A Montessori classroom is designed to focus on the independence of the child by creating an organized environment with practical materials and a child-lead approach. Bringing these concepts into your home can help to further their self-motivation, confidence, and concentration. Sometimes even small changes can make the biggest differences!
Having your child’s materials organized and at their level is one of the greatest parts of the Montessori environment. Not only does this teach your child independence because they’re able to reach what they need, it also encourages self-discipline. With a specific place for everything, children know where their materials go when they’re finished with them.
What does this look like?
You could put your child’s dishes, cups, and silverware in a lower cabinet or drawer where they can reach. The same goes for their room, closet, and other materials – move their clothes to a place where they can easily choose what to wear, by lowering the bar in their closet or even moving their clothes from a dresser to a bookshelf (with bins). One last idea; place a stool by the sink so they can easily climb up and reach it when they need to. This will help them brush their teeth and wash their hands by themselves.
Montessori commonly uses the term “work” instead of play, because Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the child’s play was work – and so, she created an educational environment where children find work fascinating, encouraging, and intriguing, all driven by their desire to learn. While it may take some getting used to at first, children will gradually become more and more motivated when they’re choosing the activity they want to work on.
Whether your child is enrolled in a Montessori school or not – you can always incorporate the Montessori method into your home. For more ideas, stay tuned on our blog!