Have you been tossing around the idea of practicing Montessori? Looking for ways to have a Montessori home with a toddler? In this post, I will go over the top 7 things you can do RIGHT NOW to practice Montessori with your toddler.
First, let me start by saying you don’t have to be a Montessori expert to provide a high-quality Montessori education for your child. Montessori can be overwhelming when you are first starting out but don’t let that detour you.
The benefits of providing a Montessori education to your toddler are lifelong. By providing a safe, engaging and nurturing environment for your toddler you will be promoting trust in themselves and their world. Your toddler will develop confidence in their abilities while developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and language skills. And of course, the number one benefit for a Montessori home with a toddler, independence.
If you love what Montessori has to offer, be sure to check out my eBook, A Montessori Inspired Life. This eBook is specifically designed for mamas that are just starting their journey with Montessori.
In A Montessori Inspired Life, you will find age appropriate practical life checklists, material lists, over 30+ printable activities and the Montessori mindsets that will keep your home practicing Montessori. If this sounds like something you are interested in click the link above to learn more about this guide to Montessori in your home.
A Montessori Inspired Life goes through MANY ways you can start including Montessori in your home today. Here are a few of the ways to start incorporating the method in your Montessori home with a toddler.
HOW TO HAVE A MONTESSORI HOME WITH A TODDLER
1. Natural Materials
Stay away from the flashy plastic toys that will lose their attention in a few days.
This can be difficult when your child is trying to complete a task and you are in a hurry to do something. Try to give them the option to do practical tasks only when the time will allow as you don’t want to interrupt their concentration.
3. Follow Your Child’s Lead
Observation of the child is key to success when it comes to Montessori. Let your child take the led and follow them on their journey.
4. Freedom of Choice and Movement
A child must have the freedom to explore the indoors and outdoors as well as the freedom to choose.
5. Teach by Modeling
Show your child how it is done. Do not correct them. If they make a mistake show them again. There is no need to tell them they made a mistake just show them how to do it again.
6. Practical Life Skills
Children want to learn. They want to learn the tasks that they see us do every day. Both practical and sensorial activities will allow your child to learn new tasks and grow their independence.
7. Prepared Environments
It is best to be orderly as not to distract or overwhelm the child’s concentrating mind.
Be sure to check out A Montessori Inspired Life eBook for a complete age appropriate guide to Montessori with your young toddler. If you are ready to commit to a Montessori way of life click the button below to find out how to get the eBook sent straight to your email!
Find out all the reasons why I love being a Montessori mama and why I know you will love it too by reading “9 Reasons I Love Being a Montessori Mom”.
Have you started to do any of these practices in your home? What is your favorite reason for practicing Montessori? Let me know in the comments what your Montessori home is up to.