{QUESTION} My child keeps going from one activity to another; I feel she is not learning anything, is she too young for Montessori?

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Children are never too young to learn Montessori, they are constantly learning, discovering and exploring. Every piece of equipment in a Montessori room is designed to help a child’s learning and independence.

While in the room with your child, you need to show by example how to be calm and quiet, and speaking in a soft voice.  Depending on the age of your child, help them to carry a tray to their mat, sit and demonstrate the activity, then they can try.  When they have finished they take it back to the same place on the shelf and if very young, with your help. If they do not want to finish the activity that is fine, as long as they place everything on the tray and put it back the way they found it. If your child is upset, assure them that when they place the activity back they can choose another. If all else fails tell your child that you will do it for now and maybe next time they could help you. It is important that your child picks out the activity that they want to do, or else they may not want to work with it. This is their room and they need to have the freedom to choose.

When a child is interested in an activity they may become focused on that one thing for quite some time. They are learning many things from this activity, one activity may teach them, order, hand eye co-ordination, independence, how to open and close, refine their fine motor skills, build there vocabulary etc. Repetition is an important part of learning, a child who keeps doing an activity over and over is still learning from it, and when they have exhausted learning about that activity they will then move on.  We as parents have to accept that, and realise that it is for your child’s learning development.

If your child has completely lost focus and has become unmanageable, take them outside to look at the garden, have a snack, and then come back in refocused and ready to go. As most children only attend classes once or twice a week, a ninety minute session can start off as a long time for them, but over time, their focus and ability to self regulate will grow and their attention span becomes larger, which is what we are wanting to achieve.

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  • Rebecca Grugan
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  • Robyn
    Robyn

    Love this blog post!

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