Montessori in the Home
Attending events held at MMS throughout the school year such as Fathers' Visitation or Lunch and Lessons, helps parents gain an understanding of what the Montessori classroom environment looks like at MMS. It is because of the unique environment of our school and classrooms, coupled with our individualized Montessori teaching method, that we are able to achieve our mission: independent thinking students of knowledge, courage, personal integrity and compassion. Click here to read examples of our Mission in Action.
"Montessori, however, is only one component in the child’s life. A child’s home environment and parents’ love are the most critical factors in his development," stated Mary Conroy and Kitty Williams Bravo in an article about "Parenting the Montessori Way" from www.montessori.org. Furthermore, "When schools and families develop a partnership there is greater opportunity for consistency and continuity."
But, what does it mean to extend the Montessori method to your parenting style and the Montessori environment to your own home? One of the most fundamental principles to incorporate is an understanding that even very young children are able to do many things independently, and they desire the opportunity to do so.
You can give them independence, for instance, by providing snacks and drinks at their level in your home, so that they may serve themselves. The key, said Children's House Directress Lizz Loder, is to make things accessible to your child. She also suggests toys in baskets on low shelves, low coat hooks, and child-sized table and chairs.
In the article, "Bringing Montessori Home," one Montessori parent explains what makes her home Montessori, from the Montessori tools and furniture she has in place, to the way she plays with and teaches her children. The article "Owners Manual for a Montessori Child" is written from the viewpoint of a three-six year old Montessori child who is asking his/her parents for the tools, environment, time and patience to "do the work of developing a new human being." Mrs. Loder provides additional suggestions of her own in her Blog: "Help Me do it Myself" and "Look at the Child."
Mrs. Loder adds that, "Children spend so much time learning to do things for themselves here at school that there is no reason for them to be dependent at home. Kids want to feel that they are a part of the family and able to help, and the benefit to busy parents is more time together as a family."
Maria Montessori's concept, "Help me to do it myself," is so important because, at the heart of all our efforts here at MMS, is the goal of aiding our children in developing the skills necessary for success in life.