- Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook. Putnam: New York. 1965.
Montessori was a firm believer that, from birth, children should be free to move and develop their physical movements. She advocated for not confining children to playpens or highchairs, but rather, to encourage independence and awareness by providing child-size furnishings for even the very young. Montessori recommends that an adult help the child learn orderly movements so that as they grow older, they gain more control over their bodies.
Montessori lessons are themselves, a guide to movement. In the Children’s House, children are taught precise and orderly movement when they are introduced to a lesson. These movements include:
Encouraging Motor Skills Development in the Montessori Classroom
- how to choose a mat from the basket
- how to carry the mat
- how to unroll the mat on the floor
- how to choose material from a shelf
- how to carry the material to their mat
- how to set up the material on the mat
- how to complete the work
- how to return the work to the shelf
- how to roll the mat and place it back in the basket
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, April 1, 2009.