When I birthed Poppy + became a mother it was a re-birthing for me also. Motherhood grounded me in a way my career never did. I took what was good and life giving from counselling and social work and planted it in my soul + parenting. Training in Expressive therapies and sandplay encouraged everyday rituals to become a spiritual practise and the use of symbols a language of it's own which I could share with my children through play.
I awoke to see the world in a new light. I loved so strongly, was open to learning as a new mum and found myself opening up to my surroundings, nature, friendships and my husband in a new way. I began to rebuild an identity based on the simple life and not working myself into the ground. The joy of playing, watching and creating a home for my little ones was life altering. Little else seemed to matter as it once had. Gone were the days of striving to work more than live I was finally at a point where l could stop and breathe in what was important.
One of my constant lessons is to embrace life, love fully + learn to accept/love me. I doubt and question so much, hold back when I should be moving forward and letting go. I still hold on to control more than is healthy. So I've made a mindful change in my life to be committed to doing 5 things for me with MyTop5 to self-nurture and attempt to impart love, honesty and transparency in my parenting of my tribe.
When Patchworkcactus began Montessori in May it was the perfect opportunity to guide and create a learning space for Miss Three. I'm exploring four year old kinder and thinking of Miss Three's future education. The interweaving of nature, life skills and play are a big component to Montessori learning. I thought it would be fun to tell a ongoing story of our Montessori lessons and home happenings as the months go by. Because every story is captured either through emotion, word or picture I'm going to weave a story through photos and the written word. I'm sure there will be numerous to share with you as the Autumn days get shorter and the opportunities for learning with Miss Three grow longer.
The story so far....
The story so far....
|Day 3 Pour your own drink.|
Day 4 Clean up after yourself. Miss Three is great at tidying up after herself l had to laugh at this kitchen clean up though it took a while and went in stages but she got there in the end.
Come join us over at Instagram as we do Montessori through May and the following months. Just use hashtag #pcmontessoriaday and throw a link over here + on Instagram so l can check you out.