Montessori rules and routines are a natural part of Montessori schools. They’re very helpful in the home environment, too. You can often start to introduce some of the basic Montessori rules and routines when your toddler is between the ages of 15 and 18 months.
Introducing Basic Rules and Routines to Your Toddler
You can introduce simple routines such as taking out and using a rug for work, carrying a basket or tray, and putting work back on the shelf after using it. Demonstrate each activity for your toddler.
Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t follow all the rules and routines right away. Just demonstrate a rule or routine again at another time. This is a process even for preschoolers who are 3-5 years old, so there’s no rush for your toddler.
Here’s a YouTube video with my daughter, Christina, and my 17-month-old granddaughter (Christina’s niece), Zoey. We just allow Zoey to have fun being a toddler and gradually introduce new activities, rules, and routines.
My Family’s Favorite Clean Up Song (a song I love for toddlers and preschoolers)
Free Clean Up Songs (Tidy Up Songs) and Rhymes (lots of helpful songs for a variety of ages)
The Best Way to Teach Manners to a Toddler (simple ideas for introducing etiquette rules)
Grace and Courtesy for a New School Year (gives ideas of Montessori rules and routines – especially helpful for preschoolers in a classroom or homeschool)
Montessori Services Reviews (reviews include rugs, trays, and baskets)
Easter Egg Sound Shakers for Babies and Toddlers (pictured basket)
Have fun! 🙂
Learn more about Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy!
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