Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Montessori toilet training

Toilet learning - two steps forward, one step back

Thank you from the underside of my heart of all of your kind opinions, tricks, ideas, funny stories and words of heat and encouragement regarding my post on travelling using a toilet learning toddle.
As I mentioned we were not only travelling, we were travelling last minute, I was travelling with the lads without my husband (therefore feeling additional vulnerable) and we were also grieving for member of the family who is no longer with us. Gosh, I am having trouble holding back the tears now. So just how did we go?
We left home at about 4.30am. I consider this to be nighttime , and so I kept Otis in a nappy. But from the airplane we went direct to the vehicle and I made the decision to keep on a nappy. Although he might use the potty at home he wouldn't suggest in time for us to stop the auto. Until he was out of a nappy, it was well to the afternoon. During our stay Otis in was in a combination of nappies, underwear and training pants. He seldom made it to the potty. Overall we did not make much advancement. Now we are home the nappies are gone again (except for night). During our journeys I learnt several things that I wish to remember. You don't have to be a great or even a good parent of the time. Consistency is essential. Children need uniformity to act consistently. Children should understand (quite clearly) what is expected of these.
A flexible and comfortable approach will keep you composed.. I am hoping my next toilet learning post is saturated in success and high fives. It may be a while. But I am not putting pressure on myself or Otis. Now we're back to a routine that is familiar plus our home environment toilet learning with that highly desired uniformity can be continued by us.
Travelling with a toilet learning toddle - give strength to me. We all know the sensitive period for toilet learning is 12-18 months. Eek, Otis is now 17 months and although we've been doing nicely (by our standards) matters are still a bit hit and miss.
Otis wears underpants or training trousers in the home. Training trousers are usually worn by Otis when we're from the house. For his night sleep he wears a nappy. At home it is occasionally made by him to the potty. He knows when he needs to go. Occasionally the potty will be looked at by him and occasionally he'll look at me and next thing we know there exists a pool on the ground. But progress is being made by him and we have been happy with where we're at. Last night we received some tragic news. We will be flying out to be with family, first thing tomorrow. Together with all the craziness of suddenly packaging and making organizations I almost gave myself permission to go back to nappies full time. We now have a flight to catch, longs drives ahead of us. Many hours will likely be spent in the houses of family. I will be scared that Otis is not going to make use of the potty while we're away. That the preparation, washing and cleaning will be a waste of time. But if we go back to nappies what message does that send to Otis? I am aware that the toilet learning toddler is nothing. However, as we're toilet learning earlier than others it feels like we possess a point to prove (and that we shall fail miserably). My family are totally understanding, I know there is no shame in having a toddler not allow it to be to the potty. There's no shame in wet trousers. I understand I will be supported by my family and Otis.

Toilet Learning Trousers

Along with shoes we also purchased these toilet learning trousers from Michael Olaf.
Although as you'll be able to see they may be bulky and consume much just like a nappy Otis or I might tell he was wet, Otis has been wearing training pants for some time just like the reddish ones in this post. I used to be looking for trousers that were;
Absorbent enough there isn't any puddle but the child still feels wet
Easy to view the child is wet
Slimline, not at all bulky
Uncomplicated to get off and on, even for an incredibly young child
Made from natural fibers
These trousers are perfect for all of us. They're manufactured from organic cotton and so far no pools. Not even a wet bed. Although I really don't deliberately have him sleep in them. I generally shift him before bed, sometimes I actually don't get a chance.
They are just worn by Otis when we're at home. I'm able to view when he's wet and have worked out a small pattern when he's in training trousers. Otis is also quite alert to when he must use the toilet (potty) but sometimes we do not make it in time. The trousers also help with self confidence. No difficulty in the event the pants get wet, we'll go put on a dry pair.
Otis wearing his training pants climbing into his walker wagon

