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4 Ways to Build Your Child’s Sense of Independence at Home

One of the core values of a Montessori preschool is assisting children advance on the way to independence, and since our Calgary Montessori school is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, here are a few tips for parents to help foster independence in their little ones while at home.

According to the Montessori principle, if teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence and initiate them into the kinds of activities which they can perform themselves, such as:

  • Dress and undress by themselves
  • Wash themselves
  • Pick up fallen objects
  • Express their needs in a way that is clearly understood
  • Satisfy their desires through their own efforts

Our Calgary Montessori School Understands The Importance of Keeping Your Children Growing And Learning During This Difficult Time

At Grey Matter Montessori Preschool, we understand the importance of keeping your kids learning and growing through this uncertain time. We encourage all of our parents and students to stay involved, keep active, and find ways to create positive learning experiences during this difficult situation.

Need some advice on how to keep your kids occupied?


4 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Become More Independent at Home

Gaining independence and increasingly doing more activities without the support of parents is an important and natural part of growing up, and it is a founding principle at any authentic Montessori school.

So what can parents do during the COVID-19 situation to ensure that their kids are getting the support - and necessary nuding - to become confident and self-reliant individuals?

Why not attempt these 4 simple activities:

1. Give Them Responsibility for Certain Household Chores

Depending on what age your child is, and how focused and dependable he/she can be, you should be able to make them responsible for a number of household chores, such as:

  • Sweeping the floors
  • Washing dishes
  • Straightening up their rooms
  • Setting the table for meals

Chores will not only give your kids a sense of responsibility, but it will also boost their self-confidence as they see that their work makes a valuable contribution to the household.

2. Allow Them to Help Care For Their Younger Siblings

Taking care of younger children is one of the best ways to teach kids how to be responsible and mature. This responsibility will allow them to become reliable, grounded, and caring young people.

You Decide What Baby-Sitting Means To You

Every parent can decide what baby-sitting means for a school-age child. You might want your 10 year old to be in charge or reading with a younger sibling while a grown-up is nearby, while another parent might decide it’s okay to leave their 10 year old with a 7 year old sibling while they run to the store.

Whatever your definition, trusting an older child to care for a younger one is a great way to teach a child how to not only be more independent, but also more responsible and caring.

3. Allow Your Child to Find Ways to Entertain Him/Herself

It’s important for children to learn how to find things that interest them and have the opportunity to spend time doing what they like. Parents can encourage children to be more independent by:

  • Setting up a reading station in the house
  • Allow kids to work on their own activity while you finish making dinner
  • Encouraging your child to spend a few hours playing by themselves

Be A Role Model For Your Child

As a parent, when you show your child that you have your own interests, such as doing yoga or knitting, you are making it clear that it’s important to have your own needs and interests and it’s okay for parents and children to do things apart from one another.

4. Let Your Child Organize Their Own Schedule

During this uncertain time, nothing is more important than routine. So why not give your child a calendar and encourage him/her to set out their own schedule for the weeks ahead? This will allow your little one to gain more control of their life and become a more independent individual who will rely on him/herself, not you, to know what he/she needs to do.

We Are Committed to Supporting Your Child’s Education Through These Trying Times

At Grey Matter Montessori, we know it’s not an easy time for Calgarian families but remember, staying at home and other social distancing recommendations are the best way now to protect our family, friends, and neighbours who may be vulnerable.

If you require any advice on how to keep your child active or busy during COVID-19, contact us at 587-707-4739 or fill out our online contact form.

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