This month we had the chance to focus more on caring for our environment. Throughout the classroom there are many activities and materials that the child can collaborate with one another and also work by themselves to take care of our environment; indoor and outdoor.
One of the main topics we focus on in the Montessori classroom is Practical Life. In the toddler environment, we also put an emphasis on teaching “Care of Self” which also falls into this category. The child’s independence is one of the main goals we strive to achieve, essentially we help them help themselves!
“The child, merely by going on with his life, learns to speak the language belonging to his race. It is like a mental chemistry that takes place in the child.”
We give the children the freedom to move around as much as possible in the environment from kicking a soccer ball on the playground to balancing on a balance beam in our outdoor environment. These movements that are practiced are critical to have developed at this age.
Maria Montessori taught that the most influential stage of concentration is during the “first plane of development”, from birth to three years. It is fascinating to watch the toddlers in the environment become concentrated on such minimal things we adults don’t stop to notice.
Our first quarter is over and off to a wonderful start; on to the next! It is so great to see so many personalities in one room growing together. We have continued with our daily routine and have begun to get familiar with one another; new names are being learned and new bonds are being made. So many helping hands in one room!
We are thrilled to have smiling faces back on campus! Welcome back everyone!