16 Apr · Daisies · No Comments

Miss Anna Reflects On Her Montessori Training

It is no exaggeration to say that this learning experience has overwritten more than a decade of professional thinking. To qualify this statement it is necessary to set a context, summarising my educational background before demonstrating an overview of my experiences of Montessori teacher training. Following this I will focus specifically on the two areas …


9 Oct · Daisies · No Comments

Protecting Toddlers from Tooth Decay

Limit any sweet food to mealtimes and no more than one sweet snack per day. The other snacks should be savoury. Do not give toddlers sweet drinks, including fruit juice and smoothies, as both the acid and sugar in these can damage the teeth. If fruit juice is given, parents should be advised to dilute …


20 Sep · Daisies · No Comments

Positive Feeding Habits for Early Years

Toddlers’ nutritional requirements differ from those of older children and adults. Rapidly growing and with small stomachs, toddlers require more nutrients in each mouthful of food than adults. Here are five key points to keep in mind, developed by experts specialising in early years nutrition and development. A balance of nutrients will be supplied by …


3 Nov · Daisies · No Comments

Tips for communicating effectively

Behaviour is communication. Observe your child. What provokes different types of behaviour? How do you respond? What happens next? Sometimes children learn through cause and effect ‘what buttons to press’ to gain responses from adults. Make sure you give plenty of positive attention to your child. Allow sufficient time for the child to do what …


4 Apr · Daisies · No Comments

Following Montessori principles at home

As featured in Juno, Winter 2014 Carine Robin finds it helpful to follow Montessori principles at home. I’m a Montessori teacher, but I’m primarily a mother.  When my daughter was born, I already had plenty of experience in childcare and a background in psychology, but I was living abroad, isolated from family support.  I remember …


9 Mar · Daisies · No Comments

5 myths about toddlers!

Toddlers who tantrum are naughty A toddler who never tantrums is more concerning to a psychologist than one who does so frequently! Toddlers don’t have the brain capacity necessary to regulate their own emotions; so when they get angry, scared or upset, they don’t have the emotional ‘self-talk’ necessary to calm themselves down and to …


11 Jan · Daisies · No Comments

Reality or Fantasy?

It is a big question in Montessori education. When adults think about childhood, they often associate it with fantasy: Disney stories, fairytales, Santa Clause.  But Maria Montessori had a different opinion. From birth to 6 years old, the child is a human being in formation. He learns about the world around him. He wants to …


15 Dec · Daisies · No Comments

Toys VS Learning Materials

The media depends on quickly turning our children into rabid consumers. You take a child to see a new movie and they just have to have the toys marketed along with it. Fred has them next door! You don’t want to be Scrooge, and soon your house resembles a recycling depository for colorful plastics. Most …


2 Nov · Daisies · No Comments

What does “Montessori” actually mean?

Daisies Montessori Nursery School is the only Montessori pre-school in the Huntingdon area and is proud to offer a Montessori education to children between 2 and 5 years of age. When it comes to choosing a pre-school, parents may wonder what exactly Montessori means and what are the benefits? It is a system of education …