Attending Montessori preschool is an excellent head start, but the best way to help your children is to take a proactive role in their education. Giving him the opportunity t get outside and get his hands dirty is more than educational, it also has health benefits for his mind and body.
Provide the Right Environment
Your Montessori preschool makes good use of outdoor time, and so should you. Providing kids with a safe and interesting outside space encourages healthy activities like running, stretching and grasping. A lawn, for example, is filled with discoveries for the young mind but it must be free of trash, debris, and sharp objects. With supervision, cleaning up the lawn can be the activity they need and also gives them a sense of purpose-- and accomplishment as well.
Play Based Learning
Giving your child a small gardening space is an excellent incentive. Planting seeds and nurturing plants as they grow is both educational and builds self-esteem as children watch the result their activities grow, blossom and produce edible results. Gardening for children can be as simple as a pot or two filled with soil or as complex as a miniature vegetable garden with several different types of plants like squash, beans, and watermelon.
Even infants can benefit from time outdoors. Spread a blanket in the yard or at the beach and allow your baby to crawl about and discover new things. Keep in mind that little children are new to every experience and eager to try new things. Research indicates that our brains are naturally inclined for outdoor activity, so provide ample opportunity for it to take place. Physical activity is the primary goal and exploration is the bait which encourages it.
By giving young children the chance to explore and investigate, you encourage them to broaden their horizons, take on new roles and responsibilities, and learn about a myriad of things in their own way and at their own pace. Outside activity is fundamental to the human body and mind, so make it a practice to offer outdoor stimuli which boosts his personal potential.