The conventional classroom has been dissected, rearranged, and debated for years. Parents, teachers, and children are constantly being subjected to “new and better” methods of classroom management. Mixed-age group learning is among the methods currently being implemented. But can teachers successfully balance a mixed-age group?
Some experts agree that the best way for children to learn is through collaboration with older, more skilled children who can set good examples for cognition and behavior.
The good news is that there are classroom management tips to effectively instruct mixed-age groups so that all students benefit. Consider the following guidelines:
Admn February 19th, 2018
Posted In: Montessori Educators
As a parent, choosing the right kind of education for your child can be difficult, so learning about your options is important. One of the great things about Montessori school is their students have extra support for reaching their full potential. Montessori educators understand that each child is different and learn at their own pace and in their own way. With individualized attention, this method encourages confidence and success in each academic area. If you were to observe a typical day in a Montessori classroom, you’d see an inviting and comfortable alternative learning environment, geared specifically towards young, developing minds.
The classroom is where your child will spend most of their time. The Montessori classroom is very different when compared to traditional classrooms, offering a more child-centered learning environment. Here are some things you can expect to see each day:
●Organization. Montessori classrooms are naturally lit and well organized. The learning space remains uncluttered and soft colors provide a calm environment. Materials are easily accessible, giving students’ independence as they move through their daily activities.
●Nurturing. Infants are made to feel safe through nurture and acceptance. Basic needs such as eating, sleeping, and bathing are all given their own space which allows for security within a routine.
●Toddler Learning. Toddlers enjoy art and learning materials within reach and eye level. This promotes motor skill development as well as independence. These smaller children are gently urged to interact with their peers and develop basic social skills.
●Pre-School Learning. Pre-school age students follow a simple curriculum of numbers, shapes, and basic writing skills. Small chores shared in the classroom teach self- discipline and respect for their environment.
●Primary Learning. The education of primary-age students is similar to pre-school while gently encouraging children to move to the next level. A hands-on approach to learning promotes self-esteem and keeps the school day interesting. A variety of enrichment programs are available at many Montessori schools, including science, dance, art, and music.
Montessori teachers are highly trained in child development and education. Each teacher utilizes the Montessori teaching style to its fullest potential. Your child can expect:
●Individualized attention. You will not find our teachers in the traditional position in the front of the classroom, but instead interacting with the students one-on-one. Your child is directed towards activities that suit their developmental needs and given encouragement to do for themselves.
●Working in groups. Children often work in small groups, helping one another learn and complete tasks. This promotes social development, especially team-building skills. The teacher observes the group and helps students when needed.
●Continued growth. Classrooms are thoughtfully constructed and continue to develop throughout the year to meet the individual need of each child. Our teachers educate beyond reading, writing, and math. Cognitive, emotional, and social development plays just as big a part in a typical school day.
There are so many things to consider when it comes to the education of your child. All of these elements combined are why Montessori style teaching truly is education that transforms lives.
Admn November 15th, 2017
Posted In: Montessori Educators
Montessori students are not typically assigned homework. Montessori educators do not believe in dictating the work of their students at home, instead reserving that time for family, relaxation, and the child’s own interests. There are many benefits of a no homework policy, as well as alternatives that allow children to continue learning while home.
Children spend all day learning with the help of their peers and teacher. The last thing they should be worried about when they get home is hours of school work to complete. A no homework policy makes education more fulfilling rather than stressful. Some key points to consider are:
Kids have a natural desire to learn, absorbing information everywhere they go and from everything they do. Although they may not be completing traditional assignments, there are still many things they can learn at home.
Montessori schools generally avoid homework for the benefit your child, but that doesn’t mean your child’s education will come to a stop at the end of each school day. You can teach your child a variety of things by spending time together. This quality time may not be available if your child is busy with homework.
Admn January 25th, 2017