There is a lot being discussed about the benefits of play – the needs of the child and the benefits to overall development.
For now I will look at the pros and cons of play for a toddler (0-3Yrs) for his natural and fulfilled development.
Toddlers change and develop more than at any other time of their lives. Their brains are constantly growing and making connections based on what they see and do.
Play can certainly fulfill and give chance for development, but to optimize their chance to develop to their potential Montessori created an environment where the child has more freedom to explore and learn unaided. Montessori gives children a guide on how to behave, how to interact with others and how to foster focus, concentration and refined skills needed to move forward successfully.
Toddlers need lots of repetition in their play (to fulfill and refine their interests and skills) and also exposure to new and varied experiences to help them start to make sense of the world they are exploring. Classes and their daily schedule should offer these two important factors for the child.
They need :
Time to explore
Time to listen
Time to think before actions
Time to build hand dexterity
Time to experience new things in a safe environment
Time to watch
Time to repeat
Time to achieve by themselves
Our Montessori Toddler classes cover all aspects of a childs’ inner needs and allows the childs’ carers to understand more about How, Why and When children need attention and guidance and how to provide a suitable environment and build a positive relationship with them.
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Mr. Toby has been the Director of Elton Education since 2005. He found Kids Channel Montessori in 2002 and spends his time teaching kids, parents and teachers about the Montessori philosophy.