Flower arranging is a very popular Montessori work. It has many lessons in one, and the children love doing it. The child must learn sequence, she can’t put a flower in the vase before the water, it just doesn’t work that way. Getting the water in the pitcher and getting back to the table with it is an exercise in purposeful movement in the classroom. Carrying the pitcher to the sink, filling it, getting down from the stool and carefully walking and balancing the pitcher are all necessary, helping the child learn control of movement.
Arriving back at the flower arranging table with a pitcher of water, the child now pours through a funnel and must gauge how much to fill the vase.
This requires patience and reasoning. Look at the concentration!
Now she can choose a flower to put in the vase.
Then she can take a doily out of the draw to place on the table before placing the flower arrangement.
Placing the flowers on the table is a great feeling of accomplishment. Immediately she went back and did the whole process over again with a different color vase. It was a beautiful lunch, with a vase of flowers on each end and a group of very proud toddlers. Though we concentrate on process rather than product in the Montessori classroom, sometimes the product is just beautiful.
Thanks to Ms Andrea’s class for letting me be in there today and share this experience.