Teaching the Montessori Activity Cycle from the Start

To start, what is an activity cycle?  Simply put, it is the beginning, middle, and end to any activity; it is the entire work sequence.  There are four main attributes to the Montessori activity cycle: Choice Preparation Work Return For example, if “cooking dinner” is the activity, the cycle would be: choosing what to prepare, creating … [Read more…]

A Walk with a 12 Month Old

Every morning, Eli and I go on a walk.  With his walker wagon as support (since he is not quite walking without assistance), Eli leads, and I follow. 8:42 a.m.  We’re off! 8: 45 a.m. Eli sees a bird.  He signs “bird” and points to show me.  Ever since our bird discovery, a bird cannot … [Read more…]

Gross Motor Work at 12 Months

Babies and toddlers need to move their bodies. They are wired to explore and push their physical limits. From the very beginning, we aspired to give Eli as much free use of his body as we could by not using baby products whose purpose was to contain the baby, such as playpens, swings, and activity … [Read more…]