At Sandwich Montessori we provide an environment that inspires students of all ages to develop a lifelong love of learning. Montessori teachers are guides who value the development of the whole child towards his/her individual potential in all areas of life. The Montessori classroom is a place where students can learn to be confident leaders and socially responsible individuals, connected to the world of learning and of people. But your child’s learning shouldn’t stop with the classroom. We encourage you to implement the Montessori philosophy in all areas of life, including your home! You’ll quickly learn that Montessori can lay a strong basis for your core family values.
Now for the big question: Where to begin?
Keep it simple and take it one step at a time. Start with building a Montessori lifestyle: explore, respect the child, follow the child’s interests, slow down, involve them in your everyday work, and give them sensory experiences.
There are many easy ways to create a Montessori-friendly environment at home, and we have some great ideas to get you started…
Preparing the Environment
● Keep things accessible to your child at their eye-level
● Low open shelves with activities in baskets
● Low drawers and shelves for their clothing, low rod in closet
● Child-size table and chairs
● Real child-size kitchen tools and utensils
● Small step stool in bathroom and kitchen
● Healthy snacks and foods on low pantry shelf
● Create an art station
● A corner of the family room with floor pillows and basket of books
Practical Life Activities:
● Peeling fruit & vegetables
● Squeezing orange juice
● Helping with meals
● Pouring water
● Dish washing
● Cleaning the windows
● Making their bed
● Watering plants
● Self-care: Brushing hair, washing face, brushing teeth
● Folding laundry
● Matching pairs of socks
Montessori Principles and Concepts to Keep in Mind:
● Nurturing kindness and respect
● Encouraging independence
● Care of the environment
● Freedom of movement
● Freedom of choice
● Teach by modeling and example, not by correcting
● Keep learning environments clear of clutter
● “Help me to do it by myself”
We hope these quick tips help you incorporate Montessori principles in your home. At our preschool we are dedicated to helping families find the best Montessori resources to further their understanding of Montessori and bridge the gap for your child between home and school!
The Sandwich Montessori School provides an outstanding learning environment for children between the ages of birth and 6 years in the Sandwich, Massachusetts area. The school is dedicated to the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, and follows a philosophy of child-centered education with an accent on nature. Our goal is for each child to fulfill his or her potential in a safe, caring and challenging environment. The Sandwich Montessori School provides a stimulating environment for children, infant-kindergarten, to learn and express themselves with an emphasis on self-esteem.
The modern-day Montessori school environment is a place that inspires students of all ages to develop a lifelong love of learning. Montessori teachers are guides who value the development of the whole child towards his/her individual potential in all areas of life. The Montessori classroom is a place where students can learn to be confident leaders and socially responsible individuals, connected to the world of learning and of people.