A heart-felt letter
from Viviane (Why I do what I do!)
(Member of my infant and tot programs)
i cannot thank you enough for the wonderful tools you have providedme,
i was a bit insecure and confused with all what is proposed and available
for christina's age [infant to young tot] and couldn't organize myself
and decide what to do. your programs [were] perfect, they gave me peace
of mind and lots of free time to actually play and do things with christina
[now a toddler] instead of searching and preparing, and still have lots
of time to work on my special needs daughter, Isa. so where are we now...
christina is an amazing 20 month old, i get lots of positive comments
and admiration from everybody on how wonderfully she is developing.
the thing they find hard to understand, i didn't practically do much. i
followed lots of montessori principle i learned from your [infant and young
tot] programs, provided the right environment, step[ping] back and let[ting]
her lead. her language is amazing, she can already speak in 5 words sentences,
[has] a vocabulary that i lost count of, there is nothing she cannot say,
and if you tell her the name of a new object it takes one time and she
[gets] it. her love to music is remarkable, the way she moves her body
to music, the expression on her face changes with the music we play...
she is a very social child able to play and interacts with others,
[while] still learning about sharing with others, but greeting people,
saying hello, giving hugs... she has no problem with that. physically,
she doesn't need a push chair anymore, [she] joins us in our daily walk
on her feet, and she can go forever and doesn't get tired. she is very
active, has amazing sense of balance, runs instead of walks, and [un]till
now she never bruised herself from a fall, she knows how to bounce back
up and carry on playing happily. i can go on and on.
i feel really blessed. in the beginning i panicked and was worried
i might not be able to be fair, taking care of both her and her special
needs sister. the love they have for each other, the sight of [them] hugging,
kissing, asking for her [special need] sister all the time is priceless
and so heart warming. i think having a special needs sister affected her
in a beautiful way and made her the special toddler she is now.
i do want to continue your programs beyond 18 months, friends
around me and mothers of toddlers in our baby group are already looking
for nurseries and schools, and i am horrified when i think of sending her
away. there is a lot we can do together, and with the help of your programs,
it is so easy to do it at home. i do hope i will be able to homeschool
[i] cannot wait to see what is next in your programs. please
tell me how i can help you in return to thank you for all those valuable
[words of] advice.
love from all my family
Viviane, Mum to Isa (14 years old - BI- ABRing since May 2001)
and Christina (20 months old)
Gambia - West Africa