10 benefits of food preparation with young children

I took this video of Solu preparing Okra by cutting off the top and I thought it illustrated some of the main advantages of food preparation with young children. Building confidence Developing a sense of order – a place for everything and everything in its place Developing self control Enriching Vocabulary Math preparation – observing … More 10 benefits of food preparation with young children

Following the child 

As a trained Montessori teacher, I find myself frequently thinking of what activities Solu might already have been presented with if he was in a toddler community. I especially miss the big practical life activities like table and cloth washing. It is tempting to set them all up and convert our home to a classroom … More Following the child 

Teaching Gentleness through Practical Life

Eggs are fragile. Whether handling raw eggs, cracking them, peeling or slicing them, extra care is required to get the desired results. While this requirement might seem like a good reason to prevent children from working with eggs, it is the exact reason why children, even toddlers should work with them. Working with eggs provides the … More Teaching Gentleness through Practical Life

Cooking with a Toddler: Some Practical Considerations

When working with a child in the kitchen, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account. A comfortable work surface: This can be a low table or a kitchen helper/learning tower kind of solution. We have both because different tasks require different surfaces. You can see both at use in this video. … More Cooking with a Toddler: Some Practical Considerations

Why Practical Life?

Yesterday, my son woke up, walked out of the room and immediately signed “hungry”. He then walked into the kitchen and pointed to his apron and signed for putting it on. I handed it to him (I need to install a lower hook), he put it on and proceeded to pull out his kitchen helper … More Why Practical Life?