Whether you’re new to Montessori or have used some Montessori principles already, it’s good to prepare for the next step. How can Montessori best fit into your family? 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 a lot 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.
- Starting or enrolling your child in a Montessori playgroup or homeschool co-op.
- 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
A year before you’d like your child to start attending a Montessori preschool is often the best time to choose and register for 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:
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:
How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom has lots and lots of helpful resources along with examples of Montessori homeschool preschoolsl
My Montessori Homeschool Classroom and Materials category has many posts about setting up a homeschool classroom or space.
Starting a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori Homeschool Co-op
If you’d like your child to get extra social interaction while still in a home Montessori environment, consider starting or enrolling your child in a Montessori playgroup or Montessori homeschool co-op. Here are lots of resources to help you start your own.
Using Montessori Principles at Home
My Top 10 Montessori Principles for Natural Learning lists Montessori principles you can use at home whether or not you have specific Montessori materials.
For a more complete listing of ideas at a number of levels, check out my How to Start Using Montessori at Home post.
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.
Of course, how you use Montessori is up to you. Don’t let someone intimidate you into following a set of rigid rules. Remember that How You Raise Your Kids Is YOUR Legacy.
Preparing Montessori Spaces 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 (roundup post)
- How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home (roundup post)
- Preparing a Montessori Newborn Baby Space at Home
- How to Use Montessori Mobiles to Encourage a Newborn Baby’s Development and Delight
- Preparing a Montessori Baby Space with Shelves at Home
- Preparing a Montessori Baby Space in Your Living Room
- Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home
- Preparing Montessori Toddler Spaces at Home (includes my Montessori toilet learning setup)
- 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 Montessori Shelves for a 4 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 4½ Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 5 Year Old
- How to Prepare Themed Montessori Shelves
- 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
- How to Prepare Montessori Homeschool Spaces for Babies through First Graders
- How to Prepare a Montessori Space in Your Living Room for Toddlers Through Early Elementary
Jo Ebisujima and I also lead our Montessori Crash Course with a less overwhelming way to start using Montessori at home (plus lots of helpful hand holding and group support)! You can get the link to see a free introductory workshop with tips to get you started using Montessori at home!
Often, you’ll have a feeling about what is right for your child and family. Focus on what feels right for your family … and enjoy your child’s amazing early years!
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to. Teach Grace and Courtesy!
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