"Work is the key to the child's self-formation." - Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. Montessori from the Start.
"When the children had completed an absorbing bit of work, they appeared rested and deeply pleased. It almost seemed as if a road had opened up within their souls that led to all their latent powers, revealing the better part of themselves." - Maria Montessori
"An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child's energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery." - Maria Montessori. The Absorbent Mind.
We have been in a bit of a cleaning frenzy. The time between Christmas and the New Year is a great time to take some much needed time off work and clean and freshen up our house. There is no reason for the children not to be a part of this. Montessori said "Play is the work of the child" however she recognised children preferred to do real work over pretend. Children need the opportunity for real - age, developmentally and culturally appropriate work. Montessori also recognised the importance of concentration and that concentration leads to perseverance. Two things many three year olds need more of. Work also needs to be relevant to the child to be engaging and it must always be by the choosing of the child. Here I've captured Otis totally absorbed in his work, it's so purposeful - who doesn't love a clean refrigerator?