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Montessori’s Foundational Belief

The sleep method all the parents are talking about nowadays? The Montessori Sleep Method.. Maria Montessori believed that the best way to enhance a child's learning experience is to follow the child. Children learn by doing things when they feel ready to do them. The foundation of this belief is that little ones should be presented with learning tools and allowed to master concepts in their own time. The same principles can be applied to sleep. With the Montessori Sleep Method, a child is allowed to be in charge of her own sleep. Studies suggest that the result is a more well-rested child who doesn't fight bedtime.

Who Is Maria Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life studying children. Through observation, she learned that the key for children to learn is to let them follow their own path. She set up an elementary school in Rome where children age 6 through 12 were encouraged to learn in a communal environment. The students used learning materials to guide their own open-ended research rather than sitting for instruction from a teacher. By inspiring and teaching each other, students mastered subjects not usually taught until middle or high school.

Today, there are about in the United States. Children begin at the age of 3 for a school day that incorporates learning concepts with practical skills. For example, learning to fold napkins is a self-guided skill as is learning to multiply by 2. The classroom is arranged so that little ones have easy access to the tools they need to perform tasks. Some have described a Montessori classroom as "organized chaos" because every student appears to be doing her own thing since each child’s learning path is done in different ways at different paces.

The Montessori Sleep Method

Applying this "at one's own pace" model to sleep has developed into what is termed the Montessori Sleep Method. Little ones are given more freedom to choose their sleep methods as they aren’t required to stay in their beds - they just have to remain within their rooms. One of the most important factors of this Sleep Method is that the mattress is placed on the floor so that children are free to make the decision to get out of bed when they desire. If a child wakes up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep, the child is free to get out of bed and partake in another activity until ready to go back to sleep. The Montessori Sleep Method provides another level of confidence giving the child a sense of being in control. Confidence to do things on one's own is the hallmark of Montessori learning and many parents have found success with this method.

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