by Laura Berthiaume March 14, 2022 2 min read
Have you noticed that your child seems to get enjoyment out of hard, physical work, things like carrying a watering can full of water, pulling a wagon, or moving furniture?
This is what Dr. Montessori referred to as Maximum Effort.
This is when the child is engaged in “heavy work”, their efforts are heightened and they appear determined and focused.
“The child does not follow the law of the least effort, but a law directly contrary. He uses an immense amount of energy over an unsubstantial end, and he spends, not only driving energy, but intensive energy in the exact execution of every detail.”
- Dr. Montessori, The Secret of Childhood.
Maximum effort is a time of pure determination and we (the adults) should pay careful attention to never interrupt (unless dangerous, of course).
Only when the child asks for help, either verbally or non-verbally, (i.e. showing signs of frustration), would we offer assistance.
When your child is showing interest in Maximum Effort Activities, here's some work you can offer.
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