The Meetup this week had fabulous parents that are setting up Montessori for their children. Please join the Meetup group if you live in Toronto or Surrounding areas or join and share your ideas no matter where you live, the group is called At Home With Montessori-see link below.
We discussed how to set up the Montessori Practical life area in your home and some of the favourite shopping areas in Ontario are Good Will, Value Village, Dollar Stores or just look around your house for items that will help your toddler or preschooler develop their fine motor skills including, twisting, sweeping, cleaning with a sponge or cloth, folding cloths, buttoning, zipping (using children’s clothes in a basket).
Children want to be part of the family and the best way to involve them on a day to day basis is to let them participate in what you are doing in the house to help support them learning everyday skills or practical life skills. When you are cooking they can help stir or if you are very brave they can peel or cut bananas, make sure to supervise.
Children can do far more so set your expectations high. The biggest comment that people make when they enter into a Montessori environment is the disbelief at what the children are able to do.
RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND LET THEM TRY WE ONLY LEARN WHEN WE ARE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE!!
The following picture shows pouring from a jug to jug on the pink tray, a button frame, blue on top of shelf (you can use a child’s shirt with buttons on a tray or in a basket).
In a box there are matching cloths with different materials and their is a spooning activity from bowl to another on the top of the shelf on the right.
Next week will be looking more how to do Montessori at home on a budget. All Children can benefit from Montessori and it is possible to do Montessori at home and thus make it accessible to all children and understood by parents.