Practical life

Montessori Flower Arranging Lessons for Children. Activities, Materials. Tips for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Maria Montessori is famous for implementing practical life lessons in children. These are the first things toddlers and preschoolers learn in their early years. Such activities serve as a bridge between the home and school environment. Each step of the practical life lessons fulfills the child’s intrinsic desire to imitate adults and adapt their behavior. …

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The Importance and Benefits of Teaching Gardening to Children Toddlers to Preschoolers

There’s this common misconception that gardening is an activity best suited for the elderly. However, that is not even remotely true. You see, studies have shown that there are many benefits of introducing gardening to kids at age toddlers to preschoolers. Through garden play, children acquire and improve crucial skills, have fun, and develop self-confidence …

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Indoor Garden Craft Ideas for Kids – Plants That Stimulate the Senses

Every parent wants their kids to enjoy the outdoors and to have a strong connection with Mother Nature. And while most grown-ups are grabbing every chance of escaping from closed environments, many kids tend to do quite the opposite and spend days without seeing the sunlight. Thankfully they have us, the parents, to help them …

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Toddlers in the Kitchen – How to Set Them Up For Success

Toddler years are generally characterized by a child’s untamed desire for independence. They observe us closely spending hours preparing food, entertaining and naturally that creates an infinite desire to imitate adults and gain autonomy in the kitchen. In this guest post, Eva of Mimia Montessori shares some practical and excellent tips on how to support …

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How Cleaning and Sweeping Prepare Children for Academic Success

More often than not the sight of children scrubbing tables, washing dishes, cleaning floors in a classroom causes parents to raise their eyebrows. What does it have to do with a child’s development and learning math and language? For those who implement Montessori at home or send their children to Montessori childcare or school, it …

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Kids in the Kitchen – Scrumptious Toddler Friendly Chocolate Bliss Balls

Children should always be a part of the family cooking and food preparation process. It teaches them concepts that are literally life-saving and essential for survival. It also allows children to absorb and pick up skills in the most natural and relaxed environment. They learn science and math when mixing ingredients and measuring portions, they form …

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How to Make a Vegetable Garden for Kids

Children love dirt! Gardening is a perfect excuse to get dirty! Ann Sanders of A Green Hand  shared her easy to implement step-by-step guide to creating a nourishing vegetable garden with your children. Gardening is one of the major part of Practical Life activities children learn to master in the Montessori environment. In addition to …

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Practical Life Activities to Help Survive the Cold and Flu Season

A change of seasons brings a whole kaleidoscope of new emotions, feelings, colors, excitement, and anticipation. Changes in nature create a unique atmosphere in classrooms and call for new adventures and learning opportunities. However, it also means that our bodies have to adjust as well. In autumn and winter there is less sun exposure, less …

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Cooking with Kids. Easy 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

Food preparation with young kids is a priceless learning experience that is just as valuable for little ones as it is for parents or teachers. In a Cycle one ( 3- 5-year-old) Montessori classroom you will find that Practical life activities, including food preparation, are one of the central aspects of children’s environment. It is …

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DIY Montessori Inspired Activities and Games for 3 – 5-year-olds.

The Montessori method offers such a wide range of amazing experiences for children. Child’s work is their play. Generally, children do not need stimulation or encouragement; they naturally gravitate to activities that reflect their interests and enrich their passion for learning. Senses play such a huge role in their learning. All materials and activities that …

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