Focus on Theory
In the beginning when everything is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time, it's easy to look around for that person that will simply tell you what to do. It is extremely helpful to see what is working for others. At the same time, find your own path based on your own reading and understanding of the method. Not everything you see will work for you and your child. Unfortunately, a number of things that you will find labeled as Montessori are completely contrary to the method as well. Do you need a separate school room or specific training? What albums should you purchase or what materials should you buy? How should you implement aspects such as discipline? At the end of the day, make your decisions carefully and base them on what is best for you and your own.
Employ More Patience
Now you're hooked and Montessori all you can think about. Yes, you can do it, but take the time necessary to make a peaceful start. Resist the temptation to hop in the car and return with an arsenal of shelves. The problem is that Montessori is most likely different from anything you've experienced regarding childhood in any way, shape or form. At the core, it isn't simply an academic pursuit. It's a lifestyle and it's going to take time to transition. Use your new found enthusiasm to pour over theory and best practices. The most critical changes you need to make up front are in how you interact with your child NOT the environment. And even once you begin to address the environment, pace yourself. Not only will the "go big or go home" attitude stress you out, it will overwhelm your child. It's a big adjustment for everyone. You're far better to take a few months to gain knowledge and ease into it than to barrel down the tracks without a clear picture of where you're headed.
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