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Easter Giveaway - The Winner Is...

After randomly assigning names to numbers and then using a random number generator, we picked number 21 as the winner of the Toddler Silhouette Matching Cards. There were heaps of entries and I wish I could give every one of you a set of these cards! Thanks for your support and interest - it inspires me to keep doing this...
Congratulations to Cathy Woodhouse of http://www.amontessorihome.blogspot.com/ who liked us on Facebook.

Keep visiting, because another giveaway will be posted soon.

New Activity

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We have just added a new activity for the older toddler in our Cognitive Development series.

Tick Tock - 5 days to go

There are only 5 days left to enter the Easter Giveaway. Up for grabs is the full set of Toddler Silhouette Matching cards, worth $90 when purchased separately. To enter:

For one entry: Like our Facebook page and leave a comment

For two entries: Post about this giveaway on your blog and email me the link

For five entries: Order something from the website before the end of April

Winner will be drawn out of a hat on 30th April at 8pm (Western Australian Time)

Discipline - A Montessori Perspective

Discipline – A Montessori Perspective The concept of discipline is one that cannot really be examined in isolation. It is inextricably linked with many other developmental areas and philosophical ideas. These include obedience, freedom, and the development of will. When discussing the idea of discipline with parents I always ask them first to consider what obedience means to them. So take a minute to consider what it means to you – jot down some key words to help you to crystallise your understanding of obedience and its interrelated subjects before we examine what Maria Montessori had to say on the topic. “The basic error is to suppose that a person’s will must be broken before it can obey; meaning before it can accept and follow another person’s direction. When people have fully developed their own powers of volition and then freely choose to follow another person’s orders, we have something very different. Will and obedience then go hand in hand in as much as the will is a prior foun…

Blueish

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everything I do takes a lot longer than I planned for. Building a new company website is at times beyond my comprehension. Being a control freak over pictures slows down the progress. Finally this mix of a customer's embroidered silk drapes and  my private antique chairs was approved to pass. Handmade tassels from the Parisianmanufacturer  Declercq Passementiers, since 6 generations.
Professional inspiration when creating a website has been most  accurate the last couple of weeks and once again I returned to my sources of books by Charlotte Moss, a truly talented  american interior designer.  Her 7th and recently published book just reached the shelves in Sweden, you can order it easily here.
I'll put it on top of my other six and keep on working the site. ❤ Ia


Easter Giveaway

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We are pleased to be hosting another giveaway!

The prize?

A full set of Toddler Silhouette Matching Cards worth $90.

Pictured below are the Mammal Cards...


The full set includes Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and Insects.

How to Enter?

For one entry: Like our Facebook page and leave a comment

For two entries: Post about this giveaway on your blog and email me the link

For five entries: Order something from the website before the end of April

Winner will be drawn out of a hat on 30th April at 8pm (Western Australian Time)

Good Luck!!!

Skype cat....

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I thought I should have a small chat with my youngest master, now online. I'd like to share my latest news with him...... Can someone help me to connect, thank you! I don't mind the time difference, I'm A cat!!!
Now my young master, I sleep the night in your empty spacious bed and once in a while I also have a rest in someone elses arms. I know you're not a blogger and I'm not keen on Facebook, so Skype is really the thing for me....I can see and hear you're  doing well. ( still I'm quite sure you sneak in mom's blog once in a while,
so here I am, safe and sound).


Love you dearly, ❤Kletus❤



The Long-Awaited Toy Tripod

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Apologies for the long delay in getting this tutorial onto the site - have been very busy making all of this...

 Some Puzzle Balls, Weaning Sets, and a Cloth Book Sling, for my friend Rae at Fishica


And finishing off some lovely Hand Development Toys made from Australian Native Timbers, which will soon be up for sale can be found here.



But enough of that and on to the Toy Tripod...



What you will need: three 19mm dowels that are 1.2m long
three end caps (the kind you put on the bottom of chair legs)
three rubber chair protectors (also to go on the bottom of chair legs, but these are to stop them from slipping)
2m of thin rope
6 rubber o-rings
approx 2.5m of fabric
enough batting to cut a circle 1m in diameter
a sewing machine
one cute baby
So first of all you make the mat that your baby will lie on... Cut out two circles of fabric 1m in diameter
Cut out one circle of batting 1m in diameter
Pin one of the fabric circles to the batting, with the right side facing away from the batting
Stitch across the tw…