Doing chores is (and should) be a tradition in a family. Children learn responsibility by doing their chores and of course, by sharing chores with the family members.
Not sure where to start and which chores to give your little ones? Don’t worry! We’re here to help and make doing chores a positive experience for all.
By giving children responsibility, they feel needed and know that they are making a contribution to the family. If children learn to help in their younger years, they will work harder later in life. Even children as young as two years old can help around the house and are more able than you think they are. They can easily use the modern gadgets, so tasks at home are simple. However, they are not born knowing everything and just like you taught them how to walk and talk, you must teach them how to do tasks that are appropriate for their age group. Don’t insist on perfection but praise them as they struggle through each job that you have assigned them.
Make a Chore Chart
Create a list of jobs for every member of the family. Hang it in a place where everyone can see and follow. Rewards can also be given to children to motivate them to do their tasks on time.
2-3 Years old
- Put toys away.
- Put clothes in hamper.
- Wipe up spills.
- Pile up magazines and books.
- Fill a pet’s water and food bowl.
4-5 years old
- All of the chores mentioned above
- Make their bed.
- Empty waste paper baskets.
- Bring in the newspaper.
- Help clean the table.
- Water flowers.
- Help unload the dishwasher.
- Wash dishes.
- Help parents prepare food.
- Be completely responsible for pet’s food and water.
6-7 years old
- Vacuum rooms.
- Mop floors.
- Fold laundry.
- Put the laundry in its respective places.
- Empty trash cans.
- Wash light load of dishes.
- Take clothes from the dryer.
- Take care of pet’s food, water, and exercise completely.
8 years old and up
- Clean kitchen.
- Clean bathroom with help.
- Help clean car.
- Tidy up drawers and cabinets.
With these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to creating a chore system for your household. We at Taylor Made School also believe that children should take care of their own belongings so we encourage them to clean up their class work and lunches. With this partnership, children learn responsibility and feel that they are members of the larger community!
Transitioning into colder weather can make it challenging to keep up with your energizing green smoothies, but as we honor the spirit of gratitude this season, we open up to the abundance of nourishing fruits, veggies, and warming spices all around us! This #beautyfood smoothie and masque will get you going and keep you warm, all while feeding your skin both inside and out.
Powerful, deep green kale is the focal point here, for its high content of both vitamin C and A, boosting collagen and promoting renewal of cells. It gives you all the vitamin K you need in a day, while boosting your body’s intake of both iron and calcium. Nutrient dense spinach and chard are added to the blend, for their variety and richness of vitamins and minerals.
We’ve added super spices ginger, cinnamon, and, for the brave, a pinch of cayenne to rev up your circulation, get your blood flowing, and energize!
Yield: 1 serving (8 ounces)
Time: 5 minutes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk | beauty fats + vitamin E
1 small organic apple, chopped | anti-aging vitamins + keeps skin clear
1 small banana | vitamin B for skin plumping + fiber
1 cup fresh spinach | antioxidants + vitamin C for collagen boosting
2 large leaves lacinato kale, chopped | vitamin A for cell renewal
2 leaves Swiss chard | Vitamins A, C. E + K for nourished and youthful skin
1” piece ginger, peeled and chopped | promotes good digestion + immune boosting
½ teaspoon cinnamon | draws oxygen to the skin
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) | detoxifying + stimulates digestion
Juice of 1/2 lemon | brightening + detoxifies
1 teaspoon stevia, or to taste | non-glycemic plant sweetener
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Pour and enjoy!
Peace is an integral part of the Montessori classroom (and the Montessori method in general). As much as peace is incorporated and encouraged at school, however, there are many things you can do at home as well.
Dr. Maria Montessori once said, “Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.”
So, here are 5 ways you can help promote peace at home:
Care for the Environment
Actively caring for the environment creates numerous learning opportunities for children. Gardening and feeding animals are both a great way to use the environment to teach children concepts of respect, responsibility, and love.
Set a Good Example
The most important way to encourage peace within our children is to set a good example of peace for them as adults. The key to doing this is; do not act in a way that you wouldn’t want your children to act. In order to teach kindness, we must be kind ourselves.
Discuss Conflict Resolution
Not only should we discuss conflict resolution openly with our children, but we should practice it. There are many different ways to go about conflict resolution. One way that has proven to be popular in Montessori, is using an object during a conflict. Whoever is holding the object gets to speak, everyone else calmy observes and listens. Role-playing situations where conflict may arise and practicing these resolution strategies will help children should they ever find themselves in similar situations.
Sitting down to read a book is a quiet, peaceful activity. There are endless topics that you can search for and some very incredibly learning opportunities through books. Not only does it promote peaceful behavior, but it also gives you more one-on-one time with your kids.
Share the Meaning of Peace
Openly sharing the meaning of peace helps each child to better understand everyone’s interpretations of “peace.” Going around the room and discussing each individual’s meaning of a peaceful environment is a great way to encourage peace and educate about handling conflict.
If you’re contemplating enrolling your child (or children) into a Montessori program, chances are you’ve done some research comparing the education method to that of traditional structure. In do your research, you’ve likely begun to understand the fundamental differences, especially when it comes to the curriculum itself. But, many people think that the two have on thing in common: the teacher is the center of the classroom. For Montessori, however, this is not the case. That’s why, today, we’ve put together 5 things Montessori teachers do differently. Continue reading “5 Things Montessori Teachers Do Differently”
Hello there, Taylor Made Friends!
September has arrived! And that means fall will be here in the blink of an eye. A lot has happened in August, so keep reading for all the updates!
New Month, New School?
The season is not the only thing changing around here. Taylor Made School of Austin is expanding to a new location!
Due to recent weather conditions in Austin, the main campus location has become flooded and unsuitable. It is currently under construction to fix those issues. But rest assured, we have found a new location off of South 1st street. More information,along with the new address, to come in the October newsletter! 🙂
No Worries! We are STILL ENROLLING students in our Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary programs. Spots are filling quickly, so don’t wait! There are also spots in our after school program, Taylor Made Kids.This is a FREE after school program, so enroll today!
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Thank you Taylor Made family! It has been a stressful month, but we couldn’t of done it without your support! 🙂
One of the biggest differences between the Montessori method and traditional education is the way the teachers actually instruct the students. In today’s blog, we’re going to explain the differences and how they impact your children. Continue reading “The Difference in Montessori Teachers”