The Montessori method is an educational system practiced in approximately 60,000 schools around the world. But how to become a Montessori mom?
The Montessori Method is used in more than 60,000 schools around the world from birth to age 18. In Italy there are 137 Montessori schools registered and central Italy, especially Umbria and Marche, host a good part of them. These are mainly kindergartens, while middle and high schools are much less. The United States has 4500, 800 in the United Kingdom, over 1100 in Germany and in the Netherlands, even one third of public schools would be Montessori. Starting from the child’s freedom, the Montessori educational approach is based on two fundamental aspects: the role of the teacher as an observer, and the use of specific material, within a predisposed environment. So here comes the financial problem for Italian schools. But all of this can be brought home. Here are some tips for becoming a Montessori mom.
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How to become a Montessori mom
To be a Montessori mother it takes 3 aspects that correspond to the 3 levels of teacher training:
- Scientific level: knowledge about the developmental stages of the child that help us to live our being parents with more tranquility.
- Technical level: skills that allow you to transform scientific and theoretical knowledge into know-how, the how and when to do, functional for the growth of children
- Spiritual level: way of being, relating and behaving with children, letting things happen by letting them experience. Changing our vision of the child by restoring his dignity.
Create a child-friendly environment
The child’s room is his world. Choose a low bed, more liveable for him. Attach a mirror to the wall next to the bed. Put low shelves, hang photos on the wall at its height. Choose furniture that is easy to access, always at child height. There should be a space dedicated to manual activities. Put a very soft carpet on the floor, a camping or terry mat
Organization and order
Teach your child to respect the spaces of the game, without trespassing. The child will have to respect the play spaces without scattering his belongings in the rest of the house. To entice the child to order, the first few times put the games together. Another useful lesson is to make him understand that he can start a new business when he has fixed what he was using before.
Respect his times
Before intervening, count up to 10 because whenever we prevent you from doing it yourself for various reasons, we are taking away the possibility of growing. Let’s let him go his own way. Even if it will take longer, he will eventually have learned something new, from putting on his jacket himself to tying his shoes.
Trust in the child and his potential
Maria Montessori wrote: “If you do not give a glass to your child, you value the glass more than learning”. Trust is not only important for the child, but it greatly facilitates the parent’s work.
Always be an example for him
Children learn from their surroundings. Show him how to do it, slowly and gently. In this way they will follow you and try to do as you do!
Educate in responsibility
Everyone is responsible for their actions and words. He is responsible for tidying up what he used, without replacing us to do first and have the whole house perfect!