Montessori Life

This blog is inspired by the Montessori philosophy, my life experiences and life as a mother of two toddlers!

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Origin & mission of Tribusai

This beautiful project was born while I spent hours nursing our daughter Gaia who had just been born in March 2016. I am sharing my story, my process and the original sketches of the making of Tribusai💜

Saimir, our 3-year-old son, was only 20 months at that time.
While nursing Gaia on demand 24/7, I observed Saimir so concentrated doing the works I had prepared for him on a small table in the living room.

He took his work on a wooden tray, pull out the chair and sat for a long time. This behavior inspired me, had me amused!

A month before Saimir was born, I worked as an assistant at a Montessori School for 2 years; in this beautiful school, I learned  much from all the teachers.

Due to this experience, I was able to apply the Montessori method with Saimir since he was in my womb. I also read wonderful Montessori books that taught me the philosophy and guide me in every step of the way.

During the first three months of Gaia’s life, I created in my mind new designs inspired by Saimir, observing him and enjoying his wonderful and acelerated development. I always thought, I wish there was clothing for Saimir that has a meaning, a purpose. And that idea started to take shape in my head…

One day I draw on a piece of paper everything that I had in mind step by step, All the designs and art came flowing in a very natural and organic way.  After I had around 6 designs, I searched for a graphic designer who digitalized my drawings.

We connected very well, Paola, the graphic designer was passionate about her work too, we shared pretty much the same vision.

But something was missing… a logo! I drew the logo with a pencil, collected all the important elements that represented our family.

I started with a triangle, then draw  4 lines: one for my husband, myself and each child. It was important to me to include God and our family unit, so the six diamonds are: us 4, and my husbands 2 older sons.  Each diamond has in the center a dot that symbolizes God as the center of our lifes.

The feathers represent  freedom, the freedom to be who we really are, freedom to create. The final product: a beautiful and meaningful logo that projects our love and unity.

Today we have 19 designs in total so far, we are selling our arts on aprons, magnets, shirts for adults and children, cups and more…

The Montessori philosophy is our way of life, that it why our mission is to inspire and bring to the Montessori community quality shirts, good  comfortable materials, specially for children! But most of all a meaningful message in each product.

The designs are inspired by Montessori classroom materials; for example there is an art that I love that says “Count on me” and it has the beads that children use to learn to count in the classroom.

There is also the “Earth citizen” that invites us to look at ourselves as brothers, as part of the Whole, citizens of the planet! very beautiful message, and inspired in the geography globe used in class.

Tribusai is a movement born from love!

Thanks to all those who have collaborated with this project, for their emotional support, for buying the shirts, for contributing financially to make it possible. To my husband David for believing in me, supporting me in all aspects as a husband, friend, partner.

And to our beloved spiritual teacher and guide Miosotis, who introduced me to the Montessori Philosophy! When I told her about this project she said: “Raisa, God is doing this” 🙏🏽

Love & Light,

Raisa Espinet Batista

To check out products visit us @ http://www.tribusai.com

contact: tribusai1@gmail.com

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Mi Tribu.

Mi Tribu.

Que es la tribu?

La tribu está compuesta por un grupo de mujeres con energía similar, mujeres fuertes que se sustentan las unas a las otras con su energía amorosa y sanadora; Mujeres que se apoyan y entienden sin darse explicaciones.

La tribu son mujeres que tienen muchas cicatrices, cicatrices por sanar y otras que están las heridas ya sanadas y sus grietas llenas de luz.

La tribu es un regalo de Dios, Padre-Madre, un grupo dónde resuenan unas con otras, dónde se juntan por reciprocidad porque sabemos que nos necesitamos para criar a nuestros hijos.

Son madres, hijas, esposas, hermanas, amigas; Todas se unen para contar las unas con las otras, para amar, llorar, reír, sin juzgar.

Somos parte de la gran Hermandad Blanca de mujeres que se han dado a la tarea de honrar su linaje y hablar su verdad, pero más importante aún, han hecho su trabajo espiritual.

Mujeres que en la soledad e intimidad, se han mirado al espejo y desnudado, se han arrancado las máscaras y las cáscaras que ya no le sirven, así como se pela una cebolla. Son libres, sencillas, fidedignas y fieles a ellas mismas.

La tribu la componen mujeres mágicas que con su abrazo hacen alquimia en el cuerpo que toquen, convierten nuestras tristezas en esperanzas.

Son madres que han perdido hijos, madres que han enterrado ya a sus padres, mujeres que con sus historias de vida y experiencias te guían en tu camino, son ejemplo de que podemos lograr y superar las pruebas del camino.

Ellas han aprendido de sus lecciones, muestran sus cicatrices con compasión, saben que la persona que ellas eran, ya murió, que con todo ese dolor nació la mujer que es hoy!

