One of my absolute favorite lessons in the Montessori Practical Life area is Flower Arranging. Each year, I introduce this lesson in the wintertime because it adds such a lovely warmth to the classroom during the cold, Maine, winter days! While providing the children additional opportunities for practicing everyday skills such as pouring, cutting, measuring, and estimating, this activity also cultivates an essential component in any successful Montessori setting. That is, the child's sense of ownership and pride in their learning environment.
To complete the activity, the child chooses two flower stems from the large vase, one vase and one doily from the silver tray, and places them onto the clear tray. The clear tray is then taken to a table.
|At a work table,|
|...on a shelf,|
|...in the Language area,|
|...and by the central rug.|
|One child even placed an arrangement next to our sign-in/sign-out board - how cheerful is that?!|
|And, isn't this the perfect spot for a tiny vase?|