New Deals, Everyday
New Deals, Everyday
BY UMA PUNEETH
Most of us recognise Montessori as just an alternative form of education, but it is so much more than that. Montessori is a way of life.
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr Maria Montessori, the first female Italian doctor, in the early 20th century. She believed that the Montessori Method is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.
“It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method... I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”- Maria Montessori
Montessori has always been known for putting the focus on the child. Speak, listen and respect the needs of the child and most of all, see things from the child’s perspective.
Since the Montessori approach is child-centred, it promotes independent learning and natural development of the child. Therefore, it is necessary to create an environment that promotes the natural progression of the child.
An incredible element of this approach is that it can be integrated at home, without the child having to necessarily attend a Montessori school. Every year, there is a strong inclination towards a natural, simple and a back-to-basics approach to raising children.
We break it down for you here.
Montessori at home in particular, is about giving your child the independence of body and mind. Children are encouraged to be independent in every aspect of their life. There will be a sense of achievement in the children when they perform routine tasks. The simple tasks could be arranging the toys after playtime, cleaning up after a meal, and so on.
The Montessori principle is based on the “less is more” principle.
Begin to see the world from the child’s perspective.
It is encouraged to involve the children in day-to-day activities.
It is easy to reward children for good behaviour, however, the Montessori approach emphasises on acknowledging the child’s commitment and decision to display good behaviour and accomplishing a task.
Children love to copy adults. Therefore it makes sense to model the behavior you want to see in your child.
The Montessori style of parenting can be adopted in every home! Many parents can get inspired from the Montessori ideas. The smallest steps can lead to a big difference in a child’s development.
So, keep on observing, “follow the child” and contribute to their growth as human beings.
Uma, along with her husband Puneeth, is the founder of Thasvi Toys.
As a mother of two, Uma realised that there was a lack of developmental toys in India that are safe for children. Along with her husband, she began making the Montessori mobiles for her daughter, which eventually led them to embark on the journey to launch Thasvi, an Indian Montessori toy brand.
Her children are her biggest inspiration and the word Thasvi is a combination of both her children’s names. Thasvi specialises in Montessori inspired, handcrafted, child-safe wooden toys. Many parents have expressed gratitude for making these toys available in India and saving them the time and effort to source these.
Uma hopes to contribute to a more sustainable world, one wooden toy at a time.
See Thasvi's collection of Montessori Toys at The Nestery here - https://thenestery.in/collections/thasvi
Want to know more about The Montessori method of Early Education? Read our blog here - https://thenestery.in/blogs/journal/the-montessori-method