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Thank you for visiting 'Inside the child' and hope that your time spend reading my blog is educational. It includes my thoughts and approach to a child, based on the Montessori educational philosophy that emphasize on independence, freedom within limits and learning concepts of working with materials hands-on, rather than by direct instructions.

My favorite quote by Dr. Maria Montessori “There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”
As a Children's House Montessori teacher, it is my pleasure to share my experience with children of ages 2 1/2 - 7 yrs old, and how small little things makes a big difference. Enjoy reading. Thank you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Small wonders

I have talked to lots of parents about things they can do at home to help their children learn to be independent. Being a Montessori teacher allows me to work with children of ages 2-6 years and I know, how challenging it can be to create that perfect environment for a multiple age group. There are so many parents who wish that their children learn to be independent, co-operative and communicative. Others may be luckier !

In my classroom, I have 6 working areas named as - Practical life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Geography and Art. For their individual time we have a Library. For a bigger classroom, we can add History and a Peace Corner. Peace Corner is my personal favorite. Well, surely we cannot convert our living room, kitchen and bedrooms into a classroom. Wonder, what a home would become !

So, to make things simpler, for all the parents and teachers, it is my pleasure to share a few activities that you can accommodate at home. This will help your child to develop co-ordination, independence, order and concentration.

Activity 1 - Scooping/Twisting wooden beans

Here, your child can either scoop or twist around the beans using hands. In simple language they can play with these wooden beans. You can add variations to it by using - pasta/noodles, grains, baby toys  of your choice. This bowl may be placed in any reasonable corner or area of your house. Or, your child can simply work on it in front of you while you watch t.v ! I have so far not registered any choking hazard with this activity. The idea of this activity is to keep the child focused with his work and letting him know that the beans belong in the bowl and not outside. Great activity to develop concentration.

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