Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Christie Stanford and I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver. I have lived here most of my life except for a 9 year stint in Ontario during my teenage years. I have been married for 7 years to a wonderful man named Ted and we have recently been blessed with twin boys R. and P., born May 2013.
How were you introduced to Montessori and what led you to pursue your training?
I was fortunate enough to attend Montessori as a young child and feel this early experience shaped me into the person I am today. With fond memories and a love for the Montessori philosophy, I decided for this to be my career path.
I have completed all three levels of AMI Montessori training and worked for 7 years at the Casa level and 3 years at the Elementary level before starting my own company Aid to Life Education. I currently offer the only Montessori Parent Participation Program for Infants and Toddlers in Western Canada which has grown in immense popularity with families all across the lower mainland. I currently run 10 classes per week and offer home consultations in the evenings and on weekends.
How did the Assistants to Infancy training impact your life?
After completing the Assistants to Infancy training in 2010, I knew that I had to walk away from teaching Montessori in the traditional sense and start something for families to really help them with their children in the first years of life. I felt a need to share my passion and knowledge with parents and help them aid their children into becoming independent, confident, and happy individuals.
Now that I have my own children I feel that I have been blessed with this knowledge on child development and thankful to know what to do with them at each particular stage. However, theory is one thing and implementing it with my own children who have different personalities and temperaments is another! It is an ongoing learning experience and one that I am loving every day.
What has been helpful to you as you implement Montessori at home with your children?
It was very helpful for me to know how to set up my home beforehand so that my environment was prepared for Robbie and Parker’s arrival. I talked extensively to my husband about what to expect and read to him “Understanding the Human Being” by Silvana Montenaro. I also enjoy reading the blog “Montessori on the Double” and Janet Lansbury’s posts on RIE.
I try to remember that every day is a new day and what happened yesterday is in the past and tomorrow has yet to come!
You can read more of Christie’s writing at MariaMontessori.com
- To Crib or Not to Crib
- Learning to Share
- The Montessori Movement Mat – The Child’s First Working Table