A Montessori Home Tour: Jasmine of Three Minute Montessori
The amazing thing about social media, is that you can slowly become friends with people who you have never actually met in real life. Through countless comments, questions and messages, I feel like this has happened organically with Jasmine of Three Minute Montessori.
This is what I know about her-she is supportive, kind and friendly. She is also a Konmari master, her home is calm and inviting and she is extremely modest. She holds workshops and home tours in Singapore and shares lots of inspiration on Instagram and Facebook.
I was thrilled when Jasmine agreed to kick off a new feature on my blog-The Montessori Home Tour! It's the next best thing to being able to actually visit her beautiful space. So, thank you Jasmine, for being so open and gracious. Here we go...
Please introduce yourself...
My name is Jasmine, I am a Singaporean mum to two children aged 4 and 5.
When did you first learn about Montessori?
I first learned about Montessori through reading blogs, like so many other parents, and fell in love with the beauty and order of these environments. I loved it so much that I joined the 3-6 AMI Assistants training and later, the 6-12 AMI Assistants training in Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK, together with my husband. I also completed Interior Design Level 1 at Central Saint Martin’s, a design university in London.
A DIY rainbow board for color matching
How have you created a Prepared Environment in your home?
I believe a common answer would be to buy materials, but a prepared environment begins with a prepared adult, and a prepared adult has one main duty, to follow the child as his leader. I observe their interests, abilities, conversations. I set out or create materials that they might be drawn to (the name of my blog is Three Minute Montessori for a reason though, as I generally prefer quick painless setups or DIYs). I demonstrate how to move gracefully, how to speak respectfully, how to handle the materials with care. Many times, all this happens before I set out a single toy.
What are your top two activities to do with your children or to watch your children do?
When they were toddlers, I enjoyed watching them work on practical life. The rapt attention! The intensity! And the confidence that grew! Blueberry muffins were a favourite that they could make independently.
Now that they are kindergarteners, I have great pride seeing them explode into writing. Here, I literally follow the child, not moving ahead with structured activities, but simply standing back and reinforcing only concepts that they need help with. As a result, it may be slower, but I know that the accomplishment of writing and reading is theirs to own, not mine.