3 R's at Home

3 R’s AT HOME is proud to offer the following services for integrating the Montessori philosophy into the household and continuing education at home:

Homeschooling
3 R’s now offers the opportunity to enroll students in our homeschooling program. Ms. Cassidy conducts the same educational lessons offered on campus within the comfort of home. Whether children are too young, the wait list is too long or parents simply prefer private schooling, 3R’s at home brings the Montessori learning environment to the household.


Campus Preparation
For soon-to-be students, 3R’s AT HOME offers a series of four classes to prepare children for life at school. Ms. Cassidy visits the household to introduce key Montessori concepts and classroom procedures to prepare students for their first days of classes.


Preparing the Home Environment


Communication Classes


Meal-Time Etiquette
Meal-Time Etiquette is perhaps the most interesting program 3R’s AT HOME offers. The goal is to create a more meaningful, peaceful family mealtimes without the use of electronics or other distraction techniques. Ms. Cassidy achieves this through a series of visits to restaurants, where formal dining behavior is learned, and then brought back to the household.


Homeschooling

Whether children are too young to attend school on campus, or parents would rather educate children from home, 3R’s AT HOME provides homeschooling lessons for ages 3 & under.

The service includes Classroom Creation to build a Montessori-styled space in which lessons take place. Ms. Cassidy comes to the home to teach children as if on campus, but within the comfort and privacy of familiar walls. She follows the same general curriculum as 3R’s Plus Montessori School and provides the same materials found in campus classrooms. Lessons are age-appropriate and individualized based on the needs and interests of each child and family.

Homeschooling enrollment is available for children as young as 3 months old, and extends through age 2. While homeschooling is excellent preparation for children who plan to attend 3R’s Plus Montessori School, future campus enrollment is not required.

Enrollment for homeschooling is part-time. Lessons are generally held three times per week for two hours per class. However, scheduling is flexible. Parents are not required to be present, except for a short discussion period at the end of class.


3R’s Campus Preparation

Ease the strain of home-to-school transitions by allowing children to participate in campus preparation classes. Ms. Cassidy conducts a series of homeschooling lessons with children who will soon attend school on campus.

Ms. Cassidy begins by acquainting children with classroom expectations and introducing key concepts of Montessori environments. For example, children are introduced to rug rolling and working on a rug, as well as choosing one work at a time and properly storing it when finished.

When children come to 3 R’s Plus Montessori campus for the first time, they are prepared, and therefore, more confident participating in now-familiar behaviors and exercises. Children are less likely to feel overwhelmed or overloaded, and more likely to fall into classroom rhythms with ease.


Preparing the Home Environment

Home Design

Montessori principles can be used for more than designing a classroom. There are many ways to redesign the home for maximum independence of children. Whether it is the bed and bathroom, closet and wardrobes, kitchen and living space or even the back yard, the Montessori philosophy can be applied to foster self-sufficiency and encourage autonomy.

Ideas can be as simple as moving dishes to a different cabinet, or as interesting as moving a crib mattress to the floor. Every room in the house can be modified to better suit small people. Small changes can make a big difference in children’s capabilities and sense of self.


Classroom Creation

An in-home “classroom,” is a designated space in the household dedicated to Montessori-style learning. The space is designed to mirror classrooms on campus, characterized by eye-level shelving and Montessori “works,” as opposed to “toys.” Custom-designed by Ms. Cassidy, each home classroom is personalized according to the needs and interests of each child and family, as well as available space.

Some classrooms may be a converted play room, while others are just an adapted corner of a living room. Ms. Cassidy works with the layout of each home to ensure each child has a proper place to work.

The only requirement for a classroom is eye-level shelving. As for work on the shelves, Ms. Cassidy sorts through existing materials in the house to eliminate unhelpful items and utilize those that can be used for education.

Additionally, she provides a list of suggestions as a guideline for which types of toys should be included or avoided in the future.

Once a classroom is complete, Ms. Cassidy teaches students how to use it. She conducts a series of private lessons in the classroom to establish rules of operation and behavioral expectations for the space.

Home classroom procedures reflect the same governing principles as classrooms on campus. Children learn to use a mat or rug as a working space, work with one item at a time, and return materials to proper places after use.

