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Why buying Montessori classroom materials for home is a big mistake

Why buying Montessori classroom materials for home is a big mistake

Have you thought about buying a set of sandpaper letters or number rods to help your child continue to learn her Montessori lessons at home?  Missing homework and think this is the answer? It’s a big mistake. Montessori classroom materials at home will actually negatively impact your child’s learning.  Here’s why (and what to do instead):

Show. Don't Tell.

Show. Don't Tell.

Show and tell might be helpful for sharing at circle time, but when it comes to young children the show is much more important than the tell.   I bet you've already experienced the power of showing your child something, like that time your toddler said "that phrase you don't say in public" when she dropped her plate.  

Here's how you can purposefully show a skill to your young child, step by step. 

Is it practice, or is it a goal?

Is it practice, or is it a goal?

Children need lots of time to practice individual skills before they can be successful at meeting a goal on their own. We take a lot of these skills for granted as adults, and it's easy to forget that young children need to practice skills before they are ready to take on a larger goal.  But what's the difference between practice and goals? 

The Importance of Life Skills

The Importance of Life Skills

In Montessori, we use life skills (practical life) to build functional and mental independence, confidence, and responsibility.  These “soft skills” aren’t a joke or fluff. They are absolutely necessary for becoming a responsible adult who can take care of herself and others.  Here's how you can do this at home: