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 Read more…

Setting the table toddler style

  Have I ever shared how I discovered Montessori? I’ll have to write a post about it. The short version is that I visited and observed a Montessori classroom and the experience changed my life. One of the things I observed that day was the children setting the table for lunch. Read more…

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. Read more…

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 Read more…