Te dicen mirándote a los ojos las verdades que aunque a veces dolorosas, son muy necesarias para nuestra evolución.

Si no tienes tu tribu, comiénzala tú! No importa dónde vivas, si estás lejos de tu terruño (como yo), lejos de la tierra que te vió nacer, estamos dónde tenemos que estar y el Universo nos ayudará a juntarnos.

Gracias a mi tribu, a esas mujeres hermosas y maravillosas que son mis amigas, mis maestras, mi inspiración! Esa es la idea de la tribu, inspirarnos entre nosotras y ser espejos, ayudarnos y amarnos incondicionalmente!

AHO

Raisa Espinet Batista

Cambios en el viento.

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Usualmente me levanto al amanecer para meditar y balancearme, digo usualmente porque esa es mi intención, pero a veces tan pronto mi hija siente que me levanté de la cama, ella se levanta también y se me arrima como un Koala y mi meditación se transforma en besos y abrazos… pero este día, hace una semana atrás pude brincar de la cama como un ninja y escapar a la sala, para así regalarme una media hora completa para mí!

 

Así que con café en mano me senté a meditar…

Agradecí un día nuevo y pregunté a Dios:

Que es un buen consejo, guía para mí hoy?

-Que seas como un barco de vela…

-Yo (Dios Padre-Madre) soy el viento.

Que estés alerta a esos cambios de viento, consciente.

Es doloroso no ajustar velas cuando cambia el viento, se puede volcar el barco, puedes cambiar drásticamente de ruta, entre otras cosas.

Tener el oído espiritual entonado con el viento y los cambios en el entorno es imperativo!

Wow! Muy profundo…

Entendí que yo, tengo un plan, una idea de como las cosas pueden ser. A la misma vez suelto toda expectativa de como quiero que sean. Más bien tengo una propuesta para el Universo, una posibilidad.

Entendí que cuando no me abrazo a nada en particular, se me hace más fácil cambiar de dirección cuando el viento cambia, en ocasiones abruptamente. Fluir es la respuesta.

Dios Padre – Madre es el capitán de mi barco. Viviendo consciente y siendo flexible me ayuda a mantenerme centrada y balanceada!

Hoy tengo un plan, puede que no sea el mismo que Dios tiene para mi, puede que cambie de plan mil veces más pero no importa porque estos cambios los hace el viento y yo solo fluyo en las aguas de la sabiduría, de la mano del Gran Espíritu!

Y esto aplica a todo en la vida, en el tema de los hijos y la crianza, en el amor, en los diferentes roles que ejerzo a diario.

La vida me enseña a ser flexible, observo la naturaleza que es mi gran maestra; Por ejemplo: hoy es el primer día de Primera y mañana se espera nieve! Ja! Flexibilidad…. las estaciones se están moviendo, ajustando a la nueva manera, fluyen con los cambios del viento, no se quejan.

Unos días después de recibir este hermoso mensaje, tuve que cambiar mis velas rápidamente, escuchar mi corazón y ser flexible. El plan que tenía ya no sería, por lo visto mi trabajo aquí en Carolina del Norte no ha terminado, debo quedarme hasta que soplen nuevos vientos de cambio, puede que tome poco tiempo, puede que sean varios años.

Sin duda confío en que hay un plan perfecto, comparto este mensaje con amor porque a muchos nos sorprende la vida cuando más cómodos estamos o cuando más cansados estamos de lo mismo y queremos un cambio, nos sorprende con un cambio repentino en el viento o con un periodo donde ni una hoja se mueve…

“Ajusto mis velas al son de los vientos, danzo con la brisa que mueve mi falda, abrazo el timón y descanso confiada, de que viajo en los brazos de una sabiduría elevada”🙏💕

Raisa Espinet Batista

Got Montessori?

What is Montessori?

This is a question that has so many beautiful, deep, powerful answers.

First of all, I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, so my first language is Spanish and tonight, I am stepping out of my comfort zone because I felt in my heart that this message should be in English. Hope you can treasure my words and feel the loving energy that I am sending.

Montessori is a method of education, a philosophy, a lifestyle. Here is a little bit of history to set the scenario:

Dr. Maria Montessori was from Chiaravalle, Italy, a physician, professor, intellectual, educator, wrote many many books on scientific pedagogy.  She  opened the first Montessori school: The Casa dei Bambini in Rome on January 6, 1907. When she graduated medical school in 1896, she was among Italy’s first female physicians! I find this fascinating!

This is a paragraph from her biography shared in http://www.AmericanMontessoriSociety.com

“She was an innovator, a feminist and idealist.

In the years following, and for the rest of her life, Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Through her efforts and the work of her followers, Montessori education was adopted worldwide.

