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A Toddler at Work

The other day I sat down to take some pictures of some of the work that has been on Nora's shelves over the last couple of months. (Stay tune for that!) And something magical happened -- Nora appeared from her play to join me.

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Toddlers have this reputation for being utterly chaotic and uncontrollable. They whir into the room with this contagious energy that seems to never end. But if you look closer, toddlers are amazing little beings.

Stringing Large Beads on Pipe Cleaners


A Montessori Toddler at Work

They are constantly thinking and exploring. I mean, how exhausting to constantly be "on" like that all the time, yet for them, its natural. They have an insatiable desire to touch every object, to test every limit and perfect their every move. For their little absorbent minds soak in everything around them, examining it over and over again, until they know it. 

Color Exploration Sensory Bin


Matching Lids to Small Boxes 


I think it's almost impossible for us to recognize how amazing this is. Because, its also loud, organized differently than our own world view and, oh, so quick. It's often inconvenient. It's passionate. It's messy. 

Circle size puzzle


But, frozen in time -- in a literal snapshot -- you realize a toddler at work is one of the world's most beautiful sights.

Object-to-Object Matching with Small Animals 


Have you ever really noticed a toddler at work? Did you see this beauty?

If you liked this post, check out: A Montessori Moment; Montessori Work from 12 to 14 Months

Comments

I love how you describe life, Nicole! You have such a passion. :)

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