Ms. Cassidy also holds sessions with parents to discuss the Montessori philosophy and how it relates to maintaining classroom. Parents play a small role the upkeep of the classroom. However, children are conditioned from the start to care for the environment on their own.

Ms. Cassidy also teaches children how to work in the classroom with minimal supervision, which is extremely helpful to parents who need to multitask. In the end, children have a space towards which they gravitate independently, expect to work alone, and reset with little assistance.


Montessori Lessons at Home

Expand the horizons of your child’s education by participating hands-on. Learn how to conduct Montessori-style lessons for your child using the new classroom 3 R’s AT HOME has created.

Parents can now actively contribute to their children’s educations using the same approach as teachers. Receive tips on how to utilize the Montessori theory in a way that turns any life experience into an educational opportunity.

Then, each month, Ms. Cassidy brings a set of three new Montessori works and demonstrates how to teach each lesson.

Additionally, parents are able to observe Ms. Cassidy teaching their children, and then Ms. Cassidy observes parents conducting the same lessons.

Each package includes two traditional Montessori works, plus a work that reflects the monthly theme on campus. Materials are personalized according to each student’s needs and interests, as well as those of their parents’.


Communication Classes

Family Connections: Communications & Behavior (ages 18+ months)

Strong communication is the heart of any loving relationship. However, families often suffer from miscommunications that produce behavior challenges.

3 R’s AT HOME offers the Family Connections service to strengthen communication skills and improve relationships within the family unit.

Ms. Cassidy shares different outlooks and techniques for producing effective conversations between not only parents and children, but among siblings as well.

When coaching children from an early age, many unwanted behaviors are easily altered. Ms. Cassidy covers topics such as language selection, redirection and appropriate consequences to eliminate unwanted outbursts and encourage better connections and listening skills.

Proper self-expression is one of life’s most precious tools. Productive conversation means less time is spent time arguing, and more time is spent enjoying life and each other. Learn how to navigate language in order to change children’s actions and reactions into thoughtful, productive behaviors.


Sign Language (under 18 months)

Sign language is an immensely helpful tool for preverbal children, enabling two-way communication from as early as 3-6 months old. Learn key words and phrases to use along with regular speech to develop effective communication and eliminate stress in both parents and children.

Children cry to communicate, but because they lack other means. If given an alternative method for communication, children are instinctively apt to use it. Sign language is the perfect gift, a two-way street that appeals to the dominate senses of sight and sound.

Ms. Cassidy begins by teaching the family a handful of signs for satisfying basic needs. As children and parents develop skills, more signs are introduced.

While Ms. Cassidy only teaches select signs, when used in combination with full sentences, the effects are powerful and long-lasting.


Meal-Time Etiquette: Restaurants and Home

Enjoy the gift of peaceful dining experiences both in and outside of the home. By teaching children proper meal-time etiquette in a public environment, Ms. Cassidy is able to transfer the behavior to the family dinner table.

Often, parents with young children are hesitant to embark on restaurant adventures for fear of meltdowns and messes. Even at home, parents often struggle, and sometimes resort to the use of electronic devices to hold down meal times.

Ms. Cassidy conducts a series of training exercises to teach proper meal-time etiquette and improve dining experiences both at home and in restaurants.

She begins by preparing children for restaurant outings by practicing table manners and place setting one-on-one at home. Then, Ms. Cassidy meets children at actual restaurants to execute lessons in a public setting.

After a few outings, Ms. Cassidy then joins a family dinner at home to present what children have learned and allow children to demonstrate new skills the family meal-time setting.

While the process seems backwards, Ms. Cassidy prefers to teach new behaviors in a new setting, and then transfer them to the home, rather than go against the grain trying to break habits in a familiar environment.

By the end of training, families are able to enjoy quality meals together in any setting.

*Ms. Cassidy and children must dine in restaurants independently. However, 3 R’s AT HOME does not provide transportation. Restaurants can be within walking distance, or the family can meet Ms. Cassidy at the restaurant for drop-off and pick-up.


For more information, please call (713) 861-4112 or send an email to 3RsAtHome@gmail.com


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