Category Archives: Montessori

Montessori: care of environment

MAKING A HEALTHY SNACK

With guidance I let James choose some things for a snack. His selection was very good. He chose cottage cheese, berries and pumpkin seed, flax granola. I admit I only had to remind him we recently bought some new granola. These were all his choices.

I helped James select some measuring cups for portion control, with a little math on the side. James got a bowl and spoon.

Half a cup of cottage cheese.

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One third of a cup of berries. Yes, he did sample them first.

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Put ingredients in bowl.

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2 tablespoons of granola.

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Mix.

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Enjoy.

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Clean up.

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Montessori: Care of Enviroment

FOOD PREPERATION

James loves to help me in any way that he can around the house. Peeling and cutting the ends of carrots was a challenging task. Peeling the carrots needed intense concentration and control of motor skills.  It was a bit frustrating initially, and it took James a while to be able to peel the first sliver of skin; but when he did his expression was triumphant. I just wish I had caught that exact moment on camera.  Spurred on by a little bit of success James happily continued the frustrating peeling task again and again and again.

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We obviously don’t have any dominant dexterity yet. He does equally as well with both hands.

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Cutting carrots may seem like a daunting and dangerous task for little ones. James is 2.5 years old and he had a blast. He is highly supervised and I train him how to use the chopper with 2 hands first, this ensures that all little appendages are nowhere near the blade.

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Montessori: Care of Environment

Not quite a pet… but James is responsible for taking care of the bird feeder and the birdbath.

Feeding the birds.

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 Cleaning the birdbath.

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 Filling the birdbath with water.

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