|Concentrated, Content and Capable Practical Life Work|
Sometimes, I chide myself for not being “more Montessori”. Other times, I reflect and realize that it is not the materials or even the exact work presented that make a home Montessori-inspired, but rather the philosophy. Then, I stop lambasting myself.
Even if our home is not as prepared an environment as it could be, it is one that fosters key elements of character that more traditional Montessori environments aid children in developing:
- a sense of reality
- an atmosphere of cooperation
- and, to a growing degree, concentration and self-discipline in our children.
For all its faults, our home is a place of opportunity where our children can be (and often are) joyful.
We model learning for our children and guide them as needed on an individual basis, allowing them to work at their own paces and encouraging them to fulfill their own potential. We try to instill habits and skills in them that will remain for a lifetime, and, although we value academic prowess, we value self-discipline, self-mastery and love of learning even more. That, and love of God and others!
As I look back at the past few weeks, I recall many moments that may not have looked traditionally Montessori, but were routed in our experience with incorporating Montessori principles into our home and home education. The one pictured at the beginning of this post was one of those.
Daddy went to work feeling cruddy and congested. I told the children he could use some soup to make him feel better when he got home. Before I knew it, three skilled helpers were chopping mushrooms, broccoli, celery and more to make a produce-packed get well soup for Daddy. And, since Daddy likes his meat, we even added some previously cooked and frozen chicken breast on top of the crock pot to defrost and then chop and mix in.
It was practical life at its best... And, the soup worked! Not only Daddy felt better the next day after having healthy servings of the soup, but even our pickiest eater willingly swallowed some of his handiwork.
How do Practical Life and Real Life come together in your home?
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