Monday, April 22, 2013

Flower Arranging

When you enter a Montessori classroom you are presented with an environment of order. An environment that is meticulously prepared each morning before any students arrive. The beautiful learning materials are carefully arranged showing children the progression of learning. 

Another staple of a Montessori environment are fresh flowers...beautiful fresh flowers in small glass vases. Each classroom has an area of the room designated to Practical Life where students develop these skills through various lessons. One of these lessons is on flower arranging. Everyday skills such as pouring, cutting, measuring, and estimating are all practiced with this activity but it also fosters ownership and pride in their classroom. One of the most beautiful sights is the pride in a child's eyes when he hands his teacher freshly picked flowers from the garden at home to donate to his class.