From Birth to School

Birth-to-schoolDon’t wait until your child begins school. The Montessori method starts from birth.

Parents at home can help their child develop in a vital stage of their life. There are four areas to consider:

  • Movement
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Self Discipline.

Each of these is brief summarised here and you will also find a link at the bottom of each section to ten tips you can implement at home.

This material has been provided by Aid For Life and you can find more extensive advice and resources on their website.

Melbourne Montessori School provides a toddler group for very young children and their parents. Montessori at home combined with this toddler group will be a great start for your child.

Movement

Your child was born to move and helping him to move freely right from the moment of birth is vital to the building of his intelligence.

Your child can be helped to learn how to move freely when you follow three key principles:

  1. Create an environment with things that will encourage your child to move.
  2. Put your child in touch with these things.
  3. Allow time for him to practice moving at his own pace and rhythm.

Ten Things You Can Do at Home to Support the Development of Your Child’s Movement

Communication

Right from the moment of birth your baby is not only absorbing your words but is also taking in your tone, intonation and the structure of the way you speak. As parents we can make a difference to our child’s language by following a few simple principles.

  1. Prepare the environment for good communication, which means preparing yourself and other family members, because you are the child’s environment for language.
  2. Connect your child to the environment through talking, listening, and reading.
  3. Make time for your child to absorb your words and practise speaking.

Ten Things You Can Do at Home to Support the Development of Your Child’s Communication

Independence

Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves and think for ourselves. When you offer choices at the
right times and only lend a hand when he needs help, you are saying “I know you can do this by yourself.”

Your child will be on the path to independence when you follow these three key principles:

  1. Create an accessible environment.
  2. Show your child how to do daily activities that lead to independence.
  3. Make time.

Ten Things You Can Do at Home to Support the Development of Your Child’s Independence

Self-discipline

Helping your child to learn how to take control of himself is one of the most challenging parts of being a parent. You can create the
circumstances for your child to develop self-discipline by following three simple steps:

  1. Create an environment that fosters self-discipline
  2. Connect your child to the life going on around her through involving her in practical activities and offering her choices.
  3. Make time for your child to be involved in activities around the home, whilst working at her own pace and respect her work and play choices.

Ten Things You Can Do at Home to Support the Development of Your Child’s Self-discipline

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