How do Montessori parents approach walking?
When I first read “Montessori from the Start” by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Lessen, my whole worldview of raising a child changed.
I learned that the goal of the parent is to prepare the child for the day she or he will be without the parent. It’s my goal to help Leo in his self-formation as an independent human.
Here is how we approach walking in our home:
- Choose simple and practical clothing to allow for maximum movement
- Whenever possible, allow for child to walk with bare feet as this will provide more sensory experience for child and will help develop stronger muscles
- Give child time to focus without extra stimuli (TV is off)
- Provide a prepared environment where child is able to move freely
- Provide low furniture so baby can use to help himself up and cruise
- Provide a walker wagon, we use this Radio Flyer
- Once baby is walking, go on a daily walk with child at his own pace
- Trust the child to make his or her own discoveries
Check out my Youtube video where I share more about the Montessori Approach to Walking:
Further Recommended Reading:
Helping your baby learn how to walk by Nduoma
Montessori From the Start by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen