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“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence”, wrote Maria Montessori. And this is even more true of children: just think about how many things toddlers discover through touch, which is their means to explore the world. This is why we’ve dedicated some of our courses to children, designing them according to their needs. But why is children’s dexterity so important in their education and for their development?

Mask courses children | KartarugaMaria Montessori: children’s dexterity as a way of reasoning

Maria Montessori was a specialist in pedagogy, an educator, a doctor and much more. She’s the one the Montessori Method – which is used all over the world – is named after: the method focuses on the respect for the natural psychologic, social and physical development of children. Maria Montessori claimed that, by doing, thoughts are revealed: manipulating things, then, is a way of reasoning. When children are painting, writing, building or decorating something, they are actually thinking, with their sense, though.

Maria Montessori identified the age at which these “psycho-sensory activities” take shape, as well: from 3 to 6. But children, at this stage, can only observe their environment and its stimuli, they cannot understand its “reasons”. They therefore need someone who can guide them according to a method: i.e. teachers, whom they will find in our courses, too. This is, indeed, the only way for children to both enjoy themselves and learn something.

But what do children exactly learn by developing their fine motor skills?

What arts teach to children

Arts and dexterity make children develop their cognitive, social and motor abilities:

  • cognitive abilities, because they can discover:
    • that a problem may have more than one solution;
    • the power to make their ideas come true through materials;
  • social abilities, because the arts:
    • teach them that they have to endure efforts and, as a consequence, to value the efforts of others;
    • they work as therapies for children with difficulties;
    • they’re a way to create integration in groups with various cultures;
  • motor skills, because handling a brush correctly, using glue to stick feathers, glitter and the like on a mask and drawing:
    • improve the children’s dexterity and their use of objects in a controlled way;
    • develop the eye-hand coordination.

These are the bases on which we’ve planned our courses for children, joining dexterity and the discovery of the world of Venetian masks.

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