The tools that will help develop a child's autonomy
A unique gift is one that gives a child the opportunity to develop his autonomy.
Why the emphasis on a child's autonomy?
Cognitive science has proven that the best way to initiate a child to the fundamentals of learning (writing, reading, counting…) is to focus on the development of the child’s autonomy.
Autonomy will help a child to develop his capacity to concentrate, memorize, pursue, plan and adjust his strategies… essential tools which will help him for life! Having confidence in one’s child and letting him discover for himself is the key to successful autonomy.
As parents who are passionate about the development of our children in an environment that is respectful of their needs, we look for and recommend the adapted learning material.
What is special about the material and how to use it?
1. Children are encouraged to seek out their own activity
By doing so, this will allow them to be fully concentrated and engaged in the chosen activity.
2. An adult presents the activity
a- Explain the use and aim of the toy using simple words.
b- Calmly demonstrate to the child on an individual basis, using gentle movements that are precise and logical.
“(…) be concise, your words should be limited, simple, true and objective.” (Maria Montessori)
3. A child can assess his own actions by observing the material
The adult needs to point out the elements which will allow the child to self correct him. The material is self-correcting and enables the child to observe whether his actions were suited, and allow the child to learn and make the necessary adjustments.
4. A child's strength
Children are going to repeat by themselves the activity as many times needed so that the knowledge becomes automatic and hence need to use less effort in the future for the same task.
In this stage the adult needs to be patient and observe, thus leaving the children to play by themselves. Dr. Catherine Gueguen confirms in her book “Pour une enfance heureuse” : “When experiences are lived and repeated, the connections and cerebral circuits will consolidate in five to six months”.
What is the right context to present the material in?
In order for the material to be enjoyed to its full extent, it needs to be presented at the right stage of development. It is the only way a child can get motivated and implicated in his self-corrective activity with an intelligent aim. That is why the material is recognized as development and not as didactic material.
This development material needs to be pleasant, attractive and to be presented in a logical and accessible manner.
We have also chosen hand-crafted materials in order to transmit the appreciation of not only work that is well done, but also the quality of the natural materials used.
We have classified the material by age as a guideline, it is necessary to also take into account the stage of development of the child, which will be different from one to another. In order to know if a child is ready for a material, you can observe how he interacts with the toy. If the child discards it, then he is not yet ready and it can be presented again at a later stage.
These cards are a support to help express emotions.
Children leave their emotions with strong intensity and the way before managing them is long.
Putting emotions into words will help children to be more conscious about them and to be less disappointed when the emotions are too strong.
These 24 cards are a base for discussion.
The wooden balance board is a board to work out motricity and imagination.
From a motricity point of view, different studies showed that the balancing phenomena allows to develop the nervous central system.
This versatile toy is multi-steps and encourages a blooming imagination, as the board can be used as a car track, a bridge, a table, a bench, a cradle, an improvised bed… multiple playing and fun options.
2 weeks delivery
The artisanal fabrication in multiple layers of wood, makes that it can hold 40kgs.
Witty Wood treasures basket is composed of:
- A fabric basket realised by Mes petits cariños
- Let’s shake it! rattle to develop the eye-hand-sound coordination
- Let’s roll it! rattle to develop the eye-hand coordination and the sensation of a rattle rolling in between fingers
- Let’s pass it! rattle to work the baby's ability to pass things from one hand to the other
- A Rabbit Rattle
Witty Wood table mat will help children to learn how to set the table.
This activity will help them to precise their gestures and coordination; as well as developing their social behaviour by participating to the family tasks.
The table mat design will help children to recognize the elements they need and where they should be placed.
When this task becomes easy, they will be ready to help setting the table for whole family.
NB: The table mat has to be ironed on the backside.
Getting involved in the life of the home helps them to start to feel part of the family and being part of the family sets them on a path where they start to become aware that they are responsible for their actions.
The cleaning kit will help them to learn how to take care of their home.
It is recommended to show them, one by one, how each tool should be used (for example, 1 week = 1 tool). In order to know how to present the activity, you can refer to the part called “presentation” of this website.
NB: Colors of the brushes and sticks may vary, and do not include the dish towel.