Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery: Construction

A much beloved cousin passed down a handful of construction and construction vehicle books to Eli recently, and they have been the number one requested reading material ever since. I had a strong inkling Eli would enjoy discovering aspects of construction a bit deeper, so I pulled together a shelf devoted to this topic. At … [Read more…]

Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery: In the Garden

My grandfather had a large vegetable garden in his backyard, and throughout my childhood, I have the fondest memories of helping him in his garden: gathering spinach for the dinner salad, pulling carrots to leave for the Easter bunny, and picking flowers to arrange for the kitchen table.  Although I often come to terms with … [Read more…]

Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery: Primary Colors

Eli, now 19 months old, just recently started to color sort without any prompting or encouragement. He simply walked over to his primary color rings and rods (more on this material later) and matched the rings to their corresponding rods. Because this was clearly a new developing skill, I wanted to provide more invitations to … [Read more…]