"I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within."
— Rumi (via selenemooneffe)
"Montessori observed that young children are highly motivated to become independent and do things for themselves. They eagerly respond to the chance to practice and master life skills. Children have an inner sense of urgency to become independent, functional people. They want to learn to use their bodies and minds, do practical life tasks by themselves, learn about numbers and words, and understand their world. All their activities are a reaching out to create people who are prepared to take their place in life. One child famously asked Montessori to “Help me do it myself."
-Montessori at home
I’ve never been a fan of Montessori at all, and I’m still not. But I do let Terry do as many things for himself as he can, and this makes him happy. He’s very independent. He also helps me with all kinds of chores/tasks.
I couldn’t get him to stop getting into the trash or the fridge until I started having him put groceries away & throw diapers away. Now he doesn’t get into them until it’s appropriate & necessary. He just wants to do all the stuff he sees me do.