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Montessori from the Start Paperback – 1 Aug 2003
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"A major and timely contribution to the early childhood years--anecdotal, rich in insight and experience, practical and useful. This informed, careful, and intelligent response to the unfolding of personality will peak parents' interest as they learn how to establish healthy, enjoyable, and sustaining relationships with their children. A must for parents-to-be, nannies, and care-givers." --Virginia McHugh Goodwin, Executive Director, Association Montessori International, U.S.A.
A guide for parents with children up to the age of three explains how to apply the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery to infants and toddlers, providing advice on such areas as designing a baby's bedroom, utilizing child-sized furniture, and teaching introductory skills includSee all Product description
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Please don't force independence upon children!
With my own child, I helped him when he liked and let him do it when he liked. They told me in the daycare that one day at 2.5 yrs, he just dressed himself! And we had great results like this by just taking it easy. All children are different, let them grow at their own pace.
Likewise no matter how young you start with toilet training, they can manage some basics early, but when they really "get it" can be quite late. No child is the same when it comes to this.
I was concerned with the Montessori methods that i observed because they are all overly procedural and scientific and the child has to follow a clear procedure. This will not suit all personalities and i find it dry and limiting creativity. Children are discouraged from actively exploring toys, and told exactly the procedure that they must follow when they "play?" with the items. Children while they did enjoy the montessori toys and activities often seemed bored and frustrated.
I think there is nothing wrong with montessori education, particularly for the over 3yrs old child, however, i do have a problem with exclusive montessori education. They should be encouraged to free play, and find their own solutions on how to engage with play materials. We all know that's how the best inventions are made.
Also think twice about putting your very young child into Montessori based care. Ask a lot of questions, especially about their "techniques" to encourage independence. Because children, as we all know are hardly compliant creatures when it comes to will.