Many authentic Montessori schools do not assign homework until upper elementary or middle school- and even then it is more individualized rather than rote style. This is for several reasons including:
“An interesting piece of work that has been freely chosen, has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue and adds to children’s energies and mental capacities, and leads them to self-mastery.”
But don’t think you’re off the hook yet.
Most Montessori and RIE programs assume that parents ARE working with their children at home. In fact, we rely on it. Integrating home and school on a consistent basis ensures that your child reaches his full potential.
A parent’s HOMEWORK assignment is to prepare the home environment keeping in mind your child’s developing needs. Once prepared, you can trust your child to navigate through seeking those areas which speak to her inner need.
For it to work, you will need to turn off the television AND the computer.
Here are some starting points:
3-4 year old
Young children are capable of doing so much and naturally have the urge to interact with and imitate the world around them. It is our job to prepare an environment that calls to them and meets their developmental needs.
What kinds of activities do you and your child share at home to foster a LIFE LONG LOVE OF LEARNING? Hey- that’s not a bad homework assignment after all.
“My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that certificate from the secondary schools to the University, but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity, through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolutions of the individual.”
Dr. Maria Montessori