“I can do it myself”. A big statement at any age, but never so big as the transitional stage between toddlers and preschoolers. Their fierce drive to be independent permeates and dominates their world. From eating to dressing, from toileting to pouring juice, the preschool child faces each new challenge as one to be attempted, practiced, and mastered. Success now ensures success for life.
Dr. Montessori stated that, in our attempts to aid or help the child, we were really hindering the child’s development. While we would like to shield our children from making mistakes or would like them to hurry and let us help them dressed so we are not late leaving the house, they will not learn the skills necessary to be independent if we do for them what they are capable of doing for themselves.
Montessori Preschool: Developing Independence, Movement, and Motor SkillsStudies have shown that children retain 20% of information obtained auditorially, 30% visually, and 70% from ‘doing’, or what we sometimes refer to as active learning. The Montessori environment is prepared so that children interact constantly with the Montessori learning materials and the prepared environment.
Through the five senses and especially through movement Montessori students discover, explore and even influence the world around them. In essence, they are creating their minds through movement.
See our other related blogs in this series:
- Montessori Musings: Development of Movement in Children
- Movement in the Montessori Infant/Toddler Environment
- Independence and Movement: Montessori Elementary
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.