Montessori in the Home 2012 - Hamilton Park Montessori School

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Montessori in the Home 2012 - Hamilton Park Montessori School

  1. 1. Montessori in the Home Hamilton Park Montessori School February 15 th , 2012 Bridge, EC and EL Staff
  2. 2. <ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><li>“ While not every teacher is a parent, every parent is a teacher. The mission that we’ve undertaken is not simply to feed, cuddle and protect our children. We will also need to teach them to become independent, self-confident, successful adults, who are happy and fulfilled in their lives.” </li></ul><ul><li>    - Tim Seldin </li></ul><ul><li>President of The Montessori Foundation </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Dr. Montessori viewed the child as a member of a family, not as an isolated individual, and one whose most formative life experiences take place within the family. She recognized the parents as a child's first and most influential teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>As a parent you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>are a role model and teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prepare your child’s home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>set the limits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support, encourage and inspire your child </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Sensitive Periods for Learning <ul><li>At birth: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At age 1: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toileting (18 mos.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At age 2: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grace and Courtesy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At age 3 to 6: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial Relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Make Your Home Child-friendly! <ul><li>Organize your home to help your child become more independent and self-confident </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always keep health and safety in mind! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open storage, low shelving, baskets, hooks, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the size of furniture, utensils, etc. and adapt your home to your child as he/she grows. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design a home that conveys a sense of beauty and order </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bright, colorful, clean and orderly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artwork hung low on the walls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toys kept on shelves or organized in baskets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rugs or mats to define his/her space </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Child-sized furniture Living room or play room storage Bedroom is bright, clean and orderly Stool and mirror = independence
  7. 7. Sensory Awareness <ul><li>Exercising children’s senses by drawing attention to aspects of everyday life or through specific sensorial activities can greatly improve their awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Children learn what they live! </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulation of the senses boosts brainpower by strengthening neural pathways essential to proper functioning </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sensory Activities <ul><li>Bridge/Early Childhood: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sorting objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stacking blocks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Puzzles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matching paint swatches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mystery bag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying different foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce the concepts of taste e.g.: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Elementary: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Musical instruments/ listening to music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jigsaw puzzles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying different foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pay close attention to the taste of certain foods! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Independence <ul><li>Greatest drive of a young child </li></ul><ul><li>Children who feel respected and competent develop a greater sense of emotional well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the skill itself, but also help your child to develop calmness, concentration, cooperation, self-discipline, and self-reliance </li></ul><ul><li>Also teaches self-awareness, sensitivity to others and service to the community </li></ul>“ The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Such experience is not just play. It is work children must do in order to grow up.” -Maria Montessori
  10. 10. Life Lessons! <ul><li>3 areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Care of him/herself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyday tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grace and courtesy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>Size is important - scale to child </li></ul><ul><li>Use the real thing </li></ul><ul><li>Break down steps </li></ul><ul><li>Order </li></ul><ul><li>Labels help (use photographic ones if your child isn’t reading yet) </li></ul><ul><li>Practical storage </li></ul><ul><li>Defined area for work/play </li></ul><ul><li>Pride of ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Control-of-error (self-correction) </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty and harmony </li></ul>
  11. 11. Care of Self To give children the tools they need to become self-sufficient… <ul><li>Elementary: </li></ul><ul><li>Pack lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Collect belongings for school each night </li></ul><ul><li>Carry personal belongings to and from school and other activities </li></ul><ul><li>Keep personal spaces clean </li></ul><ul><li>Pick out clothes each day </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of personal hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a system for completing homework </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge/Early Childhood: </li></ul><ul><li>Using a faucet </li></ul><ul><li>Washing hands </li></ul><ul><li>Toileting </li></ul><ul><li>Brushing teeth and hair </li></ul><ul><li>Bathing </li></ul><ul><li>Dressing independently (including buttons, snaps and zippers!) </li></ul><ul><li>Tying shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Pouring drinks and preparing snacks </li></ul><ul><li>Feeding him/herself </li></ul>
  12. 12. Everyday Tasks To emphasize being a contributing member of the home community… <ul><li>Sweeping </li></ul><ul><li>Setting/clearing the table </li></ul><ul><li>Washing dishes </li></ul><ul><li>Helping with grocery shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Unpacking/putting away groceries </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting/folding laundry </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping bedroom and bathroom clean </li></ul><ul><li>Taking out the garbage </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting recyclables </li></ul><ul><li>Dusting/vacuuming </li></ul><ul><li>Watering plants </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for family pets </li></ul>
  13. 13. Benefits of Cooking To take advantage of the educational aspects of an everyday task… <ul><li>Teaches independence, safety, skills with kitchen tools, and how to handle specific ingredients. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing the joy and benefits of preparing and eating a healthy meal together creates a bond that cannot be taught in any other way! </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge/Early Childhood: </li></ul><ul><li>Specific skills (pouring, cutting, spooning, mixing, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Sequence of steps </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Grace and courtesy </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading practice </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with recipe format </li></ul><ul><li>Practice of measurement skills </li></ul><ul><li>Practice of fractions </li></ul><ul><li>Following directions </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational skills </li></ul>
  14. 14. Grace and Courtesy <ul><li>Saying, “please”, “thank you” and “you’re welcome” </li></ul><ul><li>Table manners </li></ul><ul><li>Using a kind tone when speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for a turn </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing him/herself </li></ul><ul><li>How to open/close doors </li></ul><ul><li>What to do when you have to cough or sneeze </li></ul><ul><li>Giving compliments </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing others to pass or go first </li></ul><ul><li>Saying “excuse me” if you bump into someone </li></ul><ul><li>Responding politely </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to wait </li></ul><ul><li>Learning not to interrupt or how to do it politely </li></ul><ul><li>Answering the telephone </li></ul>
  15. 15. Take Control of the TV <ul><li>Establish family ground rules regarding viewing and then stick to them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine which shows are appropriate and then let children choose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be mindful of messages (violence, mature content) </li></ul><ul><li>Television watching is hypnotic (doesn’t usually require any thought, imagination or effort) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch with your children and have discussions afterwards </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Make Time for Discovery Projects and family outings provide opportunities to enjoy each other… <ul><li>Ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Visit and explore the public library, museum, zoo or farm </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to a concert </li></ul><ul><li>Have a picnic at the park </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer at a local shelter or charity </li></ul><ul><li>Take an art, music or cooking class </li></ul><ul><li>Go for a bike ride </li></ul><ul><li>Take a hike through the woods or a camping trip </li></ul><ul><li>Start a family garden </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own nature museum or do an experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Make a movie </li></ul><ul><li>Write a story </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy unscheduled time! </li></ul><ul><li>Slow down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember that your child’s world is a slower pace, up close, and low to the ground. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn by doing </li></ul><ul><li>Children love to be outdoors </li></ul>
  17. 17. For Your Enjoyment <ul><li>Books We Recommend: </li></ul><ul><li>How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, by Jane Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, by Dr. Angeline Lillard </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs We Recommend: </li></ul><ul><li>Sew Liberated </li></ul><ul><li>http://sewliberated.typepad.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>How We Montessori </li></ul><ul><li>http://howwemontessori.typepad.com/ </li></ul>

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