Let’s take a look at different ways caregivers can put Montessori into practice:
- For advanced dementia, people may take comfort in holding dolls, a series of dolls and doll clothes can make for a pleasurable activity.
- For those who enjoy baking or cooking, baking ingredients and a safe kitchen environment.
- Have a basket of clean socks that need to be matched and folded.
- Lay out a basket of clean towels to fold.
- Prep tables with materials for activities such as puzzles, sorting exercises and other games.
- Put out a bin of plastic plumbing tubes that can be connected and put together.
So Where are the Future Builders?
Look in Montessori schools and classrooms. Seriously. You will find many builders of the future there. Very likely the kids won’t be coding or doing much work on technology…yet. They will however be solving challenging problems on floor mats, negotiating at peace tables and following their curiosity in ways that only they can truly understand. They will be self directed and doing work for the pure love of exploring learning. They will also be creating solutions to feed the hungry, help the environment and do good both locally and globally. Yup…the future is already being built…one Montessori kid at a time.