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I love the Montessori method of teaching and learning. I like that it puts emphasis on the child's independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological, physical, and social development. This is what I want for my kid.
I went to a Montessori school myself when I was in preparatory school. I don't remember much about it now since I was very young then but I do remember a certain feeling about it that I like. I don't remember the details, but I remember small snatches of memories as a kid being in the Montessori school environment. All I know is I had a very good experience and I learned a lot.
I want to know more about the Montessori method. I want to incorporate it into our home and adopt the core principles in the way I teach my son. And if there's a chance, I might even enroll him in an actual Montessori classroom. But for now, I can read up more about this awesome method. I got a couple of books to start with: The Basic Montessori, Learning Activities For Under-Fives and the Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years.
Basic Montessori provides a step-by-step guide to the Montessori learning activities most commonly used with under-fives. These include activities for introducing reading and writing, counting and decimal concepts, science, and geography, as well as activities that help develop the child's practical and sensorial skills.
Teaching Montessori In The Home introduces parents to the dynamic Montessori method of education. The techniques, exercises, and easy-to-make Montessori materials presented here instill a sense of discovery and awareness in your child, and serve as an essential foundation for future learning. Covering the pre-school years from ages two to five, the lessons focus on reading and writing, mathematics, sensory awareness, and practical life skills.