Montessori Goals for the New YearJan 03, 2022
The beauty of the Montessori approach is that it first began with the child:
“It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method…I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method.” (Dr. Maria Montessori)
It’s important to remember to keep the child at the forefront if you are inspired by this approach and want to bring elements of Montessori into your home. It can get overwhelming with so many social media posts and toys being marketed as Montessori. At the end of the day, Montessori is what works for the child and family.
Here’s are some goals to keep in mind & ways to bring Montessori to your home:
Image: Be present. Montessori is about following the child. Be present for the ride and all its twists and turns.
Montessori truly is about being in the moment. Dr. Maria Montessori was keen on observation. Her scientific studies and observations were what inspired this approach. As parents, the most significant thing we can do is to be present & witness the growth and development of our children.
This can be challenging with so much going on. But the most important time right now is truly the present. When we engage and are present with our children, we not only make precious memories, but we can also learn from and be inspired by our children.
Getting to know what interests them and what motivates them to learn new things is the key to figuring out how to support their growth. It is also what trained Montessori educators spend lots of time doing, and what is at the core of the Montessori approach.
Image: Be flexible. It’s okay if an idea doesn’t work at first. Experimenting helps you find what’s best for your child.
So often parents will try Montessori-inspired activities only to find their child is not interested at all. If you find this has been the case, please know that it’s perfectly okay. This is how you learn from and about your child. Spend a little more time observing rather than spending and you’ll find that the child reveals what they need in their own perfect timing.
You can learn more about the stages when children are most primed for learning certain things in the Montessori Sensitive Period Chart . There’s a lot of truth to the saying that knowledge is power. In reality, to follow the Montessori approach means to be well-informed about what the Montessori approach is. It is about understanding the philosophy behind it and why certain things are so.
Which brings us to the next goal:
Image: Be informed. Read up on the Montessori principles that resonate with you. following the approach and not the trend is key.
There's a lot more to the Montessori approach than what anyone can possibly read in a blog or social media post. A lot frustration and misunderstanding around Montessori comes from only seeing parts of this philosophy in action, without understanding the fundamentals of the approach. Just like anything, if we truly want to understand something, we must dedicate time to learning about it first.
If you want to learn more about the Montessori approach over all, you can take the Introduction to Montessori Video Series which provides a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy as it applies to the home, classroom and for homeschool. This was originally a live zoom workshop which is now available on-demand, especially for parents like you.
And last but not least:
Image: Keep it simple. Toys don’t teach the child. It’s experiences that do. Keep it simple, use what you already have, and make it meaningful.
When it comes to Montessori, the most important thing is to keep it simple! One of the things people first notice is that Montessori is less about flashy toys and bold colors and more about natural materials and fewer things. There’s a reason for that! It’s about developing a sense of order and organization for children. So, when you are tempted to buy or add something more, see what you can repurpose or store away.
Focus on the experience first and the materials later. That’s where the real learning takes place and the memorable moments are formed.
If the Montessori approach resonate with you, which of these goals are you planning to try? Send me a message & let me know!
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