30 DAYS OF MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES (AND HOW TO HELP TODDLERS SUCCEED)

I was inspired to make our own list after seeing Natural Beach Living’s list here. There’s no particular order for these, but I am adding tips on how to help your child succeed with each activity. Enjoy!:) 1. Wash dishes In the Philippines, we wash dishes with our hands. Work with just one plate or cup or utensil first. Don’t put a lot of things in front of the child – just little soap, sponge, and the item to be […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: A (FUNCTIONING) TODDLER KITCHEN

Sharing our kitchen setup for our toddler. My mom bought the Ikea Play Kitchen for my son, and we have turned it into a functioning one! I put it right beside our home’s actual kitchen. Our kitchen has no more space for my toddler’s child-sized kitchen, but we also use that kitchen by placing a stool if he wants to work on our counters. He just keeps moving that stool around to get what he needs. When it comes to […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE WORK: FRUIT PICKING (KAMIAS)

If there’s one tree that I would recommend you have at home when you have a child, it’s KAMIAS! Kamias is one of our local fruits (native to Southeast Asia, I think) and rich in vitamins B and C, iron, phosphorus, and antioxidants. But those aren’t the only reasons I would recommend having this tree in your home. For children’s sake, it’s simply because Kamias (in English, it’s called Bilimbi, Tree Sorrel, or Cucumber Tree) is the only fruit free […]

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TODDLER KNIVES: THE TOOLS WE USE AT HOME

In Montessori families, it is not unusual to see toddlers working in the kitchen. For some, knives are introduced at around 12-18 months of age, while for some, it’s introduced at around 2-3 years old. I understand the worry — so, if you are not yet ready to introduce the knife to your child or feel that your child still needs to do fine motor work before you can do actual slicing work, do remember that there are many other […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY KITCHEN WORK FOR TODDLERS (WITHOUT COOKING OR CHOPPING)

One of the first things people often notice about children who are from Montessori homes/schools is that generally, they are very comfortable in the kitchen. They do all sorts of things including actual baking and cooking at such a young age (young here being younger than the typical). In the Montessori community, this is definitely not about having a competition on who did it younger, but really a matter of respecting the child’s capability to do actual, purposeful work. I […]

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BEACH ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son loves the beach! Whenever he sees photos of a beach, he would tell us, “go to the beach!” At first, I would spend a long time thinking about how I can prepare him for the beach, what materials I can bring to enhance his experience, etc. Do I bring a book? Miniatures? Toys? Lots of stuff for sandcastle building? Should I just bring our whole house? After several trips to the beach, this is what I now believe […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: BLOWING PRACTICE FOR TODDLERS

I didn’t realize how important blowing is (and how much practice it would take before an actual blow happens) until we started swimming lessons for our 20-month-old. Blowing is one good way to get your child comfortable in the water (for swimming) because it’s a practice in breathing and helps your toddler get used to water in his/her face. Blowing was something we’ve always done with our soups — so our son knows the word blow, but as we had […]

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MONTESSORI-AT-HOME TIP: HOW TO CHOOSE OUTFITS FOR YOUR CHILD

Many parents know the value of movement in a child’s learning. Children maximize all their senses when they encounter new things, so unlike us adults who rely mostly on our sight, children make use of their ears, hands, feet, nose, and mouth to really understand the world around them. Based on observation though, what is often overlooked is what children wear. Long dresses, stockings, tight jeans, tight button-down tops, tight fabrics, trendy shoes — the list is quite long in […]

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HANDWASHING STATION IN THE BATHROOM

Sharing with you our handwashing station in our son’s bathroom. See, all the bathrooms in our house are small – plus, the walls are marble so we cannot really drill and easily put shelves or whatever. They are the hardest to decorate for me to accommodate my child’s needs, so while we still figure things out, I’m happy we’re making little progress – in this case, how to help our child successfully wash his hands with no or minimal assistance. […]

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PEELING ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son is at the stage where he loves to peel, rip, peel, rip! I usually don’t mind when he does those because that means he’s also working on his fine motor skills. For books, I have observed that he likes ripping books with glossy pages (think magazine type), and thankfully, we only have a few of those out, so for now, since he started flipping pages, he has only ripped 2 books in total (and both bought on sale, […]

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