Movement Enhance Learning – Montessori System
Maria Montessori said, “If you wish to give the means to the child for his development you must give them in such a way that the child can and must move”. In all her books, lectures and conversations, Maria strongly stressed on the importance of movement.
The reality is that we all need to move for getting through life, but the movements of children are significantly and intimately connected to their learning process. When one moves, the brain gets stimulated, different to how it works when one passively listens or watches TV.
Especially now, when our lifestyle has become sedentary and we are addicted to the screens in front of us, it’s important to ask ourselves: Do our children need such activities to learn and grow?
Our brain is designed to develop and it does, on every movement and effort. Don’t go far; consider how your brain controls the movement of your fingers as you type.
It takes practice to master the art of anything; you take time to learn and hold the pencil, start writing letters and words, and finally put them into sentence – without continuous effort you won’t learn. This entire process involves movements.
Just how regular schools, tests, and contests measure the IQ of a child – self esteem and joy are not measurable by SAT test and any IQ test. Creativity and intelligence develops with time, when a child starts exploring and tries finding out how things work.
Here’s how Red Apple Montessori system uses the movements for enhanced learning and development of students:
The Montessori Way
Maria Montessori observed closely how movements enhanced learning. The Discovery of the Child is where she: “One of the most important practical aspects of our method has been to make the training of muscles enter into the very life of the children so that it is intimately connected with their daily activities.”
Milton Montessori system provides a prepared environment where children are allowed to move freely in their classroom. The seats are not assigned, nor do they seek permission for moving around in the classroom.
Students pick their own activities- walk to their chosen place, and start exploring the functions. More work is done on the rugs lying around, instead of tables.
A student said it best: “I like my school, I can walk around all day and the teacher walks with me. I can even play the way I want.”
Maria Montessori based her entire Montessori education on the principle that movement enhances learning; learning is directly proportional to movement.
Students match the color tablets and then find similar colors all around the classroom, while moving. They trace the sandpaper letters and learn the sounds accordingly.
They discover things and themselves and the world by moving around. This movement and learning process they acquire from their classrooms is taken home and into the world outside. Their exploring mind will allow them to follow the same etiquettes while they are carrying an activity at home.
However, your home should be prepared accordingly as well, or at least certain places in the house should match their classrooms at school.
Letting your child take control of his movements will automatically stimulate his mental and physical development. The practice of Montessori system mentioned above should definitely allow you to understand and observe how this education system and you can together build the future of your child in the best way. The system is worth every try.
“The young child is very hand-minded, and the materials are geared to his need to learn through movement, because it is movement that starts the intellect working.”
– Elizabeth Hainstock Teaching Montessori in the Home