Do you find yourself asking as a parent, how do I educate my child? What are the right toys to give them? I have definitely had this conversation with myself as a mum, and with other mothers.
Over the past couple of years, I have noticed an increase around Montessori learning and toys based around this way of education.
You may find like myself that you already have a lot of Montessori toys without even knowing. Montessori toys are made from natural materials. These natural materials can be such things as rubber, polished wood, stainless steel and felt. These materials give kids the ability to learn and explore differences in texture, temperature, and weight through sensory, a central experience to the Montessori philosophy.
The more I looked into Montessori toys and learning, the more I noticed I had organically introduced parts of the Montessori philosophy and toys into my child’s life – your probably the same.
The method of Montessori education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. A Montessori toy is one that stimulates learning by encouraging kids to experiment. A toy that they can hold and touch, as learning to manipulate objects is key in helping children develop their fine motor skills.
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that experiential learning led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and much more.
As a parent we want to make sure out kids develop to their maximum potential. My advice is work out what works for your kids. It is most likely going to be different from others and there is nothing wrong with that as all our little ones develop in their own unique way.