Have you ever walked into someone’s house, knowing they have kids, and wondered how kids live there – or IF the kids actually do live there – because there are no signs of them? The house is perfect, not a speck of dust or a toy out of place – no toys even visible. No child-sized furniture. It’s beautiful, yes, but is it an environment that focuses on development of a child as a whole? No.
Then there are the homes that are covered in children’s art and toys are everywhere. There is always a project in process and the kids are always building something. It’s a happy place where kids are welcome and learning is happening.
A Montessori home combines the 2 homes above in the most perfect, purposeful way with the goal of encouraging child-guided exploration and independence in an ordered environment. Sound difficult to implement? It’s not at all. I promise.
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This week, I invited my friend Anitra from Chronicles of a Momtessorian to share some helpful yet simple tips on how to implement the Montessori method at home. These tips work for beginners as well as those already acclimated to the Montessori method of whole child education.
Without further ado – here are Anitra’s tips on how to implement the Montessori method at home.
Are you interested in implementing the Montessori Method at home?
Are you unfamiliar with the Method and its principles? Don’t know where to begin? Well, you are in luck!
Whether you are familiar with the Montessori Method or not, there are some basics you should know before you decide on fully implementing the practices of Montessori.
There are MANY publications, websites, and articles that you can use to find out about the Montessori Method. The information can come from various organizations that provide information on the method. The main problem with that is; it is not always verified or may not come from a reputable source.
So, why not learn the ins and out of the Montessori Method from a trained Montessori teacher? Montessori trained teachers learn, study, and analyze Maria Montessori and her philosophy,writings, and materials. The tips below will give you a bit of insight on the basis of the Montessori Method, as well as tips on implementing the ideology at home.
History of Montessori:
The Montessori Method is an education system that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator whose philosophy is based on creating a self-directed, hands on learning environment where children are encouraged to be the natural learners that they are. The method promotes child centered, developmentally appropriate activities, and fosters the development of the “whole child”.
5 Simple Tips on How To Implement the Montessori Method at Home
1. Montessori activities should be child centered: Have activities that are developmentally appropriate, child sized, and are easily accessible for the child. “The free choices made by the children enabled us to observe their psychic needs and tendencies”. – Maria Montessori, The Secret of the Child
2. Montessori activities should follow the child and their interests: Provide activities that are focused on the child’s interests and allow them to decide on their activity choices, as well as taking note on things that may be of little to no interest to them. “The first thing to be done, therefore, is to discover the true nature of a child and then assist him in his normal development”. – Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood
3. Montessori environments foster independence: Encourage the child to do things independently; starting with simple activities and, following the child’s development, increase to complex activities. “The child’s conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his “natural development”. – Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind
4. Montessori fosters the development of the whole child: Support the development of their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs by introducing the child to activities that will stimulate and foster this growth.
“There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life”. – Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind
5. The Montessori Method and environment contributes to the thought of children are natural learners: Prepare an environment with activities that allow children to explore, create, and motivate their ability to learn naturally. “Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts”. – Maria Montessori, The Secret of the Childhood
Keeping these simple tips in mind will put you on the right path to implementing Montessori at home. For tips on specific activities for each of the Montessori areas, or other Montessori tips, you can visit Anitra’s blog at chroniclesofamomtessorian.com.
About the Author:
Hello, my name is Anitra. I am the author and owner of Chronicles of a Momtessorian; a blog about the journey of being a mom and a Montessori trained teacher. I love all things Montessori and Early Childhood Education, watching all types of sports, teaching, and yoga. I am wife to Jason, and mother to two amazing daughters; Taylor and Brooke.
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Dr. Montessori published several Montessori Books that are fantastic for parents to read to gain a better understanding of the method, and how to implement it at home. Find them here. I highly recommend them and would be happy to answer any questions, as I have read each and every one of her books and several others written by reputable sources.
I hope you all enjoyed Anitra’s feature on this week’s Montessori Monday post. Leave me a comment and let me know if you have implemented Montessori in your home. If not, what’s stopping you? How can I help?