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What is Montessori and is it for us?

Is Montessori For Us?

What is Montessori and is it for us?

What is Montessori? Should My Child Attend A Montessori School?

 The Montessori method of education was developed by Italian Physician Maria Montessori. Her method was designed to put an emphasizes on independence. Children as viewed as individuals naturally eager for knowledge. They are also capable of initiating learning in a supportive and well-prepared learning environment.

 Where Did Montessori Originate?

Maria’s method began to attract the attention of educators, public figures, and journalists in 1907. She accepted the challenge to open a full-day childcare center in San Lorenzo, a poor inner-city district of Rome. The children in her programs, ages 3-7, were initially left at home while their parents were at work. As the program progressed, she noticed how they began to thrive.

The children exhibited concentration, attention, and self-discipline. Montessori schools made their debut in 1910 throughout Western Europe. Soon they were being established around the world, including in the United States. The first US Montessori school opened in Tarrytown, New York in 1911.

 What Is Montessori?

Montessori is an education philosophy and practice that fosters self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development. The goal is to nurture each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect. Montessori classes are offered to children as early as two years old. Schools must be certified through the American Montessori Society (AMS) and Association Montessori International (AMI) to qualify as a Montessori school. Montessori schools are available for not only for infant and toddlers, but also early childhood (2 years old – 6 years old), Elementary (6 years old – 12 years old), as well as Secondary (12 years old – 18 years old).

 Like many schools, Montessori classrooms allow and encourage children to be engaged, energetic, explore, and socialize. Most importantly, Montessori classrooms help children learn to take ownership and a lead on their learning experience. One major difference is how traditional schools teach students to work in a group or as a team, which works well for some students. Montessori schools tend to put an emphasis on independent learning, and teaching children to stand on their own rather than a group. The Montessori Method fosters self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, patek emotional, social, and physical. The classroom is a community in which respect for the independence and character of children is most important.

For the sake of the blog, we will keep it simple and only cover Montessori for the infant and toddler stage. In a Montessori environment, a child’s natural passion for wonder, curiosity, exploration, independence, and discovery is encouraged and brought to light. During the first 3 years of life, children develop more than at any other time as they soak up any piece of knowledge poured into them. During this time, children absorb large amounts of information from their environment through observation and experience. These are the years that lay the foundation for later learning. The routines of everyday living are extremely important in this time of a child’s life. During the infant and toddler stages of life, Montessori classes provide activities that promote coordination, concentration, and independence, as well as support their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. These learning activities include self-care, social skills, fine motor skills, and language.

 There are many benefits to a Montessori education for infants and toddlers.

Children learn self-discipline and focus on key developmental stages all in an environment that is centered around the student and inspires their creativity. One of the greatest benefits of the Montessori Method, particularly during the early learning experience, is learning occurs at a comfortable pace for each student, rather than pushing the same expectations on every student in a classroom. There are many potential benefits of a Montessori preschool for children who are new to the educational system. A child’s early years are vital as they prepare them for many years of various learning experiences, whether they continue with the Montessori Method or move to a public classroom (or school system) in the future.

 

Source: American Montessori Society

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