The Greatest Montessori Lessons in the World
22 min

Where did we come from? What's the universe made of? Why does the capital letter A look like a triangle? Who invented numbers?  The Montessori elementary curriculum is absolutely incredible. Once you hear about these great lessons, I bet you'll want to know more. 

Show notes at as usual! Love,  Aubrey

The Parenting Junkie Show
The Parenting Junkie Show
Avital Schreiber Levy
TPJ 88: Not “What”, But “How”
Many people find they lose aspects of their identity when they have kids. Can you relate? This year has certainly made it more challenging to hold onto our identities. Many things in our lives have been “lost” (or put on hold) during the pandemic, and it has been hard. If you’re feeling like you’ve lost yourself, this episode is for you. [00:36] Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! [05:34] Ready to create the vision for your family? [05:39] Many of us feel a loss of identity as we enter parenthood. [05:56] Let's evaluate the source of our identity [06:57] Changes in life can change our identities. [08:05] The things we are or do make for superficial identities. [09:48] Where else can we find our identity? [12:36] Start focusing more on the "how" and less on the "what" As we start to focus more on how we show up, how we go about our days, we’ll find that our identities are much more stable and steady in the face of adversity. The “what” might change, but how we show up remains constant. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can! Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5-star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly, they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here. Want to connect to like-minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital. Resources: * Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! * Ready to create the vision for your family? Full Show Notes:
15 min
Mindful Mama - Parenting with Mindfulness
Mindful Mama - Parenting with Mindfulness
Hunter Clarke-Fields
A Perfectly Imperfect Parent - Lisa Sugarman [253]
We have a lot of stress in our lives and we want to do well for our children. But sometimes, the more we push to get it right, the more off-course we get. My podcast guest this week reminds us that it’s okay to drop some balls sometimes. We don’t have to be perfect. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram stories, and tag me @mindfulmamamentor. Have you left a review yet? All you have to do is go to Apple Podcasts or Stitcher (or wherever you listen), and thanks for your support of the show! Takeaways: * We have to be able to step back and let our kids fail. * How to handle homework at different ages. * Positivity is a conscious choice. Lisa Sugarman is a parenting author, a nationally syndicated humor columnist, a radio show host, and the mom of two grown daughters. Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! ABOUT HUNTER CLARKE-FIELDS: Hunter Clarke-Fields is a mindful mama mentor. She coaches smart, thoughtful parents on how to create calm and cooperation in their daily lives. Hunter has over 20 years of experience in mindfulness practices. She has taught thousands worldwide. Be a part of the tribe—we’re over 25 thousand strong! Download the audio training, Mindfulness For Moms (The Superpower You Need) for free! It's at Find more podcasts, blog posts, free resources, and how to work with Hunter at Be sure to check out these deals from this week’s sponsors: * Get 25% off your entire order for a limited time with promo code HUNTER at * Get 25% off your entire order when you go to and enter code HUNTEREARLYACCESS at checkout. * To learn more about the Homeschool Magnet student experience, visit
1 hr 6 min
The Montessori Notebook podcast :: a Montessori parenting podcast with Simone Davies
The Montessori Notebook podcast :: a Montessori parenting podcast with Simone Davies
Simone Davies, Montessori teacher and parent
S1 E12 Your Montessori questions answered by me
Happy to be back with another Q&A episode. So many valuable questions, it was hard to choose! I've selected the most commonly asked questions as well as a few less often asked but useful to answer as I haven't seen them often discussed elsewhere. In this episode I answer your questions about: * when you learn about Montessori, make some changes, and things seem to be getting worse rather than better * how much to let our children play independently and how much to do together like cooking, playing football together etc * how much to show our child how to play with an activity vs letting them explore for themselves * a child who has never put away toys and when asked says, "you do it" * training to become a Montessori teacher * whether picture to picture matching is a Montessori activity or not * ideas for integrating Montessori into the early infant days * dealing with a toddler who is avoiding bedtime and using every excuse and getting up constantly * not interfering with the child and observing them, but feeling like they could be doing something more interesting or meaningful themselves * dealing with family who buy lots of battery-powered toys without being ungrateful * what to do when friends have battery-powered toys and merchandised toys that you don't allow them at home * how to arrange a sleeping area for a newborn and 3 year