Sometimes I talk with parents who assume a Montessori education begins and ends with preschool. But with all three of my children (from infant to 2nd grade) in a Montessori learning environment, we’ve allowed our Montessori experience to grow with us, stir inside our sons’ classrooms, enter into our home, inspire our thinking, our way of life.
Our kids have developed their own “can do” independence, and drive their own paths to learning, just as they find their way at home, do their part, give a little, get a little. The expectation in their school is one of equity and peace, the classroom is broad to specific, open and contained, experiential and hands-on. As parents, my husband and I have learned to “get out of the way” and allow our kids to learn in a manner that works best for each of them.
It is not always easy stepping back and allowing our children to find their way, but we are reminded that we are guiding them through our actions. They will not raise themselves, but they will watch us, learn, then do. Montessori has taught us to allow them to.