Why is hands-on learning so good? Children learn best when they are using their hands and minds at the same time. This method of learning stimulates … Continue reading Montessori Geography: Land and Water Formations
Montessori activities for toddlers From the ages of 0-3, Montessori is all about Practical Life Activities. These activities not only foster independence and teach life skills, but they encourage the development of a child’s concentration and attention span. Dishwashing is … Continue reading How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child
Montessori homeschooling: fantasy vs. reality I love looking at pictures online of those beautiful Montessori indoor spaces and the adorable children working hard at the material contained within them. Heck, I have posted these photos, myself. And it’s real. The children are working hard and the workspace looks amazing…for that moment in time. I’m sure some of these parents have just one child. Or maybe multiple children and help. Or maybe their children are older or spaced differently than my own. Or maybe they are just way better at this than I am. Or maybe they are doing exactly what … Continue reading Homeschooling Reality
I finally finished preparing our area last night. My daughter dropped to her knees when she saw all of the beautiful activities that were prepared for her this morning! After breakfast, she was so excited to wash the dishes that she asked me to bring more dishes! She washed every dish and piece of silverware for the whole family…45 minutes it took her and she enjoyed every second, making sure to scrub away every piece of food, rinsing, then carefully lining things up in the drain. After the dishes were done and her table was clean, it was time for some activities. She enjoyed … Continue reading Our Area is Ready: Go Time!
Though our journey into starting our preschool years at home, Montessori-style, is just beginning, we have already implemented the philosophy of facilitating independence. One thing that my daughter has always loved is watching and helping us cook. We knew she’d catch right on and get excited about gaining independence for mealtimes. At 18 months, we bought Madeline a table and chair set and a set of dishes, which we cleared out some cabinet space for. As you might expect, this was an instant hit and she was excited to learn how to handle them properly, set her table, wash them (of course…water!), and put them away. The … Continue reading What we’ve already accomplished: Our starting point.