There’s no denying that the method developed by Maria Montessori is a great way to teach concepts to children even at a very young age. In a nutshell, Maria Montessori believes that children’s brains are like a sponge that has a potential to absorb a lot of information. She developed the Montessori method, a method that of educating children that is based on hands-on learning, collaborative play, and self-directed activity.
Before you decide whether a Montessori school is right for your child, there is no harm in trying out this method in your own home. Here are some fun Montessori activities that you can easily do at home.
- Baking. If you’re a parent who loves to bake, you can ask your child to help you in rolling a cookie dough with the use of a rolling pin and after which, let them cut shapes using cookie cutters. You may also ask them to whisk, mix, or stir ingredients for you. Including them can make your kitchen messy but these activities will help develop their motor skills.
- Transfer activities. Transferring materials is a staple Montessori activity. You can get your child started with small beans then move your child slowly to smaller grains like rice, until he or she is ready for liquids. Eventually, you may allow your child to pour his or her own drink to practice his or her transferring skills. Using a regular pitcher can be difficult for a small child so get a small pitcher for his or her use. Also, you may start letting your child get his own food from the serving platter and transferring it to his or her plate.
- Muffin tin and textured balls. Putting textured balls in a muffin tin is a great sensory play for children. Make sure, however, that the balls have different textures and colors. This is also a great transfer and motor skills activity for them.
- Setting the table. You can teach this practical life skill by putting a placemat that shows which utensil or tableware goes where. Their tools for eating should be located somewhere they can easily get them and they should also be kid-sized, so they won’t have a difficult time carrying them.
- Cleaning. This simple chore that you regularly do at home can be a fun and learning experience for your child. Simple tasks such as dusting and wiping furniture is something that even a toddler can learn. Sweeping and mopping the floor are also tasks that will already seem like chores for you, but your little ones will be very eager to have a go at them. Do not expect the outcome to be the same as when you do it, of course. Aside from letting them learn the basics of these tasks, they will learn the concept and importance of keeping a clean and tidy surrounding.
The Montessori method of teaching helps children become independent and life-long learners. Educating them this way can require special tools, still there are also a lot of daily home activities where we can include kids that will teach them the Montessori way.
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at OneSEO (http://oneseo.net/blog) who lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana Tarakji is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a digital marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.
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