Moms always want what is best for their children, especially when it comes to their well-being and education. Because of this, some of us choose to homeschool our children. But even though homeschooling is great, there are so many decision to make about it.
Homeschooling can be quite intimidating, especially if you want to incorporate The Montessori Method at home. In this post, I want to share with you some tips on how to build your confidence to teach Montessori at home successfully and easily.
Please remember to visit our resources hub for Montessori Curriculum 3-6 activities and lessons ! It is full of wonderful hands-on ideas for you to use at home.
1 Find Your “Why”
To begin on this journey, it is very important to consider why you want to incorporate or choose The Montessori Method to teach at home to your children. In my post, why I choose to teach Montessori at home, I tell you exactly the pros and the cons to teaching Montessori at home.
I also share a way around the negatives, such as bulky materials and how to make the transition to Montessori at home easier. Click on the link to read it my reasons why. I am sure that you will find it helpful and inspirational.
2 Be “In the Know”
As a dedicated mother, you can definitely teach Montessori at home. Trust me. You can. Just be sure to take one day at a time and have a specific plan in place. Keep in mind that teaching Montessori at home requires some important planning.
In my post “10 things to know about teaching Montessori at home,” I will give you some great tips to get ready to start on the right path and to have a great plan in place. Also, be on the lookout for my Montessori at Home eBook! It will give you SO MANY wonderful tips and get you one the right path to teaching Montessori at Home. Coming soon!
3 Find Your Personal Path in Montessori
There are basically three kinds of Montessori teachers. We have the Puritans, who stick to the very strict message and rules of Montessori and use only the original materials that Maria Montessori recommends and explains in her books.
We also have Montessori inspired guides that use the principles of Montessori but adapt those principles to other materials that are not necessarily the original Montessori works. They don’t use Montessori exclusively, so that means that they might use other curricula as well.
Finally, we have the Montessori friendly teachers. Those are teachers that follow some of the Montessori principles like the use of trays for works and 3-Part Cards, but they adapt to those principles to make their curriculum of choice.
They are called “Montessori friendly” because they do recognize the benefits of using Montessori principles; they just don’t stick to the original materials that Montessori uses or follow the strict specific schedule the Montessori suggested.
It is important that in teaching Montessori at home, you decide which one of these three you want to be. Making this decision will make it a lot easier for you to head in the right direction with a clear plan in mind. In my post “five decisions to make for teaching Montessori at home,” you will get more details as to which one of the three resonates best with your teaching style or your teaching goals at home.
4 Choose Your Montessori Materials
When we are teaching Montessori at home, that immediately tells us that we will be having a smaller number of children, a smaller space and possibly a smaller list for children to work on (at least at the beginning).
That means that we don’t have more expensive, top-of-the-line, hardier materials to use because the materials won’t be used as much or as roughly as having a class full of 20+ children. You can still get those top-of-the-line materials or some ready-made, more affordable materials, if you choose to.
BUT it is definitely doable to make some of your own Montessori materials at home. In my post for “DIY Montessori materials,” you’ll get some great ideas on which works you can put together yourself instead of spending money to buy the top-of-the-line Montessori works.
5 Get a Montessori Curriculum List
Now that you have decided to teach Montessori at home, that you have decided which kind of Montessori teacher you will be, have a specific plan and decide on Montessori materials for your environment, it is time to decide what curriculum you’re actually going to use.
Yes, there are curriculum lists out there that you can use and I have the perfect one for you! I list the 10 basic activities do you use your Montessori works at home for every Montessori subject. No I don’t leave that, but I also think those activities to posts where you can see exactly how the activities are presented, how they are set up, the materials you will need for each and how children can check their control of error. It’s great!
6 Get a Montessori Sensorial Curriculum List
Sensorial Montessori works as well as practical life works are very unique to The Montessori Method. They are extremely important and preschool and early elementary teachers understand how to incorporate them into the classroom. You can get a list of Montessori sensory curriculum with materials and activities to do here.
7 Learn about the Three Period Lesson
One of the most important elements in Montessori is the way that works are presented, especially the 3-part cards. In my post, you will see how exactly to do that. Keep in mind that it will be a great template for you to follow because all works are presented this way.
8 Get a Montessori Planner
If you are looking for an organizer or a planner to help you keep things orderly, and I would love to invite you to take a look at my homeschool planner. It has beautifully decorated pages and it is great that you can print it out for every month of the year for every week and even for every single year.
But if you want a Montessori planner that has specific information about The Montessori Method and Montessori works, then I would be very excited to show you our new Montessori for moms who want to teach Montessori at home. Come and take a look!
I hope that this set of tips will give you inspiration and encourage you to get started teaching Montessori at home. You and your kids will love it!