Does this sound familiar? In school your Columbus Montessori student finishes a work, puts it away and neatly rolls their mat placing it in its designated spot. At home? Not so much.
Amy Williams, Teacher Education Program Director and VeNessa DeCree Montessori Philosophy Administrator have a few tips to bring Montessori home.
“You have to set the child up for success,” Williams said. “That includes making sure you are encouraging the connection between home and school.”
Getting the “montessori clean” at home isn’t magic, the key is consistency DeCree said.
Three tips for making the clean-up process easier for kids:
“Ask your child to help you come up with a list of things that need to be done to make the room clean. Here are some (bed room) clean up ideas:
- Return books to shelf
- Put dirty laundry in hamper
- Return blocks to block bin
- Smooth comforter on bed
- Arrange stuffed animals
Write or draw (with your child’s help) each job on a separate index card. Read the task aloud. When each task is done, ask your child to pick a new card.”
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a battle, just set kids up for success and watch them go and grow!