Montessori at Home: So Where Do I Begin?“To assist a child, we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” -Maria Montessori
The Montessori method of education is extremely recognized for its non untraditional methods of learning. It’s well-reported that creative successes like Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin credit their success to having attended a Montessori school. It’s no secret a Montessori Reggio education can drive a child to step outside of the educational box of limitations and create their own rules at their own pace!
So as a parent, where do I begin?
“Teach me to do it myself!” is the call most often heard from children. They yearn to fulfill their desire to understand and be a part of their environment. The home is most often the center of their world, and there are many tasks we can invite them to be apart of. There is truly no better place for them to learn, and we can start today by following these simple tips:
- Respect the child — speak and listen to your child as you would an adult
- See things from the child’s perspective — to help understand our child’s behavior and acknowledge their feelings
- Slow down — plan less and explore life with your child at a slow pace. Allow time for movement, conversation and gaining cooperation
- Hands on learning — create unique experiences for them to make discoveries. Look things up at the library, ask an expert, do an experiment with them, etc
- Be the guide — we are the adult guiding them (give as much help as needed and as little as possible) rather than being their boss
- Prepare ourselves as parents — look after ourselves to have patience, to fill our own bucket, to understand our own triggers, and find ways to come back to calm when needed
And finally, Just start — take a couple of these tips and put them into action. Don’t beat yourselves up if you forget or mess up. Your children will notice the difference and you will see the growth within them. Take what you learn here and put it to practice in your home and watch as you, along with their teacher, guide them to blossom their talents in their own unique way.