Montessori Potty Toilet Learning

With a potty is not necessarily a part of the Montessori approach to toilet learning. By using steps or alternative adaptions, it might work to make the toilet more accessible. If you're interested in toilet learning the Montessori way I advocate Toilet Leaning and Toilet Knowledge - The Montessori Strategy. I also urge articles at Aid to Michael and Life Olaf.
Toilet Learning - Our Journey in Overview It is likely this will be our last toilet learning post. Otis has slipped seamlessly (and without error) into night time toileting. We are at the end of our toilet learning journey. I 've a few thoughts and propositions, in the event that you are at the start of your journey. Absolutely every child is different so we must be flexible nevertheless your disposition and your approach are most significant. It is not luck that Otis is toilet trained. We're extremely fortunate he is healthy and that I'm able to stay at home with him which helps. But what got him 'trained' was patience, persistence and consistency. Our very first step in Otis toilet learning was to get him out of a nappy. Training pants were vital in this process. Otis toilet learned in steps and this is really a brief overview.
1. DAY: TRAINING PANTS (AT HOME) NAPPY (WHEN OUT) NIGHT: NAPPY During the day at home Otis consistently wore training trousers. When we left the house during the day and at night he wore a nappy. While at home we offered him the potty and when he seemed like he needed to go (we recognised the signals - largely holding his trousers) we took him to the potty.
2. DAY: TRAINING PANTS NIGHT: NAPPY Slowly we transitioned to Otis wearing training pants everywhere during the day. The training trousers he wore at this stage (from Michael Olaf but now discontinued) held so there were no puddles but Otis wanted tending to instantly. At this stage he was wearing a nappy during the night.
3. DAY: PANTIES (AT HOME) TRAINING TROUSERS (WHEN OUTSIDE) NIGHT: NAPPY Slowly we transitioned Otis to wearing panties at home and just when we left the house wearing training pants. The training trousers gave us assurance that if Otis had an injury most of it would be captured - no pools on the shop floor, but Otis and his clothing would be wet. Otis was wearing Under the Nile Baby Training Trousers (12-24 months). At this stage he was still wearing a nappy through the night. This was the longest period of a few months.
4. DAY: UNDERWEAR NIGHTTIME: NAPPY As Otis became routine and more confident at utilizing the potty he transitioned to wearing panties all the time during the day and wore a nappy during the night.
5. DAY: PANTIES NIGHT: PANTIES Otis became so confident going to the potty that at night he'd take away his nappy. He transitioned to wearing knickers all of the time. He'll sometimes use the potty at night but generally waits until morning. He generally goes right to the potty when he awakens in the morning. I attempt to limit his fluids before bed however he nurses before bed and during the nighttime. In addition , I request him to utilize the potty before bed however he is stubborn and normally refuses. As I mentioned we'd offer the potty when it appeared before we left the house and like he need to go to Otis. Frequently when he wakes up from his nap or returns from appearances he must visit the potty straight away.
It was significant to us that we remained (as much as possible) emotionally detached from the method. It absolutely was important to us not to praise or punish when we'd success while I looked pleased. We also never forced Otis. If he looked like he needed to make use of the potty but refused to do so, I'd get his hand and attempt to lead him to the potty, usually he'd wet his trousers and if he still refused I'd leave him. Afterward he would come to the potty to get changed with me. We never pressured him to make use of the potty, we bribed, threatened or never used harsh words. If he wet his pants - he wet his pants, we simply got on with it. We have a step stool and toddler seat on our toilet which Otis has started using. He uses the potty and also the toilet standing and sitting. We've got a potty in the car that I offered to Otis before he was able to hold for an adequate interval. On every trip I would offer him the potty when we arrived and before we departed. It was rarely used by him. Lately he's shown that he can hold and regularly uses public toilets (school, sports stadiums, shops), although he likes to remove his knickers, pants/short, shoes and socks and I am going to hold him while he sits on the toilet. You are going to understand we've had up and downs and I've found going and finding us out of routine especially troublesome, in the event that you read through our Toilet Learning Posts. There has been mess and lots of cleaning up. But now we are done at 22 months, it's totally worth it. If you're at the start or in the middle of bathroom learning, whichever approach you're using - I wish you the best. P.S. I have had some crucial looks when Otis has had an injury in public. Irrespective of the age of the child - young or old, please be kind to other parents.

