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Transcript of Loose Parts
The Montessori Method is based on the idea that children learn best when the environment supports their natural desire to acquire skills and knowledge
Children learn most readily and easily in an environment where they can experiment, enjoy and find out things for themselves.’
A term strongly connected to loose parts is “open-ended.” Open-ended materials, environments, and experiences encourage problem solving and are child centered.
Children involve themselves in concrete experiences using loose parts, which lead to explorations that occur naturally, as opposed to adult directed.
every day materials
using what is already available to provoke childrens
curiousity, discovery, investigation and imagination
synthetic and natural items
provides opportunities to develop new skills
using innovative ways to access materials
items that can be caried, moved and re-organised
setting invitations to play that invite and allow children to change and add new parts
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. The idea of ‘loose parts’ uses materials to empower a creative imagination. The more materials and individuals involved, the more ingenuity takes place.
Loose Parts should:
Have no defined use and play facilitators must support the children when they decide to change the shape or use of them.
Be accessible physically and stored where they can be reached by children without them having to ask for them. The children should know that they can use them whenever and however they wish.
Be regularly replenished, changed, and added to
When children pick up ‘loose parts’ it can be anything they imagine it to be. This allows the children to have fun, experiment, discover, and invent new things.
The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.