Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self

Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” Maria Montessori

Practical life is one of the most important areas of Montessori education. Because the child’s independence is such an important goal in Montessori, care of self is an especially important part of practical life.

Regardless of your circumstances, care of self is an area you can easily emphasize at home. For an overview of Montessori practical life activities in general, see this post: Montessori Practical Life Activities.

Thanks to Montessori activities for care of self, I don’t remember having any problems with my kids’ personal care. Following are some great Montessori-inspired care-of-self activities from around the blogosphere:

Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self

How to Help Your Preschooler Help Himself (my post, which includes a lesson on nose blowing)

Nose Wiping Station (Photo from How We Montessori)

Nose Wiping Station (Photo from How We Montessori)

Nose Wiping Station from How We Montessori

Montessori-Inspired Tray for Tooth Brushing (Photo from Jada Roo Can Do)

Montessori-Inspired Tray for Tooth Brushing (Photo from Jada Roo Can Do)

Activity of the Week – Montessori-Inspired Trays for Care of Self (Photo from Jada Roo Can Do)

Dressing Basket (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Dressing Basket (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

DIY Dressing Frames and Alternatives (Including Activity of the Week – Dressing Basket ~ Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Activity of the Week – Teach Your Preschooler to Put on and Put Away a Coat

Putting on a Coat (with Extensions) from Our Natural Journey

8 Tips for Making a Montessori Dressing Corner for Your Child from Montessori on a Budget

Tips for Teaching a Child Dressing Skills from Your Therapy Source

Care of Self Activity (Photo from Montessori ici)

Care of Self Activity (Photo from Montessori ici)

A Morning at the Salon or a Care of Self Activity from Montessori ici

Care of Self – The Montessori Way from Montessori ici

25 Life Skills to Teach at an Early Age (includes a number of care-of-self skills) from In Lieu of Preschool

Kids Cutting (Photo from How We Montessori)

Kids Cutting (Photo from How We Montessori)

Montessori-Inspired Food Preparation for Preschoolers (my roundup post) Photo from How We Montessori

How to Practice Montessori Curriculum at Home – Care of Self by Andrea Coventry at Yahoo Voices

Basic Hygiene Your Children Should Know from Fridays Child Montessori

Care of the Person presentations from Montessori Primary Guide

Care of Person presentations from Montessori Commons

Care of Person presentations from Shu-Chen Jenny Yen’s On-Line Montessori Albums

Home Environments That Encourage Independence and Care of Self

Montessori Toddler Closet (Photo from Vibrant Wanderings)

Montessori Toddler Closet (Photo from Vibrant Wanderings)

How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home (my roundup post with links to lots of Montessori-friendly environments that encourage independence and care of self) ~ Photo from Vibrant Wanderings

How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home (my post with ideas for helping your child work independently)

Pinterest - Montessori-Friendly Home

Montessori-Friendly Home Pinterest Board

Have you set up any special activities or areas for care of self in your home?

Linked with Discover and Explore: Life Skills

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting with the theme “Kids and Personal Care” hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children’s personal care choices.

Visit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants.

  • Holistic Care of your Toddler’s Teeth — Erica at ChildOrganics tells a tale of her children’s teeth issues and how she uses homeopathy and good nutrition to keep cavities at bay.
  • Bath Time Bliss : Fuss-Free Bath Time for Toddlers — Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares how she has made bath time completely fuss free for both her and her toddler.
  • Homemade Natural ToothpasteCity Kids Homeschooling hosts a guest post on a homemade natural toothpaste recipe that kids will love!
  • Bathing Strike StrategiesCrunchy Con Mommy offers her best tips for keeping your little ones clean when they refuse to bathe.
  • Bodily Autonomy and Personal Hygeine — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses the importance of supporting a child’s bodily autonomy in the prevention of abuse.
  • A Tub Full of Kiddos! — Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment has kiddos who love the water, so bathtime is a favorite evening activity!
  • The Trials of Tidying My Toddler — Adrienne at Mommying My Way shares the difficulties she has with getting her on-the-go son to be still enough to get clean.
  • Wiped Clean — Laura at Pug in the Kitchen shares her recipe for homemade diaper wipe solution to clean those sweet little cloth diapered bottoms in her home!
  • Snug in a Towel: Embracing Personal Grooming — Personal care is time consuming,especially with more than one child; but the mama at Our Muddy Boots is learning to embrace this fleeting and needful time.
  • EC: All or Nothing? — Elimination Communication. Even the title sounds complicated and time consuming. It doesn’t have to, if you adapt it to meet your family’s needs, says Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy.
  • Routine Battles — In a guest post at Anktangle, Jorje of Momma Jorje outlines a simple incentive to help inspire your little one to follow a routine.
  • Redefining Beauty For My Daughter — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger relays her struggle to define her own femininity and how her preschooler unexpectedly taught her a lesson in true beauty.
  • Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Girls In The Tub — Chrystal at Happy Mothering shares how she turns bath time into a few minutes of peace and quiet.
  • Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now has a roundup of Montessori-inspired activities for care of self and ideas for home environments that encourage independence.
  • 10 Gentle Tips for Little Ones Who Hate the Bath — Kim at life-is-learning gives 10 tips to get your little one into the bath and maybe even enjoying it.
  • The Boy With The Long Hair — Liam at In The Now discusses his son’s grooming choices.
  • Personal Care in a Montessori Home — Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings shares a summary of the ways she has organized her family’s home to make for easy, Montessori-inspired toddler personal care.
  • Styling Kids — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is letting her kids decide what to look like.
  • Clean Kids: Laundry and Bath Tips — Kimberly at Homeschooling in Nova Scotia shares tips on how to get your children helping with laundry plus recipes for laundry and liquid soap.
  • How to Clean Your Children Naturally: A Tutorial — Erika at Cinco de Mommy shows you how to clean your children.
  • Cleaniliness is next to… dirt — The lapse-prone eco-mom (Kenna at Million Tiny Things) sometimes forgets to bathe the kids. Except in the mud pit.


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