“What the hand does, the mind remembers.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Hands-on learning, also known as experiential learning, means learning by doing. Hands-on learning is where teachers engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection to enhance students’ knowledge, skillset and values.
Hands-on learning allows students to learn through experiencing something and can allow them to immerse themselves in a learning environment while putting their acquired skills to use and building new skills.
If a child can use their hands to discover and explore the world, their discoveries become more meaningful to them. By doing hands-on learning, kids become active participants, which are much more rooted than any rote memorization could be.
In a Montessori classroom, you will see hands-on learning everywhere. This is because the founder, Dr. Maria Montessori, realized that children wanted real-world, hands-on applications for learning. Not only did they want it, but they also experienced joy in using their hands.
A child cleaning a table is learning care of their environment while also preparing their hand muscles for similar movements in writing. Placing cubes on top of one another in the pink tower allows children to learn precision of movement while also allowing their bodies to experience.
Hands-on learning encourages students to think outside of the proverbial box, coaxing them to experiment with and explore the problems, tools, and substances they’ll work with regularly in their chosen careers.
If you would like your kid to attend a Montessori classroom, please contact us, we would love to chat more with you about our curriculums and different programs. We provide early childhood education and daycare services in Markham and Richmond Hill areas.
About iKids Montessori Academy
At iKids Montessori Academy, we profoundly believe that all children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. We desire to ensure that each and every child in our care is successful by fostering these areas in their daily experiences. We will guide and nurture every single one of them to find joy in learning, and support them in building self-esteem and a strong sense of purpose that will last a lifetime.