My husband and I made the decision a couple of years ago that we would send our children to a Montessori school. It was a big decision. So many questions. Such a commitment. For my husband the main consideration was the financial commitment. Like so many we don't have access to public Montessori schooling and our private school is expensive.
While my husband is also supportive of the Montessori principles at home there is the odd diversion. He is less consistent then me, offers the occasional chocolate bribe (to Caspar not Otis!) and is much more relaxed with the television.
My point being that if it is Montessori at school or Montessori in the home you need to be on the same page as your partner.
How do you make sure you are on the same page? How did I introduce my husband to Montessori?
First I gave my husband a copy of How to Raise an Amazing Child by Tim Seldin. It's easy reading and gives a light overview of Montessori.
I took my husband to the school open day and followed up with observations of each cycle. Fortunately it was enough to secure his support.
I think it was also important for my husband to know that I had done my research. This wasn't a fad. I made sure I knew not only about Montessori but also about how our particular school operates. I researched enough so I was aware of some of the common myths and oppositions to Montessori.
But what if this isn't enough to get your partner/husband's support? Have you seen Montessori Madmen?
If my husband still needed convincing I would send him straight to Montessori Madmen. I'd ask him to take a look around their blog and check out all their links including the link to this site. If he still wasn't convinced, we would probably need to take a good look at how we communicate and how we'd go forwards in choosing a school. For me anything less than a Montessori school is a compromise, but you know I'm really committed like that.
I'd love to hear your experience or any suggestions you may have for others trying to get their partner on board.
If you are new to Montessori keep in mind the discussion and decision about Montessori schooling needs to occur early. Some schools only accept children at three years and some have waiting lists - check with your preferred school.