Now that the holidays are over and we are zooming into the new year, what family goals do you have in place? Maybe you want to start practicing Montessori? If so, then this is the place for you, friend! This Toddler Life has created an amazing resource to jump start your Montessori lifestyle, the 5 Day Montessori Activity Challenge.
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With this challenge, we will be concentrating on 5 of the Montessori principles (hint: you may already be following some of them!) You’ll be given several activities for your toddler to start engaging with right away and most of these activities are budget friendly… can I get a whoop whoop!
Here is an overview of the principles we will be practicing throughout the 5 day Montessori challenge:
Montessori Activity Challenge Principles
Follow Your Child’s Lead
This is one of the most important principles in Montessori. Following your child’s lead is of the utmost importance. We learn what their preferences and strengths are by observing their work, not interrupting. We can guide our children better when we know what their interests are.
Freedom of Choice/Movement
Giving your child freedom of choice does not mean they get to do whatever they like. It does mean that they are free to make choices in a structured environment set up by an adult. They are gaining more independence and confidence every single decision they make.
Respect Your Child
Yes, you are the adult but you can still show your child respect. Talk to her like you would an equal. No baby talk. Talking to the child, not AT the child.
Prepare The Environment
In a prepared environment, a child will flourish. With distractions like loud and flashy toys taken away, they are able to concentrate on the task at hand. Start by making sure the materials they are using are whole and not missing any pieces, take any distraction out of the environment and follow your child’s lead.
Promote Practical Life & Sensorial Activites
Practical life & sensorial activities are the best things for a toddler. Young toddlers are physically growing so quickly simple things to you and I, such as smelling flowers, are activities they love. Toddlers are experiencing their senses for the first time so sensorial activities are very important to grow their knowledge of their senses.
Incorporating more Montessori into your home is the perfect way to start the new year. If you are just getting started with Montessori you may want to check out this post, WHAT IS MONTESSORI & 5 EASY WAYS TO BEGIN.
Another easy way to get started with Montessori is to check out Monti Kids. With educational toys for children and expert online video guidance for parents, Monti Kids makes it easy to support your child’s development from birth to age 3.