You’re interested in implementing Montessori at home – but it all just seems so overwhelming…time consuming…not to mention a ton of money.
I’m here to tell you that Montessori at home doesn’t have to be ANY of those things. In my latest Montessori Monday training (which you can catch live in my Montessori Toddler’s Facebook group), I spend some time dispelling 4 common myths surrounding Montessori at home. You can watch the recorded video below or just keep reading.
Myth #1: You have to practice Montessori at home PERFECTLY to consider yourself “Montessori”
This is just so not true! In fact, I’d like to argue that all those “Pinterest perfect” photos out there aren’t showing the whole picture. Comparing our story to anyone else is not productive. Focus on what works for you and your family first. If that means only practicing some Montessori. Well guess what? That’s better than none!
Myth #2: Your child will be able to practice Montessori activities ALL day long
As much as we would love for this to be the case, it’s just not developmentally realistic. When your child is between the ages of 0-3 you shouldn’t expect them to be sitting and concentrating for hours at a time. You’ll be starting with a few minutes if you have an infant and working up to 2-3 hour work periods by the time they are 3.
Myth 3: Traditional Montessori is the only way to practice Montessori
First of all, let me just remind you that this education system was built over 100 years ago! I think we can all agree that some things have changed since then. Adapting to a different way of practicing Montessori is not only ok, but it’s also necessary! Don’t let the traditionalists get you down. They’re stuck in their old ways and unable to see the benefits of moving forward with positive change.
Myth 4: You need to have an AMAZING home set up to practice Montessori at home
Breathe a sigh of relief, because unfortunately, many Montessori aligned products can be pricey. Wooden toys and other Montessori aligned materials can be expensive, that is true. BUT you don’t need every wooden toy or Montessori aligned material out there. Buy what you can, DIY what you can, but most importantly make sure you are practicing the Montessori principles! That’s where the long-lasting benefits come from.
In the meantime, let me know below, which one of these myths do you still struggle with and why? Our team would love to help you better understand Montessori at home, so you can implement it with ease.