Before I was even married to my husband, I had gotten a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in School Administration. I KNEW I loved teaching and I knew I was always hungry for new creative ideas and methods to use.
It wasn’t until I was introduced to The Montessori Method that I realized how different and unique learning could be and how little the teacher matters. What truly matters is the child and how she learns at her own pace. In this post, we will share with you why we love to teach Montessori at home and also a list of wonderful Montessori resources to get you started.
Why We Love to Teach Montessori at Home
I think that the post would be extremely long if I were to explain every single aspect of The Montessori Method, but I will be happy to list the pros and cons that I have encountered with using The Montessori Method in our homeschool.
It would be good to point out to you that we aren’t purists (as in using The Montessori Method exclusively), but we do incorporate it into pretty much every subject we study. Here are some of the best Montessori books out there that helped me a lot:
Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age ThreeThe Absorbent MindHow To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd EditionMontessori: A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and TeachersMontessori at Home Guide: 101 Montessori Inspired Activities for Children Ages 2-6Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School YearsTeach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your ChildThe Secret of ChildhoodThe Discovery of the ChildMontessori at Home Guide: A Short Guide to a Practical Montessori Homeschool for Children Ages 2-6 (Volume 2)
Why We Love Montessori: The Positives
- It instills a culture of peace and care for others
- Montessori instills a love for independent discovery in learning
- It encourages multi-aged grouping (which is perfect for homeschooling siblings)
- It appeals to all of our senses, which makes learning more fun and easier for retention
- The teacher isn’t the main leader, but rather a guide
- Children thrive with independence, problem-solving skills and patience
- It encourages freedom within parameters based on self-discipline and thinking of others
- Children learn and advance at their own pace
- Children learn to care for themselves and for their environment
- Montessori materials have many purposes and levels of learning
Some Negatives from Using Montessori
- Montessori materials are so beautiful, but very pricey
- Montessori materials are bulky and take up a lot of room (in the environment and in storage)
- The teacher has to have some degree of training or have been around The Montessori Method to understand it and effectively implement it
Solutions to the Negatives I Mentioned
Yes, Montessori materials can be quite expensive, but I have found that purchasing used, like in FB groups or at discounted stores can really bring the cost down.
Let’s face it: Montessori materials are bulky. There is no real way around that, except to cycle them. Store some and put some out for use. What I have done in our homeschool is make readily available materials that are in the Sensitive Periods and those that are connected to topics we are currently studying. I do keep some of their favorites out all the time because they are so drawn to them. For this point, I would suggest to have a homeschool room.
I know of several moms that effectively homeschool their children using The Montessori Method and Montessori-Inspired materials that haven’t had any formal training. They have done researched, gotten their hands on anything free or nearly free to learn more, they have acquired albums to help guide them and they practice a lot on their own.
I am Montessori trained for ages 3-6 and I am glad I did. When I got the training, though, I was single and had the intentions of teaching at a Montessori school. I never thought of homeschooling my children, so that wasn’t part of the decision-making. I will say, though, that I have found my training to be extremely helpful and that it has made a positive difference in my confidence in using Montessori in our homeschool. Training costs money, but in the end, I think it was worth it.
Montessori Basics that we Recommend
- Knobless Cylinders Set
- Moveable Alphabet
- Binomial Cube
- Pink Tower
- Brown Stair
- Geometric Solids
- Dressing Frames
- Landforms Set
Montessori Knobless Cylinders (Set of 4)Montessori Cursive Moveable Alphabets with BoxMontessori Binomial CubeNDJK Montessori Sensorial Materials Tower Family Set Wooden Building Blocks Toy KidMontessori Materials Brown Stairs 5 Steps Toddler ToyMontessori Geometric Solids With Stands, Bases, and BoxYoovi Montessori Learn to Dress Boards Early Learning Basic Life Skills Toys – Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/setMontessori Sandpaper Land and Water Form Cards
If you have been thinking about using Montessori in your homeschool, give it a try! I offer many free printables, ideas and resources on my blog that can help guide you some. We love using Montessori as part of our homeschool and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I honestly cannot imagine homeschooling without integrating it into our subjects.
Will you give it a try? Thank you for visiting our “Why We Love to Teach Montessori at Home” post! Here is a great list of resources to get you started: