Today, we move into a new area of our Montessori Primer: Nutrition and meals in the Montessori classroom.
What makes Montessori lunch time different?
Maria Montessori believed that meal time is also an opportunity for children to learn. From infanthood when children learn to sit independently, Montessori children are given child sized tables and chairs and are taught to feed themselves. They learn hands-on experience by using real glasses and plates. They practice signing please and thank you, as well as serving themselves and others.
Recently we held a parent education evening addressing Montessori lunch time. Parents were able to gain insight from the teachers as to what is an appropriate lunch and what are the distractions children face during lunch time.
“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.” – Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
Join us Wednesday as we continue our discussion of nutrition by exploring how you can help your child develop mealtime independence and skills.