Those of you who know me know I will be homeschooling my children. So I’ve done a lot of research on education and different educational pedagogies.
My favourite is Montessori.
But it’s more than just an educational pedagogy. It’s a whole way of life. A whole different way of looking at child development, and subsequently a whole different way of treating the child.
Maria Montessori believed that children should be led, not taught. Directed, not instructed. That the child is a whole human being and should be treated as such.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
And, well, here are my 9-month-olds drinking from an open cup.
And my 2 year old is currently helping Daddy to cook. Competently. With real knives (his knives are safety knives).
It’s amazing what babies and children can do when given the opportunity.
We’re not 100% Montessori by any stretch of the imagination (for a start, those are not chairs that they can get in and out of by themselves) but I just love the underlying philosophy and implement as much of it as I can.
I used to think it sounded stressful, but honestly it’s way less stressful than saying “no” all the time and dealing with the resulting tantrum.
Plus, he can prepare his own snack.