“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 from How We Montessori
You’ll find another idea for a nose-wiping station (with free printable) here: Helping Hands Practical Life Activities + Free Printable from Montessori By Mom.
Fun Shoe and Coat Tricks for Toddler and Preschooler Independence (includes helpful video and poem)
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
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
Montessori-Inspired Food Preparation for Preschoolers (my roundup post)
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
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)
How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home (my post with ideas for helping your child work independently)
Have you set up any special activities or areas for care of self in your home?
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