What is Montessori and How Do its Language Activities Differ?
Maria Montessori is credited as the founder of the Montessori educational method.
The Montessori Method is an educational method and philosophy developed by Maria Montessori. The method is based on the study of child development and emphasise a child-centered approach to education.
The system was originally designed for children from birth to six years old, but has been adapted for older children as well.
Language activities in a typical Montessori preschool classroom are different from those in a traditional preschool classroom because they are set up to be more hands-on and interactive, with less focus on memorising or recitation of facts and more emphasis placed on communication skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing.
How to Introduce Montessori Language Activities to Your Baby
Montessori language activities are a great way to introduce your baby to the world. It includes various methods such as singing, reading, talking and playing games.
The best way to introduce Montessori language activities is through playtime for baby language skill development. Singing songs with them will help them make connections between words and music. Reading books together will help your baby learn new words in context. Talking about what you do during the day or what you see on TV will also help your little one get better at listening and understanding speech.
What type of books are recommended in Montessori?
Montessori is a method of learning that focuses on the child and their developmental needs. It is a child-centered approach, which means that the child’s needs are always taken into consideration.
There are many different types of Montessori books for babies and toddlers. There are books with animals, with colors, with shapes, and many more options. The best ones have beautiful illustrations to keep the attention of the children.
TOP 10 tips for language development
- It is never too early to talk to your baby. You can even talk to baby in womb.
- Speak clearly and slowly so that baby can hear distinct sound of words.
- Pacifier is an obstacle for language development and should be removed when not needed.
- Reality based books are recommended rather than fantasy cartoon books.
- When outside we can explain surroundings and how things work.
- Speak at baby’s eye level.
- Real words are encouraged from parents rather than dumb down the words
Checkout our babies activities sheet for list of Montessori baby activities based on age of baby.