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NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
Only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education, using the specialized learning equipment of the Montessori "prepared environment." Moreover, the social development that comes from being in an environment with other children is an integral part of Montessori education.
However, Montessori philosophy and practices have much to offer homeschooling parents.
All parents can use Montessori principles of child development at home, complementing your child's experiences in Montessori school. Look at your home through your child's eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. "Help me do it by myself" is the life theme of the preschooler. Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child's self-esteem. The NAMTA publication At Home with Montessori describes ways to use Montessori philosophy in the home environment.