Discover how these four approaches can work together to nurture baby brain development
First, let’s have a basic understanding of this four concepts and approaches.
Montessori method is based on a child-centered method of education that involves child-led activities. One of its fundamentals is the real-life activities where the child can learn effectively through experience.
Waldorf approach encourages learning through imagination, creativity and free play. It aims to inspire life-long learning and to enable a child to fully develop their unique capabilities.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Surprisingly these can be taught to babies with toys such as wooden blocks, play silks and more.
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment. It assists their skills of concentration and focus, and how to manage emotions.
It may seems that these four approaches are contradicting with each other in some ways. Yes, they are different methods but that does not mean they can be all useful… together.
Based on the simple illustration below, there are ways that these four methods can work together in nurturing the baby brain development.
Although there are some articles mentioning their differences, we can all still agree that they are all beneficial to baby 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. Its texture and patterns fires up curiosity and creativity. 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.
Fort building kits and play silk are pretend play toys promoted by Waldorf approach. The way it is being played also promotes mindfulness and STEM learning. The open-endedness of this toys is what Montessori is all about.
See how these different approaches can all work together?
A little creativity and effort could turn any play ideas into nourishment for baby brain development.
With above basic toys you can start exploring these four methods. No need for expensive and wide toy choices. Less is more!
If these four methods have something in common, it would be promoting open-ended play!
STEM, Mindfulness, Montessori and Waldorf approach are not at all the same. They focus on different aspects of baby brain development.
Yet, they are all beneficial. Explore and observe your child’s responses on each approach. You may find it more efficient when combined together.
Key Takeaway: STEM, Mindfulness, Montessori and Waldorf approach are different philosophies but they can complement each other.
As parents, we always want the best for our kids, right? So why not maximize all the resources that we have?
But do not be overwhelmed! Always remember we are their parents first, and as teachers comes next.
It is a well-known fact that we all learn more when we are happy and the overall experience is pleasant. The retention is high and responses are always positive.
So, it is still best to see the child’s interests and preferences to make learning a fun experience.