You know how much I love spending time with Jack in the kitchen. He is becoming quite the little chef, with his apron on and mixing spoon in hand. I was thinking about how we got to this place where he is able to help with confidence having mastered some basic skills; and it was through a lot of patient practice.
Montessori is like that for us, patient practice. Jack needs to be patient, I need to be patient more importantly. In our family, probably like with most, skills take time to master, time and practice. Jack wasn’t always able to crack an egg, peel a carrot or pour flour without spilling it all over the bench. It takes time. Time and a space which allows him to master these skills with both guidance and independence.
It’s easy to see photos of children doing different tasks independently and feel envious or lacking in some way; lacking in that you should have taught your child that or why can’t my child do that? But what you don’t see and what I have come to realise is that it takes time. A lot of time. A lot of flour spilt on the bench, a lot of egg shell dropped in the bowl, a lot of water missing the cup and spilling onto the floor. But the key is to keep going, persist with patience, trust that your child will master these skills if allowed the time and patience to practice.
This is when they will learn, through doing things again and again, this is how you master a new skill.
This is how we got to this place; and there is still so much for him to learn and experience. Montessori definitely takes time.