Physical exercise and the need for children to have the freedom to “move” is very important at Kingwood Montessori. Our campus is based on the "Natural Playground" philosophy and provides a beautiful environment where children are free to run, play and create their own games. We have a visiting PE teacher and for the inner child, we offer weekly yoga lessons, provided by a local yoga specialist.
One of the core philosophical tenets of Maria Montessori’s education for children was her understanding of the need and importance for movement to perfect their coordination of both large and refined movements. She understood, and which has been confirmed in recent years by brain research studies, the link between movement and activity to the development of the intellect. The freedom to move in the classroom, to work on the floor or outdoors rather than being restricted to sitting for long periods of time at a desk, has always been a Montessori distinction from traditional education. Whether it was the hands of the child manipulating beautiful pieces of material or creating handwork, to early-childhood children walking on the line or elementary students participating in cooperative games, all movement is essential to the development of the whole child. Movement and physical activity help to create peaceful children.
Maria Montessori was an educator, psychologist, and yogi. The word "yoga" means "union", and this union refers to body, mind, and spirit. For students of any age, yoga reveals a path to our innermost selves. At the same time, it helps us create our own special place in the world around us. Yoga, like Montessori education, is a process of discovery. Purposeful movement is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum for all ages.