Maria Montessori observed the relationship between the brain, senses, and muscles. She took notice of how well young children thrive and develop (body muscles and brain) when there’s plenty of opportunity for movement. The movement is often embedded in the activity itself (such as washing a window, or working with Pink Tower at school) as well as in other activities typically done during playtime or recess. The more your child can be moving (small movements and big movements), the better. Examples of “small movements” include coloring, cutting, pasting a collage, making a necklace with beads, building with Legos, and putting together puzzles. The brain and the hand are at work. Examples of “big movements” include whole-body activities such as walking on a line of tape that wraps around the house floor, playing hopscotch, going biking, moving to Head-Shoulders-Knees and Toes.
Children also love music, and dancing! Below you will find various videos of musical games we do together in the classroom, as well as new ones we haven’t yet tried. One particularly fun piece of music for them might be the “Peter and the Wolf” narrated story, which includes music. All of the children have listened to it, and either acted out the parts or watched their friends do it; the children had a blast!
Peter and the Wolf
Songs We've Done Together
New Songs To Try (More to come!)