The Tinkerous Toddler is now three weeks into her nursery experience. She attends a group at a local Montessori School for a couple of hours per day, twice a week.
It took a lot of reading up and a lot of visiting nurseries to decide that a Montessori environment felt right for her. So I thought I’d post updates as we go along, for anyone else thinking of trying out Montessori for their child.
In case you aren’t quite sure what Montessori is all about, take a look at this explanation of the Montessori environment for babies and toddlers on MariaMontessori.com. The great news for us so far is that I can already see it having a positive influence on the Tinkerous Toddler.
For example, she is starting to discover the joy of autonomy. Even though one of her favourite phrases is “I can do it”, until now she’s been reluctant to actually be on her own for any length of time. By that I mean play on her own whilst I am around, not that I try to leave her home alone whilst I nip to the pub for a swift half! So I have really welcomed this change. Autonomy is a beautiful thing. Being happy to spend time on your own and being able to amuse yourself are both powerful life skills in my book.
I can also see a difference in how she is engaging with her toys and activities. It’s like the experiences at nursery have caused a whole new bunch of neurons to spring into action and start connecting. She is increasingly thirsty for knowledge and increasingly willing to spend time figuring things out for herself.
I guess this could simply be a stage in her development that was going to happen anyway, two-year olds are highly inquisitive beings after all. But it is the speed with which things have altered that makes me feel it is thanks to Montessori.
So, the Tinkerous Toddler is off to a positive start. I’ll keep you posted on developments. If you have any questions, just give me a shout.
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