The love of one’s environment is the secret of social evolution.—-Maria Montessori
One of the first lessons given in the beginning of the year is how to carry, unroll and roll a work mat or rug. Retrieving a mat, picking it up carefully, finding the ideal space to work and rolling it out provides an opportunity to practice gross motor skills and body awareness. Everything that gets placed on the mat thereafter becomes the responsibility and privilege of the child working on that mat. It also helps to organize one’s materials.
Montessori work mats, delineate a work space as the child’s own and sets an intention to “work”. Each child knows that their lesson is exclusive to them unless they invite someone to join them to work together on their mat. The children also know they have the responsibility to put their materials away when they are finished. By doing so and then rolling up their mat, they are sending a signal that this particular work session has ended.
Our floors have been a sea of rugs! Your children are skillfully maneuvering themselves throughout the environment, careful not to disturb a friend’s work. We continue to be amazed at their growing control and respect for both friends and the environment.
Wishing you a week filled with peace and love!
Michelle & Lizette