This week’s Guest Post is written by the talented Emma Lawson on the subject of an educational approach with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
There is a lot of skepticism present among the parents, because this is not one of the traditional ways to educate and raise your children. Parents usually find this method avant-garde and Montessori learning is frequently frowned upon. Despite all this, Montessori Method has many benefits and advantages.
Montessori and babies
As the babies’ first encountered environment was mother’s womb you should provide the same environment for your babies after they were born. The new environment is the bedroom, so try making it safe and quiet as the womb was, so that your infants can adjust positively to the new world. According to Montessori Method your babies should not sleep in a baby crib, instead they should be on a mattress on the floor and surrounded with pillows. And they should sleep like that until they are three years old. In order to keep your babies warm you can put them in a baby swaddle. This unique product enables your infants to freely move their limbs, just like they did inside the womb.
Until the age of 3
From the moment your children come to this world and until the age of 3, they are like sponges. Their brains are yet to be formed and that is why they need proper environment to help them grow. At their early ages, children are interested in sounds and movements of their parents. You have to be careful which tone you use around them, so it is better for their development of language abilities to speak clearly and without raising your voice or using baby talk. Tell them stories, listen to music together and interact with them as much as possible.
Another important thing is toilet learning. It is very important for adults to control themselves and not make odd faces when they come in contact with urine and feces. Children have to learn that using a potty is as important and easy as learning how to eat. When teaching your children how to use toilet, let them sit there naked. This will allow them to explore things and will learn to use toilet more independently later on.
Ages 4 to 6
In this period of their lives children are learning a lot of crucial movements for their later development and life. It is important that children are surrounded with best quality toys which can help them express themselves better, teach them to appreciate beauty and respect themselves and the environment. By enrolling your children to Montessori oriented preschools you are helping your children develop self-care, better organization and cognitive abilities. In addition to that, they will learn to respect the environment and to cooperate with others. Also, they will be more capable of learning anything on their own. This method is beneficial when it comes to developing academic, physical and psycho-social abilities, and it will provide children with positive attitudes toward schools and learning.
Even though this method has been frowned upon for a long time, more and more parents are actually adopting it. It is highly beneficial for early developments of every aspect of your children’s lives. What is more, they will one day become more independent and successful people, but only if you show them how to respect the others and the environment. And there is no better way than Montessori Method.
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. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson