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Montessori Approach to Homeschooling

Montessori Approach to Homeschooling

Montessori approach to Homeschooling:  Created by Dr. Maria Montessori, this method is based on the concept that children are the best judges of their own needs. The Montessori approach to education was not specifically designed for any religion and does not inherently align with scripture (though a parent can add or adapt learning to include scripture study).

It allows the child to develop physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually on their own.

  1. Parents who utilize the Montessori method of education work to provide calm, ordered spaces with educational toys and hands-on learning materials that focus on their children’s needs and levels of development (3-year increments: ages 3-6, 6-9, etc.). The child is free to move, work, and develop at his own pace while the parent observes her child explore and engage with educational toys and materials that pique his interest. The parent teaches grace and courtesy, but otherwise follows her child’s lead, making plans to expand his knowledge by providing other interest-related resources, materials, and books. The parent may also take her child to locations related to his interest (i.e., museums, businesses, or nature).

  2. The parent discusses and reviews concepts with her child before and after he spends time learning independently in the preplanned space (“circle time”).


A typical Montessori-based homeschool day incorporates:

  1. Circle time

  2. Two uninterrupted hours of child learning independently through hands-on interest-led learning

  3. Time picking up the learning environment

  4. Circle time

Why do some parents choose to educate their children with the Montessori method?

  • Parents want to cultivate their child’s creativity, curiosity, and interests.

  • Parents want to foster their child’s love for learning.

  • Parents want to include home life as part of their daily learning routine.

  • Parents want children to learn through independent, discovery based, self-paced learning.

  • Parents want to include all ages in learning routines and cultivate an environment where children learn from each other.

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