How Montessori Schools Help Preschoolers Develop Motor Skills

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Enrolling your child in a preschool can yield many great benefits, such as helping your child learn how to socialize and self-regulate. Children who attend a preschool may also have a leg up on other students since they typically have an increased vocabulary and a foundation of counting and pattern recognition. If you aren’t sure which preschool program to pursue, consider Montessori education.

The Montessori Method was developed by educator Maria Montessori, and her philosophy was that because children are eager to learn, they can initiate and direct their learning in a supportive environment.

Instead of just having your young child sit at a desk and receive instruction, a Montessori program provides lots of activities that can help your child develop his or her motor skills.

What Are Motor Skills?

Motor skills is a broad term that refers to the development of muscle movement in the body. The development of motor skills helps your child’s cognitive development and helps him or her explore the world.

Motor skills can be divided up into different categories, such as gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and sensory development.

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FAQs About Montessori Education

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Is Montessori right for your child? If you need more information on this non-traditional style of school, take a look at the top questions parents have about Montessori and the educational approach behind it.

What Are the Main Differences Between Montessori and Traditional Education?

Unlike your local public school, Montessori schools are grounded in one specific educational approach. Montessori schools were founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900s and use a prepared environment, multi-age classrooms, and active, student-centered lessons and activities. Instead of the teacher dictating what the students do, the children make the choices, explore, and create their own learning process.

Unlike the frequent content changes found in the traditional school’s period-by-period learning structure, Montessori schools use longer uninterrupted work periods. These allow the child to experiment and immerse themselves in whatever they’re currently learning. As the child explores, the teacher acts as a guide. This helps the individual student to learn in their own way, at their own pace.

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The Basics of Infant Education in Montessori Schools

Your baby is years away from reading books by themselves or adding equations. But that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start their education. Take a look at what’s, why’s, and how’s of Montessori learning in the earliest years.

What Is Montessori Education for Infants?

Most Montessori schools start infant education as early as six-weeks of age. Even though your infant can go to “school,” this doesn’t mean Montessori babies learn in the same way older children do. But these classrooms or communities for the youngest students do follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori and the educational philosophy she created.

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Ways the Montessori Approach Benefits Gifted Children

Gifted children, those who are ahead of their peers in one or more developmental areas, have specialized educational needs. While not the only schooling option, Montessori preschools are especially well-positioned to meet the unique needs of these children. Here are the various ways that the Montessori approach to teaching benefits gifted children.

Activity Choices Let Children Pursue What They Enjoy
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What Do You Need to Know About Uninterrupted Work Periods?

girl studying What is the uninterrupted work period? Unlike other schools, the Montessori classroom offers children the chance to explore and engage with a prepared environment for a set block of time. If you’re new to Montessori, take a look at the top questions answered about this cornerstone of classroom practice. (more…)

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The Montessori Classroom and Respect

Respect is at the heart of the Montessori classroom. The ideas of grace and courtesy prevail in this educational setting. How can you help your child learn about respect? Take a look at the top tips to help your child learn about this quality in a patient, tolerant way.

Model Respect

You can’t expect your child to show (or even understand) respect if you don’t lead by example. Montessori educators respect their students. They also expect the students will give the same respect back — both to adults and their peers.

How can you role model respect for your child? Some of the easiest ways to do so include:

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Why Choose A Full-Time Montessori Preschool For Your Child?

Should your child go to a full- or part-time Montessori preschool program? If you’re not sure which option is the right choice, take a look at the advantages of all-day or five-day school week for your pre-k child.

Regular Routine

The Montessori classroom is unlike any other school (or often home) environment. In these classrooms young children can choose activities, work at their own pace, and guide their own learning process.

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Painting, Preschoolers, and the Montessori Classroom

In the Montessori classroom, painting means more. What can you expect from your child’s first experiences with temperas, watercolors, and other paint products? Take a look at the answers to some of the top preschool painting questions.

How Is Painting Different in the Montessori Classroom?

Montessori classrooms (and the teachers) encourage exploration. Your child is central to their education and is the leader of the learning experience. This means you won’t find ready-made art projects that children are instructed to piece together. You also won’t find strict painting instruction or a teacher who tells your child what to create.

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Questions to Ask Your Preschooler After Their Montessori Day

You carefully chose Montessori as a preferred preschool program for your child. But at the end of their school day, they get into the car and say absolutely nothing. What can you do to learn more about your child’s day? Take a look at the top conversation starters that will get your child talking.

What Activities Did You Choose?

Unlike traditional school classrooms, Montessori preschools provide young children with the chance to make their own choices. This fosters a sense of independence in learning — and in life. Instead of the teacher scheduling specific activities (such as finger painting or block play) throughout the day, Montessori educators provide their students with options.

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What to Expect From Early Childhood Emotional and Social Development

Montessori preschool helps a young child to grow into a capable, knowledgeable, independent person. Whether you’re new to Montessori or not, understanding your preschooler’s development can help you to better work with the teacher, set expectations, and provide the most support possible.

Take a look at the major emotional and social milestones for three- to five-year-olds and how Montessori can help your child to reach them. (more…)

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