Three Easy Ways to Incorporate Positive Montessori Discipline at Home

However, positive discipline in the Montessori environment is different. The Montessori Method sees discipline as training and instruction that helps an individual grow in self-control and in the desire to learn and do what's right.
Discipline (or re-direction) helps children grow in confidence and gives them the ability to become successful adults. Here are three practical ways to incorporate positive discipline (or redirection strategies) in your home:
  1. Allow your child to do things for themselves, even when you're not sure if they are capable.You can't learn something new if you never try, and this is true for people of all ages. Let your child try new things, and be patient with them if they're slow or clumsy initially. When you encourage these first steps, you're teaching your child that you love them and that you support them. They can do it! “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” - Maria Montessori
  2. Remember that you are your child's first teacher.Parents don't always think of themselves as teachers, but that's what you are! You've taught your child from day one, and intentionally continuing to do this through their school years is vital. As a teacher, you should guide, challenge, and encourage your child without forcing them or discouraging their progress. “We teachers can only help the work going on…” - Maria Montessori
  3. Let your child play! Movement, play, and exploring the world are all core parts of a Montessori education. If you're more concerned with teaching your child how to sit still and be quiet than with encouraging their curiosity about the world around them, we urge you to reconsider. What is most important to their future growth, being able to sit still, or desiring to learn? “The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.” - Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method is a way of living and learning throughout your life. We hope you'll use these easy steps to help your child grow in discipline at home. Please check out our Jan 23 and Feb 27, 2020 PEP (Parent Engagement Program) workshops on practicing positive disciple ( redirection) strategies start home.
Tune in next week for more tips on incorporating Maria Montessori's principles into your everyday home life and in discussions with your children. If you have any questions about the Montessori Method or our school, please contact us.
- R. Rodriguez
Executive Director & Head of School