Montessori in the home
By Abraham Ogunesan Ogunkanmbi.
Parents can support the Montessori programme at home by engaging in the following activities with the children.
- Arrange bathroom facilities in a manner that is early accessible for your child… a bench for reaching the sink, washcloth, towel, toothbrush, and hairbrush. Perhaps a book or two at the child’s level.
- For all those “I want” request, a small pitcher of juice or water on a low shelf in the refrigerator… so you can say, “You can help yourself”.
- Encourage your child to organize and assist you in the household tasks … consider meaningful responsibilities your child can assume as a contribution to the family.
- Show your child how to organize his/her toys and personal items’ so that he/she can easily reach and use them. Consider rotating items to simplify choices and renew interest.
- Show your child how to clean up after working with something. Insist that one activity be put away before another is chosen.
- Encourage your child to set the table, even if only his/her space. Give one item at a time to place on the table.
- Encourage your child to dress himself/herself and promote independence. This demands patience on your part.
- Let your child help you clear the table after a meal, reminding him/her to carry one thing at a time with both hands.
- You are your child’s role model. Is your instruction positive, interesting, and stimulating?
- Home is your child’s first school and a continuing stimulus. Whenever you are demonstrating a task for your child, move very slowly, showing what to do step-by-step.
- Leisure shopping trips are of high interest to the young child. Help him/her to know your rationales for purchasing items… cost, quality and quantity