Keeping it real

I think it’s great to see wonderful pictures of Montessori children working and concentrating. Sometimes it looks so perfect and can be intimidating. Today I wanted to show you what work/play sometimes looks like in our house so that you realize that yes, there are plenty moments of perfection but there are also plenty wonderful moments of imperfection.

So I was folding laundry in my son’s room while he played. He has had this rainbow toy in his room since he was 3 months old and he plays with them but on this day he really engaged differently. I thought this was cool so I decided to observe and take pictures.

He really concentrated on this and tried to stack and arrange them in different ways... I was impressed.
He really concentrated on this and tried to stack and arrange them in different ways… I was impressed.
Most times when working with materials with multiple pieces, when he is done, he picks a piece or two and walks around with it till he is ready for something else. In this case, he took the orange piece and first played with his music box and then moved on the the puzzle. He put it down and then carried the puzzle to the table.  I was thinking... cool! Even though he did not take the rainbow back, at least he brought the puzzle to the table. I try not to interfere at all when I am observing otherwise before he moved on to the puzzle, I might have asked him to clean up... anyways...
Most times when working with materials with multiple pieces, when he is done, he picks a piece or two and walks around with it till he is ready for something else. In this case, he took the orange piece and first played with his music box and then moved on the puzzle. He put it down and then carried the puzzle to the table.
I was thinking… cool! Even though he did not take the rainbow back, at least he brought the puzzle to the table.
I try not to interfere at all when I am observing otherwise before he moved on to the puzzle, I might have asked him to clean up… anyways…
He then picked it and returned it to the shelf and brought it back again... ok? Maybe he is practicing carrying it?
He then picked it and returned it to the shelf and brought it back again… ok? Maybe he is practicing carrying it?
And then this happened! He picked one of the pieces with mouth... no, he has never had a pacifier before.
And then this happened! He picked one of the pieces with mouth… no, he has never had a pacifier before.
He put the piece on the table from him mouth and picked another piece with his mouth.  Ok? Maybe he is inventing a new mouth transfer game? But no, he did not drop the second piece... He decided to walk to his closet area... I'm still watching.
He put the piece on the table from him mouth and picked another piece with his mouth.
Ok? Maybe he is inventing a new mouth transfer game? But no, he did not drop the second piece… He decided to walk to his closet area… I’m still watching.
With the piece still in his mouth, he lifts the puzzle over his head... immmmmmm!!!!
He then lifts the puzzle over his head… ummmm???!!!! There’s one piece that doesn’t fall so off course, he picks that piece with his mouth.
He then puts down the puzzle, sits and tries to fit the piece that was in his mouth. At this point I'm congratulating myself for not interfering and thinking see... He did get around to it! He actually tested all the holes... You would have missed this...
He then puts down the puzzle, sits and tries to fit the piece that was in his mouth.
At this point I’m congratulating myself for not interfering and thinking see… He did get around to it! He actually tested all the holes… You would have missed this…
He fit it in correctly and picked another one... Yay! Work... but No! He decides they are cymbals
He fit it in correctly and picked another one…
Yay! Work… but No!
He decides they are cymbals
And proceeds to dance around the room :)
And proceeds to dance around the room 🙂

 

I hope you found it as funny and comforting as I did.

Live a Good Life!

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7 thoughts on “Keeping it real

  1. Such a young and developing young man. Am glad you did not kick into your mommy clean up mood. Happy to see a very independent child. Mommy I can do it let me figure it out. He’s so adorable 🙂

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