The Social Experience of Montessori Mealtimes
Outside of the family, the crèche is often the child’s first social experience of mealtimes. We believe it is important to develop the child’s social skills, and meal times are very important in this respect. The children lay and clear the tables. They serve the food and drinks to each other and then sit together to enjoy the meal, which becomes an educational and social occasion promoting good manners and healthy eating habits.
After the meal the children set the chairs aside in a tidy row and enjoy biscuits. A child shares biscuits with their friends. We all sing a song while washing with flannels, and the children prepare themselves for the daily nap. Some children bring along a favourite cuddly toy to snuggle up with. The children listen to a story and then go to sleep. Older children enjoy a quiet time in cosy corners with books and winding-down activities.
This is a special time for bonding with individual staff.