Throughout my journey as a parent and Montessori educator, I have repeatedly seen how simple activities, offered at the right time and in the right way, can have a huge impact on a child’s behavior. Children are fascinated by real objects and they will ‘work’ with them to develop different abilities. With this in mind, I’ve created a series of videos of some of my favorite simple and easy activities, which you can share with your child at home or on the road. Not every activity will interest every child, but by watching your child at play you will start to learn what works best for her. Below are 9 key points to keep in mind when sharing a new activity with your child.
- Choose an age-appropriate* activity for your child
- Use a few words to introduce the activity
- Give the proper language for each item used
- Sit opposite your dominant hand so you don’t block your child’s vision of the activity (if you’re right-handed, sit to the right of the child; lefties sit on the left)
- Slow down your movement, so your child can analyze what you’re doing
- Do not talk when actually showing the activity
- Only show your child a new activity when he is rested and well-fed
- Do not interrupt or correct once your child is engaged
- Enjoy sharing these moments with your child
*The appropriate age will depend on the child’s individual development and abilities as well as interest. These are all approximate ages; it is essential to follow your child’s needs by learning to observe them.
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