A Message From Our Founder: The Importance of Play

Play is a universal need – even for adults. While many of us know how important it is for our children to play, we may forget to make time for play in our own lives. As Brian Sutton-Smith said, “The opposite of play is not work, it is depression.”

By |2019-04-09T09:57:41-07:00April 9th, 2019|Blog, Inside Monti Kids|0 Comments

Daily Mom: Starting Montessori Education Young With Montessori Toys From Monti Kids

Becoming a parent comes with a lifelong set of challenges – breast or bottle, cloth or disposable, organic or local - the decisions are endless and can get a bit overwhelming, but the choice for your child’s education doesn’t have to be difficult.

By |2019-03-13T17:27:54-07:00March 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A Message From Our Founder: Happy Birthday, Monti Kids!

This month, Monti Kids turns 2 years old! Actually, before our official launch on March 28, 2017, we spent three years developing our program. When I first had the idea for Monti Kids, I was told by the best safety testing companies and several consultants that it was impossible to achieve.

By |2019-03-15T12:03:48-07:00March 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Is This Toy Safe for My Baby? A Safety Checklist for Your Baby’s Environment.

The first priority for any parent when setting up their child’s environment is safety. This ties into the Montessori Method, which recommends setting up an environment for your child that is completely safe or “child-proofed” so that they can explore freely within it and don’t require constant adult intervention that might interrupt their concentration. All Monti Kids materials meet or exceed US safety standards (ASTM & CPSC) for babies 0-3 years old. But for the other toys in your life, use this checklist to make sure they are safe for your little one.

By |2019-02-21T17:25:37-07:00February 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

How Montessori Can Help Baby’s Development

If you’ve looked into early childhood education, chances are you’ve come across Montessori. But did you know it can also be a great learning tool for babies as young as newborns? While most people of think of it for preschool-age children and older, the Montessori practices and ideas can be really useful for babies’ development, as well. Here’s a primer on how and why babies and Montessori can be great together.

By |2019-04-02T14:28:23-07:00February 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Behind the Scenes on Our Path to Shark Tank

Over the years, many people suggested that I try and get Monti Kids on Shark Tank. One day, I casually Googled: ”Auditioning for Shark Tank” and saw that there was going to be an open casting call two weeks later in Palm Springs - not too far from where we are in the Bay Area. I decided to go for it! We needed to fill out a long, detailed application about the business, bring samples, and present a one-minute pitch. My baby Zayd was just three months old at the time. I couldn’t leave him and was a little nervous to take him with me but I decided that if I had backup, it would be okay. I asked Berenice, one of the Monti Kids Montessori experts, to come with me to help out. I practiced my pitch with some friends who are big Shark Tank fans and and did a lot of Q&A prep.

By |2019-01-22T12:41:33-07:00January 15th, 2019|News|4 Comments

Meet Our Founder, CEO & Mom, Zahra Kassam

After 3 years in development, we launched Monti Kids when I was pregnant with my second baby boy. Zayd is now 1 year old, and it has been amazing to watch him learn and grow with Monti Kids. As a busy mom, I’m so grateful to have this program for Zayd. I hope that Monti Kids brings you the same peace of mind that your baby is getting the very best start.

By |2019-01-15T13:47:30-07:00January 10th, 2019|Inside Monti Kids|0 Comments