As our Mission Statement states, "Our Montessori curriculum empowers each child by providing the foundation to excel academically, to develop respect for self and others, and to value the world in which we live". Enjoy this video which was filmed during our Earth Day celebration this week.
So many of us lead busy
lives with little time to sit and read books or the latest articles on child
development. This week though, I've found the perfect resource! It's a website
with a collection of podcasts on various parenting and development issues. The
podcasts can be downloaded to listen to or you can view the transcript to read
on your own.
We often get the sideways glances and questions from parents about
the 'Montessori way' of changing diapers. "Why do you change a
child's diapers while they are standing up?" they will ask. "Is it
sanitary?" "Would you like me to donate a changing table?"
The truth of the matter is, like all
things in a Montessori environment, the decision to change children while
standing is based on meeting the developmental needs of the child.
By the time a child can crawl and walk,
their new-found mobility makes it more and more difficult to change them while lying
down. They do not want to he held down and will squirm and roll over, trying to
get away. At this point, the use of the changing table may even become
dangerous. However, by inviting your child to become an active participant in
the diapering process, you can shift the child's attention away from trying to
get away, to learning to care for himself.
While your child is standing, you and he can be
face-to-face and have a conversation about the steps of diapering. The child
can pull his pants down himself (something he cannot do while lying down) and
even help with the diaper fasteners. While you are cleaning your child, he can
have the important job of holding his shirt up. Then, when re-diapering, he
child can hold the front of the diaper while you fasten it, and then he can
help to pull his pants up and then wash his hands.
Through this process, your child will
become more capable and will be ready to help care for himself when the time
comes to begin toilet training.