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Get Outside! Embrace Summer Living With These Montessori-Inspired Activities For Preschoolers.

Summer is the perfect time to encourage your preschoolers to embrace the great outdoors and engage in hands-on activities that foster their curiosity and independence. Montessori education, with its emphasis on self-directed learning and respect for the child's natural development, offers a wealth of ideas for summer-inspired fun. By incorporating Montessori principles into your child's outdoor experiences, you can create meaningful learning opportunities while immersing them in the beauty of nature. Here are some Montessori-inspired activities that will captivate your preschooler's imagination and help them develop important life skills. From gardening and nature walks to sensory exploration and art, let's dive into the world of outdoor learning and summer living for little ones.

Fun In The Sun, The Montessori Way

  1. Gardening: Gardening is a wonderful activity that allows preschoolers to connect with nature, develop fine motor skills, and learn about the life cycle of plants. Provide child-sized gardening tools and a small patch of soil where they can plant their own flowers or vegetables. Allow them to take responsibility for watering, weeding, and observing the growth process. This hands-on experience instills a sense of pride and teaches them about patience, nurturing, and the importance of caring for living things.
  2. Nature Walks: Take your preschooler on nature walks to explore the wonders of the natural world. Encourage them to observe and collect treasures like leaves, pinecones, or stones. Bring a magnifying glass to examine insects and plants up close. This activity enhances their observation skills, encourages a love for the environment, and provides opportunities for discussions about the diversity and interconnectedness of living things.
  3. Sensory Exploration: Engage your child's senses by creating sensory stations in your backyard or at the park. Set up a water play area where they can splash and pour, a sand table for digging and building, or a mud kitchen for tactile exploration. These sensory experiences stimulate their senses, promote creativity and problem-solving, and support the development of fine motor skills.
  4. Outdoor Art: Foster your preschooler's artistic expression by providing outdoor art materials. Set up an easel with washable paints, brushes, and large sheets of paper. Encourage them to create nature-inspired masterpieces or engage in open-ended art activities using natural materials like leaves, flowers, or rocks. Outdoor art promotes creativity, imagination, and a connection between art and the natural world.
  5. Practical Life Skills: Summer is an excellent time to involve preschoolers in practical life activities. Teach them how to wash their hands using a water basin or water play area, prepare simple snacks like fruit salads or sandwiches, or set up a nature-inspired picnic. These activities cultivate independence, self-confidence, and valuable life skills while providing a sense of accomplishment and joy.

For tips to help your preschooler transition from the school year to summer break, click here.

Enjoy Summer With Your Preschooler

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, embrace the Montessori philosophy and let your preschooler discover the wonders of summer through outdoor exploration and hands-on activities. From gardening and nature walks to sensory play and outdoor art, these experiences will stimulate their senses, ignite their curiosity, and instill a deep appreciation for the natural world. By incorporating Montessori-inspired activities into your child's summer routine, you are fostering their holistic development while creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. So, grab their sunhats, put on some sunscreen, and venture outside with your little ones to embrace the joy of summer living the Montessori way!

If you are interested in learning more about your options for preschool programs and the benefits of a Montessori Preschool, or for more information on Grey Matter Montessori preschool registration, contact us to book a time for a school tour at our NW Calgary location. We are accessible just off of Symons Valley Parkway in the NW community of Evanston. Call us for more info on our Calgary Montessori preschool programming at 587-707-4739.

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Q: Is there a checklist of things my child must know before attending preschool?
A: At Grey Matter Montessori in Calgary, we value the differences that make each child unique. If your child is aged 3-6 they may be ready to begin to explore learning and we are ready to facilitate it. Learn more about exploring your child’s readiness for preschool here

Q: Does Grey Matter offer any summer programming for preschoolers?
A: For the summer of 2022 Grey Matter Montessori is focussing on Brain Building and enjoying the outdoors. We are offering camps for children aged 3-6.

Explorar Mexico And South America!
This summer camp is full Spanish immersion and will give students the opportunity to paint, cook, and explore the outdoors while learning the culture, language, and history of Spanish-speaking countries.
Learn more about Grey Matter Montessori summer camps here.

Q: Is it worth sending my child to preschool?
A: When it comes to deciding whether it would be worthwhile to send your preschool-aged child to preschool depends on a number of factors. To know if your child is ready for preschool, there are questions that you need to ask that only you, as a parent, know the answer to.

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