Many of us
want to educate our children in line with Montessori principles. But what does
it mean exactly and how can we integrate them in our daily routines?
is a philosophy on education and child development, a child centered education
approach supposing a child is naturally eager to learn and capable of learning.
Best results can so be achieved in an environment which supports learning and
is thoughtfully prepared to support the best possible development of the child
socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Montessori you find here.
Montessori teachers use a language which respects the child and provides
consistent expectations at the same time. Words are chosen carefully to encourage
children to be independent as well as intrinsically motivated to think
Here are 6
common phrases which you can hear in Montessori education and which I recommend
to integrate in your education:
1) 1) I saw you are working hard
A key criteria of Montessori is the focus on process over the outcome.
We avoid commenting “good work” and instead highlight how they have
concentrated over some time or wrote carefully in a writing exercise.
Praising your child`s efforts rather than the results help instill a
growth mindset where he believes he can improve through his efforts.
2) 2)What do you think about your work?
In Montessori, the child is his own teacher. Teachers are there as
guides to help him discover things by himself through a carefully prepared
environment. Self analysis is a big part of this discovery.
When a child e.g. asks “Do you like my picture”, try to ask instead why
he decided drawing that or what is his favorite part.
3) 3) Where can you look for that?
Independence is a key value in any Montessori approach.
The goal as parent and teachers is to help the children do things by
So in Montessori education, the right way to do is to answer a question
of our children with another question like e.g. “Where could you look for
that?” “Who could you ask for help”?
4) 4) Which part would you like me to help
In a Montessori classroom, children are responsible for many things,
including taking care of their environment. Children often take great pride in
this activity, spending time arranging flowers on the tables or cleaning
windows or tables.
However, sometimes a job is just too big and overwhelming for the child.
Then we offer our help.
5) 5) In our house… we… (The community
This is a small reminder of household rules and desired behaviors for
Phrasing reminders as objective statements how things work are better
than barking commands. And they are much more likely to meet the cooperation of
“In our house, we sit while we eat” is less likely to incite a power
struggle than “Sit down now!”.
Like all of us, children want to be part of a community and here, we
remind them how the community works.
6. Don`t disturb him, he is concentrating.
Protecting children`s concentration is a fundamental part of the
Montessori philosophy. Montessori classes offer children big blocks of
uninterrupted work time, usually three hours.
This allows children to develop deep concentration, without being
Next time you walk by while your child who is working concentrated on
something, try just walking by.
Montessori education in Berlin you can find here.