Thanks for joining our day here on Mama's Happy Hive. We have fun with our Montessori routine and love the floor bed at this fun age of 16 months. I hope you can find some inspiration for a routine in your home.
Little Bee's day starts around 6:30 am. He wakes up happy and scampers off his floor bed to play with his educational toys displayed on his Montessori shelves. This morning I found Little Bee playing with his shape house and a fun "slide-out the pages" book. He is developing his fine motor skills with both of these activities. Little Bee entertains himself in the mornings by playing with his displayed educational toys for at least 30 minutes. This allows mommy and daddy some wake-up time.
Little Bee can climb up and down the stairs on his own. He likes to have his independence and doesn't want to be carried. He wakes up hungry and knows where the food is located. He makes a beeline for the fridge! 🙂
Our breakfast routine starts around 7:30 am. Daddy makes us eggs every morning. Little Bee LOVES his eggs and toast. In the first picture, Little Bee says his prayers and in the second picture he is making the sign for eggs. He loves to practice "stabbing" his eggs with a fork. (FYI: We are in search of a small table and chair set for Little Bee. Updates will be coming soon!)
After breakfast, we have clean-up time! Little Bee loves to help with loading the dishwasher, cleaning up his tray, and sweeping the floor.
After breakfast and clean-up time, Little Bee helps to put his clothes on for the day. He can help by putting his arms into his sleeves, picking up his legs to put into his pants, and he LOVES to help put his socks on. By about 9 am, we are ready for song and story time. The whole family participates by playing an instrument. Little Bee loves to play the cymbals while "Da-Da" plays the guitar. Da-Da prays with Little Bee before they read a Bible story. This song and story time is a big hit with Little Bee.
To learn more on how we use our worship shelves, please visit Christian Montessori Shelves.
After song & story time, Da-Da is off to work. We sing him a good-bye song and can't wait to see him come home in the evening! Little Bee likes to play with his Montessori shelves for about an hour. Some mornings Ma-Ma has a planned Montessori activity for Little Bee. View some of the activities we have done here. Around 11 am, Little Bee is tuckered out and takes a nap for a couple of hours.
Between 1:30-2 pm, Little Bee is awake and ready to eat lunch. He enjoys finger foods that allow him to eat his food independently. He loves to nibble on a corn tortilla stuffed with beans and salsa. He also has several frozen lima beans and corn pieces to munch on. He is teething, so the frozen food feels good on his sore gums. After lunch, Little Bee is off to explore. In the pictures below, Little Bee loves to play on the back deck in his sensory bin. This is a perfect summer activity and keeps him busy for hours.
All afternoon, Little Bee finds fun stuff to do all over the house. Lately, he has been practicing his walking skills while holding something in his arms. This is a new challenge for Little Bee! He also likes to hold onto an object and climb the stairs. Somehow, this carrying challenge makes it more enjoyable for Little Bee. On the nice sunny days, we take a walk to the park. Little Bee loves to play in the grass and swing on the swings.At 6 pm, we take time to eat dinner and start our bedtime routine. 6:30 pm is bath time for Little Bee. He likes to practice stacking his cups in the tub. Little Bee also has fun brushing his teeth. I have found the best way for Little Bee to actually allow me to brush his teeth is by making it fun. Little Bee thinks that if Mama gets to brush his teeth that he can also brush her teeth! And the shark requires a good tooth brushing as well!
By 7:30 pm, Little Bee is ready for night-night. I tuck him in, say our prayers, and kiss him good-night. Zzzzz....
I hope you enjoyed your visit to our Montessori day. Do you have a daily routine that works well for you and your little one(s)? I would love to hear your stories in the comment section! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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