Summertime for many children can mean days of play, relaxation and exploration. Many parents will be concerned that the extended period of no school structure will create a sense of boredom for children or even that the children will begin to forget what it is they’ve learned. With the Montessori method, you can be assured that what is learned in the classroom can easily be applied to home life during the summer. Here are some tips that parents can use to make the most of the summer with your children.
1. Create a “Prepared Environment”
Having an environment that is conducive to learning and curiosity is the first great step to making sure that your children are feeling relaxed yet still engaged. The environment and the atmosphere that the child is in is the guide itself. You don’t have to be the one to point your child in a specific direction. Let your child find their path and celebrate their independence as children in their realm. Allow them to both thrive and make mistakes. Any moment is a great learning moment.
2. Go out and Explore
If possible, make an effort to do something physical everyday. Going on a walk, watching birds, exploring a new park, or creating a leaf collection are great ways to engage with the natural world around you. Go to the beach or feed ducks at the pond. Learn about the trees or flowers that grow around your house. Even if it is just for a short while, such as a rainy day, the benefits that your child will reap are enormous. Exposing your child to nature is a way to deepen their appreciation their environment.
3. Teach Practical Skills
Summertime provides an opportunity to be at home for an extended period of time. Use that extra time at home to teach your children about practical home life skills that will help them grow their sense of self-reliance and independence. If you set a strong foundation young, your child will grow to be a person that can handle anything themselves. Start simple and work your way up. Basic hygiene, brushing hair, brushing teeth, sweeping the floor, washing dishes, pouring drinks, wiping spills, organizing boxes and jars, and hanging or folding clothes are perfectly acceptable skills to start teaching children at a young age.