Every parent dreams of their child loving school, learning, and excelling academically. Because education and success are closely linked, you try your best to instill good habits in your child for them to carry through their life. Unfortunately, they don’t always cooperate (what else is new)!
A child’s academic success often depends on their interest level in learning. If they are interested in the subjects, if they are progressing quickly, or are gaining confidence by learning independently there is a good chance they will be more interested in learning. This is why Montessori classrooms contain many different learning materials, so that every child has a chance to find something that resonates with them and helps them better develop. With the tips mentioned in this article, you’ll be able to foster your child’s motivation to learn and help set them up for a future of success.
An important part of motivating your child to learn is catering to their interests. Montessori classrooms are set up so that they can appeal to a wide array of children’s interests, keeping them interested and willing to learn. A child who likes dinosaurs but dislikes math may be more interested if they are counting dinosaur eggs or the teeth on a dinosaur toy rather than a number line. Children also like to play, so arts and crafts and other interactive materials are a great way to make learning fun and form a better connection with the information.
Everyone likes being good at something, and the recognition that comes along with it is a great confidence booster, making it important that you recognize your child’s accomplishments. You can motivate your child by congratulating them when they do something new or by enthusiastically talking to them about what they know. They will gain confidence because they will feel that you are pleased, which in turn will make them want to learn more.
While entirely independent learning can be ineffective, guiding your child while they choose their own learning path can be a great way to raise their confidence and interest in learning. Children are controlled in many parts of their lives, and when they are forced to do anything, they are more likely to become opposed to it over time. By allowing them to be free, you can ensure that they are learning comfortably and forming a better connection with the material. This is why the teachers in our Montessori classrooms are more guides than instructors.
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In a traditional classroom setting, children sit at their desks, listen to the teacher, and receive instructions. Montessori students are encouraged to learn with a much more hands-on approach. Instead of sitting and learning with paper and pencil assignments, children have free reign over a classroom with a variety of educational activities at their disposal. Working with their hands gives children a solid understanding of the learning materials, and information is absorbed more effectively.
Children tend to learn better when they are completing tasks on their own rather than receiving constant instruction. When kids learn using their hands, the lesson is effortlessly committed to memory instead of relying on verbal or written repetition. The Montessori hands-on experience can be applied by using:
Children learn most from what they see; they learn better by copying the actions of others rather than being told what to do. Your child will learn much more by working alongside an adult than being given instructions from afar. A few ways to apply this concept are:
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Montessori students are not typically assigned homework. Montessori educators do not believe in dictating the work of their students at home, instead reserving that time for family, relaxation, and the child’s own interests. There are many benefits of a no homework policy, as well as alternatives that allow children to continue learning while home.
Children spend all day learning with the help of their peers and teacher. The last thing they should be worried about when they get home is hours of school work to complete. A no homework policy makes education more fulfilling rather than stressful. Some key points to consider are:
Kids have a natural desire to learn, absorbing information everywhere they go and from everything they do. Although they may not be completing traditional assignments, there are still many things they can learn at home.
Montessori schools generally avoid homework for the benefit your child, but that doesn’t mean your child’s education will come to a stop at the end of each school day. You can teach your child a variety of things by spending time together. This quality time may not be available if your child is busy with homework.
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When is the best time to start teaching your child to write? You might be surprised to know that Montessori students begin learning to write as early as age two! Starting early has many benefits, and in fact, many Montessori children can read before entering kindergarten. The Montessori method works by taking advantage of early development, a magical time when children are most receptive to learning language skills. From their first coos to writing their first “A,” children are building lasting skills that will help them grow.
Storytime is a fun way for teachers and parents to bond with their children while also encouraging academic development. From infancy forward, reading with your child will build an early interest in learning to read and write, and it will enhance your child’s language skills.
Montessori students are given a variety of activities to strengthen their fine motor skills. Washing dishes, assembling pegged puzzles, and using scissors are just a few. Activities using the hands and fingers will make it easier to use a pencil in the future.
Proper posture and arm strength are very important when a child is learning to write. For example, children should be able to sit up straight for a period of time while being able to use arms properly. Easily switching from hand to hand and reaching around their back indicates that the child has strong arm muscle control, and they might be ready to start writing.
Tracing lines teaches children how to hold a pencil while learning basic letter formations. Students simply trace straight lines and gradually begin tracing squiggly lines and shapes. Tracing squiggly lines teaches the child control of the pencil which makes writing letters easier.
Identifying letters and the sounds they make are the next steps. As children learn their letters, he or she should learn to associate that letter with the sound it makes. This will make the information more concrete and easier to remember while setting the stage for early reading skills.
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