Because of this conquest, children are driven to touch and explore everything in their environment, especially in the first three years of life. There is little we can do to hold them back, and if we do it just breeds frustration. Instead, we offer a 安全 and prepared environment for them to explore and master the skills driven by their sensitive periods.
The prepared environment is always key. Safety is paramount. A Montessori carer would never throw a child into a room with 安全ty hazards. Anything that could harm the child is always removed, stored away or supervision is used.
我的孩子知道如何使用喷水瓶和打开盖子。他们通过洗窗户和桌子，打开果酱罐和擦鞋罐来做到这一点。他们还使用专门指定的‘safe’ knives in our house for prepping food as well.There are many things in their environment to feed their need to work with their hands and master these skills. There is no need for them to seek out alternative sources. This is where Montessori shines: the environment is set up to allow the child to accomplish the tasks in which he so wants to complete. If you provide the proper, 安全 resources to practice, your child will be less likely to raid your home searching for something to feed his ‘fix.’
Once when I was cleaning, I set down a spray bottle of disinfectant 上 the counter while I went to get more towels from the laundry room. When I returned, Oliver had used his stool to reach it and was spraying the counter, mimicking what I had been doing it. He needed not to fiddle with the nozzle or turn it in all directions to figure out how it worked; he has been window washing with a water squirter for over a year now. He 安全ly did what he knew the intention was to do.
The moral here is that children will seek out whatever they can get. Learning the appropriate ways to use things is always the 安全st method. We provide the 安全st environment possible of course, but if for some reason our children encounter possible dangers, at least they will have some skill set for proper execution. At least, that is something.
Plus, when we give children 安全 opportunities the rewards are so great!Their independence and confidence flourishes. They are capable beings! Keep setting up your home for 安全ty and for their independent success!