After my kids were born I looked at them with a crinkled brow--will they join us on our wild ride through life--or will they somehow, instinctively (nature not nurture) be super orderly and organized. Hmmmm.
When we sort of fell into Montessori education and the girls' school, we both smiled. This was the perfect solution. Montessori is all about the "prepared environment". The classrooms are incredibly organized in a specific manner that allows the children to learn in a self-directed way. The pace is peacful and focused. I saw my kids grow to quickly to seek ways in which they can be independent and to create order in chaos. Perfect.
Well, despite my natural tendancies, I find myself from time to time creating environments which are Montessori influenced. A low shelf of children's dishes. A pitcher for milk so they can pour their own. A limited selection of toys and games on a shelf, encouraging them to use one thing at a time and place it back when they are done. Another glance might just show an attractive and organized situation. Either way, I am thankful that our family has had the opportunity to be influenced by this.
|A cup and 1/2 of oat groats, coarsly ground|