Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.
When you enroll your child in a Montessori school, your family can also gain from the Montessori experience. Many of the same principles that apply in the classroom can also become a part of your home environment. Each family is unique, however there are many common things that “Montessori Homes” share.
Your home should be created with the needs of the children in mind. It is a place that allows children to touch, explore and feel totally involved. As children grow, they assert their individuality and independence in many ways.
Providing children with opportunities in the home that involve dressing, meal preparation, cleaning, and organizing their own possessions sends the message “you are capable”. Children love doing activities alongside you. With each new opportunity for your child to be involved, you will begin to see a confident, competent person.
Here are a few examples of approaches for home life:
- Provide a stool in the bathroom for the toilet or sink
- Make sure the soap is within reach
- Provide a low shelf for your child’s materials
- Provide a low pole with hangers in their bedroom closet
- Organize drawers with items your child can reach and use
- Place a sponge and towel on a tray so your child can assist with clean up
- Provide a limited number of toys, each having their own distinct place for clean up
Most of all, use vocabulary that is real, and not “baby talk”. Take the time to talk to your child to stretch their imagination, and expose them to vocabulary and interesting conversation. Expect more from your child, not less.