Is Montessori right for my child?

To quote Maria Montessori: “… Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”

Here are few reasons why a Montessori maybe a right fit for your child

Montessori schools are most suited to children in families where there is respect for the child, the parent set few but clear limits, and the child learns to respect and follow these limits. It won’t work if you let the child do what they want and when they want or if you are just the opposite and are way too strict too. Its about a balanced approach.

It doesn’t matter what is the learning style for your child. Montessori works for all children. The materials offers opportunities to learn visually, aurally, kinaesthetically (through touch) and even verbally. Kenisha need both visual and touch and feel so this works well for her!

I love how a Montessori Class is quite quiet! The children seem focused on their activities without the teacher having to yell to calm them down. Yet they are allowed to move around in the class, which is great for toddlers who can’t sit in one place for too long, something I truly appreciate

Most articles will say that Montessori programs are especially good for children who are self-directed, can work independently for extended lengths of time, and work well alone or in small groups. But in my opinion a Montessari teacher plays a huge role to bring all children to be independent over a period of time at their own pace.

The focus in Montessori curriculum is on individual learning. This allows children to work at their own pace and can also provide a healthy environment for special needs children.

Is a Montessori School Right for Your Child? – Take this Quiz by Eden Prairie Montessori

Montessori vs Traditional School

Personally I cannot say which one is better than the other because they both are unique ways to promote development and education. I think its truly a personal choice every parent needs to make.

To sum up here is a an excerpt that helps to put it in perspective

“A traditional school environment tends to be highly structured in terms of time—if you know what time it is, you know what the children are doing—but it’s loosely structured in terms of space. Montessori is the reverse: highly structured in space and loosely structured in time. If you know where children are in the room, you know what they’re doing, but the time is free. In play-based child care, teachers tend to swing between letting the children play and doing teaching activities.”

Choosing a Montessori School?

If you are interested in supporting the development of giftedness, creativity, and talent in your children then take a look at the Montessori options available in your vicinity

If you choose to send your child to a Montessori school,

  1. Make sure the school you’ve chosen is affiliated with and accredited by a Montessori organization. Also check about the
  2. Tour the school and talk with your child’s teacher/principal to determine if it is the right fit for your family.
  3. Distance/proximity plus an additional Daycare within the premise is perfect for working parents (that’s how we made our pick)
  4. To see the true difference of a Montessori education prepare to keep the child all through early years until they are ready for class 1.
  5. Keep in mind your finances and your future plans for your childs education. This will also help you decide whether you prefer Montessori or another board.

If you’re considering Montessori versus a traditional school for your child, do your research, both in person and online. I recommend you talk to parents who’ve sent to both schools you’re considering. Your child’s education is the most important gift you’ll give him, so choose wisely. No pressure or anything.

If you enjoyed this article you may be interested to Montessori Classroom at Home for Toddlers -The Easy Setup Guide read and Why I chose to send my 2 year old to a Montessori preschool?

What is your perspective on Montessori? Do share in comments 🙂

Tina’s Toy Time Review – A toy YouTube Channel for babies and toddlers

I was always that disapproving person looking at moms who would give a mobile to their child to watch YouTube. Yes, I would judge such parenting styles and tell myself I wouldn’t allow any screen time, if I ever had a child.

Being a Mother changed my perspective

Unsaid, I totally changed my viewpoint once I was hit with motherhood. I am still very strict about screen-time but I haven’t banned it like I thought I would! I think we wouldn’t have survived!

Even with the limited screen-time allowed to children the biggest question mark is monitoring what they are watching, especially when it comes to YouTube. I rarely allow Kenisha to watch it when am in tight spots and have run out of all valid suitable ways to keep her engaged. Like when you are at a doctors clinic with a pin drop silence, on an important official call that needs

 

Say Hello to Tina’s Toy Time

When Tina from Tina’s Toy Time asked me to review her newly launched YouTube channel, I was really intrigued! This came right at a stage when Kenisha had a new found love for all sort of toy videos she recently discovered on YouTube where hands would pick, drop and play with toys but sometimes these cute videos turned strange with weird flashy animation or inappropriate content.

Tina’s Toy time was such a relief because I loved the simplicity of her videos. It looked like real interaction with another person and with toys most babies and toddlers play at their age. Her choice of toys and articles used are always very exciting for the kids and the background effects are too cute, especially the baby giggles and the wows! Her English articulation and vocabulary is clear and easy to follow and perfect for children who do not have English as their first language.

The videos are themed in various categories like alphabets, colours, numbers, shapes and so on.  Though her channel recommends its suitability to 15 months to 3 years but my daughter is 3.5 years and absolutely enjoys it! In fact any child who loves such colourful videos would absolutely enjoy her channel!

Why NPAT Blog Recommends TTT?

Tina Kowalow is a certified Teacher in Canada and a mother of two. She is the perfect person to understand children and create videos that can help harness their imagination using creative and stimulating content. Every child enjoys audio visual and if these can be made educational while cleverly incorporating age appropriate concepts, a child may learn several new words watching a 5 minutes video!

I see how Kenisha repeats after Tina while watching her videos and sometimes she tries to replicate what she saw which is such a great accomplishment in my view.  In today’s time its impossible, especially for busy parents like us to get things done without relying on screen time. But being mindful of the content and selective we can stay rest assured about the exposure our children gain. This is yet another learn through play experience when real play is not an option.

I asked Tina about her future plans and this is what she had to say

When it comes to future plans for TTT, the sky is the limit. Tina is in her element when she’s creating videos – it channels her passion for educating in a fun, technological way that’s unique to the teaching field. So, she can see herself creating such videos as long as they’re in demand.

Her ultimate goal is to create toys, “Tina’s Toys” – non-toxic, safe toys – that coincide with the TTT philosophy of inspiring children’s own imaginative play.

Am helping Tina reach out to more parents looking for fun educational video through YouTube.  If you are one then hit the subscribe button HERE because she adds really amazing videos often. Her current Christmas themed videos are Kenisha’s favourite. Loved the simplistic way of narrating the Christmas story

Not only this we have a giveaway at my Instagram account for 2 lucky moms to win vouchers worth Rs.1000 each. Yes!! we need help to spread the word. Click HERE to join this giveaway.

Don’t forget to share below in comments a review about TTT and your take on screen time 🙂