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While writing the last post about cutting with scissors I was reminded about Otis's attempts to use a peg. Using a peg would also be a good for strengthening hand and finger muscles in preparation for using scissors and one day writing. . The above photograph is a month or so old (I featured it previously as a Photo of the Day). Whenever I hang out the laundry Otis helps... Read more →

I have put a 'cutting tray' on Otis's shelf in the Art Centre. Today I demonstrated sitting next to him. I used Caspar's scissors which are the same as his. The red strips are heavy weight paper that I had left over from teaching Caspar to cut. Although Caspar was introduced to scissors at an older age and got it straight away. The idea of using the slightly heavier paper... Read more →

Before Otis was born I had his floor bed in this exact location - in Caspar's room. I have always wanted my two children to sleep in the same room, to share a bedroom. Except as Otis's birth got closer I struggled to see how it could work. I couldn't completely baby proof Caspar's room. Was it safe for a baby to sleep in the same room as a pre-schooler?... Read more →

Do your children like locks? When Caspar was young we put a lock on his cubby house as he loved locks so much. He always wanted to use the lock on our letter box. When he was a little older I gave him a lock tray using locks from around our home. . I wanted to show you Otis's lock box because if it wasn't for Montessori I would never... Read more →

What is your greatest toddler frustration?

What is your greatest toddler frustration? For me it's not toilet learning, bedtime or dinner. It's walking with Otis. Like Maria Montessori wrote a child of this age will walk from one item of interest to the next. Otis has no interest in getting from point A to point B. I have come to the realisation that I don't need to and shouldn't be carrying Otis at all anymore. But... Read more →

The advice I have received is you can start presenting a three period lesson as early as you like. A toddler might only get as far as the second period especially if they aren't very verbal. Honestly the only reason I haven't used it earlier with Otis is because I kept of forgetting the steps, the periods. Every time I thought about it I missed a step and it didn't... Read more →

I know there are a million language activity ideas out there but what activities do we actually do in our home? . During the recent school holidays Caspar was interested in writing and initiated most of these activities. The above activity he did not initiate as it was prescribed by his speech pathologist. I thought it was such an interesting idea I wanted to share it. I haven't been worried... Read more →

After my last post I decided to give Otis the opportunity to do matching work with a greater number of items. With a refrigerator full of food matching fruit and vegetables (once again) looked like a good option. This was good, physical work for Otis. I want to mention that we do this work together and Otis doesn't always complete his matching work or get it right all the time.... Read more →

I'm not sure if it's related to Caspar being back at school or to his stage in development but Otis is going through his materials at a great pace. He is using a lot of materials everyday although he might only do the activity once or twice which might last only one or two minutes. In some way this is really frustrating as he appears to be concentrating less and... Read more →

I recently published a photograph of Otis lifting a heavy rock in the Photo of the Day. I couldn't remember exactly how Montessori referred to this stage. This stage when children find opportunities for maximum effort. It appears that Otis is right at the peak of this stage. Maria Montessori's words (from The Absorbent Mind) are so relevant. It was only yesterday that I took this series of photographs. Observation... Read more →

Otis began pouring his own drink at 13 months (you can see how we went about it here). At the time he was about 50% accurate, about half of the water made it to the glass. Now at eighteen months it's still pretty much the same - lots of spills. . This little pouring activity is easy to set up with two little jugs, a tray and something to pour.... Read more →

I guarantee your child will love these. They super easy to make. I made circles of the same size so the children could focus on the colours but it would be just as easy to cut out different shapes for the children to 'build' on the window. I find this more of art expression than learning about shapes or colours. How did we get to this point? After making the... Read more →

After making the Fun Colour Window Shapes I was left wondering could they be laminated. I had serious doubts, I thought the cellophane might melt in the laminator. I put one shape through the laminator and it worked fine. The cellophane was a little wrinkly but the shape was super tough and would stand up to any toddler. I didn't like it though. After being laminated the cellophane didn't make... Read more →

This week I've been short on time so make it easy for myself I thought I would post pictures of some new things Otis has been doing. He is now eighteen months old but I want you to know that age is not a good indicator of skill level. All of these materials Caspar used at a much later age, perhaps closer to two years. Otis likes threading which could... Read more →