Why should you consider placing your toddler in a Montessori Nursery classroom? What will your toddler be learning at that age? What are the benefits? Here's a look at how starting your child in a Montessori Nursery class can benefit his/her learning experience later on in life.
"The studies which have been made of early infancy leave no room for doubt: the first two years are important for ever, because in that period, one passes from being nothing into being something." - Maria Montessori
From the age of 0 - 3 years, a child learns learns through doing and through observing - their "absorbent mind" allows for experiences to form part of his/her entire being, not just in memory. It is an effortless learning that should be unitlised and nourished from this young age.
Starting your child in a Montessori Nursery classroom at the age of 18 months will allow for important foundations to be laid for later learning. A Montessori Nursery classroom offers a safe and age-appropriate environment for your young child to explore freely. There is a misconception that Montessori classrooms lack boundaries, however it is the presence of boundaries that allows for a free and safe environment, which in turn aids a child's independence and self-confidence.
Age-specific activities are laid on shelves and shown to children individually when they are able to master the skill/activity. The role of the adult in this environment is to guide the child to what they can master while supporting their natural learning capabilities and interests.
The activities within a Nursery classroom are aimed at:
Strengthening Fine/Gross Motor Movements
Refining Hand/Eye Coordination
Developing spacial awareness
Developing sequencial thought/sense of order
Supporting Independence and Self-confidence
Improving Social Skills
All of the above form an invaluable foundation for any child to grow from when entering a pre-school environment. It gives the child an opportunity to learn through play, exploration, socialising, and curiosity - it gives the child the freedom to learn naturally and happily, building on skills which will be used as he/she enters pre-school.
"It begins with a knowledge of his surroundings. How does the child assimilate his environment? He does it solely in virtue of one of those characteristics that we now know him to have. This is an intense and specialized sensitiveness in consequence of which the things about him awaken so much interest and so much enthusiasm that they become incorporated in his very existence . The child absorbs these impressions not with his mind but with his life itself." - Maria Montessori