During the summer, I noticed that I was getting more and more distracted during our lessons. I was constantly thinking about household chores, new printables, researching things for our construction site [aka new home], and of course, working on so much for this blog. I knew that once I started our unofficial school year, I would have to slow down if I wanted to enjoy our activities and honestly, if I wanted to enjoy spending time with my son more. As I noticed my to do lists growing, I also noticed the amount of temper tantrums growing, too. Ya know, ‘cuz negative attention is better than none at all apparently.
However, I’ve been consciously trying to be more in the moment and pay more consistent attention to my tot. I’m putting in an effort to turn off the technology (mostly – I’ve started playing classical music during our lessons), focus on my son, and just have fun with him. I clean up the kitchen in the morning, but leave the remaining chores for after our morning homeschool session. As long as the kitchen is tidy and I don’t have a pile of dishes calling my name, I can usually manage this.
Yesterday, my 2 year old melted my heart and showed me that all of that Montessori effort we’ve been putting in has been paying off. I loved our activities so much that it’s taken the place of my normal weekly summary. What did we do? We explored nature!
We started off with a walk. I took a paper bag with us, on which I wrote ‘leaves’ in Russian.
I took no technology: No phone, no camera. We went down the street to a field that is surrounded by lovely trees and bushes, and collected some ‘specimens’ to put into our paper bag. Afterwards, we headed to a playground and went down the slide a few times before heading back home.
Once we were home, I prepared the ingredients for our work. We started making a homemade playdough!
Mr. Toddler got to make it all himself. I simply measured out the ingredients and put the tools in front of him. No instruction was necessary- he knew what to do straight away and started pouring and mixing!
After we got it at the right consistency, it was ready for exploration
After he explored the playdough for several minutes, I took away the bowl we had used to mix it, wiped the extra flour from the table, and put down a piece of baking paper to contain our mess [which worked fabulously!]. I brought a toy knife for the dough, and took out our specimens to set up our nature exploration table. Then… I sat back and watched.
Homemade playdough recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
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