Well yes. Early learning can be fascinating to young children when they are engaged creatively. It boosts their confidence, teaches them to play independently and meets their natural needs at this unique stage in their life.
Have you noticed that toddlers adore letters and numbers and music and physical activity? That they want to know how everything works and want to do things on their own and often getting frustrated in the process? Montessori style activities are life-based. They help children build skills for everyday life, with a focus to building upon the necessary foundations needed in academia.
Through genuine enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning I have watched my toddler boy naturally gravitate towards the activities we put forth for him without force. He is enchanted and often calmed by putting things in order. We are at the stage now where he watches us and learns how to do a new exercise through us and often asks for help. Sometime he does these exercises on his own, and sometimes he wants us to help him. That’s all part of the joy for him: to gain independence and build his self-esteem from doing things on his own, or to revel in our company and assistance.
The first years are so incredibly formative in a young child’s life. They really do pave the way and set the tone for how they perceive the world, how they learn. This is a short time to help our children develop their brain architecture and a positive self image. To believe in their own ability for inner growth and to develop a true love for learning is one of the greatest gifts we can foster for our children.
I’ve never been the type of parent who follows any sort of strict parenting guidelines or theories, which is why you’ll find some styles of activities that don’t exactly fit the Montessori mold. I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite DIY Montessori Inspired Activities that you can easily create and share with your children in their home environment.
Stay tuned next week for the Second Edition of DIY Montessori Inspired Activities For Your Toddler!
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