Tuesday, March 10, 2009

pizza nite

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Deep Thoughts by Maria Montessori

food prep with your child supports the ideals that Montessori encourages. Children have a natural desire for independence and an inspiration to do what you do.

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cooking is something that we do everyday and children are most happy to be part of that experience and that responsibility of feeding the family.

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Since pizza is one of ak's fave's he is naturally excited to be a part of making it.
While we were eating it, he was constantly saying, "i made that pizza dad. I made it with mama. you like it dad? its good!"

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It's also very sensory. smell, touch, tasting, seeing. the more senses involved in children at this age the deeper the learning.

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learning by doing is a philosophy that not only works for playing drums, or the primary classroom but is the same for young toddlers. preparing a meal with your toddler gives a lot of opportunities to enrich their vocabulary. they deepen their understanding better than just telling them or just presenting it to them in a book. Imagine trying to learn how to play the drums that way, by looking at pictures in a book.

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it also lends itself to both gross motor (carrying the ingredients to the table) and fine motor (separating pepperoni) practice.

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1 Comments:

Blogger L said...

I hope Akello didn't eat his pizza dough before it went into the oven like Aivy did with her banana bread. The girl licked the mixing spoon and bowl cleaned. Linh

3/11/2009 11:11 PM  

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