1. How did you find out about Montessori and get into working in Montessori?
2. What do you find resonates most with you about the Montessori approach?
3. How did you come to start your own playgroup? What have you enjoyed most? What has been most challenging?
4. What is currently your favourite thing to do in the class with the children?
It’s one of the favourite activities in Montessori Toddler Class. Toddlers are fascinated by tools and the idea of using them, but very seldom have the opportunity to use them in a safe and constructive way. Even I did not learn how to use a saw until I was in my 20’s! Now the toddlers sit happily sawing, drilling, hammering and screwing/unscrewing away for upwards of 20 minutes!
We came up with a system where each of the 4 activities has its own woodblock. This block slides into an insert in the table which isolates the function of each tool and also holds the block stable while they work.
Small holes are pre-drilled in the hammering and screwing blocks so the toddlers can have more success. The drilling block has circles drawn where the toddlers know to drill the hole. The sawing block has three pieces of wood and a divot which both hold the dowel in place and show the child where to make their cut.
The safety limits of this area are: only one child may work at this station at a time; the tools may not leave the workstation; only one woodblock and tool may be in use at a time.
I really recommend this system and hope more and more Infant Communities will set up woodworking stations for their toddlers to enjoy.