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Fostering Independence at Home

January 15th, 2019

January Blog

 

Fostering Independence at Home

           Teaching children to be independent is one of the great aspects of a Montessori school. Children are able to do so much more than we often expect of them. This new year, consider setting up your home in a way that fosters independence. In the kitchen, place the cups and plates that your child uses on low shelves. Ask your child to take on the responsibility of setting the table for family meals. In their playroom or living space, put toys and materials on low shelves that that they can reach. Remind them that they have several choices of toys on that shelf that they can get out whenever they choose. Help remind them to put the toys and books back on the shelf when they are finished.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way with helping a child become more independent. Praise your child for their efforts and point out the successful moments of independence.