How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child

The benefits of setting up a dishwashing station for your child 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 … Continue reading How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child

Our Area is Ready: Go Time!

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!

What we’ve already accomplished: Our starting point.

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.