Hello, and welcome to Imperfectly Montessori.

The place for people interested in using the Montessori Method, but aren’t worried about getting it perfectly right.

Me & Am depicted by Playmobil. Which is definitely not Montessori. But I like it.

If you are new to Montessori, either as a student or a parent, then this is the place for you! Mostly, to learn what not to do from my mistakes.

Over here you can find my Montessori inspired stories; These are a collection of short stories designed to help children learn meditation and relaxation techniques. They are based entirely on the real world; nature, history and the amazing subjects our world has to offer.

About me and the Montessori Method

Four years ago, as a newly qualified Montessori practitioner, and completely unqualified new mother, I was full of bright eyed, shiny idealism about how I would use my exciting new expertise to raise the Perfect Montessori Child.

I was wrong. Very wrong. Sadly, I had a total lack of experience in teaching, or in raising children. Or really had that much to do with children at all, apart from a year’s practical placement at a Montessori nursery. Oh, and a whole lot of Montessori theory from the course.

Maybe if I had several years experience in a Montessori classroom, and three children on which to practice, I could offer some expert guidance.

Instead, I decided to start this blog to chronicle the last few crazy years, and just maybe offer some new students or parents some sort of reassurance that you don’t need to Montessori perfectly to get some great ideas from the approach.

When I started learning about the Montessori Method, I read a tonne of books and blogs. There’s an abundance of research and information out there, and I jumped on all of it. If I could find it, I read it.

The problem was, I found that the more I learned, the less I knew. I became completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and couldn’t identify the basic fundamental principles.

Once I had completed the course (well, limped over the finish line – more on that here,) I reflected back and thought I must make a list the most important & useful things I learned, so I don’t forget the key points.

So I wrote up a lot of the stuff I had found most useful, and then decided to compile it all in a blog in case any other beginners may find something helpful here.

If you are a Montessori puritan or a hardcore follower of a particular pedagogy, this won’t be much use, but I feel sure it can’t just be me who is, well, a bit clueless and winging it?

Thanks for reading

Imperfectly Montessori