Children who are involved and engaged in their learning are joyful learners. Producing joyful learners is one of the halmarks of the Montessori method.
To produce joyful learners one must really know and understand the child.
The nursery school child is your 3 to 6 year old who learns through the senses trying to construct themselves.
This requires concrete experiences, this is why we use the materials, presentations and activities to promote learning in the early years in Montessori settings and great Early Years classrooms.
Please ensure that the child can 1. Learn how to do things themselves
- Have a lot of hands on, concrete activities
- Don’t just show them what to do, let them do it themselves
- Let them make those mistakes, don’t always jump in to correct them, they will correct themselves
- Allow them lots of opportunity to repeat the activties themselves, remember:
‘Practice makes perfect.’
Now for your 6 to 12 year old, this is a child who a primary school child the needs are a bit different. They have learnt how to do most of the basic things like brushing their teeth, taking a bath and getting ready for school, washing plates and keeping their space tidy. They have also started reading and writing, but they are now at a point of learning explosion…
What does this really mean?
Your primary aged child wants to learn and is ready to really take on a lot of information.
Remember though that our main objective is to ensure that the child is a joyful learner, who is involved and engaged.
An involved and engagwd primary school child should not have to be forced to learn the “times table” or “states and capitals”!
Instead we should inspire and motivate them to want to learn their number bonds or want to know their country in souch detail that the knowledge will come and the remembering or even the memorization is self driven.
The primary aged child is a thinker and they love justice and want to take responsibility.
Let them know what they need to take heed of, ahow them how to think and learn.
They will surprise you.
They have a great capacity, they loose engagement when they are forced to crame or worse still given all the information in the leasons and notes.
They want to learn themselves they need to do the research themselves. They may need our help but they do not need us to just open up their brains and pour it all in…
Let’s learn how to engage our students in an appropriate way…