One of the central tenets of Montessori Education is “Never do for a child what she can do for herself.” This concept in central to my teaching in the classroom. I almost always model for children first–how to carry a chair, wash a table, use the addition strip board, take notes, use three part cards-but then it’s their turn to try, make mistakes, and practice with the material.
Does your child know how to tie her own shoes? Dress herself? Clean her room? Prepare a meal or snack for herself? Make a choice? Does your child have chores and responsibilities at home.
These are all great places to start.