In the previous article, we came to understand the principles of the Montessori pedagogy as well as its origins. If you have not yet read this article, we advise you to read it prior to this one.
The greatest advantage of the Montessori method is that it can easily be adapted to the daily lives of both, parents and children. It is suitable to be used at home and/or in learning facilities. In fact, more and more learning facilities are using this method and seeing extremely positive results.
The goal of the Montessori methodology is to promote the development of your child’s abilities in order to help them maximize their freedom and independence.
Montessori believes in the importance of children adopting a sense of independence and self-confidence as this will help them to succeed in the future.
In this article, we are providing tips to helping your child develop and grow in an environment that is conductive to learning.
Organizing the environment
The Montessori method is based on the organization of the environment, which should be fully adapted to your child’s height. In most cases, spaces are designed for adults, which makes it harder for the child to feel included throughout certain activities. Having an environment that is adapted to your child encourages them to participate and interact.
For example, hang hooks at their height to allow them to hang their clothes by themselves. Have stepping stools to allow them to reach higher surfaces, such as kitchen or bathroom counters. You may also have furniture at their height where they can sit with an evolutionary high chair. These adaptations will allow them to help with the preparation of dinner, for example, or even wash their hands without needing the help of an adult. In the end, these various adjustments help your child develop and become independent.
He/she will be able to learn to use everyday objects safely while becoming who they are meant to be. By involving your children in your daily activities, you are showing them to take pleasure in participating in simple tasks such as sweeping the floor or even cooking with mom and dad. Montessori is much more than an educational method; it is a philosophy and way of life that helps your child take control of his desires and interests in order to achieve their freedom.
This approach is also known to helping expand creativity levels by stimulating your senses. For example, by cooking with your children, they learn that food does not all have the same smell, texture, taste or method of preparation. They might, therefore, choose their favourites according to their taste, colour or smell. This type of learning can easily be adapted to your child’s everyday life!