“You can never be overdressed
- Oscar Wilde
Montessori at Home
As a parent, you can easily incorporate Montessori at home for your child of any age. You don’t have to be inherently creative or spend much money on your child to benefit from what a Montessori-inspired education offers.
If you feel overwhelmed or underqualified to teach Montessori at home, or afraid to get started, please don’t worry because these suggestions are very straightforward and manageable.
Whether you planned on using your dining room table or a decked-out, designated Montessori-inspired room for your child, we have some helpful suggestions for you to continue your child’s Montessori experience at home:
Talk to them!
Children learn words and language through listening to us. Talk to your children at every opportunity. When you are in the car, talk about what you are seeing out the window. When you are in the grocery store, name the various food as you cruise the aisles. Remember that you are giving your child the precious gift of language and a rich vocabulary.
Grace and courtesy
Teach and (more importantly) model the way you want your children to act. Use polite manners and speak respectfully. Make eye contact, get down on their level, but don’t talk “down” to them. Talk about patience, kindness, honesty, sharing, helpfulness, and any other principles you value. When having a conversation, make no interruptions, teach your child to do the same because you are the role model and an example for them.