Adding a child-appropriate “food preparation” area in the kitchen is an easy way to bring Montessori into your home. This is a simple step towards making your home more “Montessori friendly”, and extremely practical to your family’s every day routine. A food preparation area can include anything from a small cabinet with a few simple kitchen utensils, plates, cups, etc. (keeping the tools within reach of your small child), all the way to a step stool in front of the sink. Preparing and serving food is a natural way for children to experience community. It teaches them that this is meaningful work, that there is a purpose in what they are doing; a true exercise in Practical Life.
Try to include your children in food preparation, if at all possible. Although it may seem like “work” to us adults, for them, it is a chance to work alongside mommy and daddy, to do what they do, learning that their work is valued and enjoyable.
I would encourage all parents to preview http://www.montessoriservices.com/practical-life/food-preparation for tips and tools on how to incorporate food prep. in your home. Or, get more great ideas by visiting our HBMH Pinterest Page, “Food Preparation” at http://www.pinterest.com/hbmh/food-preparation/.