Sometimes when I think "Montessori," it becomes equated with "fussy" in my mind. Like I need to pick the right time, with the right materials, in the right setup, to introduce an activity to Vicki. But then I let the perfect become the enemy of the good and I never do it!
I was cleaning the bathroom last week and had my back turned. In the time I was scrubbing the toilet and mirror, she set up her very own sorting activity! She went to the kitchen, grabbed a towel off the oven handle, spread it on the edge of the bathtub, brought in her bag of different clothespins and sorted them into piles. Then she took each pile and put it back in her bag. And again. And again!
See how fun this can be when you just let it unfold?