Welcome to inspired Montessori Learning (iML), an online Montessori educational resource for early childhood educators, homeschoolers and parents. iML’s curriculum, based on the first plane of Montessori development, is designed for children from birth to six years of age.
Barbara, Rachel and Kayla Yentes are the women behind iML. Not only do they share a last name, but also a love of everything Montessori. Together they strive to create an online place of beauty and learning that inspires you to share materials, thoughts, ideas, and creations in your own homes and classrooms.
Barbara, after teaching public school for five years, and unable to find a preschool that embraced the Montessori ideals and philosophy of learning that she wanted for her young boys, decided to follow her dream to open her own Montessori School in the beautiful Great Central Valley of California. She studied under the direction of Margaret Homfray, earning her Montessori Teaching Certification from Montessori World Educational Institute in San Luis Obispo. Children’s House Montessori School, founded in 1996, has been a place of learning and growth for all who have come through the doors. All five of Barbara’s children (and now grandchildren) have attended this family school which has been a joy and a blessing! Barbara’s love for Montessori was passed down from her mother and grandmother who founded Montessori schools in El Paso Texas over 40 years ago. She now hopes to do the same with her beloved daughters-in-law.
While Rachel and Kayla earned degrees in business and health from Brigham Young University, they also became interested in the Montessori approach to learning after marrying into the family. Before long, their interest in everything Montessori, along with the births of their first children, started them along their own Montessori learning journey. Rachel completed her formal Montessori training in 2019 and Kayla began her Montessori training in 2020.
Embracing a dual role as both mothers and educators, Barbara, Rachel, and Kayla hope to help other parents and teachers guide and connect their early learners in a space where Montessori philosophies of independence, choice, discovery, hands on learning, love of the earth, peacefulness and cultural awareness take center stage through inspirational printables, sensorial learning kits, and homeschooling curriculum.