Art is as much a part of the Montessori preschool as music and physical activity. It helps children develop in many ways, from fine motor skills to academic learning. As is the way with Montessori, the general types of art may be directed but children will ultimately follow their own path and creative ideas.
Leaves, pumpkins, apples, and pine cones. Fall is here and it comes with endless project possibilities for Montessori preschoolers. The nostalgic sounds, cozy scents, and gorgeous colors will inspire you and your kids to craft something beautiful. Here are some fun and educational fall craft ideas from Montessori Preschool in Winnetka.
Parents and educators know that self-esteem is essential for the success of students. Beginning in Montessori pre-school, children start to build their self-esteem in the Montessori classroom and continue to do so in the lower and upper elementary programs. For Montessori students, self-esteem is cultivated through activities that foster leadership and meaningful self-education. Here a few examples of what that can look like in the classroom or at home.
Circle time in the Montessori preschool is when all of the children in the class and the teacher gather together in a circle, spaced out enough so that each child has an equal view of everyone else in the circle. Chairs are optional, but most of these games will be more fun from a seated position on the floor.
Music and rhythm are important for small children. Even infants will be attracted to music and sway in time to the beat. In Montessori preschool, music is an important tool for teaching, encouraging children to exercise, and developing a social rapport with others.
Hands-on learning is a central part of the Montessori preschool classroom. Play-based activities give kids an enjoyable way to learn new things, and that gives them an incentive to pursue more educational activities. Play-based activities are still teaching lessons, only presented in a way that is appealing to young minds
Developed by Maria Montessori in 1907, the Montessori Method defines your child’s Montessori preschool environment. It differs from traditional public school education in numerous ways and has shown positive results for kids all over the world including those with both physical and learning disabilities. To determine whether the Montessori environment is right for your child, it will help to understand a little of what sets Montessori apart.
What children learn during their Montessori preschool years will have an effect on them for the rest of their lives. Attending school is exciting in itself, but your child will be enthralled by the child-centric classroom, making lots of new friends, and being given a way to answer some of the many questions he has about himself and the world he lives in.
Having a set of daily routines helps Montessori preschool children build self-confidence and teaches them a sense of order in their lives. Knowing what step comes next and how it can be achieved encourages your kids to act more independently and provides them with an avenue to seek acceptance from others. For children with some learning disabilities, routines are the barrier between themselves and anxiety attacks or emotional outbreaks.
No matter who we are or what is going on in our lives, we all have something to be grateful for. By showing-- which is identical to teaching-- gratitude to your young children, you can teach them the path to a gratitude mindset that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We encourage this mindset in the Montessori elementary school, and encourage parents to do the same at home.