We have all seen at one time or other, a child that lacks manners. Remember cringing in fear when faced with a child like that? Remember telling yourself that you will ensure your child has manners? Well, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Maria Montessori had the child’s mind mapped out so perfectly all those years ago, that the principles still apply perfectly today.
Montessori preschools all over the world instill manners by simple lessons that can be followed at home for reinforcement. Practical life exercises are just that, they are exercises so the child can learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way. From rolling a mat, lacing his shoes to preparing a snack and washing a table, these simple exercises help your child develop concentration, order, independence and control. It gives your child inner discipline and grace of movement that is crucial to master etiquette skills.
At preschool Sugarland, specific manner lessons are taught by demonstrating the correct behavior. The lesson is broken down into steps and demonstrated. You could do the same at home. If you want your child to greet visitors when they come home, all you have to do is to demonstrate the action with the words. Put this into practice by playing role-play games with your child. It’s loads of fun to pretend! Don’t forget to reinforce correct behavior by praising your child when he gets it right.
Remember, all children are different. Some are extroverts and some are introverts. The introverts will take a longer time to open up to things like greeting people and talking to them. Whatever you do, don’t criticize or put your child down when you lose patience. You can always go over the lesson again or take a short break and come back to it at another time when your child is more open.
Preschool education is not only about learning to read and write, it is also about molding the personality of a child. Aside from patience, parents and teachers will need loads of perseverance! Good luck!