MONTESSORI APPROACH 0 to 3.

Montessori Approach ages 0 to 3.
Montessori Approach ages 0 to 3.

The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. It is a period when the core of personality, social skills, and human values are developed.

An understanding of the child's development allows Montessori environments to meet the needs of the infant and foster a sense of belonging, independence, and language acquisition enabling children to feel able and capable.

 

 

Montessori vs. Traditional Education

The Montessori approach is vastly different than traditional means of teaching that you will find in most classrooms. Developed by Maria Montessori, the approach is scientifically based and has been used for over 100 years. The fundamental principle of Maria Montessori’s method is to value a child’s naturally inquisitive and developing mind to foster learning in an intuitive and natural way.

 

Environment

Montessori classrooms are prepared thoughtfully by trained instructors in a way that encourages learners to explore for themselves. Children in these classrooms are guided to make their own discoveries, as well as gain a sense of independence. The teacher is there to provide help along the way.

 

Development

The Montessori approach seeks to maximize development at a healthy pace. Younger children may learn and socialize with older children, while the older students help solidify concepts and ideas by teaching them to younger students. This way, no child is limited by his or her age group, and every student has opportunities to learn.

 

Materials

The materials chosen for the Montessori approach are carefully considered, both for fostering peer learning and for providing an aesthetically pleasing environment.

To give you some ideas for Montessori-style activities to do at home. This time let’s peek at what we Montessori teachers call practical life activities, ie, activities of daily life. Yes, all those things to do with looking after ourselves and our environment.

 

And I should mention they are great for calming active kids.

You’ll take away new ideas how to include your child around the house (they might be chores to us but young kids love this stuff!), how to set up these activities to make them attractive to your child and how to simplify activities to give your child success.

In the kitchen area of our classroom, we have these activities set up for the children to work with any time:

  1. Spreading crackers
  2. Peeling and cutting bananas
  3. Squeezing orange juice
  4. Peeling and cutting applies
  5. Dish washing
  6. Pouring water

You can see everything they need laid out on a tray at the ready. It’s attractive. And the implements are child-sized for the child to have success.

Other practical life activities found in the classroom include:

  1. Hand washing
  2. Flower arranging
  3. Sweeping and mopping
  4. Cleaning the windows
  5. Watering the plants
  6. Self care – nose blowing, hair brushing and some hair clips to practise with

 

 

Not only do young kids take pleasure from these Montessori activities, these activities are also great for calming busy kids.

 

  1. Your child learns to take responsibility in the home
  2. Collaboration creates connection
  3. These skills require repetition to gain mastery which is great for building concentration
  4. Your child likes to feel a part of the family and able to contribute
  5. These activities involve sequences and you can build up the number of steps in the activity as their concentration grows
  6. Involve a lot of movement – great for refining fine motor and gross motor skills, eg, pouring water without spilling, using a sponge
  7. There are many language opportunities around these activities
  8. Learning news skills, building independence and feeling of self-reliance