About Simone Davies
The youngest children are so capable and the child’s personality is laid down in the first six years of life. My own family has benefited enormously from giving our children the skills of independence, love, respect, and limitless understanding, and I want to share this with children and their families here in Amsterdam.”
– Simone Davies, directress of Jacaranda Tree Montessori
Welcome to Jacaranda Tree Montessori. I’m Simone and I love working with families who are looking to bring Montessori into their homes and their daily life.
I show parents how to support their child while allowing the child’s independence. I help them deal with the struggles of raising children, while getting more peace back in their lives.
And the kids love to have activities set up just for their age, that they can practise and master, building independence and a stronger sense of self along the way.
I not only help bring out the best in children, but their parents too. I make Montessori accessible for anyone and will help you too.
I have nearly 15 years experience as an AMI-qualified Montessori teacher, working with both young children and their parents and I have two children who attended Montessori right to the end of primary school.
When I’m not teaching Montessori or tinkering on a blog post or two, I enjoy yoga, doing a bit of running, or baking with the kids. When I remember to stop, I like sitting on the front steps to our home to read a book or knit with a cup of herbal tea. My weakness is traveling – a simple spot in the Dutch countryside, taking a train to another European city, or visiting my family once every two years back in Sydney. And my two teenagers are my absolute favourite people to hang out with.
If you’re dying to know more, here are a few things you don’t know about me:
* My first “proper” job was working as a tax consultant for Coopers & Lybrand and have a double major in Accounting & Management
* When I was in primary school, we had a dog called Captain who used to come to my school and sit under my desk
* After 9 years living in Amsterdam, this Australian girl does not miss having a car
* I find it hard to let the kids win when we play board games – I claim I’m not competitive, but I do love a close finish
* Turns out I can build a decent fire in a wood stove. Though I haven’t yet managed without fire lighters.
I look forward to working with your child and your family.
“The Montessori teacher is called a ‘director’ or ‘directress’ because we guide the child and do individual presentations based on our observations, rather than from a prepared curriculum.”
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