There is a buzz in the early childhood education world that sometimes, though not as frequently as it should, spills over into the primary education world. In our house, my husband playfully calls it “The ‘M’ Word” because he knows that the moment someone speaks this word to me, a very excited conversation erupts and its effects seem to last for days.
One of my absolute favorite methods of education. It is so simple and so effective for all types of children. It is especially helpful for those children who ‘cannot sit still’ or ‘they want to touch everything!’ or ‘they will just never learn the same way the other children do’ (comments that are often said with disapproval and sadness).
In the Montessori world, we find these children – the ones who ‘cannot sit still’ or ‘want to touch everything’ or ‘will never learn the same way other children do’ and we welcome them. We love them, and we are so happy they join us. See, Montessori is wonderful for all types of learners, but it is these ‘difficult’ children who flourish and bloom in a Montessori environment.
What makes Montessori work? Montessori is a child-directed environment. Everything in the environment has a purpose, from the arrangement of the shelves, to the materials on the shelves, the lamps, and the classic artwork adorning the walls. The rugs neatly rolled in a basket await the children to come and claim their ‘work space’ and learn through exploration. Everything serves its purpose and the children can explore and learn so much more than they would sitting at a desk with their faces stuck in a workbook.
Montessori has a special place in my heart. All of my children went through Montessori school, I was a Montessori teacher, and later a Director of a Montessori school for many years. I even used the Montessori method when I opened a Montessori school in my home and supplemented my children’s education with the Montessori method.
My son was doing Algebra and Geometry in preschool. He didn’t know it, but that is exactly what he was learning. All my children were reading at a 3rd grade level at 4 years old. This is possible with any child in a Montessori environment. The key is supporting the Montessori education they receive at school in your home by also creating a complementary Montessori environment at home.
We still live in a “Montessori house”. My kids are 10, 13, 15, 22, and my grand, who I affectionately call “Squirrel,” is 2. We still implement Montessori in our house from the way I have set up their rooms, to how we do chores, and art activities. They learn to be independent, curious, inventive learners. Squirrel is just starting out on her Montessori journey and attends an absolutely wonderful Montessori school.
I will be sharing my experience with the Montessori method in a weekly series called Montessori Mondays. Each week I will highlight an area of Montessori and share it with you. I hope you come to love it as I do.
In the mean time, I have compiled a list of some very reputable Montessori sources to answer some FAQs about the Montessori method.
Introduction to Montessori by American Montessori Society has a great video on Montessori from the parent’s perspective. There are also links to find other Montessori groups. This is a fantastic website, and is very helpful. AMS is also one of the licensing and accrediting board for Montessori teachers. I am AMS Montessori trained and certified, myself.
FAQs from Montessori.edu will explain everything from the 3-hour work cycle, the reasoning behind multi-age grouping, and the difference between traditional education and Montessori education.
Education.com discusses the 5 basic principles of Montessori in this article.
If you’re interested in creating a Montessori environment in your home, you can read this introductory article from American Montessori Society.
What Is Montessori School? Finally, Montessori Explained is a great introductory article from SheKnows.com to acclimate you to the Montessori world.
Bambini Montessori Academy has some beautiful photos of a Montessori environment and she explains the Montessori philosophy in a clear manner for all parents to understand. Read it here and discover why Montessori is the right choice for preschool education.
You can find parenting groups on Facebook, and Montessori boards on Pinterest. There are group boards you can join as contributors and pin your own Montessori pins to share with others, and there are individual boards you can follow and pin their pins.
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If you are looking for a way to simplify your life, upgrade your child’s education, or find a way to get your children to listen, to obey, and to be proactive with household chores, the Montessori method is the way to go. I would love to hear your thoughts on Montessori. Have you experienced it yourself? Are you curious? What can I help you learn about it?