As we know, The Montessori Method was authored by Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician. Through her research and studies with children, she created a new way of teaching with the use of experimental materials, these were conducted in low-income apartment complexes in the early 1900s. Even up to this day, may private and public schools use this method of teaching all around the world.
In a nutshell, this is an easy way of teaching children to develop their senses and learn in a manner that enables them to understand their actions and their surroundings. It is a way to make children love learning.
Montessori materials usually focus on a single purpose or procedure for deeper learning. These are easily done step by step. Tangible objects help children understand random ideas. With this, children work by themselves and concentrate on one activity at a time.
When children are given the freedom to explore their environment. A desire in their eyes shows they want to learn about anything interesting that they can come across.
Making it work
As Maria Montessori expressed, a lot of benefits can be acquired with less effort, only following her ideas and results are surprising. All this for the benefit of your own home.
Applying the Method
Make it work for your family, every learning environment is different, especially in a household. Some have a lot of kids, and some only have just one. Grouping children together can be a challenge, especially when it comes to age. So adjustments are required.
Dividing groups of children depending on their age are advised. Young once have instances of getting choked on small toys or materials, so classifying learning materials is a must.
As years pass. Changes must also be made, their learning environment must also evolve. As the younger ones mature, they can join in with the older ones and move around in almost all sections and corners of their room. Learning while observing other siblings or even help one another.
Writing can be a bore for them, yet you can find ways to utilize worksheet activities for them. Kids often see word activities as rather uninteresting.
As I have mentioned earlier, making their learning environment evolve is beneficial. Here are also some methods that I would suggest you try.
Utilize Scaled Furniture and Materials
It is about allowing children to learn by themselves. Maria Montessori cited out that they need to have freedom and independence. Children are curious from the start, they learn from what they see, so with careful preparation of their environment, they can have random and unlimited discoveries as they go. Making them love learning.
Making use of objects that are easily within their reach and making sufficient space matters. Here are some things to consider acquiring.
Small tables and chairs – Provide lightweight chairs and tables for your children to enable them to freely move them about when needed. It builds independence, not only strength, it’s fun seeing them in action. These are essential in activities, so even if you don’t have the budget to buy some, you can always repurpose some old furniture.
Small scaled tools or kitchen utensils, preferably plastic for safety – these are everyday tools, so making them learn how to use them is important, they will use the skills they learn for the rest of their lives. Make sure not to frustrate them, check if the tools and utensils function properly before putting them on shelves.
Baskets and trays of different sizes – Trays are needed to put learning stuff in. Not too big for your child, so they can carry them with ease. The goal is to have them pick a tray, bring it to their work table, go over the stuff until done, then return it to its proper place. Make sure to spend more on what goes in those trays, not the trays themselves. You can find a lot of budget stores everywhere.
Low Shelves – Display their learning materials in open reachable shelves instead of storing them in huge covered bins. This allows them, in any way, to pick new stuff for learning with ease. But make sure to base on their development level. Don’t just put random stuff without considering their age.
These are only a few suggestions. Once you have created and prepared a safe space for your child to learn and explore, there are a lot of ways you can encourage them to be curious about what is around them. Younger kids may respond to small toys and mirrors, but as they develop and get older, choose toys or objects that can help them utilize all their five senses. Small puzzles, shapes, and stacking toys. Help develop their skills through playing, may it be sand, water, clay, or any textured items as well.
So by now, you have a lot of questions about ideas on implementing the Montessori method and teaching at home. As it is a simple way of doing things, it does go against what parents practice today. If you want to know more, you can always research the Montessori Methods and Teachings at home. There are also several great and informative blogs out there, go check them out.