When a Pordhesia butterfly hatches from its egg, it is in a world of darkness. The female butterfly lays her eggs in the deepest, darkest cracks of trees to protect them, and because the young caterpillar cannot digest the tough older leaves it is surrounded by, something within it drives it to crawl to the ends of the branches, towards the light, where the young and tender leaves are that are perfect for a brand new baby caterpillar.
Nature drives it forward, unconsciously, as it is sensitive to the light, and once its digestive tract is more mature, this sensitivity disappears, because it is no longer needed.
Children are like caterpillars
Yes, my children like to crawl like caterpillars, but this is not what I mean by that. One of my huge realisations with my Montessori training is how amazing nature is, and how, if we can partner with it in our children’s learning, the results are pretty flipping amazing!