My daughter just turned two! When I think about it, I’m amazed by how much she can already do. This isn’t JUST a shameless mom-bragging-about-her-baby post. I somewhat recently came across a Montessori list of things that kids should be able to do at different ages. As a trained teacher, I know all too well that every child grows and develops at a different pace. But I also know that a child can’t learn something she isn’t taught. There are some things on that Montessori list that my daughter can already do easy-peasy, and some things she’s just in the beginning stages of grasping. There are other things that I wouldn’t have even thought about having her try to do independently. And that got me thinking,
“Are there other things I can be working with my daughter on to help her continue to develop toward independence?”
Bear with me as I take a moment to indulge in some bragging rights over my now-two-year-old. (After all, what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t talk up my daughter?) And then I’d like your input.
The Montessori chore list I referred to is broken up ages 2-3, 4-5, and so on. I was pleased to see that Pooky could already perform everything on the 2-3 list except “fold washcloths”, “dust baseboards”, and “carry firewood” (never would have thought of that and it would rarely be necessary in this day and age).
I was also excited to see that my daughter could do some of the things on the 4-5 yr old list such as feeding the pets, sorting clean silverware, and wiping up spills. She can even do one thing from the 6-7 yr old list! “Changing toilet paper roll.” (To be fair, there’s no unscrewing involved; it’s just a matter of sliding the roll on or off.)
Pooky can also do some things that aren’t mentioned on the list such as using a dust pan and hand broom. And she “cleans” the windows (with a baby wipe) after drawing on them with her window crayons.
The Montessori list has given me some ideas of things to work on next with my daughter such as making her bed, dusting, and helping to fix her snacks. (She’s already working on peeling her oranges and gets the jelly and her milk out of the fridge.)
But what else can she work on that I haven’t thought of? I, of course, don’t want to push her beyond what she’s ready for, but she’s in the stage where she’s watching everything I do, and wants to help. What does your toddler do that I can teach mine to do?
Here’s where I’m linking up.