Flower Arranging: Inspiring Montessori at Home

The warmer weather this week has us all dreaming of an early spring. This is a perfect time to channel the spring cheer into your home with this classic Montessori lesson. This activity includes a number of practical life skills such as carrying a tray, pouring, and using scissors for cutting. You can adapt your flower arranging activity according to your child’s age and experience.

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Prepare a tray with flowers, a vase, scissors, water, funnel, and sponge.

1. Using the funnel, the child pours water from cup or pitcher into the vase. The child can wipe up any spills with the sponge.

2. The child takes a stem, measures it against the vase to determine how much to trim, and cuts the stem.

3. The child then places each stem into the vase and arranges them to his/her liking.

4. Let the child decide where to display the vase. This will give them a sense of pride as you admire the work!

A Box of House Toys

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A note from Jean Nelson on sharing:

In my home we always had a box of “house toys” tucked away in a closet (to avoid conflict). It came out whenever a child was visiting (who was not invited by my child). I did not expect my child to share her toys with someone she did not know, like and trust. I, and all adults, only share with other adults we love and trust so why would we expect our child to share with a strange child?

The house toy box contained crayons, papers, stickers, blocks, puzzles, trains, balls, and one or two construction sets (Lincoln logs, Lite-Brite, etc.) that could be used by the visitors and my child. She was not expected to share her toys unless she chose to do so.

If, however, she invited a friend to our home the expectation was different. She was expected to share her stuff. Before the friend arrived I would have her put away anything special and /or fragile that she wanted to protect.

Mom and Dad – just remember we only have to share with those we love and trust. It is only fair to give the same choice to your child.