Simple tips for Montessori at home
To nurture your child's creative talent: command, don't command
At some point in your new child's early life he or she will surprise you. She listens carefully to the story you read and then adds her own imaginative ending. Or he not only colors from the lines, but also draws extra figures with striking colors. Or she hears a song & # 39; in the morning, and you find it & # 39; singing in the playroom in the afternoon, decorating it with her own lyrics and dance steps.
If this has happened in your family, you have discovered something wonderful - a creative child, perhaps a gifted child. Having such a child in the family is both a blessing and a responsibility. To help your child thrive, let's start with these ten general rules - compliments! - about educating creative children.
- A talented, creative child is a gift for your family, so rule number one is to enjoy and celebrate. You can play a key role simply by having the right posture. You and your spouse have already supplied nature. Start now with the right education to help the creative mind thrive. Be open to creative play and new ideas that the child can come up with. Encourage role play and participate. Use your own creative talents - whether that has been a big part of your life or not. Your child needs a playmate! But also encourage lonely play and give your child the privacy to do so.
- In the privacy of your home, go all-in on praise. Outside the home you may want to have quieter prizes or just let your child communicate with the world and receive validation from others. In that case, it's your job to just pull back occasionally and let the child learn from experiences - with you where necessary, of course.
- Read to your child. Every day. Read clearly as a family. During your child's early years, vocalize the scenes in picture books and clearly say key phrases such as "Good dog, Carl." (By the way, if you haven't read the Good dog, Carl series for your toddler, it is a classic and feeds creativity with its own very creative approach.) Take turns reading with your spouse and show your child the forms of words on the page and the accompanying images. Reading pleasure is one of the most important factors in education and in developing a child's creativity.
- Stay out of the way. It is the creativity of your child, not yours. Do not offer too many ideas or do not have a fixed idea or program to guide your child's creative life. The underlying message must always be that it is the creative life of the child and that you are there to provide safety, companionship and a supportive audience along the way. Have rules and demand that your child adhere to them. But make the rules broad enough to allow your child to play creatively. And don't rush your creativity. Your child will set creative moments at his or her own pace.
- Don't criticize when your child grows up. Do exactly what adults do in constructive criticism groups. Hope praise for the good things, what made you happy, made you sad, scared you, to which you responded emotionally. Then focus on one element, if necessary, with a positive approach to improvement - how can you make it even better? Focus on one item, or not at all.
- Encourage your child to make contact with nature and people - and to ask questions. Bring books from the library home about favorite topics. Let your child enter into a wonderful lifelong relationship with the world. Creativity celebrates our relationship with the world, and it all starts with connecting - the younger the better.
- Look for a school that will nurture your child's creativity. If you can afford a private school, find a school that stimulates creativity. Montessori schools are very good at this, and many municipalities offer Montessori options in the public school system. If your child is attending public school, get interested in the daily lesson plan. Give your time to come in and be creative with the whole class. Your child's teacher will love that!
- Take a risk occasionally. The story is spread that Stephen King asked his mother if he could spray red ink on the wall to analyze the results as blood spatters. His mother met (according to the story) quickly. Decide what you want or don't want, but stretch them occasionally to show your child that you are completely behind.
- As your child gets older, you must take into account unusual or antisocial feelings in his or her work. But do not just suppress material because it is not in accordance with your position. Remember that Jonathan Swift, George Orwell and many others built a career because they pointed to serious shortcomings in our society.
- While your child continues to grow, look for adaptation or other social problems. Sometimes creative or gifted children can have problems with it. Consider getting your child out of a bad situation if he or she is shunned or bullied. These children can suffer from anxiety or depression. In these cases, Orange County fear and depression counseling can help.