MONTESSORI LEARNING AT HOME: SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S NATURAL ENTHUSIASM OF LEARNING

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim, therefore, is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." - To Educate the Human Potential, Dr. Maria Montessori

We can create a Montessori, child-centered, home environment to support the child's natural enthusiasm of learning. The environment motivates the child's interest to act and conduct his own learning experiences.


Through observations of a child's daily routine, we can curate a thoughtful and enjoyable experience for the child. It is not about replicating the Montessori classroom setting in the home environment.


It is a home environment that is unique and supports the developmental needs of the child. Each child shines in his own special way. He has unique learning style and characteristics.


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THE "L.O.V.E" ELEMENTS IN A PREPARED ENVIRONMENT


The prepared environment is the home and all surroundings that come in contact with the child.


L: A LEARNED ENVIRONMENT

It is acquired by experiences, inspired by observing the child's developmental needs and interests. Put the focus on the level of concentration and movement of the child, instead of the materials on the shelves. Understand the approach before investing in materials. Parents can easily find the benefits of child-sized furniture and tools as they observe the how child moves and works within the environment.


O: AN ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT

Remove clutter and obstacles, create a home with structure and order that benefits both the child and the parents. Display what sparks joy with less distractions and visual noises. It is easier for the child to form a habit to clean up, develop a sense of accountability, and understand the order in the universe as he grows in an organized environment. With the marketing campaigns and influences of social media, it is easy for us to want more and make purchases based of wants or the fear of missing out (FOMO). A prepared environment should not mimic what we see on social media. Think of nature and how refreshing we feel being outdoor. It only displays vegetations based on each season. More does NOT mean better! Nature only displays seasonal fruits and plants for a particular reason. Each season has its own beauty and uniqueness. We can do so by curating a home environment based on developmental needs, interests, and characteristics of the child. Can we imagine having all the plants and flowers from all seasons blooming all at once in the garden?


V: A VALUABLE ENVIRONMENT

Things we display in the home environment tell the child what we focus on. The environment tells stories. It represents our cultures and communicates values. We can model how to minimize and maintain an environment that reflects cultures and beliefs. A well prepared environment needs to work for the developmental needs of the child. The child can find values and enjoyment through exploring at home. The value is not from the price tags of the furniture or the materials on the shelves. The prepared environment encourages every child to move freely within his needs. There is freedom of movement, choice, learning pace, and time. The child has the autonomy to choose for himself as the parents set healthy boundaries and limits at home. The parents cannot act or choose for the child. When the child finds value in his working space, he can comfortably develop the fundamental skills of independence, concentration, and intellectual and emotional quality within the environment.


E: AN ENCHANTING ENVIRONMENT

It is a stereotypical myth that Montessori education is only for the rich and well-educated families. It is not. We do NOT need an exquisite home to create an enjoyable learning environment. Observe the child, display only what the child needs, and create an orderly environment that benefit both the child and the family. We can maximize our learning space regardless of the size of the home and budget. A well prepared environment can be a fun and amusing place for both the child and us. It is a place of beauty and order, a learning environment that prioritizes freedom and social interactions.


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"The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult."


The idea supports Dr. Maria Montessori's vision that everything the child comes into contact with would facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration.


Finding ways to support independence and developmental needs are the goals for Montessori learning in the home environment. The prepared environment is an essential part to implement Montessori education at home. It facilitates the natural tendency of a child's curiosity to explore and discover. Our ultimate goals are helping the child to find meaning in his work and daily routines, motivate the child to have a greater sense of ownership and satisfaction.


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