Do It Yourself: Montessori Dancer Mobile

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Mobiles seem to be a baby registry essential. I didn’t have one for Sixtine – never even thought of it – and felt quite bad about it after the fact. My friend Rachael  offered me a Gobbi for Sixtine when she was a little over 5 months I believe but I lived in France at the time, she did not have a nursery/room for herself and I thought I would wait until I’d get home. I am sure that it doesn’t matter now but I wanted to make sure that our second child would get a lot of hanging material to look at and observe. I like how you can make up for what you think are “past mistakes” when you have a second baby (or third, or fourth…!).

The Dancer Mobile is a four-part mobile and is about 6.5 inches high. Each dancer is made of a three-part body, which allows for movement. It is introduced at the age of 3/4 months and promotes concentration and hand-eye coordination.

Material:

  • Fishermen’s string
  • Black paper (you may want to use a different color)
  • Metallic paper (you may use a different color)
  • Wooden dowels (10″, 12″ – and a 14″ if you do it like me)
  • Twine (if you hang it my style, otherwise you won’t need it)
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Glue
  • Copy paper
  • Safety pin

Instructions:

  • Resize to 7 inches, print and cut out shapes in black and metallic paper.
  • You can use this template from 60 activites Montessori pour mon bebe by Marie-Helene Place.
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  • Glue them together.
  • Using a thick safety pin or needle, poke holes.
  • Tie string.
  • Hang two dancers on the smallest dowel and two others on the medium-sized dowel.
  • Hang them both on the largest dowel using clear thread or fishermen’s string.
  • You are all done.

Moment of honesty:

It didn’t look like much but it took longer than expected to get this done. You might need to make changes accordingly. I poked more holes than the template suggested and I didn’t hang the dowels as the book suggested either. I did what felt natural to me. Instead of using a third dowel, I managed to tie the two dowels together. It didn’t prevent Victoire from enjoying her mobile. In fact, it was so appealing that her sister, Sixtine, enjoyed it too much and dismounted it. It was heartbreaking…and since I didn’t have the heart to put it all back together, my husband did it – with his own touch.

Let me see how yours turns out! 

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Montessori : Intriguing, Exciting, Overwhelming

I want the best for my child. But doesn’t anyone?

When I was pregnant, I liked to picture my baby-in-the-making running towards me at the end of a fun day at school. And it got me thinking. What do I want for her? Is there any alternative to the regular curriculum? I am not sure why I was interested in something potentially different for her but I was/am.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I would like to provide her with as much opportunities as possible to speak French and go to a French daycare if at all possible.But what else?

I am currently ready “How Smart is Your Baby?” by Doman which is a very interesting book. Some of the activities suggested for babies aren’t always realistic but I enjoy knowing more about ways of developing my baby girl’s potential. We have been using flashcards and she seems to be very interested in them.

On the other hand, I have started to look into Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education and I am intrigued, excited and overwhelmed.

There are three English Montessori schools here (with French initiation) on the island but they only offer education from 16 months and up.

Until then, what can I do for her? Is there some kind of “curriculum” for young infants?

I am not sure where to start. when to start. if I should start at all.

I would love some feedback from parents sending their children to Montessori schools or homeschooling the Montessori way. And for those who are against or not interested in this philosophy of education, please share why ! Thank you !