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Fall Treats

I’m so excited to be part of  a blog-hop series incorporating Montessori into the upcoming holiday season!  This 15 day event will give you some great ideas and I look forward to reading something new everyday from these fantastic bloggers.  Check out  Montessori Bloggers Network to see all the posts in this series and get some great ideas and inspiration!

Finding a snack for your little ones that is healthy, easy to make, tastes good, and uses multiple senses can feel like searching for a unicorn…blindfolded.  Well I think I found the unicorn!  This apple chip recipe is a delicious snack and becomes an edible garland for your winged/furry friends outside.  I hope you have as much fun as we did making both the snack and the craft! Continue reading

Snack time!

“Mommy, I want a snack.  Mommy, can you get me a snack?  Mommy, I’m hungry.”  I heard this more times than I’d like to admit before I actually did something about it.  What took me so long to set up a snack area for my daughter?  I was nervous about letting her have free reign over her snacking and wasn’t sure how to pull it off  (plus it required cleaning out my pantry).

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.” -Maria Montessori

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I cleared off the bottom shelf and measured the depth to figure out what size containers to buy.  I wanted there to be enough space for a bowl, the container and the lid  while she got a snack.  I found some angled glass jars (sometimes called penny jars or candy jars) that allow for easy scooping and opted to use measuring cups instead of traditional silver scoops.  I did this because the entire set was fairly inexpensive and gave me the ability to use different sizes for each jar (i.e. using smaller cups for sweeter snacks).  I only filled the jars with a small amount of each snack and stored the rest in the pantry (this  keeps it from getting stale and limits the amount of available food).  I put a basket with fresh fruit on the second shelf, some non-skid shelf liner to helped keep everything in place and  a snack shelf was born!

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My daughter’s reaction was priceless.  “Oh wow, Mommy!  This is for me?!  I love it!”  The first couple of days she binged on snacks, but once the newness wore off, she slipped into her typical eating habits and still loves her snack shelf and the ability to serve herself.  She has access to her own plates, bowls, cups, silverware and kitchen tools in a low drawer.  If she gets thirsty, a pitcher of cool water and cup on a tray is available all day.  Eventually, I want to set up a dishwashing area for her, but for now she sets her dirty dishes on the kitchen counter and leaves her cup on the tray for use throughout the day.  I love the freedom and independence this area gives her and am so glad I finally cleaned off that bottom shelf!

“He who is served is limited in his independence.” -Maria Montessori

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Toilet Learning

 

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There’s such a wide range of lingo surrounding toileting. Whether it’s cloth, disposable, infant toileting, pullups or just letting them run around naked in the backyard. Everyone, I mean everyone, has an opinion on how children should reach this goal. Unlike walking or learning to tie their shoes, getting rid of diapers is one milestone most parents dread and I was one of them.

I’m so honored to be a guest blogger today!  Visit the Montessori by Mom Blog to read the rest of my post where I talk about some of the struggles and  simple steps I used to help my daughter with toilet learning.  Happy reading!