How To Raise Montessori Kids At Home
Montessori Method of Learning is child-centric approach which involves hands-on practical learning and holistic development. The emphasis in Montessori is on play-based learning and more of self- directed approach, instead of following the rules of instructions per se.
Montessori approach facilitates Overall Skill development – gross & fine motor, coordination, social skills, cognitive skills etc. Engaging in activities which are more practical and child-oriented prove to be more useful in the long run. Majorly because it develops confidence and increases independence – both crucial for surviving.
When to Start Montessori Learning?
Montessori environment aims and supports learning right from birth to middle school with age-appropriate activities and gradual progression. Children learn with experience in Montessori setup and at their own pace. They can respond to any curiosity as per human tendency like natural instinct and build a strong foundation.
How Montessori helps?
Providing an infant with opportunities to explore the surroundings, in a safe environment, enables development of body parts coordination and motor skills with independence in daily tasks.
It’s more like self-learning by exploring utilising all the senses – touch, feel, see.
- Focus on child development stage – by working on language skills and fine motor skills by completing day-to-day activities like arts, crafts, pouring liquids, peeling etc.
- Promotes creativity and imagination – children are allowed to choose activity and work on their own, instead of guided approach
- Encourages collaborative and cooperative play – since it’s more of self-regulation, children develop a sense of cooperation and community
- Develops confidence and independence – it’s hands-on learning rather than abstract learning. So kids become more confident of doing and exploring on their own
- Learning is child-centric – the child gets to select and learn on his own pace and they have all the things at their reach – toys, books, activity stations
Read reasons for considering Montessori Education shared by My Ford Girls.
Why choose Montessori?
- To raise self-dependent confident adults who excel in practical life-skills.
- To raise kids who know self-regulation and self-discipline
- To promote self-esteem in children and raise intellectual adults
How to raise Montessori Child at Home?
To follow the child’s cues and interests is the main intention of holistic Montessori approach. Nothing is forced upon and no timelines for learning any particular skill.
Tips for parents for raising Montessori kids at home:
RESPECT the child. Give them space, time and opportunity to learn and explore at their own pace and interest.
FREEDOM of choice and movement. Provide safe friendly environment to observe & explore. By keeping objects of their use and interest at their reach, give them opportunity to grow by the challenges.
INDEPENDENCE is essential, not an option. Make things simplified for them, so they don’t feel helpless. Allowing them to eat on their own can be messy and letting them dress themselves can be time consuming but giving them chance to practise is important.
COMMUNICATION and vocabulary are crucial. Talking to kids in respectful manner and tone will reflect in their personality. Communication is a two-way process, so listening to them is equally important. Also telling them the names of objects, surroundings, emotions etc. is crucial for vocabulary building.
NATURAL & simple material/toys are best for most learning. Simple open-ended toys and activities are better than fancy expensive toys.
Read some toddler chores to teach life skills shared by Easy Mommy Life.
NO SCREEN-DAY PLEDGE:
Kids glued to screen are an absolute common sight these days, I am guilty too. But now I have promised myself and my son to keep him engaged with learning activities.
Join me in taking the NO SCREEN-DAY PLEDGE, an amazing initiative taken by FirstCry Intellikit.
Read what I am going to do by taking this pledge, keeping my Montessori learning approach parallel. Will try my best to him entertained and happy, and develop skills and logical understanding as well – a day without Screen!
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