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How many times have you seen your child try something successfully (or not so successfully) after they have observed you doing the same task many times?  Our children observe us and the Montessori method teaches us how to observe them.

Montessori methods and philosophy are beautiful tools to support your family's daily life and homeschooling.  Here at Work & Play, Day by Day we are committed to helping you on that journey.   While there are many blogs describing the method and materials of Montessori, I want this to be a place that all are welcome to see it in action (the beautiful and the messy) and figure out how to best take advantage of all the approach has to offer for your family. 

It doesn't really matter where your child goes to school, how many you have, and if you know anything about Montessori.  All you need is the genuine desire to develop your child into a capable and confident human being of character.  

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I have been intermittently publishing a newsletter primarily aimed at homeschooling for the past several months.  As I have built a deeper relationship with some of these subscribers, I realized that there is a huge need for a place to talk about the more practical side of raising a family with Montessori (heck, just raising a family period!) and my recent posting along those lines has been heavily influenced by their input.  I want all of you to be a part of that.  

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Kids in the Kitchen: Tots to Tweens

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In almost 14 years of parenting, I have done a ton of cooking with my kids and now they do a lot of cooking on their own.  Some of it has been very formal and intentional in its Montessori application and other parts have been more free-form.

Keep reading for a snapshot of what those 14 years, rearranged from tots to tweens looks like in action.

Large Families Need Lockers

Entry Transformation 

 Nothing goes further towards keeping a house neat and orderly than solidly established entry/exit procedures.  The easier it is for the smallest family members to take responsibility for their own belongings in clear and well-defined spaces, the easier it is to implement said entry/exit procedures.  The entryway is an area that every family should consider setting up in a child-accessible, Montessori way.

Timelines for Family Catechesis

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 The Montessori approach to homeschooling has given me a natural appreciation for the many ways to approach learning through timelines.  As time has gone on, our use of timelines has moved more and more into family catechesis as well.  Here are some ideas to get your family started with faith-inspired timelines!

Infancy Observed and Reimagined

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Hey, Heidi has six kids AND a degree ... she's got this parenting/homeschool/teacher thing figured out by now.  Right?!  I think sometimes we need other moms to have it figured out because it gives us hope that we can figure it out too.  Today is about some honesty about just how much I don't have figured out.  How easy it is for me to loose sight of even a well-developed philosophy of parenting and family life.  But, hey...good news!  If I don't have it figured out...and you don't have it figured out...then doesn't that make us better companions on this journey?  I'm inclined to think that it does.

6 Reasons to Provide Your Children With An Accessible Water Source

Do you have a water source that is easy for your children to access?  You might think that sounds like one big headache, but I promise you nothing is further from the truth!