When it comes to giving bananas to your child, do you give them peeled ones? More children are starting school with such poor co-ordination they struggle to peel a banana, say physical movement experts. A simple task like peeling a banana may not sound a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it is actually a good Practical Life activity for your toddler.
A basic Montessori motto is “help me do it myself,” and by encouraging your toddler to accomplish tasks on their own, you are helping them to build motor skills, confidence and achieve a sense of accomplishment. Peeling a banana allows children to work with both hands at the same time, not to mention the delicious reward at the end of it! But before you hand your toddler an unpeeled banana, there are some pointers to take note of so that your child will be able to complete the task successfully and safely.
Here are some learning materials that you could include in your Montessori home environment! :)
1. Stack-up Cones / 2. Circle Sorter / 3. Pound and Roll Tower / 4. Sound Blocks / 5. Water Blocks / 6. Mini Hollow Blocks
When incorporating the Montessori method in your home, space constraint may not allow you to adopt all ideas and concepts. It is perfectly fine because changes can be made gradually. As every family and child is different, so what works for one family might not necessary work for yours. Even though it is ideal to have a few shelves for the various developmental areas, it is perfectly okay to place different learning materials on just one shelf. The rotation of materials will just have to be more frequent, in order to enhance your child’s learning needs and interests.
When children learn in a prepared environment, they will be able to assert their independence and their desire to contribute, which is why the environment plays an important role when incorporating the Montessori philosophy in your home. Setting up the environment can be an enjoyable process, and the rewarding part is seeing your child learn and pick up skills independently along the way.
What you need to know about setting up the prepared environment:
What is an effective learning method for a toddler? Personally, I feel that the Montessori philosophy works beautifully for children 18 months to 3 years old. If you are unfamiliar with the Montessori method, it focuses on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. In a nutshell, Maria Montessori believed that when a child is given the freedom to choose within a prepared environment, he / she will learn and develop optimally.