I hope everyone had a restful, happy holiday. The teachers have been very busy ensuring that your child’s classroom is clean and tidy and ready for all of the children to come in and begin their working day. Don’t forget that some children may take a few days to settle in again, especially the younger Early Starter children.
During the holidays I posted on our MEEC Facebook page two articles which I thought were very thought provoking and insightful. One was about how fewer toys benefit your children and the other post concerned the importance of movement in young children.
Please take your time to read these articles. Maria Montessori was definitely a very intelligent woman and 80 years ago spoke about the importance of allowing children to move especially whilst they are in classrooms.
“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” Maria Montessori
Below is a 2nd instalment from Michael Olaf discussing the 0-3 child.
Undressing is easier than dressing and is learned first—sometimes much to the consternation of the parents. Clothing that is easy to remove and to put on oneself enables the child to practise these skills. These are things to consider when picking out any clothing, from shoes to pyjamas, to coats, for young children.
A child’s efforts at picking out her own clothes and dressing herself are satisfied if the parents hang up, within the child’s reach, just two outfits, letting the child decide between them when she dresses in the morning. This is enough of a decision in the beginning. Eventually she will be able to select everything from drawers, hangers, and shelves.
Children read the adult’s mind and emotion and will carry out research to find out exactly what the parent is trying to communicate when they give double messages—for example when an angry parent is trying to appear cheerful.
A child needs to know that it is all right to feel and express anger and frustration. He needs models to learn how—walking, scrubbing a floor, hitting a pillow or pounding clay—and not hitting another person (spanking included). If an adult goes for a walk or pounds clay, so will the child. If the adult hits the child, the child learns that it is okay to hit to express emotion.
The Needs Of The Parents
The working parent does not always have the time to include the child in everything and should not feel bad about this. We must be easy on ourselves in the home and plan a time when we will really enjoy working together.
Success in learning to ‘follow the child’ comes slowly. It is helpful to begin with one thing, perhaps putting the napkins on the table for a meal, and gradually add to the tasks in which the child can participate, and little by little take over.
Soon we will begin to learn from the child how to bring our whole selves, mental, physical, and spiritual, to the task of the moment, to focus on each thing we do, and to enjoy each moment of life. Thus the child becomes the teacher of the adult. The needs of the adult are met at the same time as the needs of the child.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Sarah into the Fern Room who will take over from Janelle whilst she takes some Long Service Leave. Sarah is a qualified Montessori teacher and is just about to complete a Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. I am sure you will all make her feel welcome.
Again welcome back to everyone.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- Friday 19 September: Term Three finishes
- Tuesday 7 October: Term Four begins
- Sunday 26 October: Working Bee