Cooking with Infants to Pre-Schoolers

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I find cooking dinner the most stressful part of the day.  I am usually rushing so that I can feed the kids, bathe them, and have them in bed early.  And most of the time, my kids tend to be the least cooperative at this point.  I always aim for it to be their “free play” time with their blocks or legos, but it never seems to go quite as I imagine.  Lately, I have been finding ways to get them both involved with special tasks to help.  Here are some tips for moms who need to get a meal on the table.

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Layaan helping me pan fry a fish fillet.

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DIY: Montessori Number Rods

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Number rods are used for the ages of 3.5-6 years in Montessori learning.  Once children master the red rods, they move on to these.  They are ten wooden rods.  The smallest rod represents one and is usually one decimeter long building up to ten which is one meter long.  The rods alternate in red and blue colors to represent each decimeter.  They are one of the first Math lessons given to introduce a number of skills; counting, understanding the value of the number visually, associating the numeral to its value, and finally simple addition and subtraction.

DIY MONTESSORI NUMBER RODS

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Here I give you steps on how I made my own number rods.  I measured each section 3.5 inches long rather than one decimeter dividing the longest rod into ten equal parts. Continue reading

Counting with Seeds, Free Printable!

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Parks are the best place to be active, explore, and even learn!  On our last visit, we found seeds and leaves scattered all throughout the playground.  Using a large stick, I wrote the numbers 1 through 5 in Arabic into the sand.  Layaan and I collected the leaves and placed the correct amount under each number together.  She had so much fun with it, I figured we could continue the game at home using the seeds.  This is a great fall and winter activity! Continue reading