Montessori at Home: What Can Parents Do to Help?
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Montessori at Home: Fostering Independence
In a Montessori classroom, your children are completing tasks that you may not know them to be capable of doing. By being given the responsibility to complete a task (large or small) and proving to themselves that they are capable of the job, children experience independence. Can you bring Montessori home? Of course. Give them the chance at home and you’ll see an independent child, capable of helping themselves in many ways.
Montessori at Home: Ideas to Incorporate
At home, you can help your child gain this independence by incorporating some of the following ideas:
- Invite your child to participate in “practical life” jobs at home. Even the smallest child can help with cooking and cleaning. It may require a bit of patience (and lowering your standards a bit!), but it’s the only way that your child will learn how to help!
- Setting the table
- Folding and putting away laundry
- Picking up toys and returning them to their proper locations
- Measuring ingredients
- Preparing snacks
- Allow your children to dress themselves. If you’re worried about matching or being situationally-appropriate, offer clothing choices, but allow for them to choose.
- Stop arguing about whether your child wears a jacket! Allow your child to put it in his backpack or simply carry it with him to school.
- Practice grace and courtesy at home: “Please” and “thank you” are learned through practice!
- Waiting patiently for a turn
- Asking politely for help
- Sitting together for a family meal when possible
- Model not interrupting (waiting for your companion to finish speaking)
- Using polite language for requests: “Please pass the milk,” “Please read this with me,” “Can I have a moment?”