• Sarah

A Montessori Home Tour: Maggie of The Little Flowers School

This week, I had the pleasure of learning more about Maggie Trahan of @thelittleflowersschool. The thing that first attracted me to her Instagram account is the calmness and order that is evident in her photos. From scrolling through her posts, I can imagine both the laughter and discussion of the girls, as well as periods of time that would be focused and quiet. The environment is obviously prepared for the children spending time in it. I think her homeschooling story is so interesting, and I enjoyed getting to know her more through the interview. Thank you, Maggie!

Tell me about yourself...

I have been a teacher in some capacity since 2007. I started in traditional school as a pre-k aid and middle school sign language instructor. I have taught middle school and high school English, have been a permanent sub, and lead teacher in pre-k. My husband and I moved several times for his medical training before we settled in Atlanta for 5 years. We ultimately ended up back in Southwest Louisiana when my oldest child was ready for school. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a year in an elementary Montessori-style classroom. Now I stay at home with my daughter and niece.

How old are your children?

My son is 5.5

My daughter is 3.5

When did you first learn about Montessori?

I first learned about Montessori straight out of college when a good friend started assisting in a primary classroom.

How have you created a Prepared Environment in your home?

My children have their own space that is very accessible, and where they have freedom of choice. We have also made our kitchen and bathrooms more user friendly with appropriate step stools and tools. We also have a classroom set up in the house because I stay at home with my daughter and my sister's daughter (sometimes I have up to 5 girls in my home for Montessori style work cycles). Our classroom has recently morphed into a mobile classroom that can be tucked away at the end of the day.

What are your top 3 activities to do with your child or to watch your child do?

I love watching my kids do practical life work. Whether it is on a planned tray, or just work around the house, they get the most concentrated looks on their faces.

We just got some new dominoes that are emotion matching. I really enjoy playing this with my kids. It usually brings up great conversations; especially since we started using Generation Mindful.

I also really enjoy letter learning activities with both of my children. We play "I spy" with sandpaper letters and language objects. It is one of the activities that the whole family will get involved in.