I got a lot of requests following my blog post on Teaching Kids Independence for our list of Home Responsibilities. I could not upload it right away because I had to ask permission from Abba’s Orchard where Jia goes. 🙂
A brief background: I school-hopped when I was scouting for schools for Jia. I have a friend who teaches in UP Diliman’s Family Life and Child Devt program and she gave me a list of schools around our area that she knew were good. I checked out almost all the schools plus some more. Then my friend Ting (Directress of Speciabilities) told me to check out Abba’s Orchard. She said it was a good Montessori school (and not just like those who use the name Montessori for the sake of). By then, we have narrowed down our school choices to Learning Tree, Multiple Intelligence School, and Miriam but I still asked J if we could check out Abbas (thank God I have a supportive husband!). One school tour was all it took to convince J to attend the Parents Orientation. After the Orientation, we were hooked. There was no question about where we were going to send Jia. (I think J was hooked when the owner of Abba’s explained to us the concept of the binomial cube (a + b)2 using blocks.) Montessori is an amazing approach! It is progressive education at its best. It gives the child the responsibility for her own learning. I also love the fact that the teachers of Abba’s undergo a two year training before they can handle students on their own as the teacher’s mastery of the Montessori approach is very crucial.
In a Montessori school, kids have what they call Practical Life Exercises. These are daily activities and includes sitting down properly, carrying sharp objects, rolling mats, carrying a chair, sweeping, cutting vegetables (Jia tells me that her Casa 3 classmates cuts up cucumber and carrots and serve it to all the kids in the class), etc.
Needless to say, to be “successful”, the home and the school must be aligned when it comes to values, responsibilities, etc. So I researched and read about Montessori and have adopted their approach at home (well, our home environment still needs a lot of improvement but I think I have done fairly well). 🙂
Anyway, here is Abba’s Orchard’s list of Home Responsibilities for kids. Just click each “page” and it will open up a page where you can save it by right clicking. Print it out, tape it to your bedroom wall, magnet it to your ref door, make a kid’s chart using the list… put it to good use. 🙂 Don’t forget to read the Introduction. 🙂
Favor! If you are going to save any one of the pages, please leave a comment just so I know the time I spent scanning and reducing the pages was put to good use. 🙂