Parenting is one of life’s most unique experiences. But nowadays, parents are constantly bombarded with advice, information, and opinions on what is best for their children. Our changing society and increased access to research and knowledge should help parents improve child-rearing, but it also puts undue pressure on parents’ already high and arbitrary expectations.
The truth is that there is no perfect parenting approach. Every parent must each decide what is best for their children depending on their needs, personalities, and circumstances. But even if parents realize that they can’t quite use every piece of advice they hear or read about, the sheer volume of information may be overwhelming.
To cut the trend, there are three major things Montessori parents don’t have to do or worry about:
- Concentrate Your Efforts on Academics
Academic performance is incredibly important, but being overloaded by concerns about your child’s studies can be counterproductive. It devalues learning and discourages the development of lifelong learners.
Excellent Montessori schools foster lifelong learners via a specialized curriculum so children can learn complex abilities early. You’ll be amazed at how much your child truly knows.
But academics alone aren’t enough. Learning is a highly personal experience. It’s not a perfectly smooth ride, and there will be some surprises along the way.
To help children reach their full potential as individuals, foster their social and emotional growth, expose them to creative and artistic pursuits, provide ample outdoor time, and educate them on how to coexist peacefully with others.
- Invest in Montessori Resources
The excitement is contagious because we see new Montessori families online showcasing their home classrooms. Don’t feel terrible if you haven’t joined in. The Montessori technique may be used at home without spending a fortune on brand new supplies and accessories. All you need to do is stick with the classic materials. That’s it.
Only a trained Montessori guide should use Montessori materials at home. These resources were created for a specific sequence. During their Montessori training, teachers learn how to convey material in a unique way.
Montessori may also be used in the home in a variety of more enriching ways. Rather than trying to recreate a Montessori classroom at home, focus on applying Montessori principles to everyday activities, with or without pricey Montessori items.
- Tests or Homework
One distinct advantage of Montessori education is the fact that it is non-competitive. So you can forget about homework and tests. Instead of slaving over Common Core-based math homework all night, gather your family and play a board game. Consider taking a walk around the block or bring your child to the grocery store to help you pick and count items into the cart. Alternatively, encourage your youngster to pursue their own passions.
Because children work so hard throughout the school day, we don’t see the need in assigning them homework after school. Shouldn’t children be expected to pursue a good work/life balance the same way that adults are?
You can do read-aloud and book discussions with them every night, or work on a long-term project in the home with them, like puzzle-making. Find fun, instructive, and stress-free activities that will engage your kids in practical and social learning. Beyond that, we encourage you to take advantage of the fact that your kid will not be required to complete any homework.
If your child attends a Montessori school, Montessori programs encourage students to take a breather from academics at home and focus on practical skills instead. Simply involving your children in activities like cooking, cleaning, and reading is more than enough.
In choosing puzzles, books, and creative play instead of gadgets and television, you are doing your child such a big favor. You don’t want your child to go home and feel like they just entered a satellite of their Montessori school. You want your home to remain a relaxing and nurturing environment for your children.
So focusing on nurturing your relationship with them, encouraging communication, and engaging in activities and interests together, is more beneficial to raising a lifelong learner in your child.
Your child can receive a Catholic education that is focused on academic success at St. Aloysius Regional School. We are the only school in the area to provide an integrated STEM program and the only Montessori Pre-Kindergarten in Springville, Gowanda, North Collins, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Ellicottville, West Valley, Pioneer, Holland, and Eden school districts. As a STREAM school, we also provide religious teaching and have a strong history of promoting virtues and exemplary character among our pupils. For further information, contact us today!