Education

My Baby Sleeps On The Floor: Our Montessori-ish Baby Room

Heston's Room

Let me first qualify this post by saying, I know nothing about babies.  Really.  I’ve never been a baby person, nor have I spent any substantial time with them.  We’re totally winging it over here.

We didn’t set out to be all Montessori-ish in our approach to raising Heston, but the more we engage with this life-learning method, the more I’m a convert.  Thus, our baby sleeps on the floor.

We originally bought a two bedroom house (albeit a tiny one) because we envisioned having a guest/baby’s room (and in that order).  I remember being pretty self-righteous and saying things like “Elch, why in the world do people dedicate an entire room to ‘kid-stuff’?!”  I said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, I know nothing.

Our approach to the monkey’s sleeping situation was not guided by any particular method, it was simply that we couldn’t decide on a crib.  Between cost, design and our tiny space, I remember throwing my hands up in frustration and saying, “Why do we even need a crib?!” I was thinking about having just a day bed so that my mother (and other guests) could have an actual bed to sleep in.  But again cost, design, and space were not intersecting.  And I felt like I had time to decide since I knew he’d be sharing our room for the first part of his life.

I wasn’t sure how we would establish our family sleeping situation; I didn’t even know how I felt about it other than the extreme stereotypes represented in RomComs everywhere: Hippy-Dippy Family Beds whilst shunning vaccinations vs. ice-cold, detached robot parents who farm our raising their kids to a staff.  Surely there were more options than this?!  I implored the same approach we had with Heston’s impending arrival: we would just figure it out.  We started by RENTING the most beautiful (and functional) bassinet, but my little guy didn’t do much sleeping in it (much to my disappointment.)  And really, if I could have had my way, I think I would have preferred co-sleeping with H until he was in college old enough. But by 7 months when we knew H could lay on his back without choking (and sort of roll over) we knew it was time to fish or cut bait.  I felt like I had this window to transition him and this was it.  Armed with some research and my sleep bible, we put Heston on a mattress on the floor.

H Room

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Threadless + World Vision = Ambrose

One of the great things about being back in Michigan was hanging out with one of my besties.  And one of the many great things she’s involved with is a fantastic organization called Ambrose.  Per their website: Ambrose is a collective of artists, designers, thinkers and makers dedicated to using our talent for good. We organize a free after school program for high school students focusing on creative problem solving, design and entrepreneurship. We make things to support the effort.

I was lucky enough to hang with the Ambrose crew for one of their workshops before we moved (that’s me on the right looking at my camera).  They do lots of other cool things too — like learning about graphic design, architecture, mixed media art, and screen-printing.  In fact it’s their 2nd-shift T-shirt makings that enable the program the continue to be free for any student who wants to participate.  And these are no knock-off Tees either.  One of the contributing designers is Drew Melton — the guy behind The Phraseology Project.  (*Funny note — as soon as I saw the shirt with Ambrose on it, I told the hubs that I thought I saw it on a typography website — The Phraseology Project.  Do I know my designers or what?!)

And if you like their beautifully designed Tee’s you can get one mailed to you every month (oh and you’re helping out with a pretty great cause too)!  It’s a great new project called The Maker’s Dozen.  (See aren’t they clever!)

Go here to learn how it works and then peruse their beautifully redesigned site and then wish that you had an after-school program like this when you were young!!!

are you smarter than a 1869 harvard candidate?

Thanks to GOOD, I now know I could not have passed the 1869 Harvard entrance exam — dutifully covering your basic Greek, Latin, Algebra, Plane Geometry, Arithmetic, History, and Geography.  But according to an article written by Allison Cowan for The New York Times Education Section, at least 7 out of 8 did pass the exam and gain entrance into the Ivy League.  Check out a .pdf of the test here.