Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cultivates Carefulness

I am happy to report that Matt and I made the switch to glass for our portable water bottles (goodbye, Nalgene!).

We shopped around Whole Foods to find suitable bottles. We thought about applesauce jars, but those were only 25 ounces (as opposed to our 32-ounce Nalgenes). I found the perfect grape juice jar, and Matt found a cocktail mixer bottle, which had a narrow spout, similar to his Nalgene.

My friend, Claire, is a fellow teacher and she expressed concern about the breakability of glass in a classroom environment.

As a Montessori teacher, we have glass all over the classroom (even in the infant/toddler classrooms) because it cultivates carefulness. If the children are clumsy or quick, they drop the glass and it breaks. They learn that their actions have consequences in a very natural and concrete way.

I'm going to try and cultivate carefulness with my glass bottle. I'll let you know how it goes.

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