How to Set Up a Montessori Infant Bathroom

You may have noticed that we did not have a changing table in L’s bedroom.  In fact, we do not have a changing table at all.  We do have an area set aside for changing diapers, but it is in the bathroom, not the bedroom — because the bathroom is where toileting activity should occur, […]

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Activities for Infants and Toddlers – Painting

I absolutely LOATHE painting with young children.  Everything about it drives me nuts:  it takes so much time to set up, there is a mess everywhere, L never wants to be finished, and cleaning up might be more of a mess than actually painting is.  L, of course, LOVES painting.  So I try to force myself to […]

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Activities for Toddlers – Montessori in the Kitchen

I am frequently working at the counter in the kitchen throughout the day — doing dishes, preparing snacks and meals, etc.  L, of course, wants to be exactly where I am.  At all moments of the day.  So she used to spend that time hanging onto my legs while whining.  She didn’t know what I […]

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Activities for Toddlers – Pom-Poms and Dutt-Dutts

L is currently obsessed with putting objects into things.  The more objects available, the better, because then she can repeat the process.  One evening, when L was being a little crabby and was clearly bored, I ran upstairs for some toilet paper rolls I’ve been saving — is my family the only one that calls those […]

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