I didn't know there would be a part 2 to Monday's post. And I didn't think I would change my mind about what I had observed.
But... Finn surprised me and has been choosing to work with the cylinder blocks (1 and 2) almost constantly since yesterday!
They are on his shelves, along with the knobless cylinders, which he has been choosing as well. He likes to fit a few of the knobless cylinders into the cylinder blocks and pretend they are trains. So... he still has some way to go before he reaches some kind of concentrated effort, but I am now confident that our Montessori materials can help him on his path!
We started with a more formal Montessori environment two weeks ago. By more formal, I mean one where I can be 100% present for him without being tempted to do chores at the same time. This means that we have devoted what should be his bedroom (he sleeps with us for the moment) to a Montessori-style room.
His shelves contain some Montessori sensorial materials and other things like nesting owls, beads, lacing cards, an open and close basket, some matching cards... He had completely ignored the Montessori sensorial materials until yesterday, when he discovered them (although they had been there all along and I had presented them to him). Now he can't get enough of them and is ignoring the other bits and bobs in the room!
Trust the child! Trust Montessori!