Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to add warmth to your home? Plants!!!
This is also a great way to include your children in care of your home-- plant care.
Have a little caddy with a small spray bottle or plant mister, some q-tips, small flannel cloths and a small hand towel folded.
Show your child how to mist the plant, then use the q-tip, cotton ball or cloth to wipe the dust from the leaf. "Leaf cleaning" is a popular work in the Montessori classroom, and one that can be translated easily to home. You can also introduce plant watering, have a small tray, small pitcher, and some sort of "watered" symbol- I use popsicle sticks. The child feels the soil to see if the plant is dry, pours water into the pot, then places the marker/stick into the soil to show that the plant has been watered. It is a good visual cue to children to stop before watering again to check the moisture of the soil.
As the weather begins to change, you can involve your child in care of your garden, or give them their own container garden. They can choose the plants that go inside and take the ownership and responsibility to water their plants. Involve them in weeding- show them what the weeds look like and work side by side. I will never forget when I was teaching in Charlottesville, I took my group of 8 Kindergarten age children out to one of the plant beds that needed attention and they worked so hard- they were so careful to only pick the weeds, and they loved having child-sized gloved on!
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.