Montessori is about respecting children, offering them opportunities to be independent and giving choices where appropriate. In our family, Montessori is a way of life. Montessori-inspired parenting influences the way we talk to our children, the way we set up our home and the products we buy.
Maria Montessori believed planes of development (or sensitive periods for learning) were closely linked to, and were supported by, a child’s physical environment. She coined the phrase die Moebelkinder or (translated from German to English) “the furniture children” to describe children between the ages of birth to six years old; since they spend nearly all their time at home and in school.
Here, I provide professional experience and accessible, hands-on teaching materials, to directly support parents, educators and caregivers in their quest to create and sustain their child's physical environment -- through Montessori inspiration, philosophy, and activities.
This depends on your definition of being Montessori. It might mean reading a book about Maria Montessori. It might mean enrolling your children in a Montessori school. It might mean buying Montessori materials for your homeschool. It might mean offering more active toys. Or it might mean a mindset switch to a more gentle parenting style.
Montessori is about respect, patience, independence and choices. Reflect on your past few interactions with your children and assess how they went. Are you on the same team? Do you tell your children what to do or do you model expected behavior and then trust they'll follow? Observe your children at home in your natural environment -- are they independent? Are there small changes you can make to help support their independence? Are you offering activities they like and enjoy and want to repeat? Start there.
Independence is encouraged, but not forced and like everyone, we're a family unit and need to work together to do what we need to do. There are days my children want to do everything themselves and there are days when they can't or don't want to. The object is not independence at all cost but within reason. If the day is hard or emotions are high or we just really need to be somewhere - I jump in.