Sunday, 28 June 2009

Summing up 19 month practical life

This is my last 19 month post so I thought I'd just sum up all of the things L can now do so I can look back on them as each month passes.

  • Using the potty. Yeah only a few accidents in the last week and she will go to the bathroom by herself a lot of the time.
  • learning to pull her underwear down on her own
  • brushes own teeth and washes hands (needs help with the taps)
  • puts her dirty clothes in the washing basket
  • puts the laundry into the washing machine
  • finds rubbish and puts it in the bin
  • waters the plants
  • sweeps with broom, dust pan and brush (doesn't quite understand the whole concept yet)
  • eats all snacks and meals (except diner) at her table
  • sets and clears her own table (with some reminding)
  • pours own water from a jug and drinks from a glass (still messing about with the water)
  • pushes her chair in (needs reminding most of the time)
  • wipes table and chairs with sponge (not all the time)
  • puts her own clean dishes away in the cupboard

Wow when I look at it all written out it seems like a lot. I'm proud of my little munchkin!

Some things I would like to work on next month are:

  • helping to put her clean clothes away
  • helping to match the socks (I've tried this before and she's not at all interested)
  • cleaning the window in the living room
  • starting to dress herself ( she can partially put on her pants and underwear and sometimes her shoes if she feels like it)
  • dusting (she does like to do this but of course I also have to actually dust to show her how to do it which may be a problem!)

If anyone has any other suggestions of things they've done with their 20 month olds I would love to hear them. I'd also love to hear any stories on how they've overcome the challenge of a toddler's "will" : )


Anonymous said...

Wow, I just got your comment on my blog. That is so HARD to believe! You were from Manitoba! I can not even seem to find many Montessorians in Canada, never mind from Manitoba!
What do you do in the UK?
Your blog is very nice, I have enjoyed looking through it.
I would love to get to know you more. If you want you can e-mail me at and we can share ideas etc!
Take care!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and to answer your question, my daughter with the unique birthday theme idea will be turning 4 later in Fall (so I have a bit of time to come up with ideas).
We also have another daughter who is 11 months.
How about you? How old is your daughter?

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