DIY Wool Puddle Pad

What's a Puddle Pad?
A pad that functions much like a mattress protector. It may also be utilized as to take care of your car seat or a change mat. Excellent for ECers, infants that are leaky nappies, leaky as well as for toilet learning toddlers.
Why now? Throughout the day Otis will generally take a rest together with his toilet learning on trousers. The slacks consume some moisture but I do not need to risk a yucky mattress. Until I realised how easy it's to make one yourself I almost purchased a puddle pad.
Why wool?
I really dislike the mattress protectors I Have seen in our stores - faux, sticky and crinkly. Cotton pads offer some protection but not as much as wool. I actually love wool plus it's:
Breathable, helps you to keep a body temperature that is comfortable Cozy
All natural anti-bacterial and antifungal Uncomplicated to clean, with small flows a good airing is all that's required odour repellent, merely air frequently
How? Preferably one that is pleasant and soft, find or thrift a 100% wool blanket. I came across this blanket for $15. If you're placing the blanket under a light or white sheet you might want to have a plain or neutral coloured blanket.
Felt the wool in a hot wash. I followed having a hot dry cycle and used the hot water setting on my washing machine.
Cut the blanket to size. I cut two pieces the same size for additional thickness, I also ironed the blanket therefore it would lie flat.
Sew the two pieces together. I used a simple stitch throughout the border merely to keep the pieces together. As the wool is felted it will not fray. You could simply use one layer or fold one layer in half, in the event that you don't sew.
Trim the edges to neaten up.
To lanolise?
I haven't lanolised. As Otis is sleeping with his pants on I expect the puddle pad to only ever get damp not fully soaked. Additionally I suppose it would need lots of lanolin that's not cheap so I am giving it a go unlanolised. Fingers crossed!
I am going to set the pad underneath the sheet it keep it in place. So hopefully I've made it big enough, he does not move much in his slumber. I 've heaps of the felted blanket remaining, I am thinking of cutting it into squares for cleaning or polishing??

When to begin toileting

Between eighteen and twelve months is for beginning toilet consciousness, the sensitive period. It could begin later or sooner, according to the little one. Look for signs of preparation: An interest in cycles (bib now goes in the hamper, hamper goes to the cellar, in the equipment, etc. Kid watches with interest and also follows along).
Kid is walking. Kid touches are noticed by you. Kid is beginning to have bowel movements at specific times of day. Sometimes a kid displays none of those signals but will become interested as soon as you begin to attract her awareness of toileting, so we recommend starting before 18 months. Equip for toileting success! To get started, buy as many as 30 pairs of underpants that were thick. We advocate Gerber training slacks which come 3 in a pack for about 5 dollars at Target (US). They may be the most absorbent and least expensive, but durable. For success, the leg holes the knickers loose that it could be pulled down and up without extraneous attempt on the kid's part and must be large enough. To get a young child between 12 and 18 months, Gerber training trousers, size two, is urged. If she is big for her age, or as the child approaches 18 months, size three will be needed by her. Put an item of rubberized flannel and buy several sheets of it for the bed. Make sure to have many pairs of pull-on pants for the child, as he may need to alter frequently.
Have loads of bed sheets so you could change them often.
Pull nice rugs up. Find "Nature's Miracle" at a pet shop, to promptly and effectively clean carpets or the flooring when required. This product is safe for carpets that are fine removes not just the spot, but the odor, and may simply be left on the rug.
Set out little potties, a variety if needed, and encourage the kid to sit down to them, when he/she does commending. Our favorite is the very little Baby Bjorn potty, costing about $10 in catalogs. There are just two sizes, both useful, as an alternative to the real toilet, helps the little one in two ways: he can be more independent and feel secure; and he can more clearly see his results-waste in the potty-afterwards. Put a potty in every bathroom having a small bucket to the left and modest basket of clean knickers on the right. A folded towel or bath mat beneath the three things creates a nonslip surface and an appearance that is organizes. When you start toileting Since they must do with attracting your child's attention to the part of our everyday lives these first three points will be the most crucial: Let her see you and other family members sitting on the bathroom as much as you can. In the beginning, take your youngster to the toilet every half-hour or so and motivate her to sit on it while you sit on the adult toilet ( only for a minute, as would be natural). Doing this helps your child to master through the experience of utilizing the toilet, which works much much better than requesting your child," Do you need to proceed to the restroom ?" Which usually gets a "No!" even when they do have to really go! It's extremely important your kid change into dry panties instantly after wetting it. We would like her to be used to the feeling of dryness, and also to react right away to wetness.
In the early stages, your child could wear just her underwear in the waist down, so that shifting and using the potty is uncomplicated and doesn't take long. Time is key with getting bowel movements into the toilets! Make it a routine time to go the bathroom together, in the event you observe your child has a bowel movement round the exact same time every day and sit on the toilets. Observe him attentively and take him to the bathroom immediately if he went in his underpants, to help you help him change, watch the BM go to the bathroom and flush it down in case your child is unusual in his time. Continue your effort to get him to sit and "hang out" about the toilet when you think a bowel movement could be on its way - you may even read books together to pass the time if that works. Continue to try and involve the child in dressing and undressing. Show her that you're placing the urine in the toilet that is larger and flushing in case the child urinates in her toilet. Subsequently collaborate in redressing her, giving particular awareness of helping her learn to put her panties that is dry on alone.
It will help in the first periods to have a potty in whatever room he is playing in so it can be seen by him and get to it. He should only wear pants which are a cinch to pull up and down himself, and could be nude or in panties from your waist down when reasonable during this stage.
Throw out all diapers when you start this toiling stage. Feel our assurance that, eventually, he'll have the ability to make use of the toilet every time and you kid has to be set up for success. Till they're mature, many youngsters sleep too deeply to wake up and use the toilet. There are other methods to handle this, depending on your own kid, her age, and also the period you have reached in toileting. Talk to your kid's manager. Through the initial phases of toilet training, bring a potty with you (to use at your destination) when you take your kid outside in the vehicle. Stick it in the toilet of your home you're seeing, even supposing it's only a short stay. This helps set the routine of going to the toilet upon leaving the home and upon arriving at destinations. Upon returning often, before leaving the home and when out as well as around, take your child to public toilets. We advocate making it a custom, and matter-of-factly saying, "We all sit on the bathroom for an instant before going out and upon coming home". (Just get them to sit to get a second - if they pop back up or do not urinate, simply dismiss it and move on. Finally, they will elect to work with this chance.)
For special occasions or airplane rides, we encourage you never to put your child back right into a diaper, but alternatively, put an Nikki diaper wrap over her panties. Made of waterproof fabric that is soft this diaper cover enables you to still check for wetness, so that the training period is not interrupted. This can be a fine " safety net" for you in certain public situations. Constantly keep a couple changes of panties and slacks in the automobile, so that you restart your shopping, and then can go back to the vehicle for an instant change when your child is wet. For me the best guidance is how exactly to manage toileting when away from home. Caspar grasped before he was two however I had him in nappies when we were outside because I was scared of making a mess toileting. Our lovely Montessori parent- toddler teacher gave me the push I needed and without her encouragement I'd have kept Caspar in nappies for much longer. This time with Otis I'll feel more confident leaving the house nappy-less and will undoubtedly be using many of the tricks. Truly I'm off now to set up another toileting area in my bathroom after which to order more loo learning pants.

