HOW TO CREATE A MONTESSORI SELF-CARE STATION
Many Montessori benefits come from letting children explore in a self-directed way that prioritizes sensory exploration. For this reason, a Montessori self-care station is so important. Creating independence in everyday tasks is key to seeing these Montessori benefits in your toddler.
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Similiar to a self-help station a self-care station acts as a way for your toddler to gain independence by starting to take care of themselves. You can use this station in the bathroom or in their bedroom whichever suits your needs the most.
Here are some ways a self-care station can help:
- Encouraging independence.
- Adapting a routine.
- Learn to wash hands.
- Learning to brush teeth.
- Grooming themselves.
- Learn to dress themselves
When you are ready to create your toddler’s Montessori self-care station you will want to have certain items available to your child. While these items may differ from home to home these are the most basic self-care items your toddler will use.
Creating a Montessori Self-Care Station
ACCESS TO HAIRBRUSH/COMB
ACCESS TO TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE
A MIRROR AT EYE LEVEL
A STOOL TO REACH THE SINK IF NECESSARY
Your child is not expected to be able to use all these items without assistance. They will need your help until they have mastered each skill. Practicing and making this a part of your everyday routine will allow your child to become independent in self-care much quicker. They will gain a strong sense of pride from being able to complete these tasks on their own.
Here are a few examples of beautiful self-care stations from Montessori parents on Instagram:
PHOTO CREDIT: Shannon Tredrea www.instagram.com/shaneliseee/
PHOTO CREDIT: www.instagram.com/akara88/
PHOTO CREDIT: Sabrina www.instagram.com/wunschkind_herzkind_nervkind/
If you would like to learn more about Montessori practical life skills check out 7 Ways To Practice Practical Life Skills In The Kitchen by clicking here.
Are you thinking about creating a Montessori self-care station? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment in the section below and let me know what you are planning!