Sunday in Scarves | Photography by The Lills Design

Sunday in Scarves Complete Set | Pet Photography by The Lills Design | Alexander & Lara Lill

It’s 24 hours a day for us at The Lills Design and we share those hours with our pups. They’re always there to lend a helping hand in our experiments with photo and video. Sunday took the stage in this series of black and whites titled “Sunday in Scarves”.

Take a closer look by clicking the image to enlarge:

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Thanks Sunday, you’re a natural!

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The Lills Travel to Sarasota, Florida

Brown's Grove, Island Jet Ski & Casperson Beach in Sarasota FL | The Lills Design

On Christmas day 2013, we took our second road trip in our newly acquired VW bus to Sarasota, Florida for the holidays. After 9 hours of driving, we finally made it to our destination…and our brakes went “spongy”. We needed repair before getting back on the road, so we stopped by a common auto shop, who told us it would be over $900 and would take days before getting parts. Thank goodness for Sunshine Auto Garage in Sarasota. They knew everything about VW buses and took great care of us and our bus that same day, for a quick $300.

Take a look at our time with Sunshine Auto:

We covered major ground in Sarasota, Florida and learned so much about the area. Every day we drove out in our VW bus and discovered something new, like the Ringling Circus Museum. We went to Bob’s Train & Restaurant and on New Years Day we woke up bright and early and headed to Bradenton Beach and met up with Beach Horses, who offer horseback riding on the beach. From finding prehistoric sharks teeth at Caspersen Beach to picking real Florida oranges at Brown’s Grove, there’s just so much to do. If you’re ever looking for a fun place to road trip to, we’d highly recommend getting to know Sarasota, its fantastic keys and beaches!

Enjoy our travel video to Sarasota, Florida:

Thanks Sunshine Auto Garage, Bob’s Train, Sarasota Farmers Market, Brown’s Grove, Island Jet Ski, Beach Horses, Siesta Key Bead Shack, Eat Here Restaurant and everyone else who made our trip so fantastic!

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The Montessori Way

Have you ever heard of a Montessori school? This method of education was created by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and teacher. She came to America in 1913, the same year Thomas Edison, Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell endorsed her education method.

Maria Montessori | EC Montessori | Beaufort SC

Her vision focused on a child’s natural desire for independence, desire to learn with freedom of activity, choices and movement in the classroom. She built the universal human development model that coincided with her belief that children, given the freedom to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model, would act spontaneously for optimal development.

The Montessori way has helped develop some amazing minds such as:

Larry Page and Sergey Brin – founders of Google

Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon.com

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis – former first lady (John F. Kennedy)

Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs – musician

Prince William and Prince Harry – princes :)

Montessori classrooms are tailored to different age groups, personalities and the individual needs of each student. There are usually two or more teachers to one mixed-aged classroom. Mixed classrooms allow younger students to interact with and look up to older children and give older children the opportunity to mentor and support those younger than them. Because the students act freely and independently while group activities are going on, teachers are able to give students the one-on-one time each child deserves.

We had the pleasure to work with EC Montessori School on Lady’s Island in Beaufort, South Carolina. Watch the video we produced with Three Ton Tiger Productions:

Maria Montessori felt if students were allowed to develop according to their inner laws of development, they would give rise to a more cooperative and peaceful civilization.

Montessori schools are filled with fascinating educational tools, built and developed by Maria. The first time you walk into a Montessori classroom, you’ll be shocked to see students as young as 18 months, quietly working, respecting the space of others, cleaning up after themselves and working cooperatively at maintaining the balance that runs through every true Montessori school.

“The first time Lara walked into a Montessori school, she was 2 years old. We visited that same school together years later to reminisce and are now working with our local Montessori school here in Beaufort, SC. There has always been a sparkle in Lara’s eyes, so it tickled me to see the familiar light in the eyes of students at EC Montessori. The experience made me wonder why I and so many before me had gone through traditional methods of education  when clearly there is a different way that offers the foundation for a confident, motivated and cooperative individual.” - Alexander Lill

 
See the adventure (Click the photos to enlarge):

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For more information visit: The Montessori Foundation
Thank you Three Ton Tiger Productions, EC Montessori, the EC staff and teachers and of course, the EC Montessori students!

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