There are many moms that message me and start our with, “Hi! I’m a stressed out homeschool mom and…”
Believe it or not, you are not the only one! We have all been there are are right in the middle of it right now!
And if you are doing Montessori at home, you are adding the stressor of the Montessori curriculum, right?
It feels like it never ends! But I am here with great news for you!
You are not alone and I have a list of Montessori Curriculum Tips for the Stressed Out Homeschool Mom that will be helpful to you.
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We also have an amazing Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY going on just for you at the end of this post!
The Stressed Homeschool Mom
Let’s be honest for a minute. Is that alright?
Many of us are trying to imitate Montessori schools and put on ourselves a lot more than we should.
And the truth is, children learn best when our stress level is low.
But how do we balance it all?
Between the prepared environment, Montessori materials and developing great lessons, it is easy to be feeling stressed on a regular basis.
We want our home schools to be a place where students learn and are successful.
So, let me give you some tips that will help you make it all possible! Read on!
The Montessori Curriculum 3-6
Optimal child development is our main goal in our homeschool.
And if we are following the Maria Montessori philosophy, we need to remember one thing:
the Montessori classroom and the Montessori curriculum mean nothing if the guide isn’t centered.
Tip #1: Remember Your “Why”
You decided to homeschool for a reason, right? And you decided to do Montessori for a reason as well.
Remember your “why” because that is what will propel you forward and will keep you running this marathon.
Take the time to sit down and write down why you are doing what you are doing.
Be honest and be kind to yourself.
Don’t write it down when you are having a low day because it will be harder to dig deep to find that initial reason.
But once you have this written down, you will feel a renewed strength to keep going.
Keep that note handy so you can reach for it whenever you need encouragement or to remember your vision.
Even better, make it all nice and frame it to keep out in the open for a constant reminder.
Tip #2: Remember to Center Yourself First
One of your main jobs as a Montessori guide is to center yourself.
A lot of how your Montessori learning day will go has to do with how centered you are.
Children pick up on so much, even things unsaid.
If you aren’t ready for the day, are unprepared with lessons or the environment isn’t clean, it can really throw a wrench into your day.
Before the learning day begins, center yourself.
Take a few minutes to go to a quiet place and do something that will help you calm yourself and get ready for the learning day.
Remember things like:
- You are the guide, so you lead the children.
- Demonstrate a love for learning.
- Be excited and joyful during the learning period.
- Stay balanced and patient.
Tip #3: Remember your Main Goals
What are your goals for the Montessori learning day? What are your goals for the homeschool day?
Begin with the end in mind. What do you want the end of the day to look like?
What do you need to do at the beginning and middle to make that end happen?
Write that down and keep that in mind throughout the Montessori learning time.
Tip #4: Remember how children develop independence best
Do you know the best way to do yourself a favor?
Not only that, but you will give your children the quickest tangible transformation from dependence to independence.
This is by making sure you do Practical Life works daily.
I know that is it easier to do things for your children, but taking the time to teach them is going to prove better in the future.
You will love it when your children are able to make their own breakfast, wash dishes, make their beds, etc.
These are lifelong skills that will give them so much confidence and self-esteem.
You should NOT feel weird by considering these activities as part of your schooling.
What good would it do for your children to be super smart academically, but not be independent with life skills?
Trust me, your children will help you.
Tip #5: Remember to Start Slow
The beauty of doing Montessori at home is to follow the child.
Do what feels right in your home and don’t listen to what others are telling you that you “should be” doing.
Start slow, take your time, observe your children a lot.
Find what Sensitive Periods that they are in so you can target those.
Prepare works that will help them develop and practice fine motor skills because, no matter what they are learning, these skills are paramount.
You Can Do Montessori at Home Successfully!
What do you think? I just gave you a list of five tips that are definitely doable and easy to follow.
Doing Montessori at home doesn’t have to be hard or stressful for you or for your children.
Go back to the basics and remember what really matters.
Sensitive Periods Chart (Pick your color!)
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