Here are some ways and benefits of parenting the Montessori way of learning at home.
Organizing the room and having things accessible for your child is a must for the approach. Allowing them to know where to find what they need and return them when they are done.
An orderly room also has a few distractions, supporting focus and concentration towards the task at hand.
Keeping your home Neat and simple enables your child to understand his expectations. With support and encouragement, and even gentle consistent reminders, children are capable of returning items to their rightful places.
Visible and reachable toys and tools allow your child to have choices and return objects to their proper places. Classifying toys by size or any category makes them accessible and your child can put them away easily.
Including your children in the real work of daily life will give them a sense of purpose, teach them valuable life skills, and prevent them from misbehaving. That often arises when they want our attention. No matter what the tasks are, there are usually small ways a child can help, if you only show them how.
Spending more time with your children even if they made mistakes is also one way. For example, instead of sending them to their rooms for punishment, try talking with them one on one, this avoids them from feeling anxiety and fear. It’ll help them better understand what they did wrong and avoid it from happening again, as long as you explain it to them correctly. And it also builds more trust and strengthens your bond with your child as a parent.
Encouraging independent learning is quoted by the Author of Montessori. Allowing them to move freely about and exploring what is around them, can encourage self-learning. Triggered by curiosity, your child can independently understand his surroundings by realizing every action they make. Not only developing their motor skills but also making them more interested in exploring and making it fun as well.
Informing them of your actions before initiating is one of the techniques some Montessori teachers use. For example, telling your baby “I’m going to pick you up and lay you on the table so I can change your diapers.” This makes them aware of what is going to happen, and be prepared. This also develops their communication skills. Interaction plays a huge role.
Doing things together with your child, not doing it for them allows your child to develop cooperation and teamwork. Instead of doing it for them, where your child can just be dependent on you. A tandem on activities and chores strengthens the bond between a parent and a child. Also educating them to do things by themselves afterward, in short, educating them while doing it with them.
Lastly, pay more attention to Inner Motivation, Not Rewards. The Montessori method is not big on giving children rewards for good behavior, such as candy or even cash. That’s a big no. Verbal praise is greatly valued, as long as it’s given in moderation. The main idea is to educate your children to enjoy the feeling of pleasure and pride that comes with accomplishment and knowledge they gain from activities or tasks.
Now those are only a few suggestions that I can share with you. Remember, you play a big role in impacting your child’s future, You are in charge of nurturing their development by creating the best possible environment, support their interest by creating your own Montessori-inspired home.
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