Live Q & A With Deb of Living Montessori Now 3/2 @ 8:30 PM EST

Live Q & A With Deb of Living Montessori Now 3/2 @ 8:30 PM EST

"Ask a Montessori Blogger" Live Q & A on Facebook With Deb Chitwood of Living Montessori Now on Monday March 2nd @ 8:30 PM EST. Hosted by Montessori Bloggers Network and Montessori on a Budget. What has Deb been up to lately? Does she have some exciting news to share? Join us and RSVP here! Would you like an email reminder for the event? Sign our email list here http://www.montessori-on-a-budget.com/p/subscribe.html.

ABOUT DEB (From her website)

Live Q & A With Deb of Living Montessori Now 3/2 @ 8:30 PM EST

Hi Everyone! My name is Deb Chitwood. My husband of 38 years, Terry, and I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I blog here, at Bits of Positivity, at PreK + K Sharing (on the 15th of each month), and occasionally at Spring Snow Publications (founded by my husband and me).
The Facts
"First the basic facts: I have my Montessori certification for teaching children ages 2½-5  through the St. Nicholas Training Centre in London, now called Montessori Centre International. I’ve also completed an online course through Karen Tyler of Worldwide Montessori Online to refresh my Montessori training. My bachelor’s degree from Antioch University is in Liberal Studies with my concentration in Montessori Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

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Top 10 Toddler Pinterest Boards

Pinterest! The place you can go to check out literally everything these days. From healthy family recipes, to fabulous kids activities, to the best vacation spots, pinterest has it. You can probably tell already that I am a HUGE fan. It makes a busy moms life so much easier. Hopefully being able to Follow these totally terrific toddler boards will make your Pinterest experience even better. Let's go see what is Pinteresting today.

Montessori and Potty Training Boys


My son E. is 26 months and has been wearing underwear for about a week during the day (cloth diaper at night). For the first day or two, he'd make it to the potty about half the time.... But after those first few days any suggestion of the potty upset him very much. So, I stopped mentioning the potty, thinking he is still learning about his body.... The past few days he has not attempted to go to the potty at all, just has accidents all day.

Should I be doing something else? If so, what? Should I try to get him to help clean up? If so, how? Have I missed his window of opportunity?


Oh! The joys of potty training! Boys? Oh boy!

Boys (when they potty train or potty learn) act just as you described! They are fickle! What to do?

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Montessori Continent Resources

The study of the continents starts in the 3-6 Montessori classroom. As a homeschool mom, I try my best to mimic those patterns. We are working on compiling all our information for our continent studies and thought I would share with you the amazing resources I found!


Can you give a toddler a Montessori lesson?

Can you give a toddler a Montessori lesson?

Want to know the truth? Most toddlers don't really like Montessori three-period lessons: they are still learning how to control their bodies (and bodily functions!). They rebel against help and interference from adults, like diaper changes, getting dressed, sitting at the dinner table, and taking a nap...

And they insist on doing everything themselves! The trouble is they (still) need a lot of help! So you are always trying to help while letting them do it themselves!


So how does giving a three period lesson work in a Montessori environment for this age group?

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The Best Beginning Reading Pintetest Boards

So much of what I write about is dictated by my life with my kids. At Child Led Life, I follow their lead all the way. Today, I want to share with you The Best Beginning Reading Pinterest Boards. My son is EXTREMELY interested in reading and I have engulfed myself with beginning reading ideas!

Teaching Toddlers Seasons


I love Etsy. That's right if you haven't heard of it, you need to go see all the great handmade items there. Thankfully I happened upon Free Spirit Kids about six months ago, and it's been love ever since. I should also mention I love the Montessori philosophy and beautiful Montessori materials. What better to teach toddlers seasons with than a few handmade items and a lovely set up.

Since Winter is right around the corner, I choose to start Baby Bell's week out with learning about things that go along with Winter. Free Spirit Kids Winter Montessori Cards were perfect.

20+ Montessori Fine Motor Resources

Fine motor activities are a lot of fun or the whole family. We have been collecting ideas for our Montessori fine motor resources to work through for the winter months. I hope you enjoy our collection!

What's Up With Montessori and Fantasy Play?!


What's Up With Montessori and Fantasy Play?!

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Alex was three when she started our Montessori school, many years ago. Her mom was a baker and had her own bake shop in town. Alex pretended to bake with everything and anything at school, as would be expected. But at the same time, she had to do the materials correctly, for one important reason, the other kids noticed when she did not! They would go up to her and say, "Alex, you are not supposed to do that with the pink tower!"

You might think it was the teachers who got upset about Alex's behavior. No, it was the children, as they are so sensitive to order! They are like little policemen in the classroom!

Maria Montessori Would Turn Over In Her Grave!


Maria Montessori Would Turn Over In Her Grave! {Confessions of a Montessori Mom}
Photo by Roberto Valdes


A few years ago, I was asked the "traditional Montessori" question from a new Montessori mom. She heard the following comment at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA:

"Maria Montessori would turn over in her grave if she knew what some of the schools bearing her name were doing."

She then told me: "I do not know what they were referring to, but I highly respect their work, so I want to stick to traditional Montessori methods... I would like to hear your views on this subject given your extended experience."

Here is my view: I think Maria Montessori would turn over in her grave if she knew what traditional Montessori schools were NOT doing!

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