"A Montessori education is one that involves cooperation and communication between school and home. Harmony between the two is very important. When your child enters a Montessori classroom, your child becomes part of a Montessori family.
Here are a few tips that may help your home be a Montessori home, which fosters independence and self confidence for your child: Read to your child: Ask simple questions about the story. Ask the child to retell, pantomime the act or repeat the sequence. Play games with your child: Talk about the rules that need to be followed and listen to directions. Build an understanding of number concepts: Practice counting objects Recognize symbols (1,2,3) Understanding time: Today, tomorrow, yesterday- this is very difficult for kindergarten children. Understanding words like more and less, bigger and smaller, before and after. Develop memory: Memorize nursery rhymes and short poems. Tell a simple story. Remember correct sequence of events. Help notice details: Play games that involve picking out differences between objects which are very much alike. Use objects like buttons, money, cards, etc. 'Find the ones that are similar and dissimilar.' Learn to sort objects by characteristics: Practice sorting objects by size, color, shape, function or material. Build vocabulary: Help your child learn the names of objects in your home, in specific rooms, in closets, in drawers. Talk about words and explain what they mean. Play games that describe characteristics to which the child must supply a name: I'm thinking of a long metal object, used in the kitchen, which we use to cut food. What is it? Learn the colors: Call attention to the colors of objects. Help your child point to colors when you name them and name them when you point to them. Increase his general store of information: Talk to your child about experiences he has had; an excursion to the park, a movie you watched together, a walk. All can be an opportunity to increase his knowledge about the world he lives in. Help you child use his imagination: Encourage inventive games that involve pretending: playing house, or store or school; being an imaginary hero-all of these games help in developing your child's critical thinking skills."