Montessori at home: Practice observing your child at least 10 minutes a Day

Montessori at home: Practice observing your child at least 10 minutes a Day

We all love to interact with our children. We want to know what they are doing and what they are thinking. However, is it very important to just sit back and observe them interacting with books, toys, objects, or nature. Interacting with children requires immediate responses and actions which do not allow our brains to notice small details and process the information we see in our children.


Maria Montessori was a physician. She was trained to carefully observe the finest detail and she applied this skills when working with children. Observing children even just a short period of time a day enables us to recognize the needs of our children, to notice their social and physical behavioral development, and to find their strengths, capabilities, and challenges.


How do you make this happen at home? Set an “individual work/play time” to your family routine. Start with 10 minutes and gradually you can increase this time. Let your child know it is time to “work by yourself.” Then start to observe your child, while you write down any details you find interesting. Try to follow the same routine each day/week such as every Saturday after breakfast. Your child will find comfort in this consistency. When children approach you during this time, phrases like, “I am not available right now,” and "Could you go back to your work because I am focusing on mine,” will be helpful.



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OKC Heartland Montessori School 

OKC Heartland Montessori School 

6120 N Drexel Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73112

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