Too often parents are led to believe they have to take the ‘all or nothing’ approach when it comes to Montessori education at home. While it is true that the primary years (2½ – 6 years of age) use a lot of hands on auto-didactic materials, there are many materials that you can make yourself or use less expensive substitutes for. And it’s not necessary to have all the materials. It’s the concepts and the theory behind the materials that count – not the materials themselves. Would it be lovely for everyone to be able to afford high-quality materials such as Gonzagarredi or Nienhuis – oh yes, it would. But it’s definitely not necessary.
Many parents are also led to believe they can’t give their child a Montessori education unless they’re ‘trained’. You didn’t train to become a parent … but your child has survived (and thrived) this far. So with a little research and work on your part – you too can become a supportive Montessori guide for your children. It will not be the same as sending your child to a Montessori school – but it will still give them a wonderful foundation to life-long learning.
Another great place to visit is the Living Montessori Now! blog which contains tons of free information and ideas on Montessori – excellent for homeschoolers wishing to add some Montessori into their life. The post today is very fitting: The Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide to Montessori Homeschooling.
Montessori isn’t meant to be stressful – it’s meant to be a way of life. It’s a way of thinking and a way of approaching learning. We have written about Montessori theories and how they may apply to your family life.
Montessori education at home does not have to be ‘all or nothing’. Any part of Montessori that you can implement into your daily life will only help to strengthen and deepen your child’s love of learning, the connection to the people in their lives, and their contribution to this world.