Parents can teach some Montessori principles at home. The American Montessori Society recommends these strategies:

Create an Ordered Environment

Kids can find what they need with fewer distractions, so they can focus on a project. Provide low shelves or drawers for clothing, keep a step stool in the bathroom and kitchen so kids can reach the sink, put healthy snacks on a low shelf so kids can serve themselves.

Teach Real-Life Skills

Let kids wash tables, organize shelves, prepare their snacks and assist younger children. Tweens can prepare dinner, read to siblings or manage their own bank account.

Promote Concentration

Figure out what interests your child, then set him up with the tools to explore that interest.

Nurture Inner Motivation

Help your child develop pride and pleasure from within by expressing appreciation; kids will work harder.

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