Top 5 Reasons Montessori is Part of My Homeschool
Working at home as a project manager and caring for my 2-year-old had become extremely difficult. I had to figure out a way to get my job done and ensure my son was in a safe learning environment, so I went looking for a daycare. During each visit I left unimpressed. Was I really supposed to pay them to let my child play with trucks and playdoh all day?
A Montessori school in the area was last on my list to tour. I immediately fell in love with the learning environment! If you have never done so, I would encourage you to go and visit a Montessori school in your area to obtain a greater understanding of the method.
My older two both attended Montessori school up until Kindergarten. By the time my third son was born, I was a full time stay-at-home mom, and the money for tuition no longer existed (smile). Knowing the benefits of Montessori, I decided to create the environment in my home so my younger children would also have the benefit of learning in a Montessori environment.
Here are my five top reasons Montessori is a part of my homeschool:
#1 Limitless Learning
My 2 year old is able to learn spelling although he doesn’t know how to write yet. My 4 year old is able to learn multiplication. One of the beautiful benefits of Montessori is hands-on materials (called “work”) that allow the child to progress in learning, even if their physical body isn’t ready. Why should the mind be hindered?
#2 Independence Is Developed
The confidence I see in my child when he is able to “do it himself” without asking for help is incredible. A Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment where children are able to develop independence. I present the work to my student, we practice, and then I often hear, “I got it mommy.” Students begin to realize that they have the intelligence and ability to do things for themselves.
#3 Multiple Grade Levels Can Be Managed
During our school time, I manage four different learning levels. Montessori allows the learning to continue while I provide instruction with the older three.
#4 The Learner Is Empowered
“What would you like to do first?” I enjoy giving my student the option to choose what work he wants to complete. Montessori empowers the child to choose what he would like to learn. My student can choose to spend 20 minutes or 5 minutes on a certain work. There is beauty in allowing the child to make that decision knowing he is learning no matter how much time is spent.
#5 Workbooks for the Little Ones Stink!
Lastly, workbooks and textbooks for your younger child just aren’t fun for the student or the teacher. There are more than enough years ahead for the student to hit the books. This is a great time to allow them to see, smell, hear, touch, and taste all there is to learn.
I hope this blesses you big! Enjoy and comment below if you have any questions!