Saturday, January 23, 2021

Montessori Practical Life at Home--Independence at Breakfast

 Self-Serve Hot Breakfast Sequence

Practical Life at Home

Food Prep:  Oatmeal with Milk, Fruit and Honey Sequence

If you have a tiny workstation set up in your kitchen/classroom, it's easy to teach children to be more independent at breakfast.  Here, I've already cooked and spooned the oatmeal into a bowl.  As your child grows, he or she can learn to cook it, but this is a good starting point for beginners.

Start with the bowl of cooked oatmeal, a spoon, a pitcher of milk, some fruit  (already washed and cut in small container at left), and honey.

Another reason for lots of previous practice in pouring!

Opening this container, which has a screw-top, requires previous practice and some dexterity.  The Montessori Open-Close Basket helps children practice.  See previous post.

The honey container has another kind of lid.

I hope by now you can see how a child's mastery of simple Montessori works (like pouring, opening and closing various containers, etc.) add up to independence at home and in the classroom.  

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