Montessori at Home
Each area focuses on children aged 2 to 6.
I will provide personalized support based on your child's individual needs and the overall needs of your family. The fundamental goal will be to approach the development with respect and kindness, never using rewards or punishments to train behaviors. In our consultation, you will learn how to identify age-appropriate toys and materials, games you can play that foster development, and small daily activities that promote positive growth.
In the first six years of life, children are incredibly sensitive to language development. Newborns absorb sounds and words until they are able to form complete sentences by the age of four.
There are many different activities and ways you can support language acquisition in daily home life. We'll review the Montessori philosophy of Sensitive Periods and discuss how you can best support your child's language skills.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
In a Montessori Primary classroom, a child develops and refines their motor skills through an area of the classroom called "Practical Life," which is based on the activities you would find in a child's home. There are so many different activities you can have the child participate in at home to help them develop their motor skills. We will look at what activities are age appropriate, how to set them up for your child to do independently, and what kind of toys/materials you can incorporate at home to foster motor development.
I don't believe there are any tried-and-true toilet training methods that work for every child. We are each so individual in our needs and motivations, I find it is best to apply the Montessori method of observation and individualized problem solving when helping a child become independent with the bathroom.
In our consultation, we will discuss different techniques we can use to support and promote the use of the toilet based on your child's personality and needs. Using the toilet is a very exciting step toward a child becoming fully independent and growing up! These techniques will never include reward or punishments. In order to develop intrinsic motivation, the child should not associate the bathroom with a "prize" or the loss of a prize.
Setting Healthy Boundaries and Troubleshooting Tough Behaviors
The first six years of life are jam-packed with growth: physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. It can be exhausting for both you and your child!
In our consultation, we will discuss ways we can set firm and loving boundaries that teach children how to respect themselves and others. I will share different approaches you can use to navigate temper tantrums, resolve tough behaviors, and to teach positive communication for your child when they have big feelings.
Fostering Functional Independence
Maria Montessori developed a theory called The Four Planes of Development that span from birth to age 24, when we reach adulthood and stop developing. In each plane, the child is intrinsically motivated to become independent in an area of their life: functionally, intellectually, emotionally, or economically.
During the first six years, the First Plane, a child is motivated to become functionally independent: they want to do it for themselves. Whether it's feeding themselves, dressing themselves, using the bathroom, opening the door, children in this age group want to do it.
Our goal is to support them in developing this functional independence. I will share key ways we can foster this, age-appropriate activities that promote independence, and how to best support your child as they learn to do things for themselves.