Homeschooling Approaches – Montessori

About Montessori Homeschooling Methods

The Montessori homeschooling method is another popular homeschooling style. The Montessori method emphasizes “errorless learning” where the children learn at their own pace and in that way develop their full potential. The Montessori homeschool approach emphasizes beauty and quality and avoids things that are confusing or cluttered. Wooden tools are preferred over plastic tools and learning materials are kept well organized and ready to use. For help, the Montessori homeschooling family would turn to their library to read books about the Montessori method. They might also contact a Montessori school in their neighborhood for suggestions and guidance.

The Montessori method also discourages televisions and computers, especially for younger children. Although Montessori materials are available for high school students, most homeschoolers use the Montessori method for younger children. Books and curriculum on the Montessori method are available from American Montessori Consulting (562-598-2321).

Example of a Montessori Homeschooling Schedule

According to Montessori homeschool philosophy, children should be allowed as much unscheduled time as possible in order for them to learn to manage their own time. Children are also encouraged to select their own learning materials and to learn at their own pace, believing that children will be drawn to what they need.

Montessori families often set learning centers in their home, for example:

  • A “practical life” area, which promotes activities such as pouring, spooning, and food preparation, and includes child-sized buckets, brooms, and mops for cleaning up.
  • A “sensorial” area, which includes such items as wooden blocks (that teach size comparison), different scents for smelling, and colored tablets for learning about colors.
  • A math area, which includes hands-on materials like number rods, sand-paper numbers, and colored beads for counting.
  • A language area, which includes sand-paper numbers, a moveable alphabet, books, and phonics materials.
  • A “cultural” area for history and geography, which includes globes, map puzzles, time-lines, books and pictures about different cultures, and the Montessori “Peace Curriculum” (a course on conflict resolution for children).
  • A music area, which includes bells, and a variety of rhythm and other instruments.
  • An art area, which includes drawing materials, prints from a variety of different artists (including the Masters), and craft and sewing supplies.

Podcasts About Homeschooling Methods

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