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Montessori Homeschooling

Painting some clouds in art class

One method of homeschooling is called the Montessori Method. What is it exactly and how do you teach using this method? Let me explain:

The “Montessori Method” was created by Dr. Maria Montessori. This style of teaching aims at duplicating natural laws that a child faces in life and the goal of the teacher is to control the environment – not the child. Dr. Montessori observed that children who are left free to interact with their environment were more likely to develop self-discipline and a love for order. They were more uninhibited in their natural curiosity.

Do you have a preschooler or youngster who wants to do everything by himself? Montessori may be the perfect method for you! Find ways in which your child can participate in the cleaning, washing, cooking, gardening and other ‘adult’ activities. This is the perfect backdrop for learning! AND since you are allowing them to be independent, the child’s self-esteem gets
a big boost.

Artistic, cultural and scientific activities abound in a Montessori class. Be aware that there is usually no TV, junk food, or computer allowed. Material is selected carefully and the child is never forced to work. Children are encouraged to do things that interest them, and the teacher picks up the teaching from cues given by the children. The Montessori method focuses on children’s innate ability to learn from their surroundings. The teacher is there to encourage the natural curiosity of the child. The child is never forced to learn or explore. When the child understands why he needs to learn something, he will love the learning process.

From http://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori:

Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. In addition, a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials are meticulously arranged and available for use in an aesthetically pleasing environment.

The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is  prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.

Multiage groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.

 

If you are interested in the Montessori Method of teaching, please visit the following sites for more details:

Wikipedia

Montessori.edu

Montessori Connections

 

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