Sorry - no Montessori Monday this week! We were super busy last week getting ready for the birthday party, plus Bean and Boba were here for their Fall Break (yay!). Short Pants and I only ended up doing lessons during one afternoon, and they were lessons set out from the previous week. New stuff next Monday, though. ;)
Short Pants has been providing me with some wonderful reminders lately about how important the process of creating is to little ones. One afternoon last week I was cutting some fabric to make a curtain, and he was right behind me gathering up the selvage and any stray scraps he could lay his hands on. Next he asked for yarn and his scissors, and informed me that he was going to make a fall decoration. He then asked to go outside so that he could gather leaves, so while Pita Pocket ran around like a wild thing Short Pants collected leaves in a container.
When we came back inside, he asked for glue and tape and informed me that he was going to make an art project "...that you don't know how to make. I need to do it by myself."
So I walked away and left him sitting happily at the kitchen table, where he worked on his "fall decoration" for almost an hour:
The next day it was a request to get out his easel, and exclamations of delight as he mixed different colors: