Today, I’m happy to share an excerpt from Ruth Barker’s paperback book The Parenting 5: Practical and Independent Little People. Ruth is a Montessori educator from Australia who studied Child Development and Family Studies before becoming a Montessori teacher. She uses both Montessori principles and her studies of psychology in her books for parents.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Ruth’s book for review. My opinions are honest and my own.
Ruth’s book is a clear and simply written introduction to using Montessori at home. It’s unintimidating for any parent who’s interested in using Montessori principles at home.
Excerpt from The Parenting 5: Practical and Independent Little People
I’m sharing an excerpt here from Chapter 5 of The Parenting 5: Practical and Independent Little People: “Examples of Life Skills.” The excerpt is the section about life skills “in the bathroom.”
“Encouraging the children to manage their personal hygiene from around two years of age is pertinent to development. They ought to begin lessons in brushing, washing, dressing, toileting and putting their clothes in a laundry basket.
“In the bathroom and toilet organise a range of tools that the children require to complete a task as a whole.
“Provide a stool for the bathroom that can be used for washing, changing clothes and toileting, as well as baskets containing every tool required, including for fresh underwear and soiled underwear.”
The above excerpt was used with the permission of Ruth Barker.
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