Sarah is a shoes girl. She loves them. She will take them on and off, over and over again. I didn’t really think too much of it until my dad mentioned it the other day; ‘did you know Sarah can put her own shoes on all by herself?’
It’s funny who you talk to, different views of children, some people wouldn’t think an 18 month old putting on her shoes was that big of a deal. Sarah’s been doing this for a few months now. I was trying to remember what we did to teach her how to put on her shoes, how we demonstrated it to her, but I couldn’t. It was much like when I noticed her pouring herself a drink for the first time, and I think it comes down to her environment and then plenty of opportunity to practice.
Sarah has access to her shoes in her room. Below her shelf with her clothes for the day is a space on the floor. I used to have her wash basket there but moved it to make space for her shoes. She now has a pair of shoes and her slippers as well as her backpack and hat; everything she needs to get ready for the day. Once she is dressed she puts on her shoes. This is her favourite part of getting dressed.
I finally got a video of Sarah putting on her shoes. She has a unique style which I think is quite sweet.
So with so many things Montessori, I really don’t think I am doing things as they would be presented if my kids were in a Montessori school. But this isn’t a school, this is a home. So when I’m thinking about Practical Life activities, I tend to think less about the activity, what I could put on tray and present, and more about the life, how can I adapt their environment so they have plenty of opportunity to practice these skills naturally. This seems to work best for us.
….now to teach her how to manage that tangled mess of bed hair! Any suggestions?