old * what I recommend as a crash course for beginners * applying Montessori with children with special needs, ie, physical and learning difficulties * what type of children Montessori is best for * how to talk to a family member who cares for your infant but is not in agreement with the Montessori approach * talking with a young child about upcoming medical procedures, scars etc * finding space for Montessori with a 4 year old and 6 month old in a small space * what to do when your 18-month old keeps getting to the sink to play with water * dealing with a child screaming with frustration So many fun questions, right? I hope you all find some useful answers to your Montessori questions. Sadly this episode of the podcast is the last of Season 1. That went by so quick! I don't yet have a date for Season 2, but if you'd like to be kept up to date, be sure to subscribe here to receive my regular e-newsletter with the latest news and always packed full of Montessori inspiration. And in the meantime, there are also lots of podcast episodes in this season to listen to or revisit, you can follow me on Instagram, check out the blog and free resources, and there are lots of online courses to explore too. Til Season 2! Watch this space... *Links from this episode * Click here for full show notes: Want even more Montessori inspiration? - website: - instagram: - facebook: - my online courses: themontessorinoteb<
1 hr 2 min
Decorating Tips and Tricks
Decorating Tips and Tricks
Bespoke FM
Our Definitive Holiday Gift Guide 2020
Looking for gifts? We've got you covered with our favorite gift ideas, curated from around the web. We participate in the Amazon affiliate program, so if you make a purchase thru our links we may receive a small fee from Amazon. Our participation in no way effects the price you pay. Anita's Gift List Rose gold bow bracelet from Kate Spade HERE ( Portable UV-C sanitizer wand HERE ( Cashmere scarf direct from Scotland HERE ( Rifle paper air pod case HERE ( London coloring book HERE ( Faux fur throw here ( Pair of hunter boots great price! here ( Pop on rain clog here ( Guy degrenne salam teapot HERE ( Projector for your phone or computer less than $100 HERE ( Pretty pajamas HERE ( Stoneware patterned rolling pin HERE ( Kelly's Gift List Toile PJs from Kate Kime HERE ( Parnasses Books - book bundles HERE ( NYC Botanics balm, calming oil and all products HERE ( Receive 10% off & free shipping by using the code DTT at check out. Set of bread boards LuLu & Georgia HERE ( Gardener kit - tools, gloves, tote & more HERE ( Adults & Crafts Crate HERE ( KnitCrate HERE ( Craftsy HERE ( Flower magazine subscription - use the code SAVE5 for $5 off HERE ( NYC Botanics Relief Balm, Calming Oils and more wonderful products for gifting HERE ( Listen to Kelly's interview with Jill Fagin of NYC Botanics HERE ( French Garden House Winter Gift Collection HERE ( HOT TOPIC HERE ( Anita's crush is this recipe for grain-free chocolate chip cookies. ALMOND FLOUR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES 1 1/4 cups almond flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1/3 cup peanut butter 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chocolate chips • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line two large cookie sheet pans with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. • In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. • In a medium bowl, add the butter and peanut butter, and beat until creamy. Add the brown sugar, the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, and beat to combine. • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine everything. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon out 12 portions of the dough onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges start to turn golden brown. As they cool, they will deflate. Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet before moving them to cooling rack. Kelly's Crush - 12 year old composer Grace Moore's composition played by the NY Philharmonic HERE ( Sign up for our insider emails here on our site. Click HERE ( and enter your address. If you have a moment we would so appreciate it if you left a review for DTT on iTunes. Just go HERE ( and click listen in apple podcasts. Thanks in advance! xx, Kelly & Anita
49 min
Minimalist Moms Podcast
Minimalist Moms Podcast
Diane Boden
EP148: Thrifted Gifting with Whitney Varnau
I have a fun episode for you today. We’ll be talking about thrifted Christmas gift bundles. My friend, Whitney Varnau will be joining me to discuss what exactly a thrifted gift bundle is and how exactly she organizes these bundles for her virtual thrift shop. I’ll also end the podcast with some of my ideas for creating bundles of your own. Show Notes for EP148: Thrifted Gifting ( ) --------------------- *Enjoy this Podcast?* --------------------- Learning how you can get rid of clutter and live an intentional and purposeful life has never been this simple. If you enjoyed today’s episode of the Minimalist Moms Podcast, then hit subscribe and share it with your friends! *Post a review and share it!* If you enjoyed tuning into this podcast, then do not hesitate to write a review. You can also share this with your fellow mothers so that they can be inspired to think more and do with less. *Questions?* You can contact me through my website ( ) , find me on Instagram ( ) , or like The Minimalist Moms Page on Facebook ( ). *Thanks for listening!* For more updates and episodes, visit the website ( ). You may also tune in on Apple Podcasts ( ) , Spotify ( ) , Google Podcasts ( ) , or Stitcher ( ). *Episode Sponsored By:* Betterhelp ( ) & Goodnight Rebel Girls Podcast ( ) Advertising Inquiries:
