I am no expert, but I share what I have learned throughout our journey.
And why do I do these things? My intention is to offer parents practical tips that will allow them to immerse themselves in Montessori quickly and easily, using easily obtained or homemade/DIY materials (I work more than 50 hrs a week but I dedicate time and effort for this... plus, there's so much stuff you can use at home, then the ones we invest on are those that will last for generations).
My goal is to spread the love for Montessori learning—and the joy and wonder it brings —to every home where there is a parent willing to try. The only condition is to be open to small changes in the way you play and interact with your children. I have learned to really SLOW DOWN, OBSERVE, & UNDERSTAND.
Remember that respect is earned so be the kind of person you want them to be. It's easier said than done, but we can all do it!
SO, IF YOU ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT STARTING MONTESSORI AT HOME, THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IS TO BEGIN READING ABOUT IT.
I also included a list of activities that are appropriate per age group -- these are in no way prescriptive but just suggestions BASED ON OUR JOURNEY. :)
I didn't include specific areas of learning like Geography, Math, Science, etc. (after all, I don't intend to copy or mimic a classroom) but as you go along, you will realize that when you do Montessori activities at home, you and your child also get exposed to several areas of learning. An activity or material may teach one skill at a time, but the same activity or material can teach multiple skills.
BY THE WAY, DON'T WORRY IF YOUR CHILD DOESN'T SHOW INTEREST RIGHT AWAY.
When we demonstrate an activity we need to make sure that we know the material that we are going to present, and we know how to use it correctly. We invite the child to come with us to search for the material. KEY WORD IS INVITE - don't force them.
Sit side by side (so they can mirror you properly). We will make the presentation in an accurate and SLOW manner, stopping briefly at every completed step.
Avoid talking too much (as I've said before in my Instagram/FB posts - the attention should be on our actions and not on our mouth). If the child is not paying attention, it is better to pick up the material and return it to its place. It makes no sense to force a child to observe a presentation he is not interested in. When they show interest, just remember the Montessori way of presenting.
I don't want this blog to end up as a "novel" - so here is the list for your reference.
And yes - I HEARD YOU! We will launch an e-learning portal so those who aren't able to attend talks can view the presentations whenever they like. The reason we limit the slots during sessions is of course, due to venue limitations and because it isn't optimal to explain this to a big group.
I hope you find this post helpful.