Practical Life Four

kitchen table work

Originally uploaded by nonsonoitaliana

Just ignore that the knife is way too big to be useful (and she doesn’t really try to use it anyway, despite how the photo looks), and other little details, please.

And focus on how Molly is involved in the preparation of her lunch. and her snack. and her dinner. We have been doing a lot of vegetable and fruit cutting on her table. That is, I do the cutting and she watches, tastes, mixes up the refuse and the cut veg, carries off apples and cries when she gets onion in her eye.

This is a guaranteed pleaser, bound to keep Molly engaged and pleasant for as long as I can make it last. It drives her mad when I prepare food on the counter because she can’t see, touch, help.

And do please also notice the beautiful apron I made her, thanks to the wonderful tutorial by Sew Liberated, aka Montessori By Hand. I’m a little obsessed by the apron, and am working on another, with plans for one for myself, same fabric, different pattern.

And on that note, I think I’ll take a break from practical life posts!


3 Responses to “Practical Life Four”

  1. anna Says:

    How cute is the nickname Molly? How did it develop? Is she called that by her Italian relatives as well?

  2. alix Travis Says:

    Reminds me that when you were three and first in Children’s House nursery school. At an early parent/teacher conference the teachers expressed amazement that you knew the name of a collander. You were the only child in the class that knew what it was called and how it was used. It seems so obvious, doesn’t it, that little toddlers mimic their caregivers. Are the caregivers seldom doing food preparation?


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