Montessori has come to my attention a lot recently through my cousins home schooling ethos and my own research into the theory behind the education. I am therefore delighted to be hosting this post by Emma Lawson suggesting ideas of how to incorporate Montessori style activities into your daily routine with your child(ren).
The Montessori approach to learning is envisaged in such a way that a child is well prepared for lifelong learning. Getting the most out of one’s education entails a lot of diligence and it is best to start preparing kids as early as possible. There are numerous activities that stem from the Montessori approach, which can be used at home so as to advance your child’s learning.
Fiddlesticks, a gateway to language
The Montessori approach regards reading as a very important skill, and thus kids are taught vowels and consonants as well as letters before embarking on the wonderful journey of becoming readers. Fiddlesticks is a great way to make sure that your child works on numerous language skills and there are various ways to use this game. You might want them to practice letters/ sounds or parts of speech. They indeed open a vast arena of possibilities when it comes to working on language and can be used in the comfort of one’s home at any time so as to advance these skills.
It is a well-known fact that kids love playing with animals and it is also a great way to learn something new. If you own a dog, your child can help you take care of it and learn how to feed an animal, as well as how to ensure that your pet is nurtured the proper way. In addition, your kid can also understand the importance of having a healthy pet and the Bravecto tablets are a great means of protection against ticks or fleas during the summer season. If you do not own a pet, there are various ways to prepare activities which are dog-themed, such as baking cookies that are shaped as dog bones.
Helping you in the kitchen
Yet another great idea is to employ child-sized dishes and cutlery when you teach them how to work in the kitchen. There are numerous things they can do to help you, starting from squeezing lemon or orange juice all the way to washing dishes. You can also have them help you while baking or cooking by peeling fruits or shaping the cookies. In addition, a child can also arrange food, serve it and maybe even wash up afterwards. This is a great way to help them learn how to take proper care of one’s food as well as to learn how to clean everything properly. The most important part is that your child will realize that working around the house is worthwhile and in no way a waste of time.
Activities in the nature
After spending the day in preschool or school, it is great to have your child unwind in nature while still learning about the world. You can all go to the park as a family and spend some quality time playing or maybe even planting flowers. Another great idea is to collect and press flowers and maybe even try to identify and classify them accordingly. This is great stimulation for your kid and it gets the creative juices flowing even outside the classroom, which is of utmost importance when attempting to raise them to become lifelong learners.
Montessori style activities should be employed as an important part of ensuring that your children grow up to be hard-working people, able to do anything they set their mind to.
Emma is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson
Having recently chosen a Montessori nursery for J to start later in the year, I am particularly interested in Emma’s suggestions of Montessori activities to try at home. I love the idea of J helping more in the kitchen and around the house, which he really enjoys, but I usually try to avoid as I am doing these chores in a hurry. Now I can see the benefit of approaching my chores as learning opportunities for J and allowing more time for them in our week. I am so excited about starting the Montessori journey with J and will be doing at least 2 Montessori style activities a week with him.