Elvina Lim Kusumo

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

elvina lim kusumo

Vina spent most of her childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is currently based in Singapore, California and Jakarta. She is back to Asia after living in the U.S for more than 10 years with his beloved little family.

Vina has passion in food, art, education and science.  After obtaining her dual Bachelor’s degrees in Food Science and Food Manufacturing Operation, she went back to Indonesia and founded the first nationwide online flower business in Indonesia, KlikKado.com.

Vina always believe that her first and foremost calling is to be a mother.  When she got married in 2010, she returned to the U.S to be with her husband, and discontinued her flower business.  Vina cited that both her and her husband were very fortunate to have been raised by two great mothers who dedicate their life to raise them and their siblings.

She always remember her beautiful childhood memories – the smell of the flowers her mother gave her, the pretend plays as chef and florist, the walls on their living room her parent allow her to paint, the red cotton ball her mother sewn and gave her on Valentines’s day, the drawing she made with her favorite made-in-Swiss crayons, which was very expensive to her family at that moment.  She grew up always wanting to be a “Mother” just like her mother.

She wants to extend her beautiful childhood memories to her children.  When she was pregnant with C, she spent countless hours reading through numerous articles and books on early childhood education.  The more she read about Montessori method, the more she found things and ideas that capture her heart as a mother who wants to bring a graceful parenting and childhood education for C. She pursued her passion by going back to school while she was living in California and C was one year old. She took Montessori Teaching for Early Childhood Edcuation and later continuing her education in Montessori Teaching for Elementary Years. She always love to learn many things! It’s her passions!

In May 2015, Vina decided to found IndonesiaMontessori.com (IMC), a website containing her education philosophies, methods, activities inspired by Montessori and other childhood education methods she learned.  Through this website and IMC social media platforms (Instgram, facebook) she built around the same time, she wants to bring high quality education and education resources to Indonesian parents, especially mothers, no matter where they live.

Since its early beginning, the site and IMC social media platforms she found around the same time has had amazing responses from mothers from all Indonesia.  The website received 3.000.000 page views in less than 1 year.

Vina’s first book “Montessori Di Rumah : 55 Kegiatan Keterampilan Hidup” has been published by Esensi – Erlangga Publisher and becoming Best Seller a month after it was first published. Montessori di Rumah is Erlangga’s Best Seller, Featured as TOP TEN Best Seller Books by many Gramedia Book Stores.

Vina’s second book “Real Mom Real Journey” is published by Bentang Pustaka and will be officially launched in July 2017. This Book is to empower, unite and inspire mothers across Indonesia that all of us Mothers , regardless our backgrounds, choices and opinions – all shares the same title “MOMS”.

Vina’s third ,fourth and fifth projects are coming soon….pray for it!

Vina is currently based in Singapore, Jakarta and California and can be reached through cs@indonesiamontessori.com

 

Our Vision - 5E's

1. EVERY MOTHER

IMC aspires to reach out to and empower every mother in Indonesia through its content, community and events

2. EVERY CHILD

IMC aspires to reach every child in Indonesia no matter where they live

3. EVERY TALENT

IMC aspires to bring high quality education and high quality education resources to unlock every talent of a child

4. EARLY EDUCATION

IMC aspires to educate child in his/her early development ('golden period'), which has lasting impact on his/her life

5. EVERY SENSE

IMC aspires to educate child utilizing all his/her senses to maximize his/her learning experience