What is the Montessori Method and why should you bring it home?
The Montessori Method is a philosophy which involves much more than just school; it is way of raising and educating children that focuses on developing the whole person. Education really begins in the home environment. Learning is greatly enhanced when it is based on an in-depth understanding of the way children learn and the inherent stages of development. Parents are, irrefutably, the most influential teachers for their children.
“How do you change the consciousness of the people? Teaching children [is] not enough…for parents hold the fate of their children in their hands.”
~Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed., Montessori Master Teacher Trainer, and author of Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Life, 2012.
Here are my Top 10 Reasons for parents to learn the Montessori Method, and use it at home…
- Parents are the child’s first and foremost teachers. Understanding how your child develops and knowing how to fulfill his/her needs, is the best possible way to unlock your child’s full potential.
- By understanding that children have “sensitive periods,” during which they naturally learn specific information easily and eagerly, parents can maximize their child’s overall learning process.
- Children develop a higher self-esteem when allowed to self-correct, rather than having their errors pointed out to them. Environments created via Montessori’s basic principles, provide opportunity for self-correction and personal growth.
- Children flourish academically and spiritually when their individual needs are recognized and met. Montessori’s in-depth understanding of childhood development enables parents and teachers to fulfill the different needs of each child.
- Learning to love learning at a young age is an empowering lesson which can stay with children throughout their lives. The Montessori Method fosters the love of learning innate to all children.
- Children that learn to be internally motivated are more likely to become successful adults. The Montessori model is based on the knowledge that children will “spontaneously” seek information (of their own volition) that is meaningful to them, and appropriate for their developmental level, when exposed to the right environment.
- Positive discipline leads to happier, more secure children. Montessori’s respectful, positive discipline techniques can be used effectively at home and school.
- The Montessori Method helps develop a longer attention span. Dr. Montessori observed that children will spontaneously concentrate on one activity for an extended period of time, if they are offered the right activities at the right time in their development.
- Developing “Practical Life Skills” early in life not only boosts self-esteem and independence, but is also the foundation for learning writing, mastery of mathematics and other more advanced lessons.
- Children learn kindness and respect for themselves, one other, and adults, through the Montessori way of teaching. Honestly, couldn’t every home use a little more of that?