25 min
Homeschool Unrefined
Homeschool Unrefined
Maren Goerss and Angela Sizer
149: You've Got This: What We Don't Do
Homeschool parents do A LOT, but none of us do it all. We want to normalize not doing it all—and embrace the idea that homeschool and parenting will be more enjoyable and sustainable when we take things off our plates. So this episode is a celebration of what we don't do! In addition to the things on our don't-do list, we share listener answers, too. Takeaways -We try to remember the phrase: Saying "yes" to one thing means saying "no" to something else. -We teach people how to treat us: Not doing it all is a way to set healthy boundaries. -We model for our kids that no one should be expected to do it all. -Our kids learn we trust them when we don't do everything for them. This episode is last in a series: You've Got This! We're tackling some of the most common questions and daily dilemmas we face in homeschool and parenting. Listen to the previous episodes in the series: The Device Dilemma and A Harmonious Homeschool. Mentions Subscribe to our NEW (super short!) newsletter and get 2 FREEBIES! You'll automatically get our FREE High 5 Homeschool Guide. And coming soon: a FREE Screen Time Conversation Guide, exclusively for our email list! Sign up NOW to get that new guide when it drops. Episode 23: What We Don't Do Episode 50: What We Don't Do (Holiday Edition) Join the Squad! When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents. Plus a bunch of other great rewards like more episodes, extended interviews, and more! Listener Review myshell726, 09/11/2020 "I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!" Leave us a 5-star rating and review here. Loving This Week Angela: Multi-Color Light Bulb Pathway Markers Maren: YUEDGE socks Patrons get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! More About Homeschool Unrefined We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram. Connect with us! Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at Visit our Amazon Shop: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
58 min
The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style
The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style
Shannon Ables
294: How to be the Director of Your Life: 6 Key Components
"You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it!" —Steven Spielberg To live actively requires we take action. Seems simple enough, but if teaching my students as well as myself to refrain from using passive verbs versus active verbs in writing indicates anything, defaulting to the passive is happens to be a hard habit to break. What if we are defaulting in the same way in our everyday life and, even more largely, in our vision of how our journey will unfold? A new-to-me podcast, Solo: The Single Person's Guide to a Remarkable Life, shared an insightful approach to living life which caught my attention immediately. What if we, instead of being the hero of our own lives, choose to be the director? Think about it for a moment. When we look at a film from the point-of-view from the real world, the hero in the film/movie/novel/play merely follows the directions of the person behind the camera - the Greta Gerwigs (Oscar nominated director for Little Women), the Kathryn Bigelow (Oscar winning director for The Hurt Locker), the Steven Spielbergs (Oscar winning director for Lincoln), the Amma Asantes (Mrs. America), the Jennifer Getzingers (Orange is the New Black and Mad Men), the Julie Delpys (2 Days in Paris), and the Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman). “Humble perseverance and the ability to observe and grow, in pursuit of making what you love and believe in. Really. THAT is the secret”. —Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman To be the director of our lives assumes the responsibility of having a larger vision for the purpose of each scene, each chapter; however, within each moment, each interaction and revelation, the director knows fully how to craft a scene so as to bring forth a dedication to being present, fully engaged and intentionally clear and knowing about living fully. Being a hero, in theory, is not a bad directive, but it neglects the reality of being a hero - whether saving themselves or another or an entire vast swath of others - the climatic drama of adversity is assumed. And then there is the tragic hero. No thank you. This is not to say that we can direct ourselves to avoid all conflict and adversity. No. From such unwanted and unplanned pains, we grow, we learn, and we gain wisdom, clarity, and strength; however, if we only relegate ourselves to being the hero, we follow a script written by another and directed by someone else as well. While there have been directors who directed themselves, there is a reason why only one has done so and been able to capture an Oscar for both roles - Roberto Benigini in Life is Beautiful (1999), which also one for best Foreign Film as well. It's hard to see yourself