by Laura Berthiaume June 29, 2021 3 min read
The wonderful Montessori-certified teacher that runs ourat-home program, Katie, also teaches at the Montessori Teachers College in Toronto.
Every year she has her students do the same exercise that she also recommends to parents in our program.
Spend time in each area of your home at your child’s eye-level. Lie down on your stomach or back, sit on your bottom or knees.
Seems silly but it’s an eye-opening experience, trust me.
What do you see? This is what your child sees. How do you feel? Are you comfortable? Are there interesting things to look at? What catches your attention?
Dr. Montessori said:
“The child has a different relation to his environment from ours… the child absorbs it. The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul. He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear.” (The Absorbent Mind)
Once you experience the world at your child’s level, you might find that things aren’t ideal for a small child. It might feel cluttered, overwhelming, or even boring if there’s nothing to engage them at that level.
So what changes can you make that will encourage independent play, focus, and bring joy?
The best place to start is often their playspace or the living room, wherever they spend most of the day.
This may mean moving large furniture or toys that create obstacles in the room.
Children need to repeat activities, movements and ideas in order to master a new skill. It seems counter-intuitive but by providing your child with less to do, you are actually enriching their learning experience. You are giving them time to explore. To absorb all the characteristics and properties of a material or toy.
As always, we never want to add more to your plate. As parents ourselves, we know how much pressure there is to do it all perfectly.
Even just implementing 1-2 ideas can help!
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