Montessori, Music & Sensory Play for 6mths+
Our group is aimed at children approximately between the ages of 6 months and two years and is designed to provide a mix of music, montessori activites and sensory play which lasts about 40 minutes, as well as introducing you and your child to the Montessori method of education. The session is from 2.00pm until 3.00pm every Thursday during term time. We hope each session will be fun, relaxed and sociable.
What happens during the music session?
Music is a brilliant way to have fun as it is so sociable. During the session you will be able to sing songs and rhymes with your child, and join in with all the actions. Some songs will be familiar to you, whereas others will be new. You and your child will also have the opportunity to explore and play percussion instruments. Basic musical concepts are also introduced such as stop/start – loud/soft – up/down.
Why is music important to young children ?
Music is sociable as it encourages children to
- say hello
- take turns
- follow instructions,
- encourages listening which is a fundamental skill in education especially literacy.
- develops a sense of rhythm
- introduces repetitive songs and rhymes which is ideal for tuning children’s ears to the sounds of speech
But most of all it is fun, sociable and an opportunity for sharing songs and rhymes with mummy.
I know what music is, but what is Montessori ?
The Montessori method of education is based on the needs and individuality of each child. The Montessori classroom provides a stimulating, child orientated environment where a child can explore touch and learn. During our Montessori play session we put into place the basic principles of Montessori by
- Engaging in sensory exploration and investigation
- Tidying away after play. That is, returning an activity to the shelf, or tidying an area when play is finished.
- Independence skills
- Development of fine motor skills and co-ordination
On the shelves you will find a variety of activities ready for your child to access. Please encourage your child to select an activity and to return it to the shelf when no longer interested in it. As well as these, we also have treasure baskets and provide opportunities for heuristic play.
A Treasure Basket itself is made of a natural material. The basket can then be filled with natural or themed items found around the home. The Treasure Basket is designed to offer an opportunity for play and learning to babies from when they can sit up comfortably but before they can crawl. In choosing, mouthing, sucking, waving, handling and banging these objects, babies are able to play for sustained periods of time and get a real sense of satisfaction from their explorations and discoveries. They will initiate their own explorations by and for themselves, without the need of encouragement or intervention on the part of the adult. That is not to say that the role of the adult is not an insignificant one. From birth, babies experience warm interplay with the adults who care for them. Through Treasure Baskets we can see how babies use these experiences in making contact with other babies, through glances and intent looking, pre-verbal noises, touching and mutual interest in the objects being played with. It is all too easy for adults to miss these social overtures which are a significant part of the baby’s growth. The adult provides massive support for the child during Treasure Basket play. As the child explores the objects they may experience a certain amount of anxiety that is present in all new experiences: unknown things can hold a threat. The attentive adult provides an all important ‘emotional anchorage’, containing the baby’s anxiety and freeing their curiosity, enabling them to play and learn. When you bring your baby to our session, there will be baskets on the carpet area. Sit your baby within comfortable reach of one of the baskets. Make sure he/ her can reach inside the basket without having to stretch. You can sit back and observe passively. Obviously if your baby needs your help you should go to him/her, otherwise do try not to intervene.
Heuristic play involves children playing and exploring natural materials using all of their senses. A selection of natural and interesting objects are available for the children to explore. As soon as children can move around they seek out objects that interest them. Heuristic play with objects is a safe way of satisfying young children’s needs for exploratory play. The role of the adult should remain watchful and interested throughout the activity without getting directly involved, enabling the child to explore the objects in an open ended way. Watch and see how your child uses the materials, filling and emptying, selecting and discarding, recognising similarities and differences, piling and balancing. With your passive support your child is able to explore the materials with increasing confidence and independence. Repetition is a key element to children’s learning at this stage, so don’t be surprised if your child stays with the same activity for most of the time. You may notice actions be repeated with different objects-rolling, dropping, carrying, passing to another child or adult, covering up or putting objects inside a container. Part of the activity is tidying the items away, so encourage the children to put the items back in the correct containers. We hope you enjoy your time with us. Please help yourself to available refreshments and have fun with your child. If you would like to know more the aims of the group or have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask.