I have been thinking a lot about foundation lately. Whether it be part of a home or the foundation I am laying down for my son.
How a child learns, and how best to teach a child, has always been an interest of mine. There was a point in time when I was immersed in such academic study of the matter that I did get a little lost in what the honest importance was. Having my own child has heightened my awareness of what is important, at least to me, and I have adjusted some of my philosophies and techniques.
|Brushing Hair Is A New Morning Ritual|
With my son I have begun to develop a daily routine and teach him daily simple rituals. A surprise to me is that many of the methods I use are rooted in Montessori learning.
Such methods allow the child to work at her own pace as she discovers the world around her. We started introducing personal care and hygiene activities into our days; allowing my son do some of those basic needs for himself that I have been taking care of for him for so long now.
|Hand Washing Activity|
It's amazing how we take for granted our own knowledge of something as basic as how to wash our hands. Teaching my son this basic-simple daily ritual awakens within me an awareness that has been long forgotten.
I never thought I would be so thrilled to see a pair of little hands rub together in a sudsy melody. Never thought it would be a cause for celebration when a little pair of hands dunk themselves in a bowl of water, dry themselves off and then held close to a little nose to take in the sweet peppermint smell of the soap.
I am humbled and filled with pride. Two very different feelings to find juxtaposed over the simple act of washing hands.
What has filled you with pride recently?