Montessori Moms in the Wild

Montessori Moms in the Wild

We are three trained Montessori guides and new moms. We are NOT here to be your guide, per se, but simply to share, commiserate and maybe even inspire each other on this wild journey. Our hopes are that together we can remind ourselves of what is important to us as Montessorians and as mothers in a way that might help other parents - or at least entertain them! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/montessorimomsinthewild/support

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July 2, 2024 27 mins

If you've been listening for a while you already know Rachel's husband works super long hours, leaving Rachel solo from wake up to bed time! Now that she has added a third baby to the mix, Rachel has gotten a lot of questions about how to makes it all work. How does she structure her days? What steps did she need to take to keep everyone safe while meeting the different developmental needs of everyone in the house? Rachel s...

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This week we thoroughly enjoyed a chance to catch up as our beloved Rachel returns from maternity leave as a mom of three! Not a lot of philosophy covered in this one, but join us anyway for a much needed excuse to chat about life lately, parenting wins & milestones, and a fun game highlighting the differences in vernaculars between a southern belle, a yankee, and a California girlie.

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In this episode of 'Coffee Talk with Montessori Moms in the Wild,' Laura explores the importance of apologizing to children. She discusses a scenario where a new teacher lost her patience and the guidance provided on handling such situations. Emphasizing that apologizing is a crucial part of grace and courtesy, she explains why adults should model this behavior, how to make an effective apology, and the impact it has on chi...

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Join Megan and Laura as they give us a quick and demystified run down of the heart and soul of the academic curriculum of the Montessori elementary classroom: Cosmic Education! What is a cosmic curriculum, why is it so important, what are the 5 major “Great Lessons” at its core? The second plane of development is a wild and exciting time, often misunderstood by many, so this episode aims to explain the major work of Cosmic Educatio...

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April 22, 2024 20 mins

In this very special Coffee Talk with Montessori Moms in the Wild, Rachel recounts the day she welcomed her third child. Nothing specifically about the Montessori philosophy in this one, just a sweet, emotional moment to share and process Rachel's third birth! This one had us all in our feels, but you have our permission to skip it if this kind of thing just isn't your jam!

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Rachel is on maternity leave, which means, you guessed it, Laura and Megan are a couple of hot messes without her! In this episode we go completely rogue, deciding to talk about anything other than Montessori philosophy! We opened up a question box in our Instagram stories asking what you all want to know about us that is not Montessori specific, and in this episode we deliver the answers! This one is super silly and barely edited ...

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In this episode of Coffee Talk with Montessori Moms in the Wild, Megan shares her personal reflections on mistakes she made early in her Montessori career. She shares insights on the importance of properly presenting materials, asking for help, understanding the purpose behind activities, and the implementation of grace and courtesy in the classroom. She emphasizes that mistakes are part of the learning process and encourages liste...

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March 21, 2024 51 mins

You asked, and we've delivered!

In this first part of a Q&A style conversation based on requests that were submitted via our Instagram stories, Megan and Laura tackle listener questions regarding testing boundaries in the classroom, how to capitalize on a child's interest in letter sounds, the difference between teaching CH and LE, homeschool programs, discipline, and toy rotation ideas. Stay tuned for a part 2 to cove...

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In this Coffee Talk, Rachel answers listener requests as she shares about her daily routine as a Montessori homeschooler with a 21 month old and a newly 4 year old!

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February 21, 2024 45 mins

Children in the second plane of development (ages 6-12, but especially ages 6-9!) are navigating the rules of society, and beginning to understand their actions can create change. A huge part of this work includes the tattle tale phase, during which children seem to come to parents and teachers with a never-ending stream of complaints about the words and actions of others around them. It can be extremely hard to find the patience, ...

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In this episode of Montessori Moms in the Wild, Laura discusses the struggle of managing adult responsibilities while also allowing children the freedom to experiment, learn, and play independently. With her experience as a Montessori trained educator and a mother of two, Laura shares her personal criteria on when to intervene in the child's activities. This whole chat is based on the significant role of a child's curiosity...

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February 5, 2024 48 mins

Normalization- a term many come across when learning more about the Montessori classroom. What does it mean? What does it look and feel like? How do we make it happen? Whether you are implementing this philosophy in the classroom or at home, this episode breaks down the goals of normalization, and our best tips for how to achieve it!

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In this Coffee Talk, Megan is inspired by a particularly hard day to create something grounding for parents who find themselves on the edge. She shares her personal experience and leads listeners through a brief and simple yet effective breathing exercise. Megan then offers a range of other coping strategies that she has found to be beneficial during her hardest times. She ends the episode with some award-winning jokes to send you ...

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They're back! Join hosts Laura, Megan, and Rachel, as they discuss how they are getting back into their daily rhythm after a busy holiday season. Through this conversation, they share ways to involve children in household chores based on different age groups, observing that children can gain a sense of belonging when they contribute to the care of their home and family. The episode also highlights the value of preparing the env...

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In this week's Coffee Talk, Megan discusses her personal fitness and nutrition journey as a new mother, and how it ties back to her role as a Montessori guide and parent. She covers her challenges with self-care postpartum and how she's turning things around with the help of a registered dietitian. The power of making small changes to her routine, and remembering that she matters, too, have had huge impacts on her wellbeing. Megan ...
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November 28, 2023 39 mins

Nature's transformative power has a profound effect on a child’s development, a core aspect of Montessori education. Exposure to, and interaction with the natural environment empowers children with a sense of responsibility and encourages them to understand and appreciate the interdependence between man and nature. As Laura and Rachel emphasize, this interaction with nature not only nurtures children’s physical, social, emotion...

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Rachel sits down and shares her experience parenting the second time around- how her children have differed, and how those differences can be so challenging. Take comfort in knowing that even an Infant/Toddler trained Montessorian with a major in Child Development can find herself pulling out every trick in her well-worn book, only to end up completely rewriting it!

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Do you want to create a rich sensorial environment that fosters development and learning in your child? Are you looking for practical ways to incorporate sensorial experiences at home? If so, we have the solution you've been searching for.

Join Laura and Megan as they dive into the captivating world of sensorial materials, unlocking the secrets of how these tools refine children's senses, build intelligence, and create orde...

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Laura has a very special guest joining her for this Coffee Talk, her husband, Chris! We asked Chris if he would be willing to come have a chat about his experience as a Montessori parent out here in the wild; because almost every time we open up a Q&A box on our Instagram people ask about how to help their partners get on board with parenting in this philosophy in terms of adopting the language, being patient and respectful wit...

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Welcome to today's podcast episode on how to understand and help your childs' concentration around the Montessori philosphy for different ages.


Concentration is an important skill for children of all ages. It allows them to focus on their work, learn new things, and solve problems.


The Montessori approach to education emphasizes the importance of concentration, and parents can use many activities and strategies t...

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