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Do you have a chore that you leave for last? I do. Dishes! Yes we do have a dishwasher but it is an old one so that means there is always some pre-washing going on in our kitchen after meals. Yuck! And while I am embarrassed to show you the picture above but - hey its life! This is what our kitchen sink looks like after a couple days. To tackle that mountain of dirty dishes we make sure to use the finish dishwasher detergent, why you ask? Well because it works! I already told you that I let dishes sit in our sink for days...that means we need the best dishwasher detergent! Seriously.
You have all heard me talk about how we have Jude in a Montessori school and how much we love it. Last week he started his second year in a Montessori classroom and frankly I wouldn't have him in any other school setting. It is perfect for him and our family. Over the summer we as a family decided that Jude would get to be more involved in the day to day "work" in our home and clearing the table and helping with dishes is one of those things that he has really enjoyed doing. Hey! Bonus for me right? Like I said, doing dishes...not my favorite! Go for it Jude!
As much as I love that Jude is helping with that giant mountain of dirty gross dishes in our sink I also have started to realize how important a great dishwasher detergent is when the "pre-washer" is a 4 year old. Thanks to Finish detergent we now have sparkly clean dishes and a very proud little boy.
I love that quote from Maria Montessori. "Every child is eager for work, even when the work seems like chores to the adult." So true. Dishes = chores to me. However, Jude takes pride in his work at the sink and enjoys it. Us adults really need to find joy in what we do daily just as a child. We would probably be a happier world.
A basic principle behind Maria Montessori’s philosophy of early childhood education was that every child is eager for work, even when the work seems like chores to the adult. Through the activities of Practical Life, children not only perform a task but they are also forming foundations to organize skills and intelligence. Washing and Scrubbing work shows this principle perfectly! Washing Dishes it a part of these activities. Through these activities, children develop concentration, become aware of order and sequencing, gain control over their movements, become more independent, and learn to care for their surroundings.
Wow, all things that are really important for that growing brain of a child. When I sit down and think about the great classroom that Jude has and how the Practical Life section is set up I am thrilled that while he is learning these very important life skills he is also working that brain! Something so simple as letting him wash his own cereal bowl brings his brain so much! I might be bias but I LOVE this teaching but I love it even more that I can create these Practical Life activities at home for him too!
So until Jude masters the skills of perfectly washing a plate we will continue to use our dishwasher and makes sure we get our dishes sparkly and ready for dinner! By the way, these gel packs that Finish has really helps us let Jude help us load the dishwasher too. After we load the dishes he can simply place one of the gel packs in the washer all by himself. He also knows which button to push on the dishwasher to start the cycle. This boy is learning something new every day and showing us in his every day life.