Free Printable: Picture Labels for Drawers or ShelvesWhitney Moss
Our children have an internal sense of order, which we can support by providing them with organized spaces and models for putting our belongings away. Today we have a free printable to share with you: labels for drawers or shelves. GET LABELS NOW Because our little ones are inherently motivated to participate adopt the behaviors they see us doing, they actually like to get things out and put them away in the right place (once they develop beyond the dumping phase!). The key to engaging their internal sense of order is to prevent the amount of stuff from being overwhelming. Related: Why Montessorians Rotate Toys Just like we recommend having a limited number of toys displayed at once, the same is true for clothing. Providing your toddler access to their clothing, within limits, will empower them to make choices. Too many choices, however can overwhelm and cause conflict. Once your child can identify the difference between tops and bottoms that means they are ready to participate in choosing their clothes. For a child who can identify a shirt among a pile of laundry, you can select 2-3 shirts for them to choose from. For a child who can independently put their shirt on or collaborate with you by putting it over their head, a few more choices may be comfortable. Notice your little one's reaction to choice.