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Taking a mental break! March 8, 2018

Filed under: Montessori education,Observation,Uncategorized — bevfollowsthechild @ 8:48 pm

19754_335407046773_3316326_nParents ask the best questions after observing in a classroom!

One parent observed children occasionally taking a break from intense focus on their work.  A child might be working with focus, and then spend time gazing around the room or off into space.  That’s a good observation.

Sometimes when that happens, a child is thinking!  Sometimes a child might be taking a mental break.  I know that I do that when I am working.  Maybe I am working on financial reports, and find that I need a break.  I look away from my computer for a while, or maybe change activity for a while – go check the mail box or load the dishwasher!  I’m giving my brain a chance to rest from intense, high brain activity.

Children in a Montessori class sometimes put out a name tag to save a work, and then go to eat snack, or read a book, before returning to their work.  An elementary aged child might save a work with a name tag, and then choose a different type of work.  In our school, a child might switch from working on a math equation, to working on a map, for example.  The goal is for the child to complete their activities by the end of the week.  Completing a map might take several days.  We allow each child to find his or her own rhythm for learning and completing work!

I just love getting questions from parents.

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