clearly - your actions, facial expressions, energy on screen with another, etc.. But wait, if you direct your life, aren't you also the hero? Valid point, and an important one to make. Yes. You are in all actuality both the director and the hero, but again, the director decides who leaves a scene when, how the interactions with others will play out, which details must be included in a shot to further understanding for the audience, what remains out of the shot, the colors of the attire, where the scene is set, the background, the music, all of the details as well as the over-arching storyline (and while often the director is also the playwright or at the very least has some say in how the screenplay is depicted and can mold and tweak it to what would be best for the film, the director has the full reins of the production). What I am saying is we must not forget our primary job - to be the director of our one and only life. Let's take a look at everyday and large over-arching choices and actions imperative for directing our lives well. 1.Who are you? Taking the time to know yourself, unearth your talents, becoming honest about your weaknesses but refusing to let them halt the direction you wish to travel sits at the foundation of a well-lived life. ~Read this three-part series on How to Get To Know Yourself ~Read/Listen to this post/episode to discover how knowing ourselves is the most important ingredient for a healthy relationship with another (episode #179) 2. Learn how to love well Loving well is a skill. We do not know innately how to love another human being as doing so involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness. Models of love or what is purported as love surround us, but many are faulty and derive from a genesis rooted in control, insecurity and many other unhealthy constructs. To follow leads to pain. Knowing leads to peace. Know how to love, and life will blossom. ~In episode #287, discover 5 Things to Do to Build a Healthy Relationship (inspired by the book - How to Be An Adult in a Relationship) ~Listen to episode #166 to discover how to be One Half of a Healthy Relationship ~One of my favorite books on love and being loving in a relationship inspired episode #128 - The Quest for a Soulmate: The Myth Hindering an Amazing Love Life 3. Understand the value of boundaries and understand they will evolve Boundaries define us, as Henry Cloud reminds. Literally, the lines we put in our lives define what we will step forward and try and what we will not. Boundaries can limit us. Boundaries can protect us. Boundaries paradoxically can set us free. Knowing how to set boundaries after we have discovered what our boundaries need to be for the chapter in our life we find ourselves gifts us with a powerful foundation. Without boundaries, the wind can take us where it will because we don't know what where we want to go and we certainly don't know how to head in the right direction. On the flipside, rigidity when it comes to boundaries can be harmful if it prevents us from exploring what we are capable of sharing with the world. Ah, a tenuous dance which requires of each of us to do our own homework, not follow, because it is our heart, our life that will be set free when we find the sweet spot between the right boundaries and vulnerability. (Listen to episode #126 to discover the Powerful Couple that is Boundaries & Vulnerability.) 4. Learn the skill of effective nonviolent communication For every director who wins praise from their cast and crew, there is a director who bullies, rants and whines. Effective communication, nonviolent communication, is a skill we must choose to learn if we want to have a fulfilling life and strong and healthy relationships with others. To model said communication, observe someone who understands the components of nonviolent communication certainly helps us to acquire the skill, but we must take it one step further to understand why they are communicating as they are. We must again be the student for our lives to reach their fullest potential. As I shared in episode #293, I highly recommend reading Marshall Rosenberg's book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. I have read and will reread this book for understanding how to understand anger, understanding the four basic steps of clear, effective, empathetic communication, and how to honor my own journey, letting go of guilt, shame, anything the outside world wishes me to feel in order to stop me from traveling a path that brings joy. Effective communication with ourselves and others is the way toward directing an award-winning life to continue with the analogy. To clearly convey and know what you wish to materialize, you need to be able to work with others being empathetic and aware along the way, not only of those who will walk with you or cross your path, but with yourself. 5. Understand and practice the fundamental physical components of you To delve a bit deeper into the physical aspect of #1, knowing how your body, your mind, your temperament function and how they can function well will give you a roadmap of how to design the set of your life. It will also help you clearly understand what your boundaries need to be. 6. Be Brave Living an active life, being the director of your own life demands of you to t…
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