Montessori encourages a focus and development of all the senses. The Montessori classroom has shelves full of works devoted to smell, sight, sound, touch, and even taste. The sense my children, and most likely yours as well, are lacking the most is listening! We live in a very visual society and active listening without distraction is not always encouraged. I was very inspired by the Three Oaks Blog’s take on listening with a “listening nook”!
I thought this was such a fabulous idea, but I didn’t not have the space in our home to create a whole nook. I could, however, create a mobile listening station that would serve the same purpose!
What’s included in the station?
-A cheap CD player.
-Child headphones. Ours have volume locks which was very important to me.
-CDs. Music and Stories. *I can’t wait to check-out more music and books on CD from the library to add to our diversity without adding to out budget or clutter!*
This has been a great success in our home. My children love it and I like that it is a quiet independent activity. I think it will be a great way for them to listen to seasonal music of all kinds and books well above their reading levels. Oh the possibilities!