Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How to Maximize a Child's Absorbent Mind

Children’s minds are absorbent like sponges, especially at preschool age and below. Children under age six have an extraordinary capacity for learning. This span in a child’s life is called the absorbent mind period. At around age three, children begin to actively explore, whereas up to that point they learn reflexively. It’s in these years that you are able to lay the foundation of how your child acquires knowledge in the coming years.

Provide your child in preschool with a stable environment, good nutrition and a basic structure, such as set bedtime and meal schedules. These basics help your children know preset boundaries and give them a sense of stability and security. Enrich their environment with music, colors, and essential oils as well as different interactive activities they can explore throughout the day. Talk to your children often and read to them. It’s important to stimulate all of the child’s senses, including touch and smell.

A child in preschool benefits from activities that involve building and assembly. Brightly colored puzzles and building blocks are often a favorite. Coloring books, as well as freestyle drawing, is another activity that can keep a child in preschool engaged for long periods of time.

In our Montessori classrooms, children are encouraged to explore and experience different activities at their own pace with the guidance of professional teaching staff. For more in-depth information on the Montessori teaching method in our Fremont school, please contact us for a guided tour.

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