5 Stay at Home Mom Hacks + Montessori for Mom Life I Hill Country Homestead Texas
A lot of the ‘Montessori Method’ is giving kids a lesson, making the tools they need readily available to them, and standing back to see what happens. With just a bit of Montessori mindset the night before, the child’s environment can be fully prepared, which historically leads to a more peaceful morning. A true mom or parent hack can range from funny songs, the right stroller or great toy organization. In an effort to keep things basic and minimal (although we love songs and strollers), here are 5 hacks to make your morning look a little more Montessori and hopefully, a more peaceful community.
1. Have at least 3 lessons planned out the night before. If it was a really busy night, always have ready to go activities (music basket, egg collecting or nature collecting basket, counting exercise, or sound book) so if there is no prep time, at least 3 lessons can be executed regularly.
2. Have two small snack plates, two small cups and a small pitcher clean and ready to go the night before. Serving snack and pouring water is a great distraction from morning work or morning meltdowns. When things start going sour around 9 am, extend an invitation to the snack table where they can re-set and refuel.
3. Always keep painting supplies ready and accessible to you. If there is a lull or slow time it’s easy and exciting activity to pull out. A pad of paper, a couple bottles of paint, various things to paint with, and let them get to it. An easel is even better.
4. Mentally and practically prepare yourself the night before to have your children help you with morning chores. Don’t finish everything so that it’s all done by the time they wake up. The Montessori Method preaches to include the child as part of the community (your home). So it’s recommended that the child should be participating in light sweeping, and dish washing, folding laundry on a daily schedule. These exercises should be done alongside of the adult guide. Giving them a little responsibility and holding them accountable for a certain level of personal cleanliness is very practical, which is why these exercises in the classroom are called ‘practical life’. We want our children to grow up and be positive, contributing members of society, right? That accountability can begin now at the youngest of ages, and they love to be given a chance to participate.
5. Instead of making the children lunch and then call for them to come eat, try letting them know at a certain time it’s time for lunch and invite and teach them to make it for themselves. Teach them to get some lunch meat, bread and cheese for a sandwich or let them spoon the macaroni onto their plate and sprinkle carrot shreds on top. Allowing them to be accountable for feeding themselves this young gives them a lot of confidence. Take some time before bed to arrange lunch items and ingredients in a simple way, easy to access and use by the child if you asked them, ‘Could you please get the milk for me’. They should be capable of carrying it to you (small pitcher or mostly empty half gallon container). Walk through the whole a process from the eyes of the child to be sure there are easy ways to access all items needed so as you are going over the list off things together, the child can confidently retrieve each item requested.