For the interview, I wanted to invite some of my sweet Montessori blogger friends, who admire Deb as much as I do, to share a question that they would ask Deb if they were to ever meet her in person. Wow! They came up with some pretty awesome questions. I will share them here.
Vanessa from Mama’s Happy Hive asked:
“What is your secret? Where did your passion for Montessori blogging begin and what keeps you going?”
Deb is definitely passionate about what she does. Her motivation comes from seeing how well The Montessori Method works and wishes to make it accessible to everyone. She shared something that I found fascinating. Deb used to run a Montessori school when her son was very young.
Years later, she had a recurring dream that she had many Montessori students, but she didn’t know any of them. In the dream, it distressed her that she didn’t know their names. Later on, while she lived in England, she began her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies and was able to create many lessons and work for children this age. Her daughter was ice skating professionally there. Deb completed her Master’s Degree and they moved back to the United States. Her husband then suggested that she begin blogging and she did. Also, she used those lessons and work that she had created to include in her book.
Her recurring dream came true! She is such a powerful voice in the Montessori world that through her blog, she is influencing hundreds of thousands of children (that she doesn’t even know) in a positive way. That is what keeps her going.
Kimberly from Natural Beach Living asked:
“Since your children are now adults, how do you feel Montessori homeschooling helped them become the people they are today?”
Deb and her children were very happy to homeschool. Will, her oldest, did attend a private school for a year or two and decided to be homeschooled. Deb recounts how he would tell Christina that they were better off learning at home. For them, homeschooling from a progressive Montessori point of view fostered independence, gave them the ability to advance at a faster pace academically and to do interest-led learning, including ice-skating competitively. Christina started attending college at the age of 16 and was at the top of her classes. Here is a link that Deb shared to a post that explains more: Montessori and My Children -Theory vs Reality.
I would like to thank my beautiful Montessori blogger friends for sharing questions to ask Deb. Additionally, some of them shared one of their favorite posts by Deb, as a special tribute to her. It was very difficult to pick because we love so many of them. So here is a handful. Pay them a visit to see how awesome they are.
~ One of my favorites is Introduction to Montessori. This post includes a Montessori Blog Hop, which was so much fun to do earlier this year.
~ This is the post that Marie (Child Led Life) picked: How to Help Your Child Treasure Books.
~ Seemi (Trillium Montessori) said it was very hard for her to pick, as Deb’s blog is her go-to for inspiration, but she said this was one that she loves: Montessori Monday – Free and Inexpensive Montessori Materials and Resources.
~ Aubrey (Montessori Mischief) loves the fact that Deb is now writing posts that include her granddaughter. This is one of Aubrey’s favorite posts: Meeting the Need for Movement in Crawling and Pre-walking Babies.
~ Vanessa (Mama’s Happy Hive) enjoyed Deb’s Little Passports Global Adventure post.
~ Kimberly (Natural Beach Living) has a favorite, for sure: Montessori-Inspired Life Cycle Activities.
I hope that this post has given you some insight on who Deb is, what her blog does to the Montessori world and that you feel encouraged you and inspired to try more Montessori in your homeschools or to venture out and try Montessori learning for the first time. For any questions, feel free to contact any of the bloggers mentioned in this post and to join some great Montessori groups on Facebook.
– Montessori on a Budget
– Montessori 101
– Montessori Bloggers Network
– Christian Montessori Network
– Montessori Homeschooling
– Montessori Material For Sale
– Lisa Nolan’s Montessori Art and Music for 2 to 6-year-olds
– Bringing up Montessori Infants and Toddlers
– Why Montessori?
– Montessori Materials
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– Get Social with Confessions of a Montessori & Mom Lisa Nolan Montessori
– Combining Reggio and Montessori with Study at Home Mama
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