If you have ever visited our classrooms, you may have noticed details absent most early childhood rooms. One of my favorite touches are the tiny vases of flowers on tables and counters scattered around the room.
These flowers are not gifts from the teacher, or mere decorations, but rather the work of the students. Montessori kids, from the earliest days, are taught appreciation and care for their own environment. The flower arranging lesson not only teaches appreciation for beauty and nature, but it also allows children the opportunity to follow multi-step directions, sequence steps, and estimate size and capacity. This is in addition to the practical life skills of water pouring and the fine motor skills needed to manipulate scissors.
Our children love flower arranging, and we love watching them grow.