My name is Jasmine Duffy. I’m a Montessori teacher and mother to Javi (5), Lola (3) and Eva (19 months).
I earned my credential in Early Childhood Education through the American Montessori Society in 2012. Since then I’ve been teaching children and leading a classroom, helping parents incorporate Montessori values and principles at home, and mentoring new teachers as they begin their careers.
As a trained Montessorian, many of my home teachings are inspired by Montessori philosophy. The most important thing to me as both a mother and teacher, is to follow the interests of my children. They lead and I follow -- not in blind faith or out of laziness. Instead I provide safe, beautiful and interesting opportunities for purposeful work to occur -- and then, sit to observe their interactions in the environment I’ve created.
There are beautiful images online about how to make a space Montessori. But Montessori isn't a look or a feeling. It isn't just about educational materials, or wooden toys, or not saying “no” either. It’s the belief that if you give a child opportunities to explore and choose self-directed activities; if you prepare an environment that is set up for their independence and autonomy; one which follows their interests and then you give them time and patience, understanding and trust, that children will develop into their fullest potential. Not because they were forced, or because they were bribed, or quizzed. Instead because they were intrinsically motivated to do so. And that’s a beautiful concept.
As I make the switch from classroom teacher to stay at home parent, this work serves as a way to keep up with my passions: sharing our Montessori lifestyle, teaching and inspiring others and of course, creating lessons and making materials for children to learn from and love.