I started out as an unschooler with a thing for Montessori. I love the Montessori materials, but I never thought it was something I as a nonpublic school educator could do. So I blundered along ‘littering the children’s paths’, but something wasn’t working for my son. He was so smart but he wasn’t picking up ANYTHING from the path. I started believing I was a horrible mom & educator. I was failing my son & I didn’t know how to fix it.
I found my way to a therapist & she (Bless her!) pointed me & my son down a path of ‘Sensory Processing Disorder’. Finally! I figured out WHY my son couldn’t pick anything up. After all it’s hard to when your hands are covering your ears to block out sounds, your neck is squished down into your chest & your eyes are closed so tight the skin is white. I started reading a lot of information & books & realized that I could help him. We didn’t need to pay a therapist (who we couldn’t afford at 300 a pop twice a week) all I needed to pay was attention to my son.
We changed a LOT of things & I also started reading Montessori books.(enter the Mon). All these sensory materials…could they help? Could we afford it? What about our other children? What about the lack of fantasy? (Waldorf …enter the dorf.) And while infants were encouraged to have their own beds & such…well my instints disagreed & agreed with Attachment Parenting. (enter the Ment)
So my husband & I are of the Mon(tessori)(Wal)Dorf(Attach)Ment Parenting beliefs…or of the Mondorfment Parenting beliefs. I hope to share with others in raising awarness of SPD, accepting the mother you are, learning about Montessori, Waldorf, Attachment Parenting, throwing in a bit of the 4 Blocks learning systems, lots of crafts & handmade anythings!