this week we have been exploring the theme of place at biehus. biehus means bee’s house in norwegian. i love the image associated with the work of bees – deliberate & yet playful. it is impossible not to smile at the teamwork displayed by the bumbly, brightly-colored little flyers. the question that faces educators & parents is: how do we create such a place for our children?
many individuals have answered this question in many different ways. no doubt there is no one right answer but, i truly love the beauty & purpose of a thoughtfully-designed montessori classroom. children, both of typical development & on the autism spectrum, continually remind us the importance of creating a “prepared environment” for them.
when a space for children is properly conceived it will set the occasion for learning. in such an environment, the role of the educator can flow between teacher & guide. for a child this translates to increased experiences with independence. the purpose of biehus is to create a place for children where adults learn to wear both hats gracefully.