Why do toddlers do so well in a Montessori environment?
A primary goal of the Montessori philosophy is: “Help me to do it myself”. Maria Montessori discovered that all children have an innate drive to learn and be independent, and when given the opportunity, can learn to take care of their basic needs at an early age. Even the youngest of our children, commonly referred to as toddlers, are able to begin to thrive through doing tasks for themselves through the Montessori method.
The Montessori method helps toddlers learn by doing and incorporates a sense of order and accomplishment into their everyday tasks. The classroom is filled with hands-on activities for this critical age of development. These activities will improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill development, self-sufficiency, and social development.
Eye-hand coordination is developed with materials such as threading, bead stringing, cubes on pegs, spheres on horizontal pegs and puzzles. Children learn practical life skills and fine motor skills through pouring, scooping and sorting.
Montessori activities promote self-sufficiency and prepare the finger muscles for holding a pencil for writing. Most importantly, they are geared towards a toddler’s developmental interests.
On a social-emotional level, the Montessori environment helps the child develop feelings of support, security, and self-esteem. Children are guided toward appropriate behaviors through a non-judgmental atmosphere that offers consistency.
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