- Montessori materials are expensive. They are designed to be used over many years by 100's of children in the class room. Beauty and quality are valuable and I look for ways to attain them with out over spending. Also it is likely the materials purchased may not get used. Maybe the girls simply aren't interested, learn the concept elsewhere, or perhaps they will use it once or twice. I consider these things when choosing or purchasing materials.
- A prepared environment is something I strive for without spending so much time on it that the children are overshadowed. I am careful not to put so much time, energy and money into a work that could possibly not even be chosen beyond the initial introduction. This can be hurtful (I know) and create a battle of the wills where I outright or passively attempt to make my child do this lesson.
- When I spend time in a Montessori class room I always notice how much is duplicating things from our homes. Practical life being the most obvious. How perfect then to teach my children in the ideal setting. I strive to honor my home rather than making it into a classroom.
- Respect the child.
- Give them a sense of belonging.
- Provide them with every opportunity for independence.
- Create an environment where they can have freedom within defined limits.
- Know your child and nurture their curiosities.
I hope this might be helpful to those of you just beginning to use Montessori in your home. The impression can be if you purchase the right materials and learn how to use them properly you will be able to give your child a Montessori education. I suggest focusing on the philosophy more than materials. The best source I have found to help provide a clearer view of applying Montessori at home is the Michael Olaf catalogue.