You’ve probably ran across Montessori education and set-up for kids and do not know where to start for your own. We are on the same boat then. When we started, I also did not know how and where to start and could not answer myself asking why I should do it. I did some research to help us start Montessori education at home for our own kid.
Montessori education is a unique and effective approach to learning that can be applied in the home setting. However, many parents wonder when is the right time to start implementing Montessori principles in their child’s education. In this post, we’ll explore when to start Montessori education for kids at home.
Birth to Age 3
During the first three years of a child’s life, they are in the “sensitive period” for learning. This is a critical time for brain development, and it’s an ideal time to start incorporating Montessori principles in the home. You can provide your child with a prepared environment that includes simple toys, a low table and chairs, and safe objects to explore. You can also introduce activities such as practical life skills (e.g., pouring water, sorting objects) and sensorial activities (e.g., exploring different textures, colors, and shapes).
Ages 3 to 6
This is the age range that most Montessori schools target, and it’s an ideal time to start implementing Montessori education at home. During this period, children are developing their language skills, independence, and social skills. You can provide your child with a prepared environment that includes materials for practical life skills, sensorial activities, and academic learning (e.g., math and language materials). You can also encourage your child to work independently and to collaborate with others.
Ages 6 and Up
As children grow older, they become more independent and self-directed in their learning. At this age, you can continue to support your child’s Montessori education by providing a prepared environment that meets their needs and interests. You can also encourage your child to take on more responsibility for their learning and to explore their passions and interests.
It’s important to note that there is no “right” or “wrong” age to start Montessori education at home. You can start incorporating Montessori principles at any age and adjust the environment and activities to meet your child’s needs and interests. The key is to provide a supportive and engaging environment that fosters independence, exploration, and a love of learning.