I thought I would share a little corner of my house that is inspired from my pre-kid-life working in a Montessori 3-6 classroom.
This is Scout’s washstand, it is her area to learn care for herself. She brushes her teeth, washes her hands and face, brushes her hair and blows her nose here. There is a little mirror, so she can see what she is doing, (not because I want her to get the whole Disney princess thing down) and I’m happy to report her nose blowing technique has improved dramatically from the use-the-tissue-to-spread-the-snot-onto-your-forehead stage to the wipe-some-but-leave-most stage.
Caring for yourself is a big part of the 0-6 Montessori curriculum and until I saw a small child carefully wipe his nose in the mirror it didn’t occur to me that kids don’t actually know what it looks like to have snot coming out their own noses, they just know how it feels to have someone swoop and face palm them with a tissue.