"If houses suitable for children do not exist, then let us build them. If articles suitable for children are not being made, let us get them made." Dr. Montessori
Sunday, May 30, 2010
A Montessori baby gets a little older.........
We've been sent some new pictures from S.'s Mom.
This first picture is something that many of us have been discussing. Once the child is able to move by himself that is exactly what he will do.....especially at nap time! I'm not sure what the solution is but I'll do some more reading and ask a few questions and discuss what I find in a future post.
This next photo is of S. in his high chair. The initial cost of these chairs is quite high but the investment is worth it because the chair grows with the child. The beauty of this type of high chair is that it allows the child to be pulled right up to the table facilitating more participation in family life.
Lastly, here is a picture of M. banging on a tambourine. This sort of activity is essential to the development of a young child. Not only is he refining his fine and gross motor skills while making that lovely sound, he is also developing his sense of rhythm and, if Mom and Dad join in, is discovering how much fun music can be.
Note the cushions behind him. If he falls over, he won't hurt himself but, more importantly, they don't hem him in. Watching a child learning how to move (and they do this from birth) and then bunging him into a playpen the minute he can get himself from room to room throws up huge obstacles in his developmental path and can be immensely frustrating to that young child. Now before I sound too holier-than-thou, I tried a play pen with my oldest thinking it would help me in some of the household chores. Wrong! He was so upset that I soon abandoned the thing and did any chores with him in a sling or backpack. When he was older, he was usually right beside me helping.