5 key tips on implementing Montessori at home

Did you know that Montessori and Home school do mix? You may be surprised to know that they actually mix VERY well together

 

Adding Montessori practices and principles is easier than you think

 


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Do you home school? Looking in to the Montessori Method for your homeschooling needs? Are you a daycare provider that would like to develop a specialized home space for your child? Are you a parent that would like to introduce key elements, thoughts, and practices of the Montessori Method into your home on a regular basis?

 

Are you interested in developing a better understanding of the Montessori Method?

Are you unfamiliar with the Method and its’ principles?

Don’t know where to begin?

 

 

Unsure of where to begin with incorporating Montessori into your home?

Well, you are in luck! Whether you are familiar with the Montessori Method or not, there are some basic ideas and principles that you should know before you decide on fully implementing the practices of Montessori. There are many types of publications, websites, and information available that explains the Montessori Method. The information can come from various organizations and/or people, that provide information on the method. The main problem that I have noticed is, that the information is not always verified or 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, her teachings and publications; as well as her philosophy, writings, and materials regarding the development of children and their education. Based on some of her writings, 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.

 

 

The beginnings of the Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is an educational and teaching 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. Independence, character development, and the development of their natural abilities are key components of the Montessori philosophy. Children thrive in an environment where they are active participants in their learning, are encouraged to explore their surroundings and have free choices in selecting activities. The method promotes child centered, developmentally appropriate activities, and fosters the development of the “whole child”. To learn more about the Montessori Method, be sure to check out the American Montessori Society website.

 

5 Key Tips for Implementing the Montessori Method at home

1. Montessori activities should be child centered:

“The free choices made by the children enabled us to observe their psychic needs and tendencies”.-Maria Montessori, The Secret of the Child

One of the key concepts in introducing Montessori practices and principles is to ensure the environment and activities are child centered. Provide activities and items in the environment that are developmentally appropriate. Furniture should be child sized and items for the child’s use should be easily accessible for the child.

 

2. Montessori activities should follow the child and their interests:

“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

When preparing the environment and activities, be sure to take into consideration what your child enjoys doing and learning. Provide activities that are focused on the child’s interests and allow them to decide on their activity choices, as well as taking note of things that may be of little to no interest to them.

 

3. Montessori environments foster independence:

“The child’s conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his “natural development”.-Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind

Create opportunities for your child to be independent. Providing opportunities for children to be independent builds confidence and fosters a sense of accomplishment. Encourage your child to do things independently; start with simple activities; then following the child’s development, increase to more complex activities.

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4. Montessori fosters the development of the whole child:

“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

Create and provide a wide variety of activities that encompass many different topics, subjects, and skills. Support the development of their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs by introducing your child to activities that will stimulate and foster their overall growth.

 

5. The Montessori Method and environment contributes to the thought that children are natural learners:

“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

Prepare an environment that allows your child to learn from it. Have various activities that teach many different concepts, so that your child can intuitively learn from the activities. Introduce activities that allow your child to explore, create, and motivate their ability to learn naturally.

 

 

What to take from this

Incorporating Montessori into your home is about the child. Your environment should be child friendly, and use the child’s interests to determine the appropriate materials, activities and allow room for growth. Remember, in a traditional Montessori environment, children stay in the same room, with the same teachers and peers for a three year span. The environment needs to be able adapt and adjust to the growing child.

 

 

Are you intrigued to learn more about implementing the Montessori Method at home? Feel free to take part in my FREE Add Montessori to Your Home School course! If you need ideas on activities to implement into your home, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss what your needs are and get you information about my “Montessori home on a budget” course!

 

Want to learn more about the Montessori Method and implementing it in your home?  Check out these books to give you more insight and understanding into the principles.

 

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way

by Tim Seldin

 

 

Montessori at Home Guide

by A. M. Sterling

 

 

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Preschool Years

by Elizabeth G. Hainstock

 

 

Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method

by Heidi Spietz

 

 

Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook: A Short Guide to Her Ides and Materials

by Maria Montessori

 

 

The Secret of Childhood

by Maria Montessori

 

 

The Absorbent Mind

by Maria Montessori

 

 

I hope that you now have greater knowledge of the Montessori Method, practices and principles!

Keeping these tips in mind when implementing the Montessori Method will put you on the right path to creating a child centered and independent learning environment for you child.

 

Enjoy!

Anitra J.

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23 Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    Love the Montessori method! As a parent of two children with autism I can definitely say this approach is helpful in children on the spectrum!

    1. Anitra says:

      Yes Caroline, it can be a great method for children on the spectrum!

  2. This is so informative, I’m super impressed! I’m saving this for later <3 I still have so much to learn.

    1. Anitra says:

      Thank you Victoria! I’m glad that my tips are helpful to you and others!????

  3. Thank you for this post, it is very informative! I love learning about different teaching methods. I definitely lean Montessori, though I don’t know a whole lot about it. So, maybe I should learn more!

  4. Very informative post here, I don’t home school, but even prepping my little one between preschool and kindergarten… and even to help reinforce learnings during kindergarten. Thank you for sharing, I’m going to have to come back to this article again and pull some of those books!

  5. Great content! I hope your course is still available after Yule when I have time to take it. I wanted to be a Montessori mom, but hubby is too rigid in his thinking and we decided to send the kids to school for the sake of our marriage. However, I try to keep home as Montessori as possible.

  6. My goodness this was so helpful! My toddler attends a Montessori school and I want to bring the Montessori into our home and that’s my summer task! This was so helpful thank you so much!!!

  7. So happy I stumbled across your website! My son is 3 and we just started in a Montessori primary program in August. Looking forward to reading your future articles!

  8. Holly@SoCal Mommy Life says:

    Love these tips! Since COVID, my 4 years old has been out of school for almost a year! I can’t wait to implement some of these tips here.

  9. I love how diverse montessori is to implement it in the children’s daily lives

  10. Patricia C says:

    These are great tips! I love how Montessori focuses on developing the whole child. That is so important!

  11. Audrey says:

    I can’t wait to try out some of these tips with my two sweet kids!

  12. Great post! I’ve been doing many of these things with my son without really knowing that it is Montessori. It just felt right 😊

  13. This is so helpful. I’m trying to implement these for my daughter.

  14. Audrey says:

    I am going to check out some of the books you recommended 😊

  15. Great book list and suggestions. I like to incorporate some of these ideas into my homeschool too.

  16. while my own are now in college and highschool, they started off at a Montessori preschool and I truly believe those early foundations were so very useful for them

  17. Very interesting! Pinned & scheduled on FB.

  18. Carmen says:

    Montessori is such a great style of learning for children. This a great post to get teachers and parents started.

  19. There are so many awesome ways to have Montessori in the house, even unexpectedly sometimes.

  20. so many amazing ways to include Montessori in the house.

  21. Rachel Dyer says:

    I don’t think I realized until my kids were in like kindergartner how much I should have fostered their independence more.

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