One of the most appealing draws for me to the Montessori program is that children are taught to be self sufficient, contributing members of a household. They are encouraged to participate in various activities, but they are equally encouraged to take responsibility and tidy up after themselves.
Last night, after their bath, the children were playing with their alphabet blocks. They were constructing towers and knocking them down, clacking the blocks together, sounding out the various letters, throwing them at each other ... that sort of fun stuff.
When I told them it was time for their bedtime story, William grabbed the bag that the blocks are stored in, and without any prompting from me first, called out to his sisters said "Come on goyls, let's clean up!"
And they did.
They cleaned up after themselves while Charlie and I hugged each other and wept with joy.