HOW TO PRACTICE MONTESSORI WHILE YOU ARE TRAVELING
Are you traveling a few miles this holiday season? Don’t sweat it, you can still practice Montessori while you are traveling!
If you are traveling this holiday season you might be wondering how you’re going to keep up this Montessori routine that you’ve set into place. Well let me tell you, it’s MUCH easier than you might suspect!
We have a HUGE trip coming up, I’m talking 9 flights, 3 hotels, 1 Air BnB, and lots of family time! I want to share with you how we are planning to #keepitMontessori over our holiday!
Keep reading to discover 5 ways you can keep practicing Montessori while you are traveling this holiday season (or anytime you travel!)
MONTESSORI WHILE YOU ARE TRAVELING
Getting out in nature is the easiest way to regain some of that routine you will inevitably lose when you travel. Exploring a different landscape will bring up lots of new language, sensory, and science activities without all the fancy materials! Getting out in nature is actually proven to help jet lag so it should be #1 on your to-do list too!
2. Freedom of Choice
Trying to keep up with all the Montessori principles at grandmas house can be a struggle. Most well-meaning family members tend to want to do things for your child rather than allow them the time to independently do things on their own. One way to combat that grandparent “let me do it for you” attitude is to continue to give your child freedom of choice. Hopefully, this will help them to continue to fill their independent cup while you are on holiday!
While your child is in a new environment this is an EXCELLENT time to sit back and observe how they get on! One thing I always notice is the overwhelmed, overstimulated child when opening too many presents. It allows me to remember that we don’t need to buy #allthethings and that a few thoughtful items or experiences are much better than a never-ending pile of gifts.
4. Grace and Courtesy
While the sensitive period for grace and courtesy doesn’t usually happen until around the age of 2.5 you can still start to model graceful behavior. Table manners and courteous interactions with the family, adults and children alike, will be seen by your child who currently has an absorbent mind.
5. Practical Life
There are literally countless ways you can practice practical life activities at home and while you are away. Self-care will still be needed and as long as you are still allowing your child the opportunity to do these activities you are still practicing Montessori! Not to mention all the holiday cooking and baking your child can join in on!
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How do you practice Montessori while you are traveling? Let us know in the comments below!