Thursday, 10 January 2013

Problem Solving à la Toddler



Johnny and Michael chase each other around the sandpit, Johnny on a small scooter, Michael on a tractor. They have a ‘collision’ and laugh out loud. Johnny is off again and returns, Michael stops and says:  “I want small wheels .”  I tell him I’m sorry we don’t have smaller wheels. Michael looks disappointed. Johnny has been watching and listening. Michael asks again and waits. Johnny then steps forward carrying pretend small wheels, puts them on and says: “Here you go!” Michael happily resumes his racing. Now why didn’t I think of that?

”Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of innocence & of the greater possibilities of their future.” — Maria Montessori