Recently, many parents have embarked on the odyssey of teaching their young children at home. While a few hours of Sesame Street seemed like enough at first, the length of the pandemic demanded new solutions. Suddenly mommies and daddies everywhere had to become experts on early childhood pedagogy, and fast.If you’ve done cursory research, you’ve likely heard about the Montessori Method. It is a time-tested approach to teaching children independence and critical thought. While Montessori teachers have special training, you can use aspects of The Montessori Method at home.
Are you interested in what Montessori techniques can do for your child’s education? Read on to learn a bit about the history of this method, and how to successfully implement aspects at home.
Who Was Maria Montessori?
Italian physician Maria Montessori developed the Montessori Method in 1906. At the time, there was a great need for a new educational approach in the slums of the city of San Lorenzo. The children were living in high poverty, and most had experienced no education in their young lives.
Dr Montessori took what she understood about human psychology and created a curriculum. She prioritized hands-on, real-world experiences.
The children worked on puzzles but also learned to clean and prepare meals. The most essential element was a sense of order, with each student engaged in an appropriate task.
The more she observed her students, the more she wanted to give them. Her bespoke educational materials teach specific developmental skills through playful engagement. Over time, children would learn to solve problems, and later put that new learning in context.
What Is the Montessori Method of Teaching?
The Montessori Method of teaching began with the program that Dr. Montessori put in place in San Lorenzo. The average Montessori program mixes real-world tasks and independent learning activities. The goal is to create a full and fulfilling day of learning.
A key to quality Montessori programming is the use of high-quality learning materials. This is why Montessori schools have similar materials and even physical space. Many of the materials developed by Maria Montessori are still used in these programs today.
Sensory materials are any tools or toys that engage a child’s five senses. This is because sensory experiences encourage brain development in young children.
Practical Life Materials
Many of the materials found in Montessori classrooms are already in your home. These include materials used to cook, clean, or dress oneself. Child-sized materials are appropriate as long as they work – pretend play is not the goal.
Academic materials should allow students to engage with the alphabet or numbers in a tactile way. Sandpaper letters and movable alphabet toys are popular. Other popular materials created by Montessori include golden beads, spindle boxes, and number rods.
Montessori in Your Living Room
Maria Montessori set out to empower the most disenfranchised children. She wanted all children to have successful experiences in academics. With its focus on real-life experiences and high-quality materials, The Montessori Method transformed Urban education.
Montessori’s passion for child development lives on in modern progressive pedagogy all over the world. Do you have a passion for education? Check out the rest of our blog for more ideas about enriching your child’s world.
60 thoughts on “Teacher Talk: What Is the Montessori Method of Teaching?”
What an informative read
Sound interesting , at-least children does not have to mug up things they are taught. They will learn with things by experiment and experience.
Even I prefer and like the Montessori method of teaching the kids. It helps clear the concepts and also makes the child think a lot.
A good method of learning. Thanks for such a helpful post.
That was very well written and detailed bringing out the pros of montessori education. What i did miss was no cons were given because personally i know this education system is not right for India
Very informative and useful post on Montessori method of learning. Thanks for sharing this.
It is one of the best forms of learning for children as they are able to absorb and retain more. #MyepicaReads
My son did the Montessori style of education years ago and it was the best thing that happened!
Montessori method of thanking is one of the best way as they uses real life examples which help kids to understand better. As they use high quality toys it doesn’t harm kids in anyways. Good you shared this insightful post.
I didn’t knew about Montessori method, but thanks to ur post, I got to learn it.
Many parents are homeschooling and I think the Montessori method is the best. Activity learning is by far better than textbook rote learning. Thank you for sharing the Montessori method in detail.
Montessori method helps to bring out the creativity of the child.
Great post! Many people don’t realize that they can implement the Montessori Method right in their own homes.
This was a great introduction to the method. I had done a teacher training course and I saw one of the teachers teaching fractions using puzzles, etc. It was such a fun experience for me too!
I did not know about the montessori method. I’d like to look it up further.
Even I found the Montessori method of teaching quite interesting. I followed it at home as much as possible when my son was in a playgroup. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
Montessori way of teaching helps kids understand the concepts in a better way.
