What parent of a young child hasn’t struggled to get their child to stop squirming and moving in a restaurant and to sit still? Trying to immobilize your toddler or preschooler is an uphill battle at best. Montessori observed that children naturally seek activity as a way of learning to use and coordinate movement. In other words, children must move and seek activity as a way of learning to use and master movement.
“To have a vision of the cosmic plan, in which every form of life depends on directed movements which have effects beyond their conscious aim, is to understand the child’s work and be able to guide it better.”
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 147.
However, Montessori’s view on movement for education is quite alternative and differs from the proponents of more traditional educational philosophies.
Many educators feel children need to sit still in class because “the ability to regulate one’s impulses, sit still, and pay attention are building blocks of success in school.” So they believe to be successful in school one needs to sit still.
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Is movement essential to learning? If children are moving all the time how do they learn?
How can foundation phase classrooms incorporate more movement into the learning programme?