By Sharon Vanella, Head of Early School
The holidays are upon us. This season brings about many sensory experiences: beautiful sights with holiday lights; smells of evergreen, candles, and favorite foods cooking; sounds of favorite songs and music; and flavors of delicious traditional dishes! It is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time for young children.
Children in our Montessori Early School (ages 2-5) are taking in everything around them through their senses, and their young brains are creating neural-pathways constantly through these experiences. You may find your young child is somewhat more excitable or emotional than usual as they process all of this sensory input.
Here are some tips for helping children through this wonderful-crazy time of year:
- Try to stick to family routines, bedtimes, and mealtimes during this season.
- Prep your children ahead of time by letting them know what to expect when changes occur.
- Involve your children in preparation for family celebrations.
- Don’t “force” your child to hug family members if they are uncomfortable – it is important that they know their personal space is respected and honored.
- Utilizing a calendar or sequence of photographs can help children understand what is coming ahead.
However your family celebrates the holidays, we wish you joy and peace!