Jenny Bristol, Homeschooling Parent, Writer, and Editor
The hands-on philosophy of Montessori school can easily be implemented at home. Don't feel that you need to pay to send your kids to a Montessori preschool if you are interested in giving it a try yourself. You can educate yourself on Montessori methods and then implement those methods at home. There are plenty of materials you can procure, or you can just round up things around the house to use. Homeschooling in a Montessori way is also done, and there's plenty of help and advice for you in that regard. Here are some resources to get you started.
- Wikipedia's page on Montessori education will be a great starting point, giving you a "spine" to follow as you branch out with your learning.
- There are many videos that will help start you off on the right foot, explaining the Montessori philosophy of learning. These introductory videos will generate more questions for you, likely, which will help you learn what information to search for next.
- The Montessori Foundation and The International Montessori Index can also give you plenty of guidance and basic information.
- Many homeschoolers approach education in a Montessori way, and homeschooling communities are notoriously helpful and supportive. There is even a Montessori Homeschooling FAQ to get you started.
I applaud your desire to teach your child in a Montessori fashion. That kind of learning is so important, teaching children how to make their own decisions, getting plenty of physical, hands-on learning, and taking responsibility for their own actions and effects on others. Have fun with it!