The learning process must continue even when your Montessori preschool children are at home. The good news is that Montessori is a play-based learning system, so your kids will have fun while they are honing skills that range from coordination to academics and critical thinking.
Fine Motor Skills
Children begin learning fine motor skills as infants, and games like touching various body parts as you name them will help them develop strong muscles and coordination. Stacking blocks and ring towers are perfect games for the smallest kids, and all kids will enjoy things like hula hoops, helping with meal preparation, and other practical life skills.
From counting fingers and toes to keeping track of the birds that land outside the window, the concepts of math begin early and continue to develop for years. Your Montessori preschool children can begin learning about grouping similar objects and counting games, but older ones can apply basic math skills to practical life skills such as helping set the table, assisting with cooking, and building collections of seeds, bugs, and more.
Listing your child’s favorite things and then learning to say or spell them provides hours of entertainment for Montessori preschool children. The concept of age-appropriate word games can be confusing, but the best rule of thumb is to transform what your children enjoy most into wordplay. If your daughter’s favorite things are unicorns, then she’s ready to learn to spell the word immediately because it has special meaning for her.
Scavenger hunts are great for all kids. Give each child a separate list of items to find, including difficult items and simple ones. Older children might enjoy solving riddles to find out what the items to find will be, and smaller kids benefit from having visual comparisons of actual objects while learning to pronounce words or differentiate colors.
Teaching your children at home means including them in everyday activities as well. From cleaning up their rooms to helping out in the yard, Montessori preschool children crave the opportunity to do things that mimic their parents or other trusted figures. Sweeping the floor may not seem like a game to you, but it is a delightful pastime for toddlers.