As a public figure, Maria also campaigned vigorously on behalf of women’s rights. She wrote and spoke frequently on the need for greater opportunities for women, and was recognized in Italy and beyond as a leading feminist voice.

Maria Montessori pursued her ideals in turbulent times. Living through war and political upheaval inspired her to add peace education to the Montessori curriculum. But she could do little to avoid being ensnared in world events. Traveling in India in 1940 when hostilities between Italy and Great Britain broke out, she was forced to live in exile for the remainder of the war. There she took the opportunity to train teachers in her method.

At war’s end she returned to Europe, spending her final years in Amsterdam. She died peacefully, in a friend’s garden, on May 6, 1952.”
I have great admiration for this wonderful woman! When we moved to North Carolina from Puerto Rico five years ago, I was searching for my true calling, there where so many things that I liked to do with my life that it was hard to see clearly. I have a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Commercial Advertisement, but was not interested in pursuing a career in this subjects.

One day talking to my spiritual teacher, she said: “Think of something you are passionate about and love to do, even without getting paid” wow, this was a very deep question… a few second later, I knew the answer: Children! Working with children!

And my search for a school to work in began. I only sent one resume to one Montessori school and I was hired immediately, it was ment to be, without a doubt. My knowledge about Montessori came from my spiritual teacher, her daughter has been teaching for more than 15 years in the toddler house in Texas. Her stories about her daughter’s beautiful experiences as a guide for the little ones inspired me very much, there was a special spiritual connection that I felt with this method.

Also read amazing books that I recommend 100%:

•Montessori From The Start, The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen.

•Understanding the Human Being, The Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D.

•Montessori Parenting, Unveiling the Authentic Self by Dr. Jim and Sonnie MC Farland   * my favorite!!!!

Montessori is a movement of learning, a way to honor the children and his natural abilities to learn and discover. There is vast information about this topic, incredible quotes, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite; I will share some at the end.

When I had my daughter, I had an inspiration of creating a Childrens clothing line based on Montessori elements, teachings and materials; this is how #Tribusai was born, because of my respect, love and passion for what Montessori is and how it aids the children’s development in every aspect of life. And this brings me to the reason I wrote this article, the first T-shirt I created was:

M is for Montessori, using the same colors that are used in the movil alphabet to teach children how to write. Pink for consonants and blue for vowels.

I would describe Montessori philosophy as: Love, respect and admiration for the child. Montessorians recognize the child as a complete being, and this is so important to me!

I invite you to read more about Montessori, soon our online store will be up and running and you can buy our shirts!

Enjoy some beautiful quotes from the Great Maria Montessori:

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

“Follow the child.”

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

“Of all things love is the most potent.”

Love & Light!

Raisa Espinet Batista

Count on Me

This t-shirt was inspired by the counting method used in the Montessori classroom, starting in “La Casa de los Niños” ages 3 to 6. It is called the short bead stair, used to teach addition tables; each bead has an assigned color.

The Montessori materials are fun to use, children are interested and attracted to them. Creating new designs using these beautiful materials as my muse, is the best part of the process!

Count on me 😊 to keep creating new, colorful and significant designs that represent our passion for the Montessori philosophy 💜

Planets

The planet shirt was inspired by our son Saimir Milán. He loved the planets, universe, stars and all things related to space. By his 2 years he already knew the planets by name, descriptions and characteristics (hot, cold, gassy, big, small).

This t-shirt is one of his favorites!

It is fun creating designs based on the interests of our children!

Hope you like it too! Soon we will have our online store up and running. 🙏🏼

And like Saimir always tells me…”mom don’t forget Pluto!!!” 💜

Love & Light!

Dream big like Jupiter🌝💫✨🌟⭐️

The perfect parent, doesn’t have children!

The Perfect parent is the one that does not have children, and with this statement I will start this article! So much to say about this deep and profound sentence…

When I didn’t have babies, I was so perfect, I knew how every parent should raise a happy child, what to do, what not to do. From my inexperienced perspective I could see all so clear and simple, how to discipline, schedules, consistency and so on.

Then, I found out I was pregnant! I received as a gift the first book: What to expect when you are expecting, (the one that all future mom get as soon as they know they are pregnant) and then more recommendations and bought other books. I was reading and taking notes, imagining how we were going to implement every strategy, every detail. My plan was rigid, specific, without room for errors or sudden changes.

Oh I was in for a big surprise!

I bought around 3 Montessori books to start educating myself about the Montessori philosophy, I loved it right away, it made perfect sense to me, for my life values, spiritual practice and life style. Then… Saimir was born! He was born at 38 weeks via a scheduled C-section, as soon as I had my little bundle of joy in my hands, my mind went blank, I didn’t remembered anything that I read; immediately my mother instincts kicked in and I became a full mammal, an animal!

