Discover how Mindfulness, STEM learning, Montessori and Waldorf approach can work together
Based on the simple illustration below, there are ways that these four methods can work together.
Although there are some articles mentioning their differences, we can all still agree that they are all beneficial to a child’s brain development.
Why not utilize them all?
STEM learning, Mindfulness, Montessori and Waldorf approach can work together with these activities
- Fort Building Kits
How: Building the kits requires planning and engineering skills. Once built, it can be anything from a pretend play nook or a calm/reading corner as mindfulness activities.
- Stacking Toys
How: To stack up things it requires focus, physics and problem-solving, just to name a few. Having the right stacking toys can provide open-ended play and real-life experiences.
- Play Silks
How: From capes to tents, this can boost your child’s imagination and engineering skills as well. Throwing it up in the air could promote focus and calmness.
- Kitchen Play
How: A real-life or pretend play can be a fun learning experience for your child. Focus, cause-effect and planning skills can be developed from scooping and transferring ingredients.
Above are just a few activities. A little creativity and effort could turn any play ideas into nourishment for brain development.
STEM, Mindfulness, Montessori and Waldorf approach are not at all the same. They focus on different aspects of child development.
They are all beneficial. Explore and observe your child’s responses on each approach. You may find it more efficient when combined together.
It is still best to see the child’s interests and preferences to make learning a fun experience.
Key Takeaway: STEM, Mindfulness, Montessori and Waldorf approach are different philosophies but they can complement each other.