Best Wooden Toys: Montessori Toy
The term “montessori” refers to a type of education where children are taught through play rather than formal instruction. The name comes from the French word “médiatrice”, which means “little teacher”. A typical Montessori school teaches children how to read, write, count, draw pictures and do other basic skills using simple tools such as blocks and pencils.
Montessori schools are usually located in small communities or villages and teach children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
The most famous Montessori school is the one founded by Maria Montessori (1867–1944) in Milan, Italy. She was a teacher at a private school when she noticed that her students were bored with traditional classroom learning methods. Her solution was to introduce children to play instead of memorizing facts.
She believed that children learn better when they have fun.
In the United States, there are many Montessori schools in California, Florida and Texas. Some of these schools are run by nuns and others by lay teachers. There are also several Montessori preschools in North America.
These preschools provide a structured environment for young children while teaching them basic skills like counting, writing letters and numbers, reading stories and making sounds.
The trained teachers in these schools are called “Montessori teachers” or “Montessori instructors”. They are generally required to complete several years of training, which includes classroom teaching and supervised practice with children.
Children of different ages are taught in separate classrooms. In their first year of schooling, the preschool-age children are usually divided into two groups: three-year-olds and four-year-olds. In their second year, they may be separated into three groups: three-and-a-half to four-year-olds; four-and-a-half to five-year-olds; and five-and-a-half to six-year-olds.
Teaching materials in a Montessori school are made of wood. Children are encouraged to touch these objects whenever they need help with an assignment. For example, if they want to write a letter “A” on their chalkboard, they can pick up the piece of wood with the “A” on it and put it back whenever they wish.
They should also be able to use their hands or fingers to trace the shapes of objects. This helps them develop fine-motor skills.
There are at least three shelves for each child: one for science equipment, one for practical life tools and one for academic learning materials.
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