Toilet trained by two?

I love having a toilet trained toddler. Life is so much more easy. All the perseverance and pain was worth it.
At 22 months I feel like I can say that Otis is trained - daytime only. We haven't approached nighttime toileting but I must get to that shortly. It's been distressing. For about three months his toilet learning only plateaued. By plateaued I mean a couple of injuries everyday - for three months. Now I can't recall his last accident. He sometimes makes a mess but that's associated with tricky clothes or dare I say being a boy. He wants help with his clothes. He also refuses to go anywhere other when compared to a potty or a toilet. His preferred place is an actual toilet. He uses a toddler seat plus a step stool when needed. Otis doesn't have injuries during his daytime naps but he will usually go once he wakes. Same with auto excursions, once we return home he'll generally go direct to the toilet.
Amongst his peers he is neither late nor early. I personally don't feel there is an age whereby a child should be trained but I feel that once a child knows (when they need to go) and have control (over their bodily functions) they should be given the chance (to use the potty/toilet). Once a child may use the potty I believe it's disrespectful to place them in a nappy (consequently my wake up call to start nighttime toileting). Additionally it's summer here and summer is really so much easier than winter. I have consistently had as an expectation for my own kids. Two completely trained Caspar. Somehow he night toileted readily. I'm hoping the same with Otis. Yay to Otis and wish me luck with the nighttime.

