Friday, 4 March 2016

Letter of the Week: M is for Montessori

Today's Letter of the Week post is a little different than the normal letter of the week activities and printables you normally see! Today we are talking about: M is for Montessori - or why we love it! 


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Why we love Montessori


It's a lifestyle 

In our home, Montessori goes beyond a shelf with learning activities and trays - it's a lifestyle! I really feel that Montessori has a huge impact on our parenting style and the amount of freedom and trust that we give our child. I love the idea of trusting your child, giving them freedom, and opportunities to do things themselves. 

I truly find that aspect of Montessori absolutely beautiful. I think it also has a huge impact on my son, his confidence, and his trust in not only himself, but us as parents.
Recently, Y helped my husband to put together his bed for our new place. Y got to use the screw driver. Every single day afterwards, he talked about how he put the bed together with Daddy, how he used the screw driver, held parts, etc. He's so proud! It melts my heart. 


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Child led learning 

I love that you Montessori style learning is child led. I mean this in multiple ways. First, it's so fascinating to me to watch my son pick up a tray and master new materials. This tends to happen pretty quickly if the works I prepare fall within his sensitive period for them. 

A new unit I am working on him is space/planet themed based on Y's interest obsession with the moon and stars. It's so amazing to see him get excited about learning activities! I can tell that he wants to learn and this comes not only from basing his activities on his sensitive periods, but also specifically choosing themes and units based on his interests. 


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Y has also been very interested in cooking recently. Cooking is a great way to bond with your kids as well as develop several academic skills (math etc)! He concentrated very hard in this mortar and pestle work that also became a pouring work.

Creating a love of learning without pressure 

I have to admit that I love to learn, read books, and study but I detested school. I was a straight A student, constantly stressed, worried, freaking out about exams, extra curriculars, work etc. My husband was the opposite and didn't do as well at school. When it comes to our son, we really hope to be able to avoid him getting a similar experience to either one of us. 

I love that Montessori style learning just doesn't create the same stress and pressure that I had experienced. The tests, grades, and stress about being exactly where everyone else is was too much for me. For my son, I hope that by following a Montessori inspired approach to learning, he will be able to develop that love and passion for learning without feeling that pressure and frustration! 

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I mean, just look at that face! He's so happy to be preparing to do a fun science experiment!

Hands on learning 

I love that Montessori isn't heavily based on lectures and listening, but learning by doing. I love that so many Montessori activities involve a tactile aspect and involve doing something rather than memorizing. The logic and reasoning behind the way Montessori style activities are set up just makes sense to me. 

Sandpaper numbers and letters? They're brilliant! My 3.5 year old is already starting to write - it's ridiculous, but it works beautifully! 


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Contributes to confidence and independence in kids

I think this important point! My husband and I really encourage our son to do things for himself. If he struggles or wants our help, we are there to talk him through it or help him, of course, but we really, really, really try not to take over. He's struggling to get his shoes on? Then we wait. He's having a hard time with his coat? We give him a tip that will help him. But we definitely try to avoid taking over his tasks. 

Here's the thing - I'm in a wheelchair. When I was first injured (almost one year ago), a lot of people would take over things for me. It was awful. Demoralising. Created a sense of self doubt. And quite frankly, it made me very angry! I most definitely do not want my child to feel that. 

Plus, the feeling of being independent and taking care of myself after that horrible period? Absolutely wonderful. My confidence returned and I felt capable and empowered! Now those are definitely the types of emotions that I want my child to feel! So, we try to avoid jumping in and taking over tasks. 


Honestly, I think it works. I really see a radiant, happy, confident child before me who is eager to explore. He enjoys trying new tasks, doing things himself, and helping others. 


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Don't get me wrong though, he still asks me to do things for him, and I do, but only if he's okay with it. 


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