I had been busy planning and prepping Z’s homeschool room all summer in time to start school yesterday. In Canada, the first day of school is the first Tuesday after Labour Day.
The little school room had been kept a big secret from the whole family because I wanted it to be a turnkey project and also because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for Z. He turns 2.5 years old in a week, just the perfect age to start Montessori!
You should have seen his eyes light up as he walked into the room with me, not expecting to find much, and suddenly noticing all kinds of fun work laid out like gifts awaiting a king. After we finished circle time, he practically leapt up with a big smile when I declared that he was now free to choose his work.
You’re probably wondering why my shelves look so empty. You see, after I laid out what would be full shelves, I took away about two-thirds of the activities in each area (Sensorial, Practical Life, and Language/Math) before school started. The reason is so that he would not be overwhelmed by everything he saw. It worked very well to limit his choices at this young age, especially just as we are starting out. In fact, he didn’t even choose EVERY activity that was out; I’d say he worked on about 80% of them. (Ever heard of the 80/20 rule?)
These are the activities he chose on his first day of school.
In my next post, I’ll be giving you a tour of our homeschool room. Stay tuned!
God bless and pea(ce) to all,