It is great to see Jordan starting to take more of an interest in the Montessori Practical Life area. His comfort level in the classroom is increasing and he is beginning to relish in his new found sense of independence.
I presented the screwdriving work during our Montessori circle time and he was the first child to raise his hand to indicate he was ready to go to work.
Montessori Preschool Insights and Reflections on IndependenceI called his name and he knew exactly what he wanted to do - he went straight to the shelf that housed the screwdriving work and removed it from the shelf. He worked with the activity for about 15 minutes and then carefully returned it to the shelf in the same spot he found it (without any reminder!)
Immediately after returning the screwdriving tray, he decided to try some of the pouring activities. He chose one with lentils and looked nervous about carrying the tray by himself. I stood back and simply observed the concentration on his face as he carried the tray from the shelf to a table. He was being so careful not to tilt the tray and was walking extremely slow and with intense purpose. When he reached the table, he said to one of his classmates, “I carried my tray so careful like a big teenager. Nothing spilled, not even one bean!”
It is wonderful to hear Jordan speak with such pride in his voice and so great to see him starting to busy himself with the Practical Life activities. He is still clearly more comfortable with the activities in the other areas of the Montessori classroom, but at least he is starting to choose ‘works’ from the Practical Life shelves and is doing so all by himself! I’m sure in the weeks to come, Jordan’s comfort level will increase even further.
The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. ~ Dr. Montessori
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, September 30, 2010.