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Guiding Growth: From Toddler to Preschooler

Simone Davies


This is a recording of our Live Talk with Simone Davies and Sylvia Arotin. They delve into various Montessori strategies, such as recognizing readiness for reading, fostering independent play, and adapting activities to a child’s interests as they progress from toddlers to preschoolers. They emphasize instilling independence within structured limits, handling discipline with kindness, managing multi-age learning environments at home, and supporting children’s social and educational growth. Practical advice on transitioning to preschool, addressing separation anxiety, and following children’s intrinsic motivations is shared, enriching parents and educators with valuable insights on nurturing early childhood development.



Simone Davies is the author of “The Montessori Toddler” book and co-writer of “The Montessori Baby” book. She runs a popular blog “The Montessori Notebook”, hosts the “The Montessori Notebook podcast,” and currently runs parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at her school Jacaranda Tree Montessori. She is also mother to two young adults. Finding Montessori helped her so much when raising her own children and it’s now her passion to help other parents introduce these ideas in their homes too.

Sylvia Arotin

Sylvia Arotin has had over 12 years experience in Montessori teaching and is the founder and director of My Montessori (0-6 yrs) school in Sydney, Australia. She also sits on the Board of Directors for MSCA (Montessori Schools and Centres Australia). Her passion for children’s learning and development, as well as supporting and educating adults, has been fundamental in founding the Guide & Grow brand. She holds an International Montessori 0-3yrs training, 3-6 AMI Assistants training, an International Communications degree and a Masters in Teaching specializing in early childhood (0-5 yrs) (Honours) from Macquarie University.

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