During my nursing hours I've been delving more and more into the wonders of Montessori education. I've slowly but surely been adding elements of Montessori into our daily lives, but I'm brimming with new ideas to implement soon! Many of the things I've tried have revolved around this statement from Maria Montessori:
"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
For those who are Montessori beginners like me, this quip from Daily Montessori is a great launching pad of understanding:
It is always a goal of Montessori education in the classrooms to make the child independent and be able to do things for himself. This is achieved by giving children opportunities. Opportunities to move, to dress themselves, to choose what they want to do, and to help the adults with tasks. When the children are able to do things for themselves there is an increase in their self belief, self confidence and esteem that they may carry on throughout their life.
Here's a peek at what I've implemented at home thus far ...
Dish and Silverware Drawer
In the kitchen we devoted one of the lower cabinet drawers to all of Jemma's eating things. We keep her bowls, plates, cups, bibs, wash clothes, and silverware in it. She knows when meal time begins that she gets to choose what she eats from. She also helps unload the dishwasher and does a fine job stacking all her things in the proper place!
Jem is still on the little side to be able to climb in and out of bed by herself. So, I added a little step stool so she can launch herself into bed on her own. She's quite the pro now! Next up is adding one at the bathroom sink so she can continue to practice washing hands.
The bath bin was born out of my frustration. Girlfriend has too many bath toys and it seemed like I was always climbing into the bath for some quiet time alongside a tugboat and octopus! Now, after Jemma finishes her bath, she is responsible for gathering all her toys, dumping out the water, putting them in the bin, and putting the bin back under the sink. Oh the beauty of a toy free bath tub!
In the corner of the kitchen Jemma has a little table and chair with a set of drawers that she can easily slide in and out. In her drawers we keep paper, coloring pages, crayons, and stickers.
What are some of your favorite ways to help your little ones grow in their independence?
P.S. Harvesting Kale is one of my most favorite mama bloggers who shares about her Montessori journey. Check out all her ideas here! What other blogs/resources inspire you in your home education journey?