I'm feeling so inspired and joyful after another beautiful Monday Morning Garden; my in-home program for children 20-28 months. Our weekly 3 hours together is becoming more and more the highlight of my week. This age is so....angelic.
I don't mean that in the sense of something sentimental, "oh, he is such an angel!"
I do mean it in the way that there is some very real spiritual guidance surrounding these children, and I am in no way referring to myself. They are so "in their own bodies", they are such a part of this world around them. Everything they see becomes a part of them. What they touch, touches them.
Each morning, I attempt to create a scene for them. Sometimes it gets knocked over or totally ignored. But it is there. This morning, it was 2 dollies tucked in and sleeping, and another with a spoon in hand and bowl; waiting to be fed.
Our small fence in our backyard is complete, so the children played outdoors for a bit before taking a ride in the wagon.
My little guy is now in love with smelling flowers...
Sometimes, it looks more like he is trying to eat them:)
With a small amount of guidance and imitation, the children took turns pushing and pulling the wagon.
I'll say it again, sharing and taking turns is such a premature concept for young 2 year olds...
All I can continue to do is model this behavior and keep my expectations in line with their development.
On the way home, their gazes went from excited to quietly concentrated...they were really taking their surroundings in; their heads turning, their eyes everywhere.
Right before arriving back home, we found our first Fall leaf of the season; a glimpse of what is yet to come in our world:)