The first three months where the hardest, I was feeling crazy most of the time, happy, confused, extremely tired, overwhelmed, sad… how can someone feel this way after experiencing the most incredible event of our life? becoming a mother… Guess what, none of the books that I read talked about the truth of motherhood, the dark side of  becoming a mom! also, as soon as I was a mom, I started to do all the things I used to judge other parents for doing, this was one of the most eye opening  lesson; to really not judge if you are not in their shoes, if you are not them, better not to judge at all! ha, this was profound, my AHA moment! or… one of many…and the ones that are to come.

Saimir teached me every day what to do, that was God’s plan, to make me look into his huge beautiful eyes and read his heart, his soul. The communication began between us in a  beautiful way, we were connected! That’s when waves of information of all the things I read would come and go. At this point, I would take what I needed and deleted the rest and I deleted most of the outside information.

My hands on experience was the best instructor. I learned to be flexible, go with the flow and release all expectations of what a mom should be and how that looked like.

What I needed to do from the beginning was to relax and wait, a mother was born the day Saimir was born; and with her birth, was the death of living a life from the outside in; Instead, I started looking in my heart for all the answers and I found even more that I could ever imagined.

Each day would bring the lessons and answers required for my evolution and I was guided step by step, I just had to trust the process and my instincts.

Twenty months later, my daughter Gaia was born, she was a sweet surprise. I had a baby in diapers and a newborn! Fun times! I thought I knew it all pretty much and then my second teacher came, made me erase everything I knew and we started on a clean slate.

It wasn’t a “copy/paste” experience, it was all new to me again. How to take care of two children/babies 101… without a tribe!

Honestly, a humbling experience, empowering and so many more adjectives that are hard for me to translate since I think in Spanish!

To conclude, I love, love, love being a mom, the mother of two brilliant souls that chose me, yes me! To give them love, model compassion, be an example in all of my actions; also provide them with an adequate and beautiful environment that fit their individual needs, they are very, very different from each other, what works with Saimir does not work with Gaia, and this keeps me on my toes!

At 38 years old I am raising toddlers while many friends have their kid on Senior year. It is challenging, my days are, but also full of opportunities.

If you are a first time mom, trust yourself, follow your heart, you will make it, they will survive! You are doing great, the best that you can, and when you think you have it all down packed…surprise, surprise!!

Love & Light,

Raisa Espinet Batista

Hola, hello, nî hâo, bonjour.

This t-shirt was inspired by the most common languages teached in some Montessori schools.

I worked for two years in a Montessori school in Durham, North Carolina and it was an emersion of this four languages: Spanish, English, Chinese and French.
It was amazing observing how easily they got accustomed to the sounds and new words.

The child and his absorbent mind are able to learn many languages.
Based on Maria Montessori observations,
the critical period for language is from 7 months in utero until 6 years of age. She said that One should talk to their children as they can absorb languages much more easily and learn a 2nd or 3rd language as a child rather than as an adult.

It is a unique gift you can give to them. Teaching a child a new language can never start too early, as in different stages it develops from learning the pronunciation to learning proper grammar.

By age six, in the Montessori classroom, they will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where they will understand that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing.

They will become fully articulate, and will be able to express themselves in writing, will be able to read with ease, and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.

Raisa Espinet Batista
*Source: Daily Montessori / Montessori Books

Earth Citizen

Earth Citizen is my favorite shirt so far. It has the globe/sphere and the colors used in the Montessori classroom to teach the children geography. 

Each continent is color-coded, and they can feel the protruding continents and their sizes. For example: North America is orange, South America is pink, Europe is red, Asia is yellow, Africa is green, Australia is brown and Antartica is white. Later, animals of a particular continent are studied, the materials are laminated on the corresponding color of that continent to facilitate continent color association. How perfect is this?! 

What I love about this t-shirt is that the inspiration comes from a place of love ❤️, that we are all One, this is my message, no matter in what continent you were born, you are a citizen of this beautiful planet, brothers and sisters, connected, related one way or the other. And this we can learn from our children, they are our teachers! They are unconditional, pure and have a pristine energy surrounding them. 

Our son Saimir is 3 years old and he loves to wear this shirt, I know he can feel that there is a uniqueness about it. 
Maria Montessori was very fond of nature and always mentioned the importance of guiding the children to respect, treasure and explore outside as much as they can. Mother nature is our great teacher, Planet Earth our home. 

Here are some quotes by Maria Montessori related to nature:

“It is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.”

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.”

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.”

These are just a few! Soon we will have our online store and you will be able to purchase our lovely shirt! Send us a picture of you and family, when you purchase it, out in nature, enjoying it as an Earth Citizen😊
Namasté🙏
Raisa Espinet Batista

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