The Montessori Parent.

The following was taken from the AMS (American Montessori Society) website and is a short guide to help us in using the Montessori method in the home:

As a parent you are a role model and teacher:

  • Know your child well
  • Be a patient observer and careful listener
  • Place your confidence in your child
  • Provide simple, safe and consistent rules encouraging your child to take responsibility and to contribute to his or her home and family.

As a parent you prepare your child’s home:

  • Provide safety (physical & emotional)
  • Provide organization, consistency, a reliable routine
  • Prepare areas that are child sized — a place of her/his own
  • Provide your child age-appropriate responsibilities in your home
  • Provide “real life” experiences
  • Provide age-appropriate choices and opportunities to make positive decisions

As a parent you set the limits:

  • Offer protection from objects and ideas that can hurt
  • Always encourage your child to be capable and confident
  • Limit toys and games to a workable number (rotate toys)
  • Monitor television and other forms of media (inappropriate exposure can negatively affect social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth)
  • Develop consistent routines which encourage your child to develop self-control (self-control, responsible behavior and freedom are outcomes, not starting points)

As a parent you support and encourage your child:

  • Offer great possibilities for exploration in the home environment
  • Encourage children to do for themselves (“Let me do it myself!”)
  • Encourage your child to be an active agent of his/her own education