Like many others around the world, you may have recently found yourself at home, juggling childcare and work. Whilst there is no pressure for you to maintain your child’s experiences to match their nursery or school, you might want to find out more about the basic Montessori principles to think about indoors.
Our free online course explores activities to keep children entertained in small spaces, with siblings or whilst you work, alongside plenty of practical ideas and advice from Montessori home-school families and expert tutors. All of our online courses have been designed to be flexible; you can dip in and out as you wish.
Montessori believed that children can learn without teaching, and that if they are given a prepared environment and appropriate opportunity, learning will happen; therefore Montessori practitioners direct the child towards learning opportunities rather than teach. The prepared environment at home doesn’t need expensive materials, or a room redesign; a few simple adaptations can help.
- What can you put at child height?
Can you lay out a few toys, books or materials somewhere a child can reach them by themselves?
- What activities can you encourage children to do for themselves?
Can they be asked to put toys away in a basket, to get out cutlery for dinner, or to choose their own clothes for the day?
- How can the environment be neat and ordered?
Can clutter be cleared away, or toys ‘rotated’ rather than having everything out at the same time?
The core value of Montessori is independence in children – allowing your children to taking part in tasks at home is a valuable activity for them and the household. Try to make time to show children of all ages how to do the activities. Ask if they have questions, and explain how this helps the community at home. Be present when they try the task for the first time, but allow them space to make mistakes and learn.
Our free online course is packed with videos, links and downloadable idea sheets for activities to do at home. This includes suggestions for creating a Montessori environment using what you already have around you, ideas for sensory play that won’t create extra mess, as well as suggestions for care of the home, helping your child develop practical life skills. It finishes with tried and tested ideas from our expert tutors, as well as the underlying Montessori principles.