I am very interested in the Montessori method of teaching and learning. My mum was a Montessori teacher when we were younger and I have always connected with the principles it is based on. I try and raise Skye using the same principles. These include allowing your child to explore and learn at their own pace, creating child-safe environments here your child can explore without hearing a constant ‘no’, lots of hands-on, sensorial play and experiences etc. They also encourage the use of real equipment rather than toy replica’s. As a result, Skye has been allowed to use real glass to drink out of, real knives to cut, is allowed to touch and explore pretty much anything she wants to because we teach her to do it properly and gently.
Over the last few months, Skye has been wanting to dress herself. First she started with taking her pants off – so we went through a stage of her being naked from the waist down for quite a while!, then she managed to get her shirts off too so she was totally naked for a while. We have since progressed to being able to pull on panties and shorts and some tops and dresses. It is very cute seeing her able to do this and she is always determined to do it herself, except when she can get daddy to do it! She always tells me ‘Skye do it, not mommy help Skye’. And somedays she’s still naked!
She also likes to choose her own clothes. Of course, this leads to some interesting combinations and sometimes she wears pyjama’s all day, but in the greater scheme of things, does it really matter?! She learns and plays just fine no matter what she is (or isn’t!) wearing! I keep her clothes on shelves that she can easily get to on her own. It’she middle of summer here and this morning she chose a nice outfit, it actually matched…then just as we were walking out the door to work, she grabbed 2 pairs of socks. Knee-high. One pair beige, the other black with polka dots. On our way to work she told me she was putting them on and then proudly told me “Skye wipe a nose” and then “Skye got snot on a sock”. We got to work and she had one beige and one polka dot sock on and happily marched in to work to show everyone her socks…and the snot.