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Friday, 2 February 2018

Montessori Practical Life: Making a Smoothie

A kitchen activity that Jerome helps with at least weekly is putting together a smoothie for the family to share. It is definitely one of the activities he loves to help most with in the kitchen, as he gets to eat berries while he works, and they both love the finished product. 

{Pouring in all the ingredients I had prepared for him - and tasting plenty along the way}

{Wiping his hands}

{The excitement of using the blender}

{Pouring the finished smoothie into cups for himself and his brother}

{Adding some Samuraw powder into his finished smoothie. 
We have been using Samuraw Nutrition Organic Complete in Jerome’s smoothies and fruit juice to provide him with an extra 24 nutrients per serving. 
It gives me great piece of mind knowing he is getting more of the nutrients he needs, and from such a transparent source. No added fillers, just the good stuff: 100% organic, real-food derived vitamins, minerals & probiotics. It isn't recommended for kids younger than Jerome, which is why we didn't just add it to the whole batch.}

{Enjoying the finished product, which of course means a messy face!}

There we have it, an easy, and fun, way to get your kids helping with breakfast.

Hope you had a fantastic week and I thank you for following along with my new segment. For more of my practical life collections check out: Baking Biscuits | Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice | Egg Salad Sandwiches

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God bless,
Olivia Fischer

Friday, 26 January 2018

Montessori Practical Life: Egg Salad Sandwiches

For this Friday practical life collection, the boys both had the opportunity to help with a lunch which we all enjoyed together, adding a community dynamic to an already wonderful activity.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Simplifying Montessori: 5 Ways to Set Up a Shelf Montessori-Style

Hey everyone,

For this Montessori Monday, I wanted to talk about something I feel is a very easy, and nonetheless important, first step if you are implementing Montessori in your home.

In a Montessori space, the work available to your child should be set out clearly on some kind of shelf, rather than a toy box or bin. (If you do not have a shelf, or room for one, I have heard of boxes, the floor along the wall, or a table being used succesfully.)

The work on these shelves should be arranged and organized in a way that is inviting and beautiful, helping to draw your child into the work.

With this model in mind, I thought it would be helpful to outline a few good rules of thumb when setting up a Montessori-style shelf.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Montessori Practical Life: Cutting an Avocado

For this Friday's practical life collection I thought I would share a simple, and favorite, activity Jerome likes to help with in the kitchen. This is as simple as practical life needs to be and it makes Jerome feel so purposeful.

Is it strange that my children are absolutely mad about avocado?

Just plain, old avocado, diced up and thrown on whatever they happen to be eating for that meal. Either way, I'll go with it.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Why I Am Not *Just* A Montessori Parent

Just before the Christmas season, a Montessori blogger I follow, How We Montessori, wrote a post about the idealism and reality of Montessori parenting, and one of the things she mentioned really resonated and I have been reflecting on it for the last few weeks.
Reading about Montessori has given me lots of guidance, ideas and inspiration but my personal goal has never been to be a Montessori parent but the best parent I can be at any given time. -How We Montessori
While the vast majority of what I have found within the Montessori philosophy has resounded with me, there are definitely some things about it I question. It has been difficult for me to accept and navigate this, because I think I just assumed that loving Montessori and wanting it for my children meant I had to take absolutely everything about it as law.

It took me reading that blog post to realize I felt this way. And to realize I don't have to.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Montessori Practical Life: Baking a Batch of Biscuits

This week for my practical life Friday series, I wanted to share an activity that I really love seeing Jerome help with, as the many steps offer so many good opportunities.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Simplifying Montessori: Practical Life

Along with my new series on Montessori Practical Life, I thought it would be helpful to write a short post on what, exactly, practical life is.

If you were to search Montessori practical life on Pinterest, you would find trays set up for sweeping cotton balls into a square, many different ways to practice scooping and spooning, a work devoted to squeezing bits of sponge in a garlic press.