It’s that time of year. If you haven’t already decided, now is a good time to seriously consider what you want to do about your preschool child’s education in the autumn. What’s perfect for another family might not be right for you … it’s just a matter of finding what works for your unique family.
Montessori education has much to offer families with young children. Even though Montessori schools are the most visible forms of Montessori education, there are a number of great options. Here are some options to consider:
- Enrolling your child in a Montessori school.
- Creating a Montessori homeschool classroom or space for your child.
- Using Montessori principles at home (which can work well for children in any type of school or home environment).
Enrolling Your Child in a Montessori School
If you’re interested in a Montessori preschool for your child, here are two helpful YouTube videos on choosing a Montessori preschool:
Here’s a helpful post: Brief Answers to Questions Parents Often Ask by Tim Seldin and Paul Epstein at The Montessori Foundation.
If you’d like to know more about the Montessori method and see it in action, I have lots of posts with YouTube videos showing ideas from Montessori Schools.
Creating a Montessori Homeschool Classroom or Space for Your Child
For many families, a complete Montessori classroom or a small Montessori space in the house is the ideal solution. My son experienced my Montessori preschool and Montessori homeschool. He loved both, and they were both perfect for their time. My daughter was always homeschooled until college. She loved Montessori homeschool, and homeschooling was the perfect solution for her education through high school.
If you would like to use Montessori education in your homeschool, here are some articles to look at:
A Montessori Home from Montessori Print Shop
My Montessori Homeschool Classroom and Materials category has many posts about setting up a homeschool classroom or space.
UPDATE with additional posts from my blog:
Using Montessori Principles at Home
Montessori principles are wonderful to use at home regardless of your child’s school situation. You’re probably already using some of them.
My Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning lists Montessori principles you can use at home whether or not you have specific Montessori materials.
My Montessori principles category includes a number of posts covering basic Montessori principles that are appropriate for home or school.
My Montessori techniques category has lots of posts with specific Montessori techniques you can use to teach your child or to supplement your child’s education at home.
Preparing Montessori Spaces in Your Home
There are many different ways to prepare Montessori spaces according to how you’ve decided to use Montessori principles in your home.
See “How to Create a Montessori-Friendly Home” for ideas for a number of levels. Here are some of my main home environment posts here:
- How to Prepare a Montessori Baby Room at Home
- How to Prepare a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home
- How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home
- Preparing Montessori Toddler Spaces at Home
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 2 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 2½ Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 3 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 3½ Year Old
- How to Prepare a Montessori Home Environment for Afterschooling
- Create an Attractive Home Environment from Montessori at Home!
- How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom
Jo Ebisujima and I have a free Montessori at home webinar and introduction to our Montessori Crash Course.
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to. Teach Grace and Courtesy! I’m also one of the coauthors of the book Learn with Play – 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning!
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