I’m a mom to a 2.5 year old active and extroverted son. He is smart and retains information easily. I’m trying to introduce some Montessori activities to him. And that’s where I need some help. I have the feeling I’m doing something wrong/missing the point.
For example: I introduced the pink tower to him, and than handed it over to him. He seemed happy just stacking the tower in whatever order he grabbed the blocks and was all proud and smiled at me when he was done. What am I suppose to say then knowing that the tower was not build “correctly”? He also likes to tease and I couldn’t tell if he is testing me. When we did the tower again, I was curious if he could identify the blocks by size and he did just fine when I asked him each time he choose the next block which of the remaining was the biggest one. He finished the whole tower but I had to be with him, guiding him verbally. When he does it alone, it seems like the stacking activity distracts him. He can tell me which one is next when I stacks them, but both activities together just seem to throw him off, if that makes any sense. What do you think? Is he too young? Should I reduce the number of blocks? He loves stacking though.
Another activity that we recently did was sorting. I introduced 5 cups and colored bears and asked him to sort the bears into the cups. Well, he did one color perfectly and started the next, but then began to put bears randomly into the cups and started pouring them and them dumping them on the tray and beating on them with the cups. That’s where I ended the work. He asked for the bears again and I wanted to know if he could actually sort them so I stayed with him and guided him again, not saying where the bears go, but asking him what color the bear has and where the right cup is, and he could do it and had fun!
I guess, my question is, what am I doing wrong? What can I do to have my son focus more without me and be interested in the outcome? It seems to me as if he is not interested in the result/doing it right. Any advice or book recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
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