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Montessori at Home – A Step By Step Guide

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I discovered Montessori when I began researching school options for my oldest son. It was an article about Dr. Maria Montessori. I remember the moment, sitting at my laptop as my son napped one overcast afternoon. Montessori at Home seemed like an obvious next step.

a child sitting at a table with a Montessori placemat

I realized immediately that Dr. Montessori’s philosophy is exactly how my mother raised me. The Montessori theory more than resonated with me.

It made sense to me. It seemed second nature to me. Getting certified seemed a natural next move.

Soon I began a Montessori training program and applied the Montessori method in our home. Montessori ideals make children more engaged and inquisitive while encouraging a lifetime love of learning without making them feel forced to learn.

Can Montessori be Done at Home?

Yes! Montessori at home is a unique way to bring the Montessori style of education into your home and is accessible. In a Montessori at-home setting, children are allowed to learn through exploration and discovery. Keep reading to discover ways to bring Montessori into your home!

How Do I Set Up Montessori at Home?

Below you will find big-picture Montessori ideas to provide a beginning to learn more about Montessori. You will find ideas for the kitchen, the playroom, and the bedroom, plus a lot more.

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Why Montessori? What is Montessori in the Home?

Here are five essential traits your child will gain through the Montessorian Method:

  • Responsibility
  • Self Regulation
  • Initiative
  • Independence
  • Confidence

The Montessori at-home environment is designed to promote independence, self-motivation, and critical thinking. Montessori at home is a great way to provide your child with an education that is both stimulating and challenging.

If you are interested in Montessori at home, you should keep a few things in mind. First, it is essential to create a Montessori at-home environment conducive to learning. This means providing plenty of opportunities for your child to explore and discover.

Second, you should be prepared to be flexible and adaptable in your approach to Montessori at home. This means being willing to adjust your schedule and routine as needed. Finally, be patient!

It takes time for children to change to the Montessori at-home lifestyle. With patience and perseverance, you can create a Montessori at-home environment that will provide your child with an education that is both rich and rewarding.

A happy mom and her son in the kitchen
A young child preparing food in the kitchen with his mother.

Using the Montessori principles in your home and daily life promotes challenging, self-paced, and joyful learning! Plus, there are the added benefits of an independent and confident child who leads his development. How powerful is that?

Montessori Principles

These posts give you a bit of big-picture 101 on the Montessori method.

A young happy family
A happy Montessori family

Montessori Parenting

These posts offer a perspective on parenting with a Montessori overlay.

Montessori playroom
A Montessori playroom

Montessori Environment

Preparing the environment is one of the most critical components of applying the Montessori method. These posts should, at the very least, guide the preparation of your Montessori environment.

When most people think of Montessori, they think of schools with classrooms full of materials specifically designed to encourage hands-on learning. However, the Montessori approach can also be applied at home.

A Montessori home environment is carefully designed to meet the child’s needs with child-sized furniture. It is organized and clutter-free, with shelves within reach and labeled with pictures or words to grow. Materials are easily accessed, simple and natural. The materials are used for various purposes as the child grows and develops.

A Montessori bedroom with a floor bed
A Montessori bedroom with a floor bed

For example, blocks can be used for building towers or sorting by color. Most importantly, the child is free to move about and explore the environment at their own pace.

With its focus on independence and exploration, a Montessori home environment encourages a child to explore and lead their learning. It can be a great way to support your child’s natural love of learning.

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As you continue on this Montessori journey, remind yourself to be patient. Changing behavior and integrating a different philosophy on managing your home and being a family will take time.

Frustration will present itself, but you will also have triumphant moments. Celebrate and honor those moments, as fleeting or as defining as they may be.

Interested in learning more? Click here to learn more about the Montessori curriculum!

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