So you’ve heard of Montessori and you’re trying to figure out what it is? The easiest way for me to explain it to you is that it’s a form of education. Montessori at home can truly help your toddler to gain independence and confidence when used daily.
Instead of focusing on a developmental checklist of things your child needs to learn before kindergarten wouldn’t it be great to focus on what they are fascinated with? Well, that’s Montessori.
Following your child’s lead is one of the most important parts of Montessori and with good reason. In order for a child to comprehend or excel at something, they must first be interested in it.
Often times, in a Montessori home, you will see different materials out for the child to use. This gives the child the choice to work on what he or she wants to work on. By not interrupting your child with corrections or praise you are allowing your child to concentrate and truly discover the material.
Switching from a home with no self-help stations, no child-sized furniture and nothing at the child’s eye level will greatly impact the way your child feels in their own home. Giving your child the chance to do something for themselves such as get a cup of water, brush their hair or wash their hands builds their independence.
If you enjoy clutter-free spaces Montessori may be for you. Without all the loud, flashy, noisy toys laying around, there is much less to pick up at the end of the day. Your child is also learning to pick up after themselves as part of the self-care process. Your child won’t play with a toy for 5 minutes and tell you they are bored because you’ll have rotated their materials out and followed their lead to discover which materials they are interested in.
This is by far my favorite part of Montessori. When a child is allowed to be part of the cooking and cleaning process they are learning so much. They also start to have a feeling of importance in your home when they get to contribute to the daily needs of keeping a house up.
Learning a new way to raise your child can be overwhelming but I’ve made it as easy as possible for you to practice more Montessori at home with your toddler in the Ebook, A Montessori Inspired Life. In this guide, you will get a walkthrough of each area in your home and how to bring more Montessori into each area. You’ll also gain access to several lists of practical life activities you can start with your child today!
I think screen time is something all parents struggle with at one stage or the other. Have you tried switching to the radio? This helped me tremendously cut down screen time as I really just liked the background noise of the TV on. I also suggest a lot of outdoor play if possible. Have you allowed your child to help you in the kitchen? I usually start cooking dinner at 5 and my daughter gets on her learning tower and “helps” me for the whole hour of cooking. She loves to help! Hopefully, this ideas can help. 🙂
Great read! Both of my girls go to a Montessori school and we try to keep it consistent at home. Anyone who knows my kids will say they are very independent, well behaved and respectful. I have never ever had to deal with a tantrum in over 6 years of being a mom! I love this parenting method. By the way, I just find it difficult at times to explain it to my own mom why I raise them this way. It’s tough to have her NOT spoon feed my children and do everything for them, but I think she is coming around…
I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the Montessori way of life. It is so true what you say about this parenting method! I’m also glad your mother is coming around. It is hard for others to understand right away but I think sometimes they just need a little time. 🙂
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I am a little embarrassed to ask this but I’m genuinely interested in your feedback. My daughter is almost 15 months and I love encouraging her to play and explore but I find that the days become verrrrry long for me without the TV on at least part of the time (usually HGTV or cooking). I know that speaks to a bigger problem for me to work out, but what do you do to occupy yourself while your little ones are playing? I want to be involved but not interfere.