Upper School Blog: Bringing Montessori Home

Upper School Blog: Bringing Montessori Home

Montessori education is a well-known and respected teaching method that has been around for over a century. It is based on the principles of child development and self-directed learning. Over the years the Montessori method has been shown to be effective in fostering independence, creativity, and a love of learning in children. With the recent interest in more holistic educational approaches, many parents are looking for ways to bring the Montessori philosophy into their homes. Here are some tips for incorporating what we do here at Aidan to your home.

Create a Learning Environment

One of the key aspects of Montessori is creating a prepared environment for learning. This means having a dedicated space for your child to play and engage in family life, with all the materials they need within reach. This can be a corner of a room, a separate room, or even multiple spaces throughout the home. The important thing is to equip these spaces with the materials needed to support the activities your child will likely be pursuing. 

Provide Materials that Support Independent Learning

Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting, meaning that the child can figure out if they are using it correctly without adult intervention. Examples of these materials include puzzles, blocks, and sorting games. By providing these and other similar materials, you are allowing your child to work at their own pace and develop their problem-solving skills.  

Encourage Exploration and Experimentation

Montessori is all about hands-on learning, so encourage your child to explore their environment and the material you have made available to them at home. Let them experiment and make mistakes, as this is an important part of the learning process. If they are struggling with a task, offer guidance and support, but let them take the lead in finding a solution. 

Respect Your Child’s Interests and Rhythms

Montessori is also about respecting your child’s interests and rhythms. Observe your child and see what they are naturally drawn to, then provide materials and activities that support those interests. Don’t force your child to learn something or participate in activities they are not ready for or interested in.

Incorporating Montessori at home can be a wonderful way to support your child’s development and foster independence. A child who feels included and cared for because their parents thoughtfully prepared the home for them is likely a child who enthusiastically engages in family life. By creating a prepared environment you can bring the Montessori philosophy into your home to create a supportive and enriching space for your child. 


Hamed Isaza

Red Oak Lead Teacher

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