Movement in the Classroom Environment
Integrating movement and activity into the school day is a fundamental aspect of Montessori learning at every level, and the beneficial connection between related movement to learning is strong.
The IMS Casa dei Bambini classrooms are a different environment from a traditional school in that children are free to choose activities and to move about the room. The children are moving purposefully to select a material, to carefully carry it without spilling from one part of the classroom to the other, then refining their gross and fine motor skills by using the material as intended. This “learning by doing” has been demonstrated to improve memory, retention, and interest. Physical exploration of concrete, self-correcting materials chosen by the child are guaranteed to delight and excite!
Time in the Montessori environment is limited and precious, and parents can encourage your children to move more by giving children the time needed to walk on their own rather than being carried or moved in a stroller. Make walks, trips to the playground, and sport part of your family time together.
IMS Casa dei Bambini classroom teachers, who are involved with the perceptual motor development of each child, and guide appropriate movement in the classroom environment, run P.E. lessons. Depending upon the campus, these lessons can take place in the play area or activities room. P.E. lessons at this level include activities to organically develop body image, balance, visual motor control, coordination, gross-motor/fine-motor coordination, space awareness, understanding the awareness of right and left, knowledge of direction, hand-eye coordination, foot-eye coordination, and tracking a moving object, etc. Through natural physical activity and games, children expend energy and develop large and small muscle coordination.
Sports Day: each year, we get all of the children and parents moving in the sunshine during Sports Day! A cycle of different activities are conducted for the children, challenging them use their bodies in a series of new, interesting games. The older children are invited to try out some more challenging activities with other older children.
“One of the greatest mistakes of our day is to think of movement by itself, as something apart from the higher functions…Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should become informed by this idea