Turnips for Toddler Food Preparation

by Minaxi Punjabi, Toddler Guide Preparing a snack of baked turnips helps toddlers acquire a taste for a variety of flavors and develop nutritious farm-to-table eating habits. On our classroom shelves today, we had boiled turnips, green onions, red sweet peppers, garlic for peeling and chopping, and some olive oil with Braggs amino’s stirred in for basting and some black pepper ground with a hand-grinder. The toddlers came into the classroom and […]

Freedom v. “Free-for-all”

Recently Fiore parents participated in hands-on, activity based workshops designed to help them experience the perils of freedom without any structure. Toddler parents discussed that just as limits or rules are necessary in a free society in order for everyone to cohabitate respectfully, some boundaries are necessary for children to be successful in our classroom communities. The order and organization is well planned and always involves setting up the physical space in a […]

Managing Interruptions

Children can learn from a very young age how to wait their turn when others are talking.  From a Montessori perspective, this is a lesson of Grace and Courtesy.  In the classroom, we demonstrate to young children that it’s important to wait their turn and let others finish before talking.  We show the child how to signify that they would like to talk without actually interrupting those who are talking. […]

How to Avoid Using Food As Reward or Punishment

Promising or withholding dessert is not an uncommon parenting technique, and while it has the likelihood to work in the immediate circumstances, it will also likely send a long-term detrimental message to your child. First, let’s look at “bribing” children for behavior in general (giving them something for doing something).  When children are rewarded extrinsically for good behavior, they learn to expect rewards for that good behavior.  In other words, […]

Ways To Communicate With Your Child

The purpose of communication is to coordinate action and build trust in the process. When we apply this to the child, unless our communication accomplishes both (communicating the action clearly and building trust with the child), its purpose is incomplete and outcomes may be unintended. Studies have reported that the average one-year-old child hears the word “no” more than 400 times a day! One study estimates that the average child […]

When Your Child Doesn’t Want To Go To School…

At some point during the school year, many children make the same complaint: “I don’t want to go to school today.”  It may start at the beginning of the year, it may start during the middle of the year, or it may happen at different intervals throughout the year.  Children may show school refusal by not wanting to leave parents, complain of sickness, or struggle following a morning routine.  Usually, […]

Social Development: Conflict Resolution

Both peer and sibling relationships can be fraught with situations of conflict.  As stated earlier, this is usually a result of emerging and developing skills of conflict resolution, socialization, and language expression, which children have not yet learned how to use  when solving problems.  Dealing with aggression, hitting, arguing, yelling, and general frustration is as much about modeling appropriate behavior as it is about giving children conflict resolution skills.  When […]

Social Development: Sibling Relationships

For many children, the first social relationship they develop is with a brother or sister.  The sibling relationship is likely to last longer than any other relationship in one’s lifetime and plays an integral part in the lives of families.  Siblings have a tremendous positive impact upon each other’s development of socialization.  Characteristically, unlike many tentative peer relationships, sibling interactions are emotionally charged relationships defined by strong, uninhibited emotions (of […]

Grace and Courtesy: Modeling Social Behaviors

In the Montessori classroom, Grace and Courtesy lessons are a continuous part of the curriculum.  These lessons encourage the children to become aware and mindful of what they are doing in the classroom.  For example, the child may say “I am closing the door quietly” or “I am walking slowly in the classroom.”  We give these lessons by showing children step by step how to handle social behaviors for the […]

Social Development: Making Friends

        During the toddler age, friendships develop in a more parallel manner than directly.  Children at this age may be drawn to certain children, but play occurs more “side by side.”  Children at this age are less concerned with who wants to play with them, so much as they want to join in the activity.  For example, you may see a group of older children running around […]