How To Play Along.
All you need to do is snap a picture of your little one taking part in the daily Montessori task and share it with the hashtag #pcmontessoriaday on Instagram, twitter or Facebook. Instagram works best but whatever you want to do is cool. You will (hopefully) find lots of others playing along so make sure you pop around and get some ideas or start some conversations. If you are a blogger and want to share your experiences with us please link up via the tool below. (if I have managed to get it working)
It's hard to get some of these things done on the allotted days, that's life but don't let that discourage you from doing them. Feel free to mix it up. If you're feeling arty or washing the windows on a different day than the prompt, just do it and share anyway. It is not set in stone. The main point is to introduce different activities that help your child develop skills and independence.
When it comes to most of these activities it's all about the process. When you're washing windows make sure your toddler is involved from the start. They can pour some water into a bucket, add the soap, wash the windows, empty the bucket, dry it, put it away and hang up the cloth they used. This whole process may only take a few minutes and that's cool. Just let them lead the way.
A lot of things can be taught without using too many directions. For children who can talk, ask them questions about what they are doing and give them simple answers when they ask about their task. Talk about how they are looking after their environment (meaning their home and immediate space) and explain this is why we have to water plants, feed animals, sweep floors, pack away etc.
If you want to make your outings more Montessori, just remember, it's pretty easy to let the kids out of the pram to walk and explore, it takes longer but the trip to the park can be just as fun for them as the park itself.
And if that's not enough here are some other Montessori related posts I have written. I hope you play along this month!