When Montessori wrote about the need for the home and nursery/school to work together she did not advocate that parents establish Montessori classrooms in their homes. In fact, initially when she worked in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, she taught children personal hygiene and how to care for themselves and the home because she wanted children to take their newly acquired skills back home. In The Montessori Method she recalls that it was the mothers who were asking her to start teaching their children how to read and write so that they would have better opportunities in life. In her inaugural speech at the opening of the first Children’s House she also talked about the need to create beautiful, safe and caring environments for the young children whilst their mothers were at work. She also wanted to inform the mothers about the experiences their children had whilst attending the Case dei Bambini by having weekly meetings with them.
In our book Learning Together we suggest possible ways of organising the home to facilitate spontaneous learning and provide ideas to stimulate children’s interests, and find out more about their disposition, attitudes and things they enjoy.