Our new research found that parents across the UK – 95% of those we surveyed – are using Montessori principles at home without even realising they are! The Montessori philosophy is rooted in recognising the child’s agency; allowing the child to make choices about what they do, how they choose to play and engage with the world and listening to what they have to say.
“We often hear that Montessori methods aren’t for all but that’s not the case. Accessible, fun, practical, and rooted in science – that’s Montessori. Many Montessori activities can be adopted in every home and every child can gain from the philosophy,” says Montessori Group CEO, Leonor Stjepic.
The beauty of a Montessori education is that it isn’t limited to a nursery setting, nor does it require an inaccessible set of materials or tools. It encourages engaging with everyday household objects, the outdoors and nature, as well as involving the child in family activities.
It is an approach which nurtures independence, creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and leadership – traits that are more important than ever in our complicated world. These are universally aspirational qualities we’d wish upon the next generation. We believe we can give children the best start in life by using Maria Montessori’s way of learning, still as relevant 150 years after her birth.
The proof is all around us, now backed by our findings…
88% of 4-6-year olds say they play with everyday items, such as cardboard boxes or water jugs.
Despite spending more time at home throughout lockdown, 64% of young children preferred spending the time playing, making dens, and being creative, with just 23% preferring to watch TV or play on phones.
Showing the value children place on family time, 41% of children said the best thing about lockdown was spending more time with their parents, and 19% believe their parents should spend more time at home.
Children also had some recommendations for parents too, suggesting adults should play more (52%), find more time to be silly (32%), and spend more time laughing (25%).
While conducting this research we spoke to 1,008 parents and their children across the country. Our quest to understand how they learn and what they think of the world expectedly also turned up some delightful – and hilarious – quotes we think will put a smile on your face. Here are some of the responses to “What’s the funniest thing your child said in the last six months?”.
“She asked if I gave birth to the cat as well as her”
“He heard someone swear and asked for them to be arrested”
“Can we put the coronavirus in prison”
“Asking if they could be a snail so they can carry their house wherever they go”