Thanks for stopping by. If you’re looking for ideas to facilitate a Montessori environment for your child at home you might just find some inspiration here.
I’ve been providing a Montessori-style education for my daughter, DD for four years. Since beginning this journey I’ve read through many blogs, joined a Montessori co – op; we’ve even attended a Montessori school a few days to see how things go in the classroom setting. I’ve bought many materials which we have used, and I have made and adapted many others. Seeing DD’s development over the years has been awe-inspring. I feel privileged and humbled to be a helper in the development of a young person. But nothing has inspired me more than Maria Montessori’s own writings. I love how intricately she describes what she observed in children and how thoughtfully she designed activities to channel the energies of the child’s active mind and body. She demonstrates how to playfully, (yet respectfully) to encourage the child’s curiosity. All this research was done with the vision of developing the whole child to be a peacemaker and helpful adult. The kind of people this world desperately needs.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers. – Maria Montessori
Reading through the research takes time. Which is why many people scroll through Pinterest or buy Montessori albums. But then there is implementation, which, for a parent with limited space and budget can be the major hurdle. How to narrow down, out of what you would find in a beautiful Montessori classroom would benefit your child? How can you get the most out of simple craft materials and printable downloads?
What I aim to create here is a simple guide from my own experience. Like a forest trail with arrows and descriptive signposts considerately placed you can enjoy this blog the same way. As I implement activities for DD (who is now 5) you may see things you can adapt for your own home. I’m very hands on and love DIY so I make a lot of things myself. Just like anyone, though, I also like shortcuts, but I don’t have a workshop. So I put a lot of thought into making child-safe, beautiful and sturdy items with everyday craft and repurposed items. I even rope DD in to work with me sometimes.
I notice a lot of diy activities on the web are labelled as ‘Montessori-inspired’ although they often miss one or more critical elements of the original design philosophy. Unless the design elements are all considered in the creation of the materials, we should not really attribute them to Montessori’s philosophy. So, to help in this regard you’ll find me referring to Maria Montessori’s guides to give you the background and intentions of the learning materials to keep in mind when you adapt them for your own use.
One characteristic of the method I feel I should highlight here is that learning is led by the child. Montessori noticed various developmental stages (four planes) of the child’s mental and motor skills; the lesson sequences and material design reflect these increments. She even allowed for the important factor – will. A child’s own personality and interests will determine whether they are ready for any particular lesson. So, while your child/ren might not be following the pace or sequence as my daughter, I will try to link concepts logically so you can navigate to more relevant posts. I’ve been documenting our Montessori work for years so I should have plenty of earlier observations here in time.
I hope all the best for you wherever you are on your Montessori journey.