As a Montessori-trained mom, I value and try to foster O's growing independence. Our home environment is not as beautifully set up as many (such as this dreamy one, which makes me insanely jealous!) but it offers some tools for O to work on practical life skills (pouring, sweeping, dusting, cooking) and master the movements he needs to do everyday things by himself.
I've been happy to be home with O for the past year and a half, creating learning and play spaces for his enjoyment, but as I take on more projects and find that I need to dedicate more time during daylight hours to my own work, I have been searching for another place he can learn - a place he and I will both love. Today, I think I found it.
O and I took a tour of Heart and Hands Montessori, run by Susan Smith, a true kindred spirit of mine. She and I have exactly the same training (AMI Assistants to Infancy and Primary certificates from the same training centers) and many ideas and inspirations in common. The center will blend principles of the Resources for Infant Educarers model (RIE) and Montessori, which I've been doing at home, as well, and will offer full-day care with plenty of outdoor time and a calm, quiet, independence-oriented environment.
I'll write more about Heart and Hands as it gets closer to opening next month, and especially if we end up being part of its community of families, which I hope we will. Susan's inspiration to create a beautiful, caring, special place - truly, a place to love - just for infants and toddlers in Boulder County fills me with joy, and I look forward to contributing to its success!