Friday, June 1, 2012

Polishing Up

This is a typical activity you would find in any Montessori 3-6 classroom, and at our house as well.  O polished some silver pinch bowls we have with a q-tip and toothpaste (the store bought, not mine).  It is more about the process and the child being a productive part of the family unit than the actual results of the product.  An additional perk for me is this kept her focused at the counter for a solid 15 minutes which allowed me to get a few things done.  It is important to me that O can work on these projects with out me hanging around correcting, interrupting (after I started taking photos she politely asked me to 'turn off the light'--ie the flash or to 'give her quiet calm' so she could focus), or intruding on the process for her.  Other than when I am giving her a 3-part lesson, I usually give her the activity, with directions in the form of me doing one or two examples (I don't tell her how to do it, I show her).  Then I leave her alone.  When she has completed the task she shows me and then she cleans up and we choose a new activity.  
I am so glad I started this process when she was young (around 15 months) because I need those 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there to make lunch and do chores and have some devotional time.  With F being gone, I don't have the evening 'here you take her for a few minutes so I can get X done' that I used to have.  

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