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Toilet learning - three periods

There's an excellent feeling you get when your child does the right thing in the perfect time. It makes you feel proud, makes you feel like an excellent parent. There are times when your child messes, repeatedly makes blunders or does the wrong thing and you also feel like a failure. Bathroom learning might be tough like that. Messes are commonly made by Otis or has accidents but it is more public than others or worse, some days. It absolutely was on my bed, last week it was three pools within our parent-toddler class. Mostly I just get on with things, I never make a fuss. He's getting it. So where are we at? Otis has been using the potty at home for many months. At home he will usually go without pants or have under-pants on. If we are about to go out have only been somewhere or have guests over, Otis will wear trousers/shorts. Recall it's summer here. At home he'll generally make it to the potty however there's at least one injury a day, sometimes more.
Beware of the under-pant fixation. Should it not have a car on it - it won't be worn by Otis.
Emptying the potty is a big deal. Otis takes care and great pride in wiping it clean, emptying it and taking the used potty to the toilet. Then the fun of flushing the toilet just like a big lad. He's also super inquisitive about other family members utilizing the toilet. I think most toddlers are like this, investigating what goes on around them. Toileting at home - Phase One complete! We're now working on Phase Two - toileting away from house. Training slacks are usually worn by Otis when we go out. The only time Otis wears a nappy is at nighttime. As Otis doesn't consistently makes it to the toilet while we are out the training slacks get most of the wreck. Before we go out I 'll have Otis sit on the potty. Often he simply gets up and walks away. I shall give him a drink of water while he sits on the potty, if I know he actually needs to go. This really is the sole means I've been able to get him to utilize the potty on clue. There's something about having a drink that automatically makes him go. It's working. I keep a potty in the car and I'll often ask him to use the potty while we are outside if I feel like he needs to go. He never has. This may not work for him. If we're at a friends house or at school I'll take Otis to the toilet on coming ( in case that it is been a little while since he has been) or when he gives me the sign that he must go (usually attaining/touching his pants). So we have some success while we are outside but it is undoubtedly demanding consideration and work.
Phase Three is at nighttime. Otis wears a nappy at night but frequently he takes away it. On his bed he's the puddle pad under his sheet. During the day he need to go to the potty straight away and will generally awaken. I think the usage of the potty increases and night time toileting naturally as Otis begins taking his nappy off more and will happen soon.
Toilet learning is an area where we haven't done it by the book. We have struggled at times and I am just explaining the way that it is working for us not how I'd recommend it to others. We are finding our way. In the event that you are searching for recommendations or thoughts the best way to approach toilet learning here are some of the finest suggestions I've ever read. This summer, we will be travelling again but I am not feeling reluctant. There is going to be times when Otis will want help/a change of clothing but I'm actually feeling assured. The turtle that was reddish potty was picked up during our last journeys and it has become Otis's favourite. It might be travelling with us. How are you going with toilet learning? I do not really know of anyone at the same stage as us. Most kids we know have learned toileting at a younger age or the parents decided to wait until a later age before they begin. Folks are either shocked because we've began so early or think we've started late.

Toilet Learning Tips

The above mentioned picture is of Otis's toilet learning area. We are utilizing a cube chair here (the other is in his dressing/care of self place) as Otis desires support when standing. The pail is for clothes that is soiled. You will read a sign of preparedness is walking. Otis is not walking but clearly understands when he needs to use the toilet. I didn't need to squander this opportunity so have commenced toilet learning, and miss his apparent sensitive period.
Camilla (mother of two) recently sent me these toileting hints. I found them so useful I wanted to tell you. Maybe you'll find them useful also? The Managers at Forest Bluff School have supplied these suggestions for allowing me to print here, and that I sincerely thank them.
Indirect preparations for toileting From arrival, change your kid's diaper as soon as she is wet to give plenty of indirect training (this can occasionally mean as often as every hour).
Using cloth diapers from the beginning helps immensely in developing knowledge because they feel wet instantly. This instantaneous feedback helps the child make the connection between the results of releasing her muscles and the urge to urinate. Toilet training therefore occurs gradually, over time. Let her stand while her changes when your youngster is right at the age of pulling up to standing by what you're doing, even involving the child at which you're able to, and talk. This way, take an interest and she is able to see what is occurring. If you might haven't done so already, move the diaper changing to the bathroom when your child begins to stand and walk. This can help them make the appropriate associations between location and action.

TOP Principles of practical life exercises in Montessori

Here are my top Montessori principles which can be used whether or not you own traditional Montessori stuff. These principles are useful for any preschooler. To me, they fit with natural learning only because they satisfy without needing a specific substance, natural needs are ’sed by youthful kids.
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Autonomy and self-directed learning are important theories/aims of Montessori education.


Individualize learning for your kid that is unique ’s interests and needs. In Montessori, monitoring your kid to see what your kid’s needs and interests are and by respecting – honoring – those needs and interests does this.

