If you’re thinking about homeschooling, you may be wondering about all the different homeschool methods there are out there. Have you been wondering what is the Montessori method?
The Montessori method was developed my Maria Montessori, a physician and educator from Rome. The Montessori method focuses on the development of the child as an individual person full of a natural curiosity. The idea is to nurture this curiosity during the early years (0-6 years old) by providing the right opportunities to learn. Maria insisted that children were mature individuals capable of learning things on their own because of their natural curiosity. Teachers are to have a supportive role and provide an environment conducive to their learning at a level appropriate for them.
The premise of the Montessori method uses materials that are highly kinaesthetic since children learn with all of their senses. Activities are grouped by age and skill. The teacher is responsible for observing the child in order to determine what skill they should be able to learn. Anything from potty training to cooking is learned so that the child learns to be self-sufficient. The use of sensorial toys allows the child to enhance their senses. Children are not taught through lectures but are encourage to learn through playing. The emphasis is not on imaginative play but on learning specific concepts.
The focus is on learning practical life skills and improve coordination. They pour liquids and food into other containers, play with buckles, zippers, and buttons, and clean tabletops. They learn where their place in the world is through geography and science. Reading starts with learning the alphabet with a movable alphabet and/or sandpaper letters. Activities included the use of lacing beads, pouring liquids and solids from one container to another, and sorting activities by colour or size.
To learn more about the Montessori method, do some research and get some books or speak to some Montessori teachers at a local school.
Favorite Montessori books
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre School Years
- Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook: (Montessori Classics Edition)
- How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way
Favorite Montessori Blogs
This post is a part of my 31 day series – Ultimate List of Homeschooling Questions.