Wheaton Montessori News
Kids need to be able to attend to their teacher both by making eye contact and by listening intently for instructions and redirection. They need to have the cognitive skills to navigate the layout of the school building by remembering where their classroom is, where the bathroom is, where the main office is, and more!
They need to demonstrate motor planning, coordination, and visual perceptual skills in order to navigate obstacles (i.e. their buddy who stopped to tie his shoe), stay in a uniform line, and ascend and descend stairs when necessary.
In short, waiting and walking in line at school is no easy task!” – Claire Heffron of The Inspired Treehouse
Some kids need an extra dose of movement to be ready for eating family dinner or to sit still for a story time (in a traditional story circle setting). Movement comes through moving around and through a hands-on approach – they need to manipulate objects, build things, take things apart, and explore. In the classroom, teachers observe to make sure that each individual is getting purposeful movement according to his or her needs. Movement is built into the design for each individual to move the amount that they need to stay focused and attentive.