Creating a Montessori Home Environment for Preschool Children
‘To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.’ Dr. Maria Montessori
Parents of children in our preschool programs often ask how they can support their child’s development at home.
Simone from The Montessori Notebook and Jacaranda Tree Montessori provides an interested blog that addresses how to create a Montessori home environment email@example.com . Recently Simone interviewed Cristina who lives in Germany with her husband and three year old daughter.
Cristina explains that she was drawn to Montessori after becoming fascinated by how much more confident and independent Montessori pre-schoolers are compared to the teenagers and adults she works with. Cristina believes that this stems from Montessori philosophy which advances trust in the child and respect for a child as a person as key tenets.
Cristina argues that authentic learning experiences should be provided in the home rather than simply mirroring what is taught in the preschool. For example, there may be a spooning activity on the shelf in Preschool. The aim is to build motor skills and concentration. In the home environment, there is no need for a spooning activity on the shelf but instead, parents need to provide authentic opportunities for children to practise the skill. This might look like involving your child in a cooking activity where ingredients need to be carefully measured out.
Cristina also recommends that Montessori parents are very mindful of creating environments that foster independence and autonomy. This necessitates being aware that homes need to evolve to meet the needs of children as they develop.
Finally, she emphasizes the importance of predictability and order in the home environment in empowering children to be part of family life. You can find Simone’s blog on line if you are interested in more detail.