Screen-Free Summer Activities to Promote Early Childhood Learning

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As the weather turns warm, many parents of young children break out of the house, anxious to take advantage of parks and backyards. However, as the weather turns from warm to hot, families retreat indoors again, fearing heat exhaustion, dehydration, and sunburns. The summer months can start to drag, with more and more parents relying on TV or tablets to pass the time.

The Montessori model of early childhood education celebrates curiosity, brain development, learning experiences, and diverse sensory activity. Screen time provides none of these benefits, and too much time with a screen can actually decrease a child’s ability to learn, visualize, create, and emote.

If you’re trying to stay away from screen time this summer, here are some sensory-stimulating activities that will benefit your child and further their learning in a Montessori-style education.

5 Ways to Foster a Lifelong Love of Music in Your Montessori Student

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Whether your child attends a Montessori school or you’re just interested in implementing the Montessori method in your own household, you may wonder what you can do to expand your child’s sensory world.

While much discussion of the Montessori method centers around the tactile sensory activities that tend to be popular with preschool-, kindergarten-, and early elementary-aged students, from magnetic sand to water play, activities that challenge the aural senses can also be invaluable in inspiring your child to move beyond his or her comfort zone.

Read on to learn more about five music-based activities that can help your child develop a lifelong love of music and rhythm patterns.

Learning Styles and the Montessori Method

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Have you ever noticed how different people prefer different learning styles? You may prefer to learn by reading, while your child might learn best by holding and touching different objects.

Unfortunately, the traditional school system typically favors two kinds of learning styles: verbal and logical. The Montessori Method addresses all learning styles, with a greater focus on visual and physical learning styles.

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a Montessori preschool or kindergarten, it’s helpful to learn about the various learning styles and how they’re addressed at a Montessori school.

Whole Body Learning: Why Sensory Experiences Are So Important

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Child learning with the whole body learning.

When you think about sending your child to school, you may expect the linear model of learning, where the teacher provides information and the children internalize it to learn answers, letters, numbers, and events. While memorization is a key part of retaining knowledge, the best learning is done with the senses.

Sensory activities are a huge part of the Montessori classroom simply because they have the greatest impact on early brain development and learning patterns. Have you wondered why sensory play and learning is so important for your child? Here’s what you need to know about engaging the senses and how it relates to education. 

10 Common Montessori Learning Materials and How They Help Your Child

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capture2The Montessori method encourages self-directed learning through exploration and play. We help children learn through a variety of specially developed materials. These materials may look like fun toys, but they are designed to help your child learn and master difficult concepts.

Here are some of the most common learning materials you might see in a Montessori classroom.

Montessori at Home: Incorporating Montessori Learning Principles into Your Family Lifestyle

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The guiding philosophy of the Montessori classroom is that children are empowered to learn through exploration. As children “teach” themselves about the world and how it works, they become eager to learn even more on a never-ending path of self-motivated discovery.

There is no reason why this philosophy can’t “come home” with your child at the end of the school day. Whether your child is in pre-school, elementary school, or secondary education, you can easily adopt Montessori principles into your home for greater learning and independence.

The Mixed-Age Advantage: Why Montessori Classrooms Combine Younger and Older Students

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Mixed-Age Group of StudentsParents who are considering the Montessori approach for their children will be interested to learn that a single Montessori classroom holds children from a broad age spectrum. It’s a significant departure from the model of public school, where children are strictly grouped according to age.

What are the advantages of having an age-diverse classroom? As a parent, you’ll be interested to know the unique benefits that can come from mixed-age classrooms.

Keep It Simple: How Montessori Classroom Design Enhances Learning

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If you were to walk into a traditional preschool classroom, you might notice the décor first. Many classrooms fill the walls with brightly colored charts, posters, and decorations. Some of these items have educational purposes, such as bulletin boards to track students’ progress, but many are simply intended to liven up the space.

 

In a Montessori classroom, you might also notice the décor first, but not because of its bold colors. In this blog, we discuss the principles behind Montessori classroom elements and how those principles benefit students.

Developmental Milestones for Infants

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From the time babies are born, they begin to learn about the world around them. How your child speaks, plays, and acts can give you clues to how well he or she is learning. Not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. However, you can look for milestones around certain ages to ensure your baby is learning essential developmental skills.

Look for the following milestones in your infant to ensure he or she is developing properly.