The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being (The Parents' Guide to Montessori Book 1)

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The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being (The Parents' Guide to Montessori Book 1)

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being (The Parents' Guide to Montessori Book 1)

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This officially became the second parenting book I’ve read (the first being French Children Don’t Throw Food—they’re similar in that both books advise on a non-helicopter, encourage independence approach to parenting).

I picked up some really inexpensive bins in the dollar section at Target and organized every toy, grouping and stowing them by balls, things that move, blocks, wooden toys, puzzles, etc. Creating an age-appropriate environment that encourages creativity, focus, and independence is what we want to do, and this is one way to do it. I value the ideals of children learning compassion, responsibility, and respect before memorizing US presidents.Declutter your child's spaces and set them up so that s/he may be as independent as possible (can reach toys and access things like water and tissues). It’s a quick read and a beautiful book, but most importantly, I’m a huge fan of the Montessori theory. In a Montessori environment, your infant or toddler will be with teachers—loving, nurturing, and rigorously trained in child development—who create peaceful, supportive, and safe environments for our youngest children. Also label the bottom of each matching set with a numbered sticker to help your child check their work.

The theory is based on using a toddler’s natural developmental stages and encouraging their curiosity, learning, respect, and ability to discover. Simone is a very warm, compassionate, and intelligent instructor who creates a sense of serenity and support in the classroom while maintaining an air of humour and enjoyment. When preparing their environment, make sure everything they need is in place, so they can help themselves. If your child has never used scissors before, you may want to start by teaching them how to cut playdough to help them get a hang of the basics.You can see what traditional sound cylinders look like here, but I would recommend making an inexpensive DIY version at home. This chapter is a wonderful frame for the ideas incorporated in the rest of the book – those of calm, child centered, slow, creative parenting. For example, if a puzzle piece is missing, the activity cannot be completed by design, so the activity should be taken off the agenda. With practical advice, supportive tips, and encyclopedic wisdom, The Montessori Toddler presents a positive, respectful and informative appreciation of toddlers. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Montessori philosophy in general, and suggestions for further reading on the topic.

Acknowledging the effort they put into something rather than the end result also encourages children to seek out challenges more often, and to do activities because it feels good rather than because they want praise. This is an interesting book, though it gets repetitive at times, therefore I didn't fully go through with it. After some time, they will find themselves taking on the task of watering the plants with little to no encouragement. don’t agree with some of the philosophy, but do agree with the idea that traditional schools are not the ideal. The idea is that infants and children come to know what to expect and feel more secure with that knowledge.If you're looking for some fun and educational activities to keep your toddler busy, look no further! not sure I agree with this, at least my gut feeling is not sure about it - sometimes you just enjoy the process for its own sake, no?

Practical life activities are a great way to help your child develop their fine motor skills and concentration. The materials go far beyond plastic squeak toys for chewing on and plastic blocks for banging together. I felt enormous empathy for them, but wasn’t sure what the alternative was to threatening, bribing or putting them into time out.Each day we’d lay out a bunch of toys for him to play with, displayed in a nice circle which really helped foster independent play. Children select the material that interests them, use it for as long as they would like, clean it up (with assistance when needed), and make another choice. You can use anything from pasta to beads to string and simply thread the objects onto a piece of string or yarn and let your child explore. She offers a clear, concise exploration of gentle and positive discipline and encourages us as parents to think about how we phrase things and to be kind, calm and deeply empathetic in our tone. A Montessori classroom for toddlers safely supports your child’s drive to do things alone, developing confidence and a sense of competence.

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