If your child attends a Montessori school, you are likely already seeing the benefits of our unique programs and philosophies. You may also be wondering if there are steps you can take at home to help your child progress. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful way to show your children that behaving well and acting responsibly has pleasing results for them. There are many ways to use positive reinforcement at home with your children, including:
- Praise. This is one of the most powerful tools a parent has. Children love praise and they want to know that the good things they do are noticed. Keep your praise specific—tell your child exactly what he did that you like. The more children are praised for doing well, they more they will try to do other things well. Use praise liberally and do not worry—your praise will not result in a swollen ego for your child, only more good behavior.
- Choice of activities. Another way to deliver positive reinforcement is to allow your child to pick an activity. This shows your child that behaving well can result in certain levels of control, which children love. Have you ever noticed that your child will suddenly stop eating certain foods? This is often because what they eat is one of the few things they can control, so let them feel more responsible and in control when they have earned it.
- Physical rewards. Also effective is doling out small tangible rewards—age-appropriate toys, healthy snacks (try not to rely on this one too often), items that encourage creativity and cognitive development such as colored pencils, and stickers are great little ways to positively reinforce your child’s good behavior.
Are you interested in giving your child the advantage of a Montessori education? If you have questions, please call our campuses located in Starcreek: (972) 727-2800, North Dallas: (972) 985-8844, and West Plano: (972) 618-8824.
By now, you’ve likely heard of the some of the benefits of a Montessori education for your child. Are you interested in learning more about early childhood education at Montessori? Check out this video clip for more.
For children three to six years old, the Montessori philosophy is dedicated to nurturing and fostering a love of learning in each and every child. Children are encouraged to forge engaging and meaningful connections with learning and creativity that will serve them for the rest of their lives through hands-on activities that feel rewarding and fun.
At Montessori schools, we are committed to giving your child the finest early childhood education available. To ask any questions you may have, please call our The Montessori School Dallas Area campuses located in Starcreek: (972) 727-2800, North Dallas: (972) 985-8844, and West Plano: (972) 618-8824.
Botany is a rewarding interest for children—it not only piques their natural curiosity, which encourages cognitive development, but it gives them a fundamental understanding of biology and connects them to the natural world. The Montessori School, we have activities that focus on the wonders of botany, but there are also activities to do at home with your children to foster an interest in botany and a love of learning as well. Try these following activities, for example.
- Work in the garden together. Spend time in the garden weeding and planting with your child. Planting flowers, vegetables, and other plants will show your child the fruits of his or her labor and give her a hands-on understanding of the basics of plants and how they grow. Studies have shown that seeing the physical results of work, such as a growing garden, boost self-esteem and confidence too.
- Go on nature walks. Take a simple field guide to the flora of your area with you when you and your child go on nature walks and try to spot and identify plants, especially useful and interesting ones. If there are local botanical gardens near you, visit them with your child and read the plaques that accompany the plants and flowers. Knowing what a certain plant is and where it grows can be exciting for a child.
- Give your child a starter plant to take care of. Having and caring for his or her very own plant is a great way to foster a love of botany. Give your child a plant with an age-appropriate level of care—air plants, for example, are fascinating but need to be misted every day. Cactuses, on the other hand, require minimal care. Other plants, such as philodendrons, fall somewhere in the middle and are quite hearty.
For more information on our programs and enrollment, please call The Montessori School Dallas Area campuses located in Starcreek: (972) 727-2800, North Dallas: (972) 985-8844, and West Plano: (972) 618-8824.