Friday was a lovely mild, sunny day with a definite hint of spring in the air. The children spent almost the entire day out on the balcony. They constructed a den using chairs and a blanket, with duvets to sit on.
Yes, that’s a large pile of clothes you can see inside. They emptied their wardrobes and Tabitha spent ages changing outfits. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been encouraging her to get dressed independently, which she now does most days. It can result in some rather strange clothing choices!
Aaron was more interested in pegging his clothes up.
This was all without any adult input. I just checked on them occasionally and brought them picnic food when they were hungry!
Aaron won a prize in a colouring competition at Sunday School, so yesterday he wanted to try out his new paints.
While I was cooking dinner, Tabitha was using her lacing cheese. She can now completely unthread it, which is something she found very frustrating just a few months ago. She said “Mummy, I’m doing my hard work”, which I thought was really interesting. Although I draw a lot of inspiration from Montessori, I haven’t really used the term “work” with Tabitha and only rarely with Aaron (to clarify, I like the term but it just doesn’t get used much in our house). Yet even though she hasn’t heard me calling her activities work, she chose to use that term herself and obviously considers it to be important and challenging work.
Lego is big in our house at the moment. Aaron was given lots of Lego City for Christmas and his birthday, which has been played with loads. Until now he has just played with the models as they are, but over the weekend he started taking them apart and rebuilding them following the instructions, or combining bits from several different models to make his own creations.
Today we did some hammering. I gave them each a pin hammer and a block of polystyrene left over from some packaging. Tabitha had a pot of wooden golf tees and Aaron had a pot containing two different sizes of nails. There was lots of intense concentration going on!
Notice those cute little dustpan and brush sets beside them? I saw them in Dunelm Mill on Saturday and couldn’t resist! They will be perfect for practical life activities.
They were there for a reason, as I knew from experience that Tabitha loves breaking up polystyrene. Last time we ended up with “snow” all over the house (it’s amazing how much mess a small piece of polystyrene can make), so this time I was prepared.
This afternoon I received this colourful envelope from Aaron.
Inside was a beautiful card with a drawing of a sunflower.
The children have free access to art and craft supplies, which are kept in that dresser you can just see in the top right corner. At the moment Aaron loves sticking and Tabitha likes to cut up paper with her scissors. They do make a bit of a mess, but the spontaneous creativity is well worth it!