March’s Montessori Principle in Action

What makes an activity “Montessori?” 

In order to create a Montessori environment at home, it is important to understand what makes a Montessori activity. There are many standards behind the beautiful work placed throughout the classroom. Utilizing these seven steps, your Montessori environment at home will be a sweet success!

1. Child Directed: Montessori activities are self-motivated. The child has freedom (within limits) to choose their own works.

2. Have control of error: Montessori materials and activities typically have a control of error for self-correction and learning.

3. Involve the senses: Maria Montessori found that young children learn through their senses. Activities inspired by Montessori often involve sensorial input/output.

4. Are hands on: Children learn by doing. Even the most abstract concepts are best introduced in a hands on way.

5. Isolate Concepts: Often, Montessori activities focus on one concept or break complicate learning into steps. Sometimes the tasks appear simplistic, but the emphasis on one task helps children to perfect necessary steps.

6. Aid in Independence: Children gain confidence and pride due to the way that activities are set up. They are created in an orderly, inviting way and contain all that is required to complete the task.

7. Emphasis concentration: Most Montessori works are able to be repeated. This, plus the freedom of time, allows children to develop deep concentration and attention to detail.

Prepared by Ms. Meredith.

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