A prepared environment: implementing Montessori at home

María Montessori’s pedagogical work has been very influential for several decades worldwide, if you have young children or work with them, you surely have heard about a prepared environment. Montessori elementary schools or preschools have become more and more common and accessible. It’s also quite common for families that homeschool their children to apply Montessori principles on an everyday basis. In our own home, we’ve integrated Montessori practices and ideas while raising our daughters as well, especially while arranging their

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Wiwiurka: A family business adventure.

Let me tell you a little about the people, work and ideas behind the pieces that Wiwiurka makes, and how it jumped from a family business, to thriving small business. Wiwiurka began back in 2011. At the time Marek (our founder)  pruned trees professionally, so he would come back home with logs and branches of all sorts of local trees. His natural artistic sense, along with his love for nature moved him to create playgrounds, emphasizing the unique organic shapes

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Work-at-home parents: the importance of independent play.

Parenting is a full-time job, there’s no doubt about that! And independent play may become your greatest ally. Nonetheless, working from home while parenting is a very common situation in modern families where parents stay at home while juggling time and attention between children or toddler and getting work done. The big benefit of being a work-at-home parent is that you’re able to spend time with your child because work schedules are more flexible and there’s no commute, you’ll be

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Moving, playing, developing: starting with the basics.

  Little babies become toddlers as they start showing a desire to move around on their own, starting to crawl and climb are the first manifestations of this stage. Basically they get “the wiggles” and start pulling and pushing their core with their arms and legs. It can seem they have an urgency to get somewhere. Why such urgency? Well, they’re connecting their basic brain-muscle neuron networks. By moving around, they establish a more complex relation to their own body

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A Play-Full Life

Creating spaces for my playful self to flourish A mom’s perspective from our CEO Honestly, I am not a playful person by nature. I daily make a conscious effort to play with my girls. I have been an adult for too long, taking care of the chores, the shopping, the planning, the past, the future, and endless lists of tasks to do. Maybe you have found yourself in the same place as myself. As a passionate observer of child-play, creating

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