Independent play

6th Jun 2019

One of the parents in my RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Class shared with me a story about how minimal restructuring of the home environment helped her gain an opportunity to do some work during the day and supported her daughter’s independent […]

Visiting the Dentist

24th May 2019

Ugh, this week I’m due to visit my dentist.  How many of us look forward to visiting a dentist?  . Visiting a dentist can be a stressful event for children as well as adults. As I try to think about […]

Something about the word “favorite”

28th Sep 2018

Something about the word “favorite” makes me feel uneasy. Many children’s activity books ask about their favorite color, favorite animal, favorite food.    Does it mean I have to choose one color? Do I absolutely have to pick a favorite […]

Pumpkins

17th Sep 2018

#3 Project: Pumpkins Typically, I am not a big fan of holiday-themed projects. I will tell you why: Holiday projects are usually product-oriented A large portion of the creations are done by grown-ups Children have little room for creativity Despite […]

Making Necklaces

12th Jul 2018

One of my classes for toddlers is always busy and fun. We play and dig in the sand, paint with utensils and golf balls, and smash and roll play-dough. . One day, one of the girls, Hazel, was interested in a […]

Chinese Nesting Boxes

14th Apr 2018

Today, Sam, a 15-month old boy, discovered a set of three Chinese nesting boxes. After opening the boxes, he was struggling with closing the lids. Meanwhile, Susie, a 24-month old girl, was observing Sam’s play with curiosity. After some time, […]

Hearts, Hearts, Hearts…

4th Feb 2018

#2 Project: Hearts Typically, I am not a big fan of holiday-themed projects. I will tell you why: Holiday projects are very much product-oriented The larger portion of creation is done by the grown up The child has very little […]

Meltdowns

30th Jan 2018

 Meltdowns are a sensitive subject for me. I should admit that I was simply scared of them and reacted to them rather than respond for many years. My fear was coming from wondering: “Is it normal? How serious is it? […]

Respect for Children

30th Jan 2018

I would like to share with you an amazing book written by my mentor and friend, Ruth Anne Hammond, “Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach.” Ruth Anne Hammond was once a student of Magda Gerber, the […]

About me

30th Jan 2018

I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I vividly remember my childhood from a very young age, often thinking about events, people and how they affected who I am today. When I was 7, I decided to become a […]