Fall is here and winter is fast approaching. This change in season will bring tree leaves to the ground at a rapid pace. Children enjoy taking care of their home environment by mopping, dusting, and sweeping. Rakes are a tool just as important to them and what better practical life activity to incorporate in your outdoor environment this season?
Ms. Kathy stated, one of the most calming activities for the child is concentration. When the hand and the mind are involved in purposeful activity deep concentration can occur. Digging in the sand, raking and hauling leaves, stacking and hauling firewood, are great purposeful activities the child can repeat over and over again; bringing forth a deep level of concentration.
This winter before you rake up all the leaves and place in a trash bag, consider Happy Hooligans fine idea. Happy Hooligans made a leaf maze in the yard.
Let your child add their own personal favorites to the leaf maze, such as: kick a soccer ball, drive a truck, jump a rope, or hit a croquet ball through the maze. All can bring forth control of movement, concentration and creative fun.
In Dr. Maria Montessori writings, she noted her view of intelligence and observed it for many years in infants and young children. In her words, intelligence is “considered the sum of those reflex and associative or reproductive activities which enable the mind to construct itself, putting in into relation with the environment.”
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