Liliana started her new daycare 3 days ago. I thought I would be relieved to find her a new place. Relieved doesn't quite express how I feel.
I am enamored. Completely obsessed. I want to kiss the feet of every single person at this daycare.
In just three days, we have seen the BIGGEST change in our daughter. It is simply amazing.
We have Liliana in a Montessori Daycare. For those that are unaware, Montessori education is a mindset of raising an independent child. For example, in Liliana's classroom each child is in charge of taking thier snack and going around the table giving each student a certain amount of snacks. Their thought is that by her age she shouldn't be given these snacks. She is able to get them herself and give them to other students too. It shows the concept of sharing, of knowing HOW much is a reasonable amount, etc.
All these ideas MIGHT sound silly to you. I have to admit that even to me they seem kinda silly, but let me tell you ... in 3 days our daughter has changed so much, and for the better. This isn't to say that anything was wrong with her before, but she simply seems more content.
Here are some changes we've seen in just THREE days:
(1) she says please and thank you whenever giving her food. We've been trying to teach her this FOREVER but something they did at daycare worked. No idea what it was, but I'm kinda jealous that I didn't think of it. PLUS, it's super cute to hear her say those words.
(2) She is comfortable being by herself and eating on her own. On Tuesday night, Evan and I were making dinner and she got her bowl and pointed to her goldfish. She took her bowl, sat facing the corner, and just ate on her own until she was done. Normally, she would have carried the food around, spilling along the way, and trying to get our attention. She somehow knows to be on her own and that eating is done while sitting down. Again, I could KISS THEIR FEET!!!
(3) She's in love with the potty again. As I've blogged about before, Liliana has been ready for potty training since around 16 months. I haven't tackled it because I was waiting for Christmas break to do so. At her old daycare, I don't know WHAT happened, but she started fearing the potty. Here? Well, let's just say last night she took her diaper and pants off and sat on the toilet. I think she's psyched.
(4) Umm ... no more sippy cups. I didn't even know this was an option. On Tuesday afternoon when we picked her up, she was drinking from a big girl cup. We asked them if she didn't need a sippy cup anymore and they said "no, she's a big girl that knows how to drink from a big girl cup!" So last night, we put this to the test. I was convinced we'd have water EVERYWHERE. We gave her the cup and lo and behold, she put the thing in her mouth and drank. Sure, she got some NASTY backwash in there, but not a drop off water on the floor. She is officially off sippy cups!
I am SO happy about this transition, I can hardly contain myself. I love everything about her new daycare, but mainly, I love seeing our daughter happy. When I go pick her up she says "bye bye" to ME!!!! She used to say bye bye to the other kids in her room, but at this place? She wants me to leave the second I get there! She is having so much fun!
If you have any questions on Montessori education, feel free to ask away. Like I said, I probably would have thought this stuff was a bunch of hogwash, but seeing such a transformation, I am MORE than convinced. Oh and no, her daycare isn't paying me for writing any of this. They have no clue I even have a blog. But I am nearly crying from happiness at this change. It is probably the best thing that has happened to us as parents in a long time and it is surely the best thing that has happened for Lilianan since we left Lubbock.
Like the title says ... a happy baby = happy parents (VERY VERY happy parents).
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