Have you found your village?
Recently we started running a free playgroup in the Redlands, aimed at bringing mums together and to give the kids a run around in an amazing outdoor environment!
What I have learned is that I am not the only one who felt they 'found their village' when they discovered Montessori. I discovered Montessori over four years ago and can genuinely say that when I learnt about the method, my life changed. I finally had something that made sense, I felt that as a parent, I was no longer alone.
What drew me to the montessori method was the focus on independence within the child, the drive to provide an environment that promoted intrinsic motivation - where my child could feel success within themselves and not be defined by somebody elses version of success. I loved that it allowed children to become confident learners, to follow their interests and loves and were able to do this in their own time.
My husband was drawn to the orderly environments and that everything had its place. He learnt about the method in more detail through watching me on my journey.
Loving montessori has no pre-requisites - you do not have to be rich, or wear cheesecloth clothing. You don't have to baby-wear or practice Attachment Parenting, or eat only raw foods you grew yourself. Montessori is for everyone and I believe, it makes parenting easier and more enjoyable.
My introduction to montessori was through reading the book 'Montessori Madness'. It opened up a world to me that was logical and made Education make sense. This was the way our children should be taught. As I discovered more and more, and read many blogs, books and watched videos - I learnt how I could 'live' montessori at home. It wasnt just an education method - it was a way of life.
Over the next few months we will be sharing videos and blogs on implementing Montessori at Home, and how it works from a parenting perspective.
How did you discover montessori? Did you find your village?
- Rebecca Grugan