Practical Life Activities in the Montessori Classroom

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What are practical life activities in the Montessori classroom? The name says it all. If you’re new to Montessori education, take a look at what you need to know about these in-school exercises and how your young child can benefit from them.

Types of Activities

Practical life activities include a variety of exercises that provide the young child with the chance to learn through doing. These hands-on activities put the child in the center of the action, allowing them to explore and make discoveries for themselves.

Clay Is the Perfect Tool for Montessori Kindergartners

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clay sculptingMontessori may be different from the way that you learned, and grasping its benefits can be difficult. Simply put, Montessori allows your child to learn by exploring their environment and mastering their education in a way that works for them. Starting your child in a Montessori kindergarten is likely to expand their learning in ways you’d never expect.

For example, old-fashioned modeling clay transforms into a critical and essential part of a child’s education in a Montessori kindergarten class. If you are interested in Montessori schools and you want your child to start young, learn how clay benefits your child’s early kindergarten years. Doing so will help you to understand Montessori as a whole. 

Montessori Schools Teach Children to Use Their 5 Senses

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Children of all ages are eager to learn about their world and everything in it. They learn their first lessons from their parents and siblings at home, and when they go to school, they learn from their teachers and the world around them.

When young children go to public school, they learn by watching, listening, and reading. In a Montessori school, however, young children are taught to experience the world through all five of their senses. This can give them new insights and allow them to think creatively,

Here are some techniques and methods used by Montessori schools to teach young children to use all of their five senses.

The 5 Senses

STEM and the Montessori Classroom

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Montessori and STEM learning go hand in hand. If you’re not familiar with STEM, this educational acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Some educational programs take STEM a step farther, turning it into STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

While STEM concepts certainly have their place in the sophisticated coursework that you’d find in high school or college classrooms, they’re also a cornerstone of the early childhood curriculum. When it comes to Montessori, the educational philosophy supports STEM learning in meaningful ways that make it an integral part of your child’s learning and development.

What do you, as a parent, need to know about STEM in the Montessori classroom? Take a look at the hows and whys of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Montessori environment.

Early Literacy in the Montessori Classroom

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The term early literacy may seem like a buzzword in education. Even though you may see it repeatedly on every daycare blog, article or book, this does not mean it is just a trendy early childhood activity.

Language development starts early on, making an early foundation for reading and writing a necessary part of the young child’s education. Unlike traditional preschools, Montessori does not approach literacy with a rote, memorize, and repeat type of standard.

What does early literacy look like in the Montessori early childhood classroom? Between the materials that your child will use and the guidance that the educator provides, literacy lessons take on a whole new meaning. If reading and writing are top priorities with your child’s early education, learn what Montessori can do for them.

4 Ways Montessori Kindergarten Can Help With Fine Motor Skills

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As you consider schooling for your young child, getting them off to the right start developmentally can go a long way toward building a successful future.

Along with verbal and social skills, another important part of a child’s development is their fine-motor skills. Improving fine motor skills will help a child handle tools like scissors. Having developed fine motor skills also improves handwriting, and allows for better coordination.

A Montessori kindergarten program helps with fine-tuning and improving fine motor skills many specific ways. Learning about these methods will give you a better understanding of your child’s development.

Sharing in the Montessori Classroom

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Sharing is a social skill that isn’t always easy for a young child to master. Toddlers and preschoolers are curious explorers. And with that in mind, they don’t always want the intrusion of a peer taking over their play. In other words, young children aren’t always natural sharers.

Does this mean that your child can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t share? The answer to this question is complex and doesn’t have one straightforward or all-encompassing response. There’s an ever-present ideology in early childhood (whether in the classroom or at home) that pushes children to share without a sense of awareness.

Social Skills in Montessori Classrooms

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Building social skills as a young child helps lay the foundation for good social skills as an adult. Children learn to communicate, show respect, and how to express their feelings in a reasonable manner.

Along with teaching your child social skills at home, you have the ability to expand their knowledge through a Montessori kindergarten classroom. Montessori classes offer several benefits over a traditional school, and a number of these benefits have to do with social interactions.

See all of these benefits and the ways they can help your child thrive socially.

Artistic Expression in the Montessori Student

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Young children who are exposed to art early in life are inspired to create their own artwork. When making art, children develop fine motor skills and learn how to communicate their feelings.

In a Montessori school, students learn that art is everywhere. They learn to draw and paint with art supplies as well as found objects. These students also learn to work with each other to make group art projects.

Here are some of the projects, materials, and objects that encourage artistic expression and group activity in the Montessori student.

Designs and Arrangements

Montessori students choose pieces of colored paper and felt that is cut in the shape of circles, squares, triangles, ovals, and other abstract forms from a collage tray. Students place these shapes on paper to create a design or arrangement. They use a glue stick to adhere their shapes to the paper.

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child for Montessori Preschool

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Your child beginning preschool is an exciting time of transition. Attending Montessori preschool may be an easier adjustment than most since Montessori schools are deliberately designed to be calm environments where children are encouraged to engage in their natural independence and creativity. When you take the time to prepare your child in these ways so they know what to expect, the transition will be even easier.

  1. Incorporate Montessori at Home

It’s simple yet helpful to incorporate Montessori classroom principles at home, especially in your child’s bedroom. In a Montessori classroom, anything your child plays with or uses on a daily basis is designed to be child-sized and placed where your child can see it, reach it, or easily use it.

For example, your child should have a table and chair in their size, as well as artwork hung on the walls where they can actually see and enjoy it. Toys and books should go in bins or baskets that are neatly organized but also easy for your child to access. In Montessori, everything has its place, and tidiness is emphasized to promote a feeling of calmness.


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