Montessori Homeschool Resources
December 8, 2023
If I were to offer one piece of advice to parents engaging in homeschooling, it would be to heed the wisdom of Maria Montessori and "follow the child." Homeschooling provides a unique opportunity to customize the educational experience based on the individual needs, interests, and pace of each child.
Following the child involves observing and understanding their natural inclinations, strengths, and areas of interest. It means recognizing that every child is a unique learner with their own way of absorbing information and engaging with the world. By embracing this approach, parents can tailor their teaching methods to match the child's learning style, making the educational experience more enjoyable and effective.
Capitalizing on a child's interests and passions can serve as a powerful motivator for learning. When children are engaged in topics they find intriguing, they are more likely to be enthusiastic, curious, and willing to explore and delve deeper into the subject matter. This not only fosters a love for learning but also helps children develop critical thinking skills and a sense of autonomy.
Moreover, following the child allows parents to focus on what the child needs at a particular stage of their development. This may involve adapting the curriculum, adjusting the pace of learning, or incorporating real-life experiences into the educational journey. Recognizing and respecting a child's unique developmental timeline can contribute to a more holistic and nurturing learning environment.
In essence, homeschooling is a gift that allows parents to be active participants in their children's education. By following the child, parents can create an educational experience that not only meets academic goals but also nurtures the child's holistic development, fostering a love for learning that extends far beyond the formal lessons.
If you are interested in incorporating Montessori into your homeschool curriculum check out our Montessori Early Childhood guides. Each guide includes step by step instruction for the lessons necessary to complete each avenue at home!
We also offer comprehensive online Montessori training for Infant-Toddler, Early Childhood and Elementary. The AIM Essentials courses deliver a complete understanding of Montessori Education. During your online study, you will delve deeply into the philosophy and psychology that is the heart of the Montessori Method. These courses are self-led, self-paced and available to start anytime!
Passionate about supporting Montessori educators in their journey, Carolyn has been an active contributor to Montessori schools since 2013. Her roles have included serving as a marketing and admissions coordinator, a board member, and a volunteer. At home she has the honor of raising two fiercely independent children who began their Montessori journey as infants. Her husband holds a Montessori Secondary Credential and has led and founded Montessori adolescent programs in Ohio and South Carolina. Carolyn has been promoting Montessori education as part of the AIM team since 2022.