Montessori Way at Home“To assist a child, we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” -Maria Montessori
Welcome to our first blog post. So glad you’re here!
Did you know that research studies have shown that the first five years of life are the most important with regard to a child’s brain development? This is why we believe in the importance of working hand-in-hand as teachers and parents to help shape the cognitive development of a child. Together, we aspire to prepare your children to become life-long learners, reaching their full potential every step of the way.
For our first blog post, we wish to share three simple suggestions on how you can start that process at home, today! While we strive everyday to instill independence, exploration and self-confidence in the classroom, we know the best place for a child to learn is at home.
1. Organization is Key
Having a designated place for things means children will know where to find what they need. An ordered environment also has fewer distractions, allowing children to focus on the tasks at hand. Simplifying your home environment enables your child to understand what is expected of him/her.
Example: Limiting/swapping toy choices ensures a space that is not only neat and tidy, but also highly valued and cared for. Providing open shelves and storage at your child’s eye level allows her to see all of her choices and know how to return objects to their correct places.
2. Observe, Model, and Practice
Take time to observe your child at home, without interfering in her activity. You, as parent—like the Montessori teacher—should consider the child’s environment. Modeling life skills and providing daily practice from the earliest years will result in capable young ones and transition into adulthood. Even young children are capable of pitching in around the house!
Tip: Remember to match tasks with their age and abilities. Young children are perfectly capable of learning to water plants, feed pets, help load laundry, and pick up their toys.
3. Nurture and Motivate
Children are most willing to apply themselves when they feel valued and appreciated. Though allowance, gold stars, and merit-based privileges are rewarding for a child, Montessori encourages the belief that pride and pleasure in one’s own work has a longer lasting and more meaningful effect.
Tip: Expressing words of encouragement and appreciation for your children’s efforts, you—like their teachers—will help nurture an inner motivation that will serve them for life.
Source: American Montessori Society Webpage