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If you follow Montessori principles, you will help your child naturally acquire characteristics and many positive skills that offer a powerful basis in life – abilities and characteristics for example autonomy, self discipline, and love of education.


Place substances on trays on low shelves, letting your child the possibility to choose his or her very own work and to repeat actions as often as needed.


It’s significant that your preschooler has concrete, hands-on experiences before learning abstract notions.

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The terrible twos as they are called dawn in! However, you do not need to dread this transitional change for your youngster, it can be managed. There are strategies that can help this interval to be a simple transition. This is often accomplished by giving them chance to do the jobs suggested and giving kids choices to prevent power struggles and letting them achieve things alone. At this point, kids must be given more freedom as they grow up. This is shown in the environment. How one arranges it such that the kid can independently accomplish things for himself. This then gives him/her the sense of achievement and in turn develops a high self-esteem. The key would be to prepare the environment in which he is able to triumph in order to do things by himself. For young kid things may need to be set up step by step, which may be slow and tedious for adults but is indispensable for a kid who's learning.
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Language explosion frequently happens at across the age of 2. This is when kids nearly miraculously starts to talk in sentences and has increased their vocabulary by tenfold. One should then support this by teaching the kid more vocabulary and becoming a good language model. The little one will start parroting words the way you say it and you will say, so be careful with what you say. The child also will not have to possess baby talk and changing to a high pitched voice when you talk to your kid is unnecessary. Talk to them like you would to another man. Speak to them so they are able to absorb what you're saying to them. Don't correct them when kids at this age say some words. This may make the child afraid of trying new words but rather model it. When you answer, say it after them. This will definitely allow them know of their error without being shamed. Talk to kids about things in entire sentences. Try and explain why things are so they're going to understand. The very best language model they can have is the a

Spreading jam/butter on crackers or toast

Have a little plate, small knife and little container the jam will probably be placed in. Place a little jam that will be sufficient for one piece of toast or cracker on the little container. This will definitely ensure that there are going to not be any waste of food in the event the child decides to use all that's available. Consistently reveal the kid slowly how to disperse it on the jam stressing small details such as ensuring, and taking a little bit of spread the whole of the toast is covered.

Hand Washing

Prepare the materials, when showing your child the best way to wash their hands. Make sure the sink is accessible to them and soap and towel nearby. The taps are simple to turn on for the child without any adult help. Reveal them to just turn on the faucets slightly, not much water to prevent wasting water. In addition , this is a small lesson in care for the environment. Take some soap and be sure to stress the bubbles that are made. Rub your hands slowly and in between each finger, the palm and the back of the hand for a thorough clean. Point out the bubbles made. Rinse your hands additionally with great emphasis making sure all of the bubbles are gone. And dry your hands making sure every part of the hand is dried, in between the fingers.

Care For Self

All these are shoes, and actions for example dressing oneself, by being given the opportunity to make an effort to put on their own clothes. This may be practicing with buttons, zips and Velcro that are found in their own clothing.

Living Area Setup

In this area one can have one little ledge for his toys that he/she may use when with the family. One can additionally have a kid sized wooden table and chair for the little one in order to utilize for his work/play. They are able to use large sizes crayons or other mediums for craft additionally accessible to the little one. You can determine to have painting accessible as the mess may be more difficult to clean for indoors but this might be ideal for the outside. You can also provide a little carpet or mat for the child to work on instead of the table. Their work is then contained by this to a particular place.

Banana Slicing

This will include small food tongs, a small butter knife, a little cutting board plus a small bowl. Determined by the skills of your toddler, request them to pare to banana by asking them to simply pull back on the rind and making a small cut for them. Ask the little one to discard it properly, as the rind is completely off. Take the banana and place it on the cutting board. Slowly take the knife and cut the banana in bite size pieces. Highlight pushing down the knife or on the cutting movement. Give your youngster a turn. It really is standard if they do not cut the banana in the perfect size due to the difficulty for them. As they practice more, they'll get more adept on. After all of the banana is cut, get the tongs from where it might be eaten, and place each banana piece to the small bowl. Kids can also slice with a small sharp knife cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, squash, eggplants, and other soft vegetables as the children get old and slicing has become an easy task for them.

