Montessori Your Home #1

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Most of us familiar with the Montessori method of education know that Practical Life activities (learning how to help with everyday cleaning, self-care, etc.) are very important to establish in the early years of life. Part of this is having items necessary for a child’s growing independence accessible. One very easy way to do this is to give your toddler or preschooler a cupboard (or drawer) of their own in the kitchen that they can access themselves.

As you can see above, I have cleared out one of our bottom cupboards for my 3-year-old’s dishware, so that she can grab a bowl, cup, and silverware all by herself during snack and meal times. We have had this cupboard for her for over a month and she has loved it!  She enjoys being able to choose from what she eats out of and with. She also usually has napkins in there, and a pitcher for practicing pouring. Unfortunately, she has a lot of plastic stuff in her cupboard. My goal is to eventually replace those items with non-plastic items. The Sippy cups in the back of the cupboard are stored there for her 15-month-old sister. We have graduated my older daughter from Sippy cups, even though they sure were a lot easier.  She does like to sneak her sister’s Sippy cups when I’m not looking.

If you can’t spare a cupboard or drawer you could always try a tiny shelf in the kitchen or dining area.

The beauty of having accessible areas for my daughter is that it does make it easier for me, too! 😉

 

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4 thoughts on “Montessori Your Home #1

  1. When did you introduce cutlery with your kids? I have a nine month old and she loves to hold her spoon and can even occasionally get the food in her mouth with it, but is obviously not there yet. I need to find out how to transition into cutlery use with her.

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    • My youngest is 15 months old and she can use a spoon or fork well WHEN she wants to. I offer her the choice of using one but I don’t really enforce it at her age. Plus she likes to throw it off her tray after she takes a bite. I can’t really remember how old my 3-and-a-half year old was when she really got into the habit of it, but I think it was by the age of 18 months or two years old. Luckily, I think it really is just a natural learning process. But I’m sure the more you offer cutlery as on option the faster a baby will pick up the skill. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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