Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator.  As she began working with children she came to the conclusion of a few things children need, which are:

1.) responsibility (which is basically the kids learning self-discipline, caring for people around them, and engaging in social context),

2.) self-discipline, and

3.) concentration  (where kids have lengthy periods of study and exploration)

Within Montessori, there is an emphasis on independence.  Children are given access to materials to master in a logical and sequential order.  It’s a mode of self-discovery, and although there are limits, there is freedom within the boundaries.

Not all children work well within the Montessori method of learning.  It is extremely different than a traditional classroom because of its constructivist nature (as opposed to a teacher telling them what to learn).

I hope this video helps you understand a bit about the background of Montessori.  Here are a few links you can check out to get further info on montessori and integrating it into your homeschool:

http://www.montessori-home-schooling.com/
http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/05/31/how-to-set-up-a-montessori-homescho…
http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/my-homeschool-classroom.html
http://mymontessorimoments.com/2011/03/07/as-promised/ (her classroom setup in her home)
http://www.montessoriprintshop.com
http://www.mommymoment.ca/2010/06/classroom-view.html (another setup)

http://whatdidwedoallday.blogspot.com/2010/01/welcome-to-our-school-part-one….
http://www.hsclassroom.net/2010/07/using-montessori-principles-to-create-your…
http://discoverydaysandmontessorimoments.blogspot.com/2011/03/our-classroom-p…

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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