Practical Life

Montessori observed that kids wanted to help in the upkeep of their particular environment. She then developed practical life actions. This could be actions that adults do every day that children see and might need to imitate. It might be as easy as sweeping, mopping and dusting, or as complicated as washing dishes, or clothing. For the house one mop and can have a kid sized dustpan and broom. Children enjoy to clean up. As soon as a wreck may be seen by them, direct them to where you could rationally keep the mop and show them how one does it properly, if they don't already know from watching the adult. When your actions are consistently exaggerated by revealing kids a unique action so that they will not miss details of performing that straightforward job that we as adults may take for granted. Request your son or daughter to assist with the tiniest jobs as putting the clothing in the wash, wiping up their own table after themselves, putting dishes in the dishwasher, mopping, sweeping, and dressing themselves.

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Montessori Materials / ‘Toys’

Novels are always a necessity for any stage of the child’s development. Choose novels that could have one or two sentences that are describing the picture on the page. Books with long stories may not hold their attention for very long. Pick books which are applicable to their everyday life. If it is something that relates to them, their interest will soon be held and they see every day. This can include topics about their daily routine. As always pick books which are realistic and possess the whole graphic or image. This can instruct the kid of how things really are. Montessori says dream can be introduced to kids after 3 years old.

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Dining Area Set Up

At this point the child can eat the food the family has. The child might also have meals with the family in order that he or she may also find the correct social aspect of eating meals. Your son or daughter might be placed together together with the family close to the table in a high chair to really have a sense of belonging. If possible have the child using exactly the same table as the family is. Remove the table that secludes him and have him pushed up on the family table. The kid may also choose to eat in his own table and chair. A young child can have his own accessibility to a low drawer in the kitchen which can contain his own utensils and plate. Plate and the utensils do not need to be plastic and can be real lightweight. The glass can also be real. If the kid is instructed how you can take care of matters correctly, handle matters with attention, you may be surprised by them. There should be no panic for glasses to break as it a short distance to the earth in case the kid chooses to eat at his table that is low. This may also teach the kid how to take glass and care of their own plates and spoons and forks. A placemat with drawings of glass, spoon, fork and the plate could be drawn on it as a guide for table setting. See Pouring a drink activity.

Montessori activities for 3 year olds at home

Montessori Sea Shell Activities You'll Love!

My children love tasks that involve natural materials. Where there is some thing for them to hold, feel, touch. Where there's something that is interesting, with fascinating minor details. Now I am featuring some Montessori Shell Activities whom I know you will adore.
The Shell Poster (left in top image) is from Montessori Materials and the Univalve/Bivalve sheet is from Montessori for Everyone.
Cleaning a substantial shell - Brosser un gros coquillage at Le blog de Sylvie d'Esclaibes. This is a fantastic notion, nearly all of our shells are unclean and could do with a great scrub! Matching shells to cards - Apprendre avec des coquillages at Les ateliers de Céleste Pédagogie Montessori et éducation biologique. Another example of fitting shells to cards can be discovered at Les aventures chez nounou Marie. I consider they're using the wonderful shell group and matching cards from Michael Olaf! The cards hold the name of the shell which introduces the language element and allows the parent or caregiver to provide the little one together with the proper terminology. This really is from one of my favorite nature tables (which included tons of shells) where Otis is making imprints with the shells into sand. I recall one of Caspar's favorite actions when he first started in his Cycle One classroom (in Canberra as a three-year old) was a tray with all different types of shells along with a simple magnifying glass. There's something exceptional about sea shells!

Using Scales and Balance Buckets

Here are some other Montessori and Inquiry-Based learning notions that I love. These activities are also really simple to put together. Our scales were around $15, or you also can use kitchen scales, and we only use materials we already have at home! So many of these examples use natural materials but I also enjoy the thought of utilizing standard size blocks (#8) where the blocks are of equal weight. I adore the sensory table for younger children (#6). I presume I shall try a set up like #3 next, where the kid has many different substances to weigh and record - it looks amazing for some added math and literacy skills!
1. Equilibrium pail with loose parts at How we Montessori (on our shelves here).
2. Maths In the Resort Area with An idea on Tuesday.
3. Magnet Trays and Scale Weighing at Learning Cente of Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
4. Drop Inspired Weighing Action with Equilibrium Scales at Montessori from the Heart.
5. General Mathematics Provocations at Welcome to Primary.
6. Balance Scales in the Sensory Table for An Regular Story.
7. Equilibrium scales at How we Montessori.
8. Investigating Measurement Through Play - Mass at Suzie's Home Education Thoughts.

