More and more parents are turning to Montessori schools, and you should too. Their highly-researched and effective curriculum is highly coveted and effective for positive learning and skill development.
The Montessori way doesn’t have to stop when the school day ends. You can continue to encourage positive behaviors in your child if you encourage them to work on tasks while letting them know you are supportive.
Encouraging order, independence, and self-motivation is fundamental to the Montessori approach. At school, carefully designed classrooms allow students to develop competence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. You can prepare your home in similar ways.
There are five steps to the Montessori philosophy, all of which are easily transferable to your home.
– Respect your child. By treating your children with respect as an individual, you can foster respect from them. This helps to make sure they are feeling loved and heard.
– Foster freedom. Watching your child struggle may be difficult, but giving them their independence, within reason, teaches them freedom and self-care.
– Work on their schedule. To continue their independence, you should give them their time to explore the world around them. This includes letting them work in their own space and schedules.
– Encourage vocabulary at home. It will help your child pick up on new words and their meanings while fostering curious minds.
– Observe your children. If you watch their actions, you can get insights into your child’s intricate self.
Ways to Incorporate the Montessori Philosophies
While starting off the Academic Year, we thought these tips that you can practice at home will reinforce the Montessori Education they are receiving here at Stoneview. You can do this by:
– Making sure everything has its own place. Children love routines and they like to learn how to help clean, too. If you keep the tidying child-friendly, you can assist your child’s success.
– Placing all the toys in your child’s reach. You can have a clutter-free home that teaches your child how to be responsible and to clean up after themselves.
– Incorporate music in your home. Music is a useful tool for all of your child’s actions. It is important to have a welcoming, special place for them to go so they can operate on their own and reset.
– Give them responsibility. Oddly enough, children love helping out and cleaning. If you provide them the tools they need to do something, they will return to you with a finished room and big smiles.
– Go outside together. Nature is important, and children love to collect tree samples, flowers, or other interesting things they see outside. You can take the time for them to play and transform it into a lesson so that they not only receive respect from you, they are learning about real-world issues.
– Maintain an organized and tidy environment. When everything has its own place like lunch duty, it is important to also look at the child and formulate some sort of time where he experiments.
As you can see, Montessori students are able to take care of themselves, their classrooms, and others. They are able to help with cleanliness, learn how to apply themselves, and how to learn about the environment around them.
When they learn these soft skills, you can make sure your children are getting the best initial skill sets to set them up for long term success.
If your child is not currently enrolled in a Montessori Program or if you have a friend or family member who is considering a Montessori education for their child, please have them reach out to us by clicking here.