As a parent, you may know many of the benefits of a Montessori education for your kids. It focuses on the key developmental milestones, the children are more involved, the programme is needs-based and child-centred, creativity runs free – and much more.
Harder, however, is for parents to know how to take that Montessori philosophy home with them at the end of the day.
Here are some easy tips:
The Montessori way is based on respect for the child. What that means in practical terms is to put yourself in their place. Why did they do what they just did? If they’re crying, analyse why that might be. If they’re not eating their dinner, maybe they’re just like us and sometimes simply not hungry.
Children are not caged animals – but too many parents try to ‘cage’ them in confined, controlled spaces for too long. Respect the fact that kids want to explore, move around, and challenge themselves.
From freedom, comes choice. Often children are told what to do, where often two or more choices might be more appropriate. Still not hungry? Can the child eat a little later? Do they really want to wear that horribly mismatched green top with the red shorts? Why not say ‘Why not?’
While kids are obviously not adults who can do everything for themselves, they’re not infants either. Is it possible to simplify a task so that the child really can safely have a go? If getting dressed is a tough task, can you switch to elastic pants? OK, feeding themselves might make a mess – but does it really matter if it helps them learn how to control their motor skills?
Too often, parents don’t talk to their children enough – or not clearly enough. Assume that they will always be listening and always able to understand. Point out what you’re doing. Use the proper words and explain what they mean. When they talk, genuinely listen rather than guiding the ‘correct’ reply.
When a child is attempting a task, the usual pattern is to show them how, and then correct if the proper method is not followed. But letting your child make a mistake, and then showing how you solved the task, is a more subtle way to ‘show’ how it’s done.
Of course, there are many more ways to take the Montessori philosophy home, and the team at Casa Mia Montessori School Perth would be too happy to help guide you. Get in touch with us anytime.
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