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 learning has been developed to include children of all ages, from infants, to toddlers, to elementary school ages. Using Montessori-style education on children as young as two provides a head start on education, and there are many things that can be practiced at home from this young age.
The “twos” have gotten a bad rap, and many first-time parents fear this age, but in reality, this transitional stage in your child’s development can be a magical time. The Montessori method provides strategies to make the transition from baby to child as smoothly as possible.
Giving small children choices, for example, can help to eliminate the power struggle present with just about any two or three year old. Choices offer opportunities for toddlers to complete tasks, gain independence, and build confidence.
The key to success in Montessori toddlers is the setup of their environment. Well organized spaces create structure and reduce the incidences of misbehavior. An environment in which toddlers have to opportunity to do things themselves breeds independence. A few examples of a Montessori style home are:
When it comes to learning basic practical skills, independence, and confidence; the earlier you start the better. This way, when your child enters school, they will be ready to go and take the next step on their educational journey. Introducing Montessorian strategy can also make your time as a parent to a toddler a pleasant one.
Admn May 17th, 2017
Posted In: About Montessori Education