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Two Secrets to Bringing Montessori into Your Home

Montessori is a popular buzz word these days. There are many articles and ideas floating out there. So, how do you truly being to take steps forward to integrating these ideas into your home and your family’s life. You feel Montessori is right for your family but feel a bit overwhelmed with the gargantuan amount of information being thrown at you. So, where do you start to take steps towards Montessori in your home? This post include two key steps in bringing Montessori in the Home

Montessori at Home 101

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

How to Integrate Montessori in the Home

Step #1: Educate Yourself

The first step to integrating Montessori at Home is to educate yourself and to fully embrace Dr. Montessori’s approach to education. Montessori is a lifestyle. It is not learning that begins and ends at the classroom doors.

The best way to achieve this understanding and acceptance is to read as much as you possibly can about the philosophy. Read articles, peruse Montessori minded blogs, and read Montessori in the Home books for parents such as Montessori Madness,  The Science Behind the Genius, and Montessori: a Modern Approach.

Montessori Gardening

Step #2: Compare & Contrast

Why did you choose Montessori over Waldorf or Inquiry based or Reggio Emilia? Where do these philosophies overlap? How are they different? Take a bit of time to understand the various differences and similarities of Montessori and other learning philosophies. By far the best overview I have read is Michael Olaf’s comparison.

Montessori at Home with a Wheelbarrow

PBS Parents offers a user friendly comparison of education philosophies. There is even a video on Youtube comparing Montessori to other philosophies. Once you’re committed to bringing Montessori ideals into your home, embrace the philosophy.

Marnie

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