The Montessori Approach to Early Childhood

The Montessori Approach to Early Childhood

Feb 11, 2013

There are new approaches being certified every year on the different approaches to early childhood. As time change, so do demands of society and due to this, children are also exposed to different things as generations go by. There are some things however, that remain evergreen. The Montessori approach is one of them. 

At a birthday party for a four year old last weekend, I noticed how all the children from different early childhood teachings did things. The children were first given painting materials to do finger printing. From the group of ten, I noticed only two children arranging their paint bottles in a row. When asked to put things away, those very two children put the bottles of paint away in an orderly row. They were then asked to remove their shoes for some water play. While all the children’s shoes were in a haphazard messy pile, two pairs of shoes lay in a corner, next to their respective pairs.

All this could only mean that those two children were obviously from a Montessori background. These basic habits are instilled in Montessori schools and this is what sets these children apart. Dr. Montessori once said, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” These are very crucial years as the child develops habits and in turn his personality.

Through simple exercises and practices, students of Sugar Land Montessori find effective ways to problem solving and also refine their motor skills. It would boost your child’s confidence tremendously if he could tie his shoe laces himself instead of you having to do it for him. He would be happier if he could manage the buttons on his clothes by himself than asking for help. At Montessori Sugar land  children are taught motor skills that would make them more independent.

The Montessori approach is not a short term solution. You will always be able to pick out a Montessori child from others; he would be the one who puts his toys back, who  folds and arranges his clothes in a neat fashion, who eats without a mess and who is able to occupy himself with an activity. These personality traits are the ones he will grow up with and will remain with him throughout his adult life. Montessori schools are the places where children learn best through play.

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