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Following Montessori Principles at home

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Families want always the best for their children and to support their development. Parents carefully choose the school that suits better for their children’s education, but school is not the only place where children get knowledge or gain different abilities. 

Children are in constant learning. Since the day they were born, they are adapting themselves and understanding how the world works, and how they can be active participants on it. Maybe, this is a question that a lot of adults still have, right? Well, if children in the discovery of the world have the tools to explore, to manipulate, to make questions, to understand and to come with own answers, then in the remote future, they will be those adults who are the key for society and those who love what they do.

Life is filled with learning. So, the question is, is the school the only responsible for children’s education or what we can do at home to meet our Children’s development?

Well, don’t get overwhelmed, we know it sounds like a huge task, but we want to help you step by step to empower you with the tools and techniques needed to prepare yourself and achieve your child’s development.

10 Montessori Principles to meet at home:

1. Follow your child

Ask yourself, what are my child’s needs and interests at the moment? Observation is the tool that will show you the interest and needs of your child. Once you had observed and identify the interest, think in what way you can follow this interest providing activities and opportunities for learning.

2. Respect and encourage your child.

We all love to be listened to. Listen and respect your child in the same way you would do to adults. See things from your child’s perspective this will allow you to understand his/her behavior and feelings.

3. Give opportunities for hands-on learning

Give to your child concrete experiences and hands-on concrete materials. This will allow your child to manipulate, explore, and discover by himself/ herself, rather than providing you the answer to all the questions.

4. Provide your child the freedom to explore

This increases independence and self-directed learning. 

5. Include your child in practical activities at home

Children always want to do what adults do. Whether it is cleaning, dusting, washing dishes, setting a table, preparing food, etc. Involve your child in daily activities at home. These activities will develop in your child order, independence, coordination, and concentration.

6. Provide real and child-size materials as possible.

In the world we all deal with real materials. Whether it is made of wood, glass, metal, ceramic, etc., real materials provide sensorial information to the child that will help him in his/her development.

7. Set up your home to make it more accessible to your child.

Include child’s size furniture at home, so your child can sit comfortably and work in an activity. Low shelves are great for easy access to prepared trays or baskets with materials to work with. Make sure your home is as orderly and attractive as possible. Simplify and give everything a place. This will develop order and intelligence in your child.

8. Don't interrupt when your child is doing something by himself/herself and avoid unnecessary help.

How many times we hear from children “Let me do it myself”. When your child is doing an activity by himself/herself the neurons on his/her brain have connections that create cognitive structures and as a result, learning. Provide as much as help needed but as little as possible and let your child try by himself/herself.

9. Be the model and demonstrate to the child how to do it.

Show to your child how to do the activity. Don’t expect your child to do it in the same way than you do. Remember your child is exploring and still learning how to coordinate his/her movements. Same if is the case of behaviors, you need to demonstrate first the appropriate behavior so your child can imitate you and at some point, make it his/her own.

10. Do not reward or punish your child.

Your child needs to do things for his/her own satisfaction and not for pleasing mom or dad with actions or behaviors. It is so magical to see children filled up with pride when accomplishing something for themselves. We encourage you to work with your child to solve problems together, calm down and come to a solution.

Following carefully all above Montessori principles will foster your child’s natural development and provide to him/her a strong foundation in life and love of learning.

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