Toddlers are at a very sensitive age for physical independence. It is natural to want to take care of them, yet sometimes giving the freedom and space to do things by themselves is a gift that not only makes them happy but also supports their overall development, confidence and sense of self.
There are a few things typical to Montessori classrooms worldwide that might give the casual observer a pause. Picture it: you walk into a beautiful Casa environment, full of children working – individually and in groups – at low tables or on mats rolled out on the floor.
What do you think of when you say “summer”? For many of us, it is the sun, sandy beaches, and water; camping under the stars, or summer cookouts and barbecue. Even if you’re staying home, these themes are easy to incorporate into activities with your child and honor the season whilst having fun with the following activities!
We hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer full of fun activities. Remember, these summer months shouldn’t mean a break from reading! Reading, and being read to, is critically important for children’s development. For youngest children and babies, reading aloud gives parents a chance to model their native spoken language, and instill an early love for books.
Sometimes we believe that the children are “too small” or “too young” to help us or even to care about themselves. The opposite is the truth. Young children are (more often than not), the best helpers and love looking after their environment, others and themselves. The sooner they start with practicing real-life activities, the faster they master practical life skills.
Have you ever noticed the mixed-age classrooms in a Montessori school and wondered why? The beauty of the Montessori classroom comes through strongly because of the inclusion of multiple ages in one environment.
Looking for some fun things to do this winter break? Even though the weather is chilly, these activities provide the perfect reason to bundle up and get outside! And many of them provide follow-up to […]
Human communication is formed by a combination of varied systems: body language; artistic expression, dance and music; symbolic languages (such as traffic signs or pictograms) and the written language. However, we focus on spoken language as one of the pillars of human development and our humanity itself: a complex and intricate system that likely shapes our minds as much as our activity shapes our environment.
When: Thursdays from 15:30 to 17:00 hours; 9 classes from January 18 to March 22
Where: International Montessori School of Prague, Hrudičkova 2107/16 Praha
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter – with first frosts and early darkness, bright twinkling lights and seasonal decorations wherever you look. Is it any wonder that we populate the long, cold nights […]