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Montessori Toddlers

Montessori learning has been developed to include children of all ages, from infants, to toddlers, to elementary school ages. Using Montessori-style education on children as young as two provides a head start on education, and there are many things that can be practiced at home from this young age.

Beginning with Twos

The “twos” have gotten a bad rap, and many first-time parents fear this age, but in reality, this transitional stage in your child’s development can be a magical time. The Montessori method provides strategies to make the transition from baby to child as smoothly as possible.

Giving small children choices, for example, can help to eliminate the power struggle present with just about any two or three year old. Choices offer opportunities for toddlers to complete tasks, gain independence, and build confidence.

The Environment

The key to success in Montessori toddlers is the setup of their environment. Well organized spaces create structure and reduce the incidences of misbehavior. An environment in which toddlers have to opportunity to do things themselves breeds independence. A few examples of a Montessori style home are:

  • The Bedroom. Most children of this age are old enough to have their own bed. A mattress on the floor is fine if you are afraid of them falling. A cushion placed instead to catch a child will help a child to learn what happens if they fall. You may be surprised to see how quickly they learn cause and effect. Toys should be separated by type and always kept in the same place. This way your child knows where to find what they are looking for each time.
  • The Bathroom. A stool where the child can reach the toilet themselves may help to speed up potty training. This is the same for having the toothbrush and toothpaste where the child can reach it. During bath time, allow the toddler to use a tiny bottle of soap and shampoo on themselves. You may be shocked to see how much they can do when given the opportunity.
  • The Living Room. This room can have a shelf of toys in which the toddler can play with the parents or siblings. Child-sized furniture should also be available for their work and playtime. Play mats can also be used instead of a table. Mats and tables help to contain activities to a small area.

When it comes to learning basic practical skills, independence, and confidence; the earlier you start the better. This way, when your child enters school, they will be ready to go and take the next step on their educational journey. Introducing Montessorian strategy can also make your time as a parent to a toddler a pleasant one.

May 17th, 2017

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