Quite a few schools use this system very effectively. Good you drew attention to it.
I’ve always been confused by the concept of Montessori. Thanks for this.
One thing i like about this way of teaching is that they are not forces to remember or mugup subjects as it happens in other normal schools. This way, kids would develop more practical approach towards subjects.
The Montessori method of teaching is gaining favor with a lot of parents. Reading your informative post showed me exactly why. Very helpful read.
Both my sons had montessori method for their kindergarten, but I was unaware I could have done it at home too!!
Thank you for the post!
I completely vouch for the Montessori method of teaching as it’s a fun way of knowing concepts rather than rote. Well articulated!!
History and philosophy behind Montessori system is not widespread. Thanks for sharing
That’s a wonderful and informative post about Montessori method of teaching. Good to know about it’s origin and how it helps kids in learning and their overall development. Very well written article.
This is really informative. It will be very useful for parents who need help deciding if the Montessori method is right for their child.
I have been reading a lot about the Montessori method lately. More parents are opting for it, particularly due to the pandemic. Thanks for an informative post.
Nice Piece of writing!
i have been reading a lot about the Montessori methods lately. Thanks for informative post .
Madam Montessori is a pioneer in developing Early childhood Education techniques. I think during covid, when pre-schoolers are at home, parents can teach their kids through the Montessori method, it will certainly help them in homeschooling.
An informative post on a unique style of teaching which has been used extensively by parents and teachers. Like all educational processes, this too has its prod and cons. Thank you for sharing this post.
Montessori is a wonderful way to teach kids. It has practical methods which make it easier for kids to understand concepts.
My child studies at a Montessori school. Due to the pandemic, they modified the curriculum and taught us parents to create a Montessori environment at home. It’s working well.
it seems like a great way of making the child understand and ten implement the knowledge rather than just mugging it up. Thanks for letting us know about Montessori method i had no idea about it.
The Montessori method of teaching is a very creative and helpful way to help kids learn.Your blogpost will help many parents do it better.
Montessori education is surely important for a child’s development. Thanks for sharing such easy methods to practice at home.
Montessori methods are practical and relatable, good to know about the history of this approach.
i found your post pretty helpful for new moms.
montessori method is very popular these days. My son went to a day care where they had montessori setup. It really helped my boy to understand things and even his speech delay also got fixed. This is definitely better than conventional teaching methods.
The Montessori method is time tested and proven method of early childhood education. Very informative, concise, and useful for young parents and educators.
This was an interesting read. It was nice to know the history of the montessori method of teaching.
This is the best way to boost kids’ imagination and get them interested in new things.
Thanks to your post I learnt a new way of teaching.
Already, knew a little about the Montessori system but your article was insightful.
This is a very informative article. Surely very useful for moms
My son is turning 2 soon and I might need to start working on some more activities for him related to preschool. This will help alot.
The education imparted through this way can’t be challenged. This gives proper growth to the kids. It’s great you wrote it.
So my first one went to a preschool close by and then they closed. So I put my second in Montessori close by and he was really liking it until COVID happened.
Practical training works for a longer period, I have seen with Anaaya she is more engaged and interested. Thanks for sharing this article.
Quite interesting…I got to know about Maria Montessori. Of course, as you have written, it is essential to follow a more hands-on approach to education providing an environment for children to grow independently.
This is informative. The method will make the kids learn in creative way and learning lasts longer
Very useful and informative post…well written!
I never knew the actual meaning of this word. Thnx for introducing
The montessori method is one of the best ways to introduce a child to learning. Both my children were lucky to undergo this method of teaching at their schools. I agree with your post! Keep writing!
Montessori method of learning is an evolution in the education system also the best way to build a strong foundation of kid’s learning.
Thanks for sharing such detailed and informative post, which is important in our education system
It is surely the best way to teach at pre school level. My son was at a montessori infact and we loved it
The name of my first school was Happy Montessori School. I never knew this background and about Dr Montessori and her unique methodology. Very nice.
Very informative post on the Montessori method. Thanks for sharing! #MyFriendAlexa #TinasPicks
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