stephanie comes from a family of educators. Her mother is a teacher of the Montessori method, who manages five Montessori schools in Taiwan, and Stephanie is herself AMI Montessori certified, so Stephanie contains many Montessori tips as well as her mother's own tips on raising children .
What really surprised me about Raising Your Twins is the common sense, out of the box, and the progressive thinking that Stephanie shows in discussing how to raise her twins, especially in terms of learning how to entertain themselves.
Stephanie divides the book into several chapters, including: eating, sleeping, moving and keeping babies independent, and these chapters are divided into sections according to the ages or stages of development of children, such as 0-3 months, 3-10 months or 11+ months, depending on the subject. This classification is useful because it allows parents to expect the next phase of their child. As a bonus, Stephanie includes a shopping list at the end of each chapter so that parents know what to buy when their children get older and cover the ages of birth to three years old.
All advice in this book has been proven and tested. Stephanie herself states that "I have experienced extraordinary results. My girls started sleeping twelve hours a night at ten weeks old. They have always been completely afraid of water. They drank from an ordinary glass cup after eight months and could eat meals only by twelve months. "
The aspect of Raising Your Twins that I found the most remarkable was the focus on helping children become self-sufficient. Stephanie points out that such self-reliance is the goal of the Montessori method and says, "If we wanted to answer the question," # 39; What is Montessori? "& # 39; In one sentence we may look at the experience of Dr. Maria Montessori himself. That is Montessori." A Montessori child does not just get fish; he is taught to fish. "Stephanie further explains that some parents may not want to teach their children to eat at such a young age because they find out in time that children will learn themselves, but Stephanie explains:
"Personally, I don't want to feed my children with a spoon until they are six years old. I had children so that I could enjoy it, not so that I could become their slave! There are two children, not just one! is one that promotes independence in all ways. "
Another point about self-reliance I appreciated Stephanie's focus on learning children as a self-employed person. Such self-occupation can be achieved by simple methods such as you, the parent, by changing the cell phone in the child's room every 15 minutes to keep your child busy and giving you 15 minutes for yourself. Stephanie has also learned how important it is not to interrupt children during their playing time or when they are engaged in an independent activity.
Although I have no children of my own, I have seen many friends raise their children and spent many hours on babysitting so I can see how effective the advice and methods in this book are and how easily they can be implemented if a parent is willing to put in time and be consistent. A little extra time frees up time for a parent in the long term. More importantly, it will help your children to become happier and less dependent, to increase their self-confidence and to interest them in further learning as they age.
Raising Your Twins is a groundbreaking childcare book. I hope for all parents that Stephanie continues to write more books as her daughters grow older. She blogs about her daughters as they grow up and regularly records their development in words and pictures.