To read more about Montessori Mondays, check out my first post in the series.
This weeks Montessori Monday piggy backs off of last week’s and illustrates another way I help my kids engage in work around the house.
Again, referencing Tim Seldin’s book:
A key element in teaching children everyday life skills is keeping everything tidy…their world needs to be well-organized. If taught where things belong and how to return them correctly when they have finished using them, children internalize this sense of order, and carry it with them for the rest of their lives.
With that being said, toy clean up time is a family affair. I used to clean up all of my kids messes and then I got smart. I placed labels with pictures of what goes in each bin so that the girls could help put things away in the correct place. (Note: I do realize this is far from a “true” Montessori toy set-up but it is what works for us.) Now, after having done it together for a while, the girls can do it all on their own. Everything has a place.
I’ve taken a similar approach to putting their clothes away. Each bin is labeled and the girls can put their clothes away after they have been washed. It also helps when it comes to picking out what they want to wear for the day – one item from each bin.