Can I teach Montessori at home with my children?
Many parents have started using Montessori techniques in their home, especially with day care and primary school aged children. The main idea from the ages of 0-6 is to look at life at home like a child of the same age and teach them how to do every little thing that we as adults take for granted. Each thing you teach them, give them time to try it on their own, ask them to explain it to you, ask them to repeat what you do. This reinforcement helps with self esteem building and independence. If you believe your child can explain how something works or you are happy to disassemble something- allow them to do so, to understand the logic and design of what appear to be complex ideas and material items. The most important concept is that you allow the child to teach themselves and you play an observational role that moderates when necessary.
Note that it is essential that if you choose to home school your children you also teach them to take responsibility for their actions and take care of themselves and others. Home schooling can be difficult for parents who find it hard to discipline their children in an appropriate manner. If there are no consequences outlined, it may become difficult to keep control over their learning process, so be sure to fully understand the task you are taking on. Explain to the child why each lesson is important so they can appreciate its importance.
As the child ages into the primary and secondary education levels, it is essential that you follow your state’s education requirements if you choose to home school. There are plenty of Montessori resources to work with and with time you will find what works best for your child’s learning processes to drive them to stay on track and learning to their highest capacity. As long as the environment is conducive to their learning and you continue to be a great model of positive energy, you will have a child that is motivate to learn.
Is Montessori good for children with learning difficulties?
Children with learning difficulties can definitely benefit from the Montessori Method based school. First and foremost, you should test schools before choosing a permanent school for your child. It is rare that a school will not allow a child to spend a day or even up to a week in their program to see if it is a good fit. Take some time to explore the school on your own as well as with your child to make sure the environment feels conducive to learning as well as your child’s needs. Montessori schools have been seen as a safe haven for many children with learning difficulties and you will find something that fits perfectly.
The benefit of a Montessori school is that the self-teaching style of learning. All children gravitate to specific styles of learning and although diversity of learning techniques is encouraged, so is allowing the child to learn in the manner that they seem most suited for.
This provides a nurturing environment for children with learning difficulties because there is less pressure to learn a specific way. There are also fewer constraints on time for a child to learn a specific lesson due to the 3 hour work stations that are generally found in the Montessori system.
Children are given the freedom to use tools they select for each lesson to learn freely. All students learn the same materials, but perhaps in different ways- building self confidence and an understanding and acceptance of diversity. That confidence and understanding will help your child in so many ways outside of the classroom as well.