Montessori Life

This blog is inspired by the Montessori philosophy, my life experiences and life as a mother of two beautiful souls💜💜

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Namasté🙏🏼

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¡Pórtate bien, sé obediente!

Que mucho he escuchado esas palabras en estos días, diferentes personas se las han dicho a Saimir y Gaia (3 y 2 años de edad). Sonrío… pienso ¿quiero que mis niños me obedezcan y se porten bien? ¿Entenderán mis niños lo que quieren decir esas palabras?

 ¿Qué es realmente obedecer?

Esta es la definición que me ofrece el internet:

“Cumplir la voluntad de quien manda o lo que establece una ley o norma.”

 Yo, me veo como la guía de Sai y Gaia, esa es mi misión, no estoy criando robots que obedecen ciegamente a sus mayores y sin cuestionar los mandatos de los adultos. Esa declaración se presta para muchas cosas, los adultos en ocasiones se aprovechan de que el niño obedece para hacerlo hacer cosas, muchas veces cosas que los niños no quieren hacer.

Estoy criando niños que aunque yo les pida que hagan algo, me miran y piensan primero y si no les hace sentido, no lo hacen. Claro, siempre usamos el amor como referencia. Si estamos cruzando la calle, pues no tienen otra opción que darme la mano, eso no es negociable; pues mi labor, como les digo a los nenes es cuidarlos, asegurarme que estén tomando decisiones seguras.

 Aprovecho cada oportunidad para enseñarles, en el momento, la lección que la vida les está trayendo y hacerlos conscientes. En estos días, hemos visitado muchas personas y todas esas experiencias, nos han ayudado a aprender y a recordarles a ellos que no tienen que abrazar o besar a nadie que no quieran, incluyéndome a mí.

 Me preguntan si mis niños se portan bien, les digo: bueno… ellos escuchan.

Es una respuesta vaga, pero es que “portarse bien” no me hace sentido esa expresión. ¿Qué es portarse bien?

En estos días en la isla, observo, miro a mis niños, les dije: “avísenme cuando estén listos para regresar a casa”; parecen estar cómodos, sentirse seguros. Ellos se han criado conmigo y su papá solamente, no reciben “ordenes” de otras personas, no están acostumbrados. He observado como algunos adultos no respetan a los niños, no los ven como unos seres completos, son más pequeños en tamaño pero traen una sabiduría inmensa, acaban de llegar de otros planos más elevados, están fresquitos, con olor a cielo y en sus almas delineado su camino, sus pruebas por expiar. Nuestros hijos, ¡grandes espejos/maestros!

Ellos son para mí y representan un significativo proyecto de vida, nuestra siembra.

 Interesante las expectativas que tienen los adultos para con los niñitos, cada quien posee una percepción diferente de como el niño “debe” de hacer las cosas, cuándo y dónde; no se detienen a ver como ellos deciden hacerlo por si solos, para así aprender de ellos, conocerles y ver florecer la guía interna del niño. Es maravilloso observar a Gaia y a Saimir, siempre me sorprenden, hay tanta sabiduría en un cuerpo tan pequeño.

Mi propósito es educar, sé que como yo, hay muchos padres que pasan por esto con familiares, amigos cercanos, la sociedad en general. Nosotras las madres (algunas) nos encontramos en un continuo estado de “defensa” pendiente a que todas las interacciones con nuestros hijos sean amorosas y respetuosas, observando, asegurándonos que nuestros hijos estén protegidos y se sientan así, no importa lo que esto nos cueste.

Amor y Luz,

Raisa Espinet Batista

Origin & and 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

All the shared arts and images are registered and protected by copyright *

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

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

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