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10 Tips for a Montessori-Inspired Summer

10 Tips for a Montessori-Inspired Summer

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Children’s brains are working all of the time. Learning doesn’t stop just because children are not in school. Math skills especially tend to be ignored during the summer break because it is easier to pick up a book to read rather than figuring out a math problem. So, how can you assist continued learning and still enjoy the summer with your children? Here are a few tips for a Montessori-inspired summer from Twin Parks Montessori Schools:

Twin Parks Students Summer

 

1.  Keep a consistent schedule for meals, play and rest 2.  Mix up the activities of the day, choices may include:

  • time outside
  • stimulating work inside
  • listening to music
  • work with a variety of art materials
  • time for quiet and reflection
  • trips to museums and libraries

3.  Read a variety of books daily including:

  • non-fiction
  • poetry
  • joke books
  • chapter books to challenge the imagination

4.  Explore nature:

  • go camping
  • if you travel, read about the biomes before you go, learn about the plants and animals you may encounter
  • make a botany map of your favorite area of the park

5.  Take up a new hobby with your child:

  • fabric arts, such as knitting, sewing, tie-dye, bead work, weaving
  • painting
  • pottery
  • woodworking
  • photography
  • playing a musical instrument
  • dancing
  • cooking

6.  Establish daily chores:

  • watering plants
  • setting the table
  • dusting
  • folding laundry
  • feeding pets

7.  Create math activities to do together:

  • measure everything, count everything, sort everything
  • comparison shopping (keep a pad and pencil handy)
  • graph daily activities like when you go to bed, how far you walk each day, how many ounces of water you drink
  • measure things around the house, map them and rearrange the furniture
  • learn to play chess

8.  Be social:

  • invite friends for dinner, include children in the conversations
  • get involved in your community
  • explore cultural opportunities by attending local parades and festivals

9.  Engage in activities that foster independence:

  • dressing and undressing
  • help prepare snacks and lunches
  • be responsible for belongings
  • create an “Ideas Jar” where you write down new activities to choose from, and pick one when you’re avoiding screen time

10.  Reinforce grace and courtesy: “please” and “thank you” go a long way!

I have heard children say, “I am bored.” I recommend responding with “What does that mean?” Many times they do not know. Children often want parents to be their main source of entertainment. Know that it is okay for children to be “bored”. That is exactly the time when creativity can be encouraged! Instead of feeling guilty, ask, “What can you do about that?”

Enjoy your summer! Share ideas that are successful for your family in the comment box below.

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