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How to Make Preschool Writing Fun

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When it comes to teaching a child to write, the earlier you start the better. Montessori classrooms teach early writing skills to small children starting in preschool. One of the most important aspects of teaching a toddler to write is making sure that it is a fun experience. Young children are more prone to frustration and discouragement which can have negative effects on their learning. Here are a few ways that preschool writing is made fun in a Montessori classroom.

Start With Tracing

The great thing about tracing activities is that there is a virtually unlimited supply of ideas of what a child can trace. Beginning with simple straight and squiggly lines help children to hone their fine motor skills and their pincer grasp. Being able to trace simple lines pave the way for actual writing and build confidence in a student’s ability with a pencil. Once a child can trace straight and squiggly lines, they can move forward to more complex shapes, letters, and words.

Use a Variety of Materials

Preschool children get bored easily. It can be very difficult if not impossible to make a preschooler do an activity that they are not interested in. Using paint brushes, for example, is a great way to change it up when your child gets tired of the pencil. The skill it takes to use a paintbrush is very similar to using a pencil. Tracing shapes, lines, and letters with a small paintbrush works very well to strengthen hand muscles and fine tune that crucial pincer grasp.

Chalk, crayons, and colored pencils are also wonderful tools when it comes to prewriting skills. Start with boring white paper and pencil and gradually move up to more colorful papers and writing utensils. This will keep the activity going for as long as possible and help to ingrain the skills into their minds.

At this young age, it is best to disguise learning as play. Using a variety of materials can transform a mundane writing activity into a work of art that most any toddler will love to create. Starting prewriting skills early promotes the fundamental motor skills that all children need to advance in their education. Preschool writing activities also pave the way for real writing skills as well as reading comprehension.

March 24th, 2017

Posted In: About The Montessori Method

What to Expect in a Montessori Classroom

Naturally lit, comfortable, and relaxed. These are the first things you are likely to notice when walking into a Montessori classroom. These classrooms are designed in a way that makes a child feel welcome and free. Montessori classrooms are not just cozy and laid back. They are also enticing and pleasing to the eye.  Young minds are generally more eager to learn in an environment that is as interesting as it is comfortable.

Non-Traditional but Effective

Just as the Montessori approach to learning is non-traditional and unique; so are their classrooms. There are many staggering differences you will find in a Montessori classroom versus a traditional classroom setting. A few of these differences are:

  • No Desks. Instead of seeing row upon row of desks, you will see all different types of child sized furniture and various workstations. Montessori students are not bound to one spot in the room. These children move about the room freely, absorbing information as they go. Highly organized workstations that focus on different subjects give children the freedom to choose their work and figure out problems for themselves. A vast selection of work materials, assignments, and activities ensure that each student has access to all the information they could possibly need.
  • Teachers are Guides. You will not see a Montessori educator standing at the front of a classroom giving orders. Alternatively, you will see our teachers guiding students rather than leading. When a teacher steps back to watch their students, they can easily get a grasp on where each student stands in their development. Instead of staying at the front of the room, Montessori educators move about with their students, giving instruction and aid when needed.
  • Mixed Age Groups. Montessori classrooms seldom lump children with students of only one age group. The age range for these classrooms is generally three years. The benefits of mixed age grouping are undeniable. The older teach the younger and the younger learn by example. Younger students are eager to learn from their older peers and older students can recognize gaps in their knowledge when teaching others. This also instills a sense of community. Adults will never find themselves in a community with people of only their age group. Montessori classrooms are no different.

The goal of a Montessori classroom is to foster independence and ensure that each child is given the richest education possible. This is hard to achieve in a cookie-cutter environment that is the traditional classroom. Each child is unique in their gifts and development. These classrooms are designed to open the door to each child to learn they way that works best for them as an individual.

February 27th, 2017

Posted In: About The Montessori Method

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