In Montessori there is this concept called normalization.  Words that come to mind in describing a child that is normalized are:

  • Calm
  • Focused
  • Intentional
  • Deep concentration for extended periods
  • Purposeful
  • Self- Aware
  • Community
Miss Princess working on the Geometric Cabinet

This quote from the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association explains normalization this way:

“Dr. Montessori observed that when children are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they blossom. After a period of intense concentration, and working with materials that fully engage their interest, children appear to be refreshed and contented. Through continued concentrated work of their own choice, children grow in inner discipline and peace. She called this process “normalization” and cited it as “the most important single result of our whole work”.”

Needless to say words like ‘calm”, “focused”, and “self-aware” are not usually used in reference to kids with ADHD, sensory issues, autism, etc.  When Mr Rockstar was attending a Montessori preschool we had many conversations over the years about normalization and whether he was or wasn’t achieving this zen state.  He never seemed to achieve normalization for more than a few days before it would fall apart.  Also, it never seemed to happen at home.  Once I started Montessori Homeschooling I longed for this chimera but it seemed hopelessly unattainable.

Well guess what!!!   Continue reading Normalized

DIY Activity Tracker Bling

DIY Activity Tracker Jewelry
DIY Fitbit Bling

Speaking of activity trackers, I don’t know about you but unless I am going to the gym my Fitbit doesn’t really coordinate with my outfit.  Most of the time I can overlook this and just try to hide it or make it less noticeable but if I am dressing up to go out the last thing I want is a plastic bracelet standing out like a sore thumb.  I could take it off but I have a competitive streak and can’t let my four brothers beat my weekly step count.

I noticed a few weeks ago that some people on are selling Fitbit bling.  It is removable and interchangeable.  It seemed like the perfect solution!  Before paying $10 for one piece on I decided I would try to make my own Fitbit bling.  After all how hard could it be?

1) Find some large jewelry pieces in proportion to your Fitbit at your local craft store

DIY Fitbit Bling


These are a few pieces I found Continue reading DIY Activity Tracker Bling