Following the child is the center of Montessori education. You can use the Montessori principle of following the child to help yourself as a parent, support person, and/or educator – whether you’re planning curriculum or buying gifts for a child.
Here are 3 Montessori-inspired questions that will help you be sure you’re observing and following the child:
1. What is the child interested in?
2. What does the child need?
3. Is there a hands-on way to present this?
Of course, you may come up with sub-questions in the process, such as how you can help meet the child’s need for independence. But, for the most part, you simply need to observe the child and use those 3 questions to help yourself truly do what’s best for a child.
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