These pictures, take in the family homes of the Montessori teacher in Paro, typify family life in Bhutan.

family house
Lhamo house
This is the extended family home of Dendy, the Paro Montessori teacher. It is very old, accessed by ladder, and lived in by many family members over the years.
This is the family home of Lhamo Pemba, an AMI 0-3 and 3-6 teacher who is presently working with professors of Tibetan languages in North America to develop a system for teaching Tibetan children living in Canada and the USA.
Here is Dendy standing in front of the home where she lives with her husband and two children, next to their school in Paro.
bath kitchen alter
The traditional Bhutanese bath is taken by heating rocks on a fire, filling a wooden sunken tub with water, and heating the water by placing the hot rocks in the tub.

This is the typical stove in the kitchen. This one with Dendy in her extended family home.

The alter room (or corner in a small house) is the largest and most beautiful of any home in Bhutan.
market prayer flags peppers
Even in the "city" of Paro, shopping is done on market day, purchasing from the people who actually grew the food on small plots next to their homes. Dendy's daughter Omo learns how to select vegetables from her mother. Prayer flags have prayers for the happiness of "all sentient beings" printed on them and it is believed that the wind carries the prayers to whomever needs them. This is Dendy and her husband next to the flags at their home and school. Hot peppers are a very important part of the Bhutanese diet and one often sees them drying in the sun on the roofs of homes.

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meal fingers
  Meals are taken while seated on the floor in all homes. One seldom sees chairs in many places in Asia, and back problems are just as rare. Here Dendy's son, Kinley, gives Susan a lesson in eating with ones hands, the traditional way, the common way.