Sunday, 30 April 2017

Montessori Challenge - Books

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This month, the theme of the Montessori Challenge by Montessori Family is books. We're a book loving family, so this one was both hard and easy.

This week, Baba has been thinking carefully about which books Baobao enjoys the most at bedtime. I've used Carine's Bathroom Questions and these posts at The Kavanaugh Report and How We Montessori to make my own toy questions:

  • Observe the room and how your child is using it. Every time your child asks for help (or when you go and help him without asking), try to see what prevents him to do it by himself.
  • Depending of your child's age, encourage your child to be independent regarding self-care. As rule of thumb, if your child walks, he can attempt most of his self-care needs with little support.
  • What is your position on books? - Montessori books for 0-6 year olds should be content rich, beautiful and avoid fantasy. 
  • What purpose does the book serve? Does it serve a similar purpose to a different book? Do you need multiple colour/number/animal books?

  • We have had a book corner for Baobao since she was about a year old. Recently, I've noticed that her book corner isn't working for her anymore. Instead of taking the books from the shelf and reading them, she was throwing them on the floor and covering them with her dressing up clothes and rolling around in both.

    As a lover of books, I have found this phase difficult. It felt like she was being disrespectful to the books, even though I know that isn't the case. I knew I had to change things around. 

    Here are some of the changes we have made:

    Changes pre-challenge:
    • Implement a book rotation system.

    Challenge inspired changes:
    • Put away books that have become too easy for Xiaobao to have when she is ready
    • Put away books that are too long and do not hold Baobao's attention
    • Set up a new book corner for Baobao, with easy to access books and a cozy designated reading area away from Baobao's dressing up area.
    • Further go through Baobao's books, keeping the books that are beautiful. We kept some element of fantasy, as Baobao is very aware that animals can't really talk etc.

    Possible future changes:
    • Continue with the rotation system, slowly replacing Baobao's board books with paper picture books
    • Set up a book area for Xiaobao in my room and the living room.

    1 comment:

    1. Thank you for sharing your own progress and thank you for linking to the #montessorihousechallenge.