The children enjoy helping others and taking care of their environment. In a Montessori classroom, we teach the children how to take care of themselves and others. They learn how to clean up a spill and where things are stored. They take such pride when they can help a younger child tie their apron. All of these tasks give them confidence! Here are some children being helpful in our classroom:
A stack of cloths that have just been folded.
The cupboard where the cloths and other supplies are kept. The children have learned that once they have cut paper, they can get a new piece out for the next person. They also have polishing cloths and other supplies in this cabinet.
One Kindergarten child has had some experience baking bread in the bread machine. Here she guides two other Kindergartners along this process.
A vase with a flower and water was knocked over. Several children get a blue cloth and help to wipe up the spill. When it is dry, they place the wet cloth in the dirty clothes hamper.
Here a child is taking care of the rug he used. He is being very careful when he rolls it up, making sure the sides are just so.
Here a second year child helps tie the apron of a first year child who wants to do a food prep work.
This first year (3 year old) child wanted to wash cloths. He really enjoyed washing and hanging them up to dry!
This second year child enjoyed washing a chair.
More cloth folding with a friend.
This second year child enjoys wood polishing.
Even if you are the youngest child in a classroom you can help clean too! This child notices very tiny paint spots on the art table and doesn’t want to stop washing until they are all gone! She is in a sensitive period to notice small tiny things and order.
This child saw someone drop a moveable alphabet on the floor. He stopped what he was doing so he could help her pick it up. He made piles and then later helped place the letters in the correct spot.
Here a third year (Kindergartner) helps a first year child get a snack. She is explaining what the choice are and is showing her how to use the tongs.
This first year child enjoys feeding the animals each morning. Once he changes into his indoor shoes, he heads to the classroom to see if the food is out for the animals.
We see these spontaneous acts happen all day long. The children are not usually asked to help another child out, they just do.