Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. So presenting to you a tested Montessori parenting guide for all my lovely readers!!!
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and much more. Kids are at their best when they play and if that time we help them learn something that lasts for a lifetime.
Children take their play very seriously and are very much involved in every step. Every child has a naturally inquisitive mind gifted by God and if taken in the right direction the curiosity increases day by day making them learned individuals.
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Montessori parenting guide
Role of a Parent / Teacher
A Teacher or Parents role is to become a facilitator who will guide the kids at every step and help them enhance their skills or get involved in the shelf activity they are doing. We need to be more gentle and patient sometimes the kids won’t enjoy what they are doing these interests take time to develop if you started late but be patient and try giving them another activity box. Prepare the activities in advance keeping their interests in mind and have faith in them. Let them take the lead and always be a support.
Montessori classroom for a Toddler
Helps provide an environment to nurture and enhance their skills. Help them gain confidence in their abilities. Helps them gain gross motor, fine motor and language skills. Helps them become independent in doing their daily tasks.
Early Learning provides flexibility to the brain which has an improved potential learning later in life. Play provides active exploration and stimulates brain which is an aspect of brain development. Kids who are exposed to play based or early learning have always had well-developed memory skills, language development, and they are able to regulate their behavior, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning.
Sample Montessori Area
Key things to notice :
- A small area where a small shelf can be kept to lay the Montessori inspired activities.
- A table/chair or a mat kept just near to the table to let the child explore and play.
- Variety of activities kept in separate trays.
- The play area is well organized and plan.
I am getting training to be a certified Montessori teacher. Let me know if you have any queries or doubts. Would love to clear them. It s a great thing to do Montessori activities with your kids.