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I'm always in awe of all of those cute practical life kitchen sets that are in Montessori classrooms. They're the perfect height for kiddos. The sink is equipped with running water. Practical Life activities in the kitchen are some of my very favorites.
As a homeschooling family, we don't have the funds or the room to put in our own Montessori kitchen. Last year we used dish basins, on trays, but they were too heavy for the kiddos to move around and made a mess in our carpeted classroom. As I was watching a fabulous Montessori video last week, I was inspired!
This is our new Montessori Kitchen!
About three years ago, I said goodbye to all of our extra plates, bowls, and cups. Each person in the house has a color coded matching set. This has cut down tremendously on dish washing tasks. (We don't have a dishwasher.)
Once dishes are taken care of, the kiddos use their washcloth to wipe down their chair and spot at the table. They finish their kitchen tasks by sweeping up any crumbs and fallen food under their chair. All of them do this so well after only a year of Montessori in the classroom!
I never realized how easy it would be to change my kitchen into a place where the kiddos were helping and not making things more difficult during meal prep and clean up. All of us are enjoying the new arrangement! I can't wait to make alterations to other rooms in our home!