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MONTESSORI LEARNING AT HOME: SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S NATURAL ENTHUSIASM FOR 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 for 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 a 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 how the child moves and works within the environment.


O: AN ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT

Remove clutter and obstacles, and create a home with structure and order that benefits both the child and the parents. Display what sparks joy with fewer 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 on 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 outdoors. It only displays vegetation 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 the 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 re