Something I’ve always loved about the educational philosophy I studied relates to learning about the child’s ability to focus on detail.
As one of the tendencies Montessori observed was the young child’s need for order, I have noticed that most children don’t seem to object to a bit of guidance when it comes to reminding them to do certain tasks that will help them refine this ability.
For this reason, something I’m a stickler on in the classroom is tucking in chairs!
Although perhaps perceived as a minor detail, this practice not only contributes to classroom safety (considering children are known for looking sideways or backwards while walking!) it’s also something very rewarding to see a child continually uphold this responsibility (to the point of it becoming second nature to them).
To see a growing awareness in children’s consciousness within a social setting represents an important milestone upon which to benchmark their independence.
If you are a parent or caregiver who might consider beginning your own process of “gently reminding” children to tuck in their chairs (regardless of educational/classroom philosophy), you may find it a rather unique way to witness their growth on a day-to-day basis!
As always, would love to hear how it goes (hint, hint wondering who may be the first brave soul to comment…) :)
Happy summertime tucking!
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