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  Lesson 1 - Set-Up for Long-Term Success

Welcome to the Module 1

Foundation - Your Child's Potential


In this lesson, you'll learn:

A solid foundation for a basic understanding of the Montessori approach.

We will start with brief explanation on the work of:

  1. Dr. Maria Montessori
  2. The potential of the child
  3. The role of the caring adult
  4. Why Montessori ideas can benefit your children
  5. An introduction to the role of observation


At the end, you'll be tasked with taking time to observe your home and identify your top five (5) challenges that you desire to change such as:

1. bed time struggles

2. getting out of the door on time

3. toileting

4. toy overload


1. SO WHO WAS DR. MONTESSORI?

While practicing medicine in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori began working with underprivileged young children.

Her work with these children showed her that not only did the children enjoy working with the materials she provided but they enjoyed putting them away and taking out the work themselves.

Further observation taught her that the children showed great delight in choosing their own activities and becoming completely absorbed in their work.

The children not only wanted to work with the materials but they wanted to sweep the floors, water the plants, clean their hands, and repeat that work over and over again!

The first Montessori school opened in 1907. Dr. Montessori continued to develop new teaching materials, observing and learning from the children she worked with.

110 years later, Montessori teachers today are still using the valuable insights and knowledge of the child from Dr. Montessori's teachings.

2. THE POTENTIAL OF THE CHILD

Dr. Maria Montessori’s contribution to the study of child development has shown us that the gifts we are born with can only fully reveal themselves when given the right conditions in the early years.

The key to unlocking a child’s potential lies in creating an environment that complements their developmental needs and by having a loving, caring adult supporting that environment by making the necessary changes as the child grows.

3. THE ROLE OF THE CARING ADULTS

As parents, we are deeply invested in supporting the needs of our children, but we also live in a house that must meet the needs of all members of the family.

In a Montessori classroom, the environment is specifically designed to nurture the developmental needs of the children. Each table, chair, shelf, and activity is tailored for the child.

Now, in our homes, “child friendly” is not the standard. Does this mean that we have to make our homes resemble more of a classroom? No - the home space has to accommodate everyone, not just the children (like in the classroom), so we can make some accommodations without making the whole home space child-sized.

In fact, the best way to nurture the potential of the child in his everyday life is to make sure that a crucial component is included in the design.

Want to know what the crucial component is? YOU

In our society today, we are bombarded with media messages telling us that the secret to “smart kids” is to buy the right ‘educational’ toys, download certain computer applications (“apps”), or watch children’s television that teaches numbers, shapes, and letters.

What they don’t tell you is that intellectual development goes hand-in-hand with meeting a child’s physical and emotional needs.

When we offer children an environment that supports their independence with functional tools that they can use in their everyday lives, we are giving them confidence and a boost to their self-esteem.

They can learn important information about the world they live in and make the necessary connections to allow their intellect to blossom.

4. WHY MONTESSORI IDEAS CAN BENEFIT YOUR CHILDREN

Let’s be clear about “What’s the point? - why is the Montessori approach valuable for your children?"

It’s all about asking yourself ‘What do I want for my children?’

Do you want independent and capable children who are responsible?

You can instill these great skills early on by including children in the daily life of YOUR HOME with Montessori ideas. Young children love to be helpful and included, and the Montessori approach is one pathway to consistently making this happen.

To get an ideas of what "A Day In The Life...In A Montessori Home" looks like, click the Resource #1 below.

5. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ROLE OF THE OBSERVATION

So What's Observation?

It is a way to look at the child WITHOUT JUDGMENT and the spaces he uses in his daily life and see what needs to be put into place or removed to allow the child to help himself.


This week's action plan begins with getting ourselves ready.

On the next lesson, you'll do an activity (Fun Sheet) that will help you figure out how to apply observation skills to really look at your own home situation and your children in your home setting.

As the adage goes, “Give a woman a fish and feed her for a day. Teach her how to fish and feed her for a lifetime.”

That’s why our primary goal is to train you how to think and take consistent action — so you have skills that serve you and your family and the ability to continue adapting and adjusting as your children grow.

In the next lesson, we'll make sure you have a clear starting point for your journey.


DO THIS NEXT:

Read the resource below!

Module 1- Resource #1- A day in a life...in a Montessori home.pdf