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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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

#tribusai

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