Potty Learning Tips

Potty Learning Tips

Hey everyone! We are back from winter break and many student in our little community used the break to do some potty learning. Potty learning is naturally a huge area of question for parents and caregivers. So, we thought anyone who is embarking upon this adventure might appreciate some encouragement, and maybe a little advice.

First, you will want to look for signs of readiness. You’ll want to ask yourself, is my child:
1. Demonstrating increased language skills.
2. Beginning to imitate my behavior.
3. Beginning to urinate and have bowel movements at predictable times.
4. Becoming more aware of his or her body and/or asking to be changed.
5. Showing signs that they are about to urinate and/or have a bowel movement (facial expressions, hides behind sofa, etc.)
6. Wanting to get dressed and undressed all by himself/herself.

7. Saying things like, “I do it!”
8. Staying dry longer and/or through nap
9. Showing interest in the potty or “big-kid” underwear.


If your answer is yes to a majority of these questions, then it is probably time to start! Here are some tips that will hopefully make this time a little more simple and enjoyable.
1. Attempt to change your child standing up. Encourage their participation in getting dressed. (Ex. pulling up their own pants)
2. If your child shows interest in the potty, have them sit and “practice” without expectations of a specific result.
3. Buy multiple special potties (you’ll want one in the bathroom, and at least one more to carry from room to room with you, we also recommend one for the car) and/or a special stool which will help them feel more stable on the “big potty”.
4. Create a routine which includes hand washing with a song. Many parents have their child sit just before bath time at night, or in the morning upon waking.
5. Make potty time fun and relaxing; read stories or sing songs with your child.
6. When your child has bowel movements, have the child assist you in dumping the BM in the potty and practice flushing.
7. Remain calm, positive, and encouraging. Give big cheers when they go in the potty and a calm response when they go in their pants (“Oh, I see you had a pee in your pants, no big deal).

Remember, much like most things in life, potty learning is about the process more than the outcome. Be willing to let go of your expectations as you guide your child through this milestone.

Looking for some books you can read to you children? Here are some that we recommend.
“Everyone Poops” by Taro Gomi
“The Potty Book for Girls/The Potty Book for Boys” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
“A Potty for Me” by Karen Katz
“My Big Boy Potty” by Joanna Cole
“Once Upon a Potty for Girls/Boys” by Alona Frankel
“Big Girls/Big Boys Use the Potty” by Andrea Pinnington
“Even Firefighters Go to the Potty” by Wendy Wax, Naomi Wax, Stephen Gilpin

What about some books for me, you say? Here you go!
“Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way” by T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua D. Sparrow
“Oh, Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki

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Meal Prep at Home

Do you have a little kitchen your child has out grown?

I have transformed this little play kitchen into a small “real” kitchen for my kiddo.

It features: 
* a water dispenser with cups and glasses
*food items she can get to when she needs a snack
*plates, napkins and silverware
*egg crushing activity (this consists of used and cleaned egg shells, a mortar & pestle, a jar she can keep the crushed shells in to be put in the garden as excellent fertilizer)
*an apron

**You can change the food items and activities out as needed

She now uses this station multiple times a day! She loves getting water for everyone at dinner, helping set the table and preparing her self a snack throughout the day.

I can feel her joy as she independently takes care of some of her basic needs (and of course asks for help when she needs it).

This is the point of creating a “prepared environment”- where the child feels that they are a part of the family community, can contribute and can be self-reliant in a grown up world.

How have you transformed your child’s play kitchen??

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Summer Camp 2017


Summer Camp 2017

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, August 10


Summer camp registration is now open for current and former HHMS students and their siblings; serving ages two to six on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp curriculum is designed to complement the Montessori classroom and the grace and courtesy lessons with additional games, arts and crafts projects, nature walks, special guests, and water day every Thursday!

Camp registration is for the entire 5 weeks. There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.  Spaces are limited; sign up now!


Summer Camp Dates: Tuition:
Monday, July 10 –  Thursday, August 10 $1000.00


Summer Camp tuition is due May 1, 2017. You may pay half on June 1st and the other half on the first day of camp. Tuition must be paid-in-full by the first day of camp and is non-refundable at that time.

Fill Out Registration Form Here

 Talitha Green, M.Ed., AMI, RYT

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Helping Hands Summer Camp 2016

Helping Hands Summer Camp 2016
3300 Laguna Dr. Austin, TX. 78741
Call today to reserve your child’s spot!

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm

Serving ages 18 mo. – 4 years (can make exceptions)

$100.00 non-refundable deposit due no later than MARCH 1, 2016 to hold your child’s spot.

8 spots available- first come/first serve basis. 5% sibling discount. All payments due on the first day of camp.
Must wear appropriate shoes and clothing; sunscreen, bug spray, etc.

Some of the many things your campers will enjoy are: Indoor/outdoor activities, Thursday Water DAY, Art projects, Nature walks, Montessori lessons, Grace and Courtesy and lots of FUN!

MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:00am-1:00pm

SESSION I – JUNE 27-JULY 7 (no camp on July 4) $350.00

SESSION II – JULY 11-JULY 21 $400.00

SESSION III – JULY 25 – AUG 12 $600.00

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