“The children of three years of age in the "Children's Houses" learn and carry out such work as sweeping, dusting, making things tidy, setting the table for meals, waiting at table, washing the dishes, etc. These exercises are part of the method of education, and do not depend on the social position of the pupils. This has a truly educational, not utilitarian purpose. The reaction of the children may be described as a "burst of independence" of all unnecessary assistance that suppresses their activity and prevents them from demonstrating their own capacities” (Maria Montessori From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 66).
Mary Kate and I are working to incorporate more practical life skills into our curriculum, starting with an introduction to sewing lesson by Sara’s mom, Lela, on Friday. Slowly we are hoping to add more and more practical life activities each week. Activities like crocheting, weaving, knitting, creating quality greeting cards, bicycle maintenance, furniture design and building, changing a car tire, and fly tying would promote “bursts of independence” in our children.
We are looking for parents, grandparents, friends, and others (that are eager to share a practical skill) to come into class on Friday mornings or Thursday afternoons to work with a small group of students. Please spread the word!
Clint and Mary Kate