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Can you pick and choose parts of Montessori?

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Can you pick and choose parts of Montessori? Can you use what you like and not the rest?
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My answer is yes!
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I write about Montessori in the home, not Montessori schooling. While there is a complete system (and yes manuals and training courses) for Montessori schooling (the Montessori Method) there is no book or guide for Montessori in the home. There are lots of useful resources but no complete, thorough guide. No step by step. It's for this reason alone that I find it difficult for anyone to say that they have a complete system for Montessori in the home or Montessori parenting. I know many people would get close but that's not for the majority of us no matter how hard we tried.
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So for most of us, yes, we pick and choose Montessori. We do what we can, when we can. We start with what is achievable, what is within our scope, within our resources and work from there. 
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Just like schooling however I feel that starting young, starting with the foundations, Montessori works best when implemented as whole, as fully as possible. I think we would all agree that consistency with children is paramount. Consistency within our own actions, consistency with care givers and consistency between home and school (or daycare). It makes no sense to a child to allow freedom and independence in one area but not the other. 
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Montessori is a parenting philosophy, it is a mind set. But many parents aren't there yet and if that means they are only implementing parts of Montessori then I think that's ok. A little Montessori is better than none. I know of very committed Montessorians who have used cribs, disposable diapers, pacifiers, baby walkers. I know of committed Montessorians who send their children to mainstream schools. And I know of many families who are committed to Montessori schooling but practise very little Montessori in the home.
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So my overall thoughts are the more Montessori the better, but there is no prize in parenting. No award for the parent who offers the most activities. If the floor bed works for you - that's great. If not, well that's ok too. If Montessori encourages your to cook, garden or go on a nature walk with your child that can only have a positive effect!   
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As for labels, that doesn't end well for anybody. What is a Montessori home? When can we say we are a Montessori family? I think if we are Montessori inspired - that is enough. 
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