Can I follow Montessori philosophy at home?
Yes, you can follow Montessori philosophy of child development at home. You can start by looking at your home through your child’s eyes.
Help in chores
Children need to feel a sense of belonging. This feeling they get when they are part of the routine that is followed at home. Children, especially preschoolers, want to be part of whatever is happening around them. It can be help in preparing the meal, cleaning, dusting, picking up. These are opportunities that teach them how to be independent and they develop an intense pride what they do.
Leave them alone when they are busy in an activity
Parents, very often, have specific ideas about how their children should spend their time. And at times, what interests the child does not match with what the mom or dad want. You can practice Montessori philosophy at home by not disturbing or interrupting the children if they are immersed in some activity. That is how they learn concentration and focus.
Let them choose and learn from failure
Often, children choose activities that are complex, inappropriate for their age or they are impractical. As they lack experience, it happens quite often. Do not reject their ideas straightaway. If most of their ideas are rejected, they feel in adequate and stop sharing them. Go along with idea, get involved in planning and when they hit bump, suggest another idea that is easier and simple. But the process of fluffing out the ideas helps them in how to evaluate a project in the future.