Geoboard - Three Ways

Otis has been home from school for the past three days, so we've pulled out a few new tasks! Above is a standard geoboard with the extra twist of utilizing grid paper. The kid draws shapes on the paper subsequently makes the shapes on the geoboard. When utilizing the geoboard Otis typically makes random contours and sometimes creates a graphic or small scene. Above he's using a transparent plank on the light table. I made Otis this natural geoboard - inspired through this place at Fairy Dust Teaching. I really like the way that it is a bit rustic and gets the kid think only a little differently about making the contours. It appears a bit more brilliant too!

Home day care

Playdough - Four Ways

Otis is five and adores playdough now more than ever. I have written sometimes about how we use playdough, consistently with distinct things and in different colours, textures and aromas. Adding essential oils to playdough is a must. Here are four ways we are now reveling playdough.
1. Alphabet Stamps. This really is a wonderful early literacy activity, recalling it is best to begin with lower case letters.
2. Other Stamps. I didn't realise how much fun this would be. We have a lot of stamps at home so there's always lots for the boys to choose from. I've also wiped down our Melissa and Doug stamps and these work really well with the playdough too!
3. I really like combining natural materials with playdough. Feathers, shells and pinecones can also result in creative play with playdough.
4. Galaxy Dough!! I have needed to do this for the longest time. I first read about Galaxy Dough at Fairy Dust Teaching. It's simply black playdough with lots of glitter combined through. Otis was amazed! It is enjoyable to play with as it is so different to all of our other playdough. Limelight (a craft shop in Australia) and cake decorating speciality stores have black food colouring including in a powder form. They often have a lot of different colors of food colouring which will make a nice change from the normal colours you see in playdough. We could make a set of playdough all in precisely the same colour but in different colours - wonderful! We use playdough and Alphabet Stamps from Joyful Hands Happy Heart. I am hoping you've enjoyed this little peek into our playdough play!

Alphabet Puzzle Tote

Do you have an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet at home? If so, this really is a really interesting activity that reinforces knowledge on the shapes and type of letters. I wouldn't do this in a way to teach children their letters or to examine them but to augment their knowledge. I'd contain letters they're confident with alongside letters they may be fighting with. This is really an easy task of placing the letters from an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet into a Mystery Bag and enabling the child by making use of their hands and their sense of touch simply to identify each letter. Choose the letters from the Alphabet Puzzle (or Moveable Alphabet) and place these in the Enigma Tote without the youngster seeing. Invite the child over to sit down at a work mat or table. Encourage the little one to place one or both hands in the bag and one at a time, without peeking, identify which letter they may be holding.
The notion is that through touch the child forms a graphic of the letter in their own thoughts. If they are able to remember the sound of the letter it can help increase their connection between the sound as well as the shape and form of the letter. As an extension, in case you have comprised vowels and consonants you can also encourage the little one to generate some words with the letters they've identified.
Above Otis places his hand in the Enigma Bag and feels for a letter. He has identified this as a 'w'. He sets the letter on the mat and sets his hand back in for another letter. The Mystery Tote is just one of our favourite stuff which we've used many times over time. Otis used his first Mystery Bag as a toddler with a few family things in it. It actually heightens their sense of touch. Our Mystery Bag is an easy silk lined, drawstring bag. I usually be sure it remains to around five things in the tote. These posts reveal a number of the ways in which we've used the Mystery Bag (or Mystery Box). With all actions at home, I attempt to keep it engaging and lighthearted. In case you give this a go I hope you enjoy!

Geometry Love- Montessori Stuff for Geometric Form Work

You may have guessed following yesterday's post, that we've been doing plenty of geometric shape work around here! We have been using the Geo Strips (number 3.) and I am often asked about them. So I've compiled a quick list of another geometric contour building sticks and pieces that may be useful for a Montessori home or classroom!
1. Learning Edge Connecting GeoStix (Australia here).
2. Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Construction Set (similar Australia here).
3. Geo Strips (Australia here) (you are able to see Otis using the Geo Strips in this post).
4. Wikki Stix Basic Contours Creative Entertaining Kit.
5. Learning Resources Transparent Anglegs (the Anglegs come in various sizes too!).
6. Montessori Geometric Stick Material (Australia here) (I adore this image from Westside Montessori School of the Montessori Geometric Stick work, with a brief description).

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