Care of the Environment in My Family
I was lucky. I taught both of my now-adult kids to help take care of our home environment from the time they were toddlers. And it stuck. We didn’t have chores because they simply helped care for our home.
It certainly helped that my kids liked to have clean rooms and live in a clean house. But I know that the Montessori lessons they received as toddlers and preschoolers had a big influence on their appreciation of order, cleanliness, and work in general. It also helped that my children had access to real, child-sized cleaning tools as toddlers and preschoolers.
Montessori-Inspired Sweeping Activities
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Today, I want to share some Montessori-inspired sweeping activities from around the blogosphere. Sweeping activities are wonderful to use as some of the first practical life activities children will work on to develop skills in taking care of the environment.
Montessori Sweeping Presentation from Info Montessori
Sweeping the Floor Presentation from Montessori Commons
Sweeping Presentation from Shu-Chen Jenny Yen’s On-Line Montessori Albums
Sweeping with a Long Broom, Care of Carpeted Areas, and Care of the Carpet Sweeper from Montessori World
Sweeping Stars from Counting Coconuts
Sweeping and Dusting Lessons: care for the environment exercises in the Montessori preschool from Montessori Discoveries
The Sweeping Square from The Montessori Motherload
Montessori Activity: Sweeping with Brush and Dustpan from Family FECS
Sweeping Beans from My Montessori Journey
Sweeping Tray from Rockabye Butterfly
Sweeping Snow Crinkle Paper into a Dustpan from Discovery Kidzone Discovery Adventures
Sweeping with a Broom While Using a Dustpan from The Work Plan
Practical Life at Sixteen Months – Sweeping and Using the Dustpan from How We Montessori
Sweeping from How We Montessori
Creating a Cleaning Station from How We Montessori
Practical Life: Sweeping the Floor from Montessori at Home
Montessori at Home from Trillium Montessori
Sweep Away, My Son from Our Montessori Home
Teaching Kids to Sweep from Mommy Life
Activity of the Day – Sweeping and Using Dustpan and Brush from Montessori Life as We Know It
New Practical Life Activity from Our Montessori Story
Practical Life, including sweeping activities from Just Montessori
Montessori Sweeping with a Twist from Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Sweeping Materials and Activities available for purchase from Montessori Services
Have you used any Montessori-inspired sweeping activities with your child/ren?
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
- Seven Tips for Decluttering with Your Clutterbug — Do you have a child with hoarder tendencies? Help them declutter before the Legos and stuffed animals take over your home. Charlie of Three Blind Wives, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, offers some expert advice.
- Chores, Chores, Chores — Life Breath Present talks about how her family divides chores, and how Baby Boy joins in to keep their home clean and running smoothly.
- Of Toddlers & Housework — Holly at Leaves of Lavender talks about some of the ways she lets her not-quite-3-year-old son help out around the house.
- Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores — Dionna at Code Name: Mama realized recently that she often feel resentful when she carries more than her share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, she brought a laundry basket upstairs and had the kids start folding. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for her kids.
- The 4-Day Laundry Plan — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook doesn’t machine-dry all of her cloth diapers, but she stays sane while also working full-time outside the home. She’s sharing her tips!
- Chores Don’t Have To Be Drudgery — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses how she gets the whole family motivated in the daily care and maintenance of maintaining a home. After all, chores do not have to be drudgery.
- Morning Chores and Weekly Chores — Kellie at Our Mindful Life can get anything done, so long as she gets her morning chores – and her weekly chores – done!
- A place for everything and everything in its place — Make it easy to tidy up by having just enough stuff for the space you have. Lauren at Hobo Mama talks about this goal in her own home and gives tips on how to achieve it in yours.
- Cleaning With Essential Oils — What essential oils could add a boost to your cleaning routine? That Mama Gretchen has a round up of what you might like to consider!
- Montessori-Inspired Sweeping Activities — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells how her children helped keep their house clean and shares ideas for Montessori-inspired sweeping activities.
- 9 Natural Cleaning Recipes for New Mamas — Dionna of Code Name: Mama, guest posting at Mama & Baby Love, shares recipes for safer, natural homemade cleaners that parents can make with ingredients they trust. Leave a comment on the post for a chance to win a copy of Homemade Cleaners – a book packed with tons of natural cleaner recipes!
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