Montessori myths- broken!

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January 17, 2022

Montessori myths- broken!

I, as a Montessori educator, see a lot of mothers, in fact, teachers struggling with the concept of Montessori. Since it is not practiced as much as it should be here in India, either it becomes overwhelming or completely ignored.
With this write up I just hope to a break few common myths associated with it.

Myth 1: “It can’t be used alone as a method”

This has actually come from learned educators that I have met in my journey; who have “Montessori labs” (offering 30 minutes of exposure to Montessori material with a teacher trying her best to force “all things,
Montessori”, in that stipulated time). We need to understand that Montessori is a way of life. It begins with the morning greeting to the graceful putting back of the material and saying bye. This routine, its work cycles, and the environment together make the methodology. It then works towards raising an independent child.

Myth2: “It is very expensive; I can spend less on toys and the child will be happy!!”

Oh, dear! if only you knew that a child derives so much happiness in working himself, building his esteem, and respecting his freedom with boundaries; you would never enter a toyshop!

Maria Montessori started with a small setup called the Casa de Bambini where children of war soldiers and the affected were enrolled. She used nature as a tool and gathered basic materials from the environment to involve them. The routine, the practice, and the environment lead the children to become interested and, finally, independent. Thus, all you need is patience, research, and everything available at home! A pair of tongs, laundry, cotton, just about anything!!

Myth 3: ” It requires me to be constantly involved”

Then you are doing it wrong! It requires the preparation of activities that can be completed independently as a work cycle in such a way that the child himself can restart it once again. It just needs to be ensured that the level of work matches the level of the individual child and the presentation is given properly by the facilitator. So let’s say we made a braiding activity or a lacing activity; whenever presented in Montessori, the activity involves rolling a mat, doing it, and winding up such that when the child picks it up next he starts fresh!

In Montessori, there is no teacher and no one-way teaching, only a guide and observer to help.

Myth4: “Montessori setup requires a lot of space”

Space management is the key to an effective work environment, especially in a home setup. A small self-care station outside the bathroom sounds expensive, but can be a small table that would help him learn to take care of himself and boost his confidence; just like a step stool that allows the child to reach the kitchen counter and prepare his own snacks or small baskets where the child can easily fold and keep his laundry; can help him/her be independent.

Myth5: “How are children learning better with Montessori style than traditional education method…”

It is because of the holistic approach in Montessori that is not limited to reading and writing. There’s a gamut of activities that lead them to develop capabilities altogether, but by working in isolated quantities. Holding chopsticks regularly can help with the development of the pincer which helps the child to write apart from learning to eat with chopsticks.

From the start, everything they do is taught from left to right, which enhances reading capabilities. They are exposed to dimensions and quantities, starting from wet pouring to sensorial Prism and the Pink tower, which helps in the development of mathematical ability. This curriculum encompasses social grace, art, and craft apart from world studies. And most important, Montessori strengthens as a community.

 

To conclude

In a nutshell, it does not limit to WHAT and WHY but the most important- the HOW! And the how makes the child independent and capable enough to be thirsty for more. The power of Montessori lies in its most important aspects are the material, the prepared environment, and a good facilitator, at home and at school.

Hope the article could be of help, however, if this is not enough to quench your Montessori thirst! Connect with us to get ideas, DIYs, tips on how to proceed, and also, worksheets, effective home setup advice, or a brainstorming session.

 

kritee .

kritee .

Kritee is an early childhood educator and has 4 years of experience in Montessori education. She is CEO of thebrightambini.com, a home-grown brand that makes Montessori accessible for parents and children. She is also a mom's coach who conducts unique Montessori-based workshops and kits for early education. The list is never-ending and her love for Montessori education is limitless.
kritee .

kritee .

Kritee is an early childhood educator and has 4 years of experience in Montessori education. She is CEO of thebrightambini.com, a home-grown brand that makes Montessori accessible for parents and children. She is also a mom's coach who conducts unique Montessori-based workshops and kits for early education. The list is never-ending and her love for Montessori education is limitless.

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