My 4 year old son and I have just started diving into our new Montessori home classroom. We have been trying to find our way through homeschooling for the past year and a half, but Montessori is new to us.
One of the reasons we chose this method is because we love encouraging independence in our children and have a deep desire to teach them how to be a responsible involved family member. (that means being able to do age appropriate chores like getting dressed on their own)
But getting him to do anything without me has been a huge struggle. And this is not new...even before Montessori, I have always tried to get him to do things on his own. Even just playing by himself is rare in our home. I thought that through our school activities, and especially our practical life activities, that he would become more confident and want to do things on his own. Nope. Help?
I am at home during the day with my children, so they get lots of positive undivided attention from me. But I REALLY need help setting a balance. I can't think of one single activity he enjoys doing by himself. ALL DAY its "Mommy will you play with me?", "Mommy are you going to play with me soon?"....I have to be able to cook dinner at some point. And I think it's healthy for him to explore his creativity by playing independently at times.
Can I get some advise???