"Maria Montessori, MD was the first woman to receive an MD degree in Italy. She has inspired people around the world, for over 100 years, basing education on observation of children to discover their needs, rather than on a curriculum. She discovered that long periods of concentration on purposeful work involving both the mind and the body (real work, not TV or computers) heals the child mentally and physically."
- quoted from www.montessori.edu
Dr. Montessori is credited with developing and introducing a unique style of learning for children, rather than just teaching at them. She advocated a child-centered, not adult-centered approach which includes:
There are specific age-appropriate toys, books, and materials that prescribe to this style of learning. Many of these can be found online and purchased from sites such as www.michaelolaf.com/store.
The "age levels" within this program include infant, toddler, preschool or kindergarten, and elementary stages of discovery.
Some very important aspects of this mode of learning include self-expression, appreciation for others and nature, and multi-sensory stimulation.
Ultimately, the premise is that through allowing a child to experience life, manipulate quality resources, with guidance but not interference from adults, that child can gain confidence and strong character.
In order to comply with these principles and create a Montessori home school atmosphere, you would have to learn to "teach" by observing your child and realizing how s/he learns best.
For those who would choose this method as the basis for their home school preschool or above, it would look like this:
Hmm? Sounds a lot like what homeschoolers are already striving to do, huh?
Are you controlling the learning environment and adhering to Dr. Montessori's philosophy of allowing your child to learn by doing? Contact me and let me know what you are doing, please.
Perhaps this is why Montessori home school is becoming so popular within the homeschooling community.