I’m sure you have all heard of the Montessori Method.
In this post I’m going to explain a little about what it is and how it could be beneficial during this period of confinement.
Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to battle with their kids day in and day out of isolation to do some school work.
What is the Montessori method?
So, the Montessori method centers around going at the child’s individual pace and rhythm.
The approach focuses on self-motivated and self-directed activities for children.
Montessori activities are typically hands-on, the children are encouraged to learn through all 5 senses rather than just listening, watching or reading.
How is it different to traditional schooling?
Founder Maria Montessori observed that children need to learn through experience rather than being sat in front of a teacher, that is why she designed a school and teaching method that appeals to their nature rather than fight it.
Okay, so typically a Montessori classroom will have children of different ages and skill levels. The idea behind this is that the younger ones will learn by observing their older peers (those of you with 2 or more children will have already noticed how the youngest always wants to be doing what their big brother is doing) . Whilst in with younger kids, the older ones should gain leadership skills.
Another difference to traditional schools is the curriculum, in addition to maths, science and English/ French, Montessori schools also teach about practical life which I think is incredibly important.
Practical life : Everyday life skills. For smaller kids it would include things such as tying their shoes and cleaning the table after snack time. Older children would be encouraged to learn about budgeting for example ( something I think we all could agree, should have been introduced to us a little earlier in life!)
What is child directed learning?
Children in a Montessori classroom choose what they will work on. The teacher provides a lesson on new materials and then the children can decide when they would like to work on it.
At this point, you may be thinking that children will be running around freely in the classroom or spending all day painting. No, they will be allowed to choose if they would prefer to work on the math activity that has been set up or on the language activity on the other side of the classroom. The children can decide if they prefer to sit at the table or on the floor for example.
The idea is that the child gets to feel autonomous and takes charge of their learning, they can decide what is of interest to them and pursue that.
Read about the 10 key principles of Montessori here.
Here is a list of tried and tested websites to get you started!
This website is great, there is information on the montessori method, activities, parenting, resources and loads more in an easy to navigate site.
The Montessori Notebook
Lots of great information and resources!
Living Montessori Now
So many activities!
How We Montessori
Follow this family with 3 kids and see how they use the Montessori method.
Our Montessori Life
Posts and activities categorised by age. From birth until 7 years.
Don’t forget to join the facebook group Montessori Homeschooling.
The parents already in the group post fantastic support, advice, activity ideas and learning resources.
Youtube also has LOADS of great videos you could watch. I typed in ‘Montessori at home‘ and found so many brilliant videos and tutorials!