Little Forest Montessori Activities
Music & Movement
Music is an integral part of the Montessori classroom. It enables children to communicate and express themselves non-verbally; helps them enjoy music and feel happy.
When taken seriously and presented as an approachable, Montessori practical life activities hold inherent dignity. It’s not “just” getting dressed or "just" cutting an apple if one is doing it oneself. The child is learning to follow a complex motor sequence, independently, in order to fulfill his or her own desires and needs. These skills, when taught early in life, allow children to believe in themselves as well as develop the self-discipline needed for success throughout their lives.
Studies have shown that there are many benefits of introducing gardening to kids at age toddlers. Through garden play, children acquire and improve crucial skills, have fun, and develop self confidence all the while enjoying a nature friendly childhood in the Montessori way.
Montessori language materials are designed primarily to teach children the intricacies of written and spoken language. A firm grasp of writing and speaking will allow students to progress with their learning. Students use language materials to explore letters, sounds, handwriting, and eventually spelling and writing.
Arts & Crafts
The Montessori philosophy encourages freedom, within limits, and art is no different. Once a child has received an art lesson, they are free to do the lesson on their own. If they know how to start and how to clean up, what happens in the middle is up to them.
When creating new lessons for our art activity, we keep these questions in mind:
What’s the basic concept or skill we want to focus on?
How are we building on previously learned skills?
Maria Montessori believed that educating the senses preceded intellectual development. A child’s education begins at birth as he/she takes impressions of their world through their senses. Around 2.5 years old they enter a sensitive period for organizing these impressions. Much like the alphabet organizes language, the sensorial work organizes impressions.