As we have discussed in our previous blog, the Montessori philosophic module is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development.
Montessori education tends to be student-led and self-paced, where students are given the freedom to be creative and independent with some guidance from caring and knowledgeable teachers.
If you ever talk to a Montessori educator, you are likely to hear a cascade of praise for the Montessori Method. But what, specifically, are some of the pros of a Montessori education?
- Montessori education has an emphasis on hands-on independent learning.
- There is an enhanced social interaction, where most Montessori classrooms are mixed-age and intended to foster peer-to-peer learning.
- Since most of the learning process in a Montessori classroom is self-directed, children can gain a sense of independence and confidence in their abilities much faster than in a traditional school setting.
- This educational philosophy strives to encourage a love for learning.
- There is an inclusive of special needs, where individual needs are met. Teachers would create different lesson plans for different students based on their needs and progress.
While conducting her research, Dr. Maria Montessori, the woman behind the Montessori philosophy, found that next to learning from their own experience, children learn best from other children. Therefore, she created a mixed age group where the younger children imitate older and older children reinforce leadership skills by sharing their knowledge with the younger children.
Each classroom consists of the following five aspects of learning:
- Practical life, which includes the care of the person, caring for the environment and lessons in courtesy and grace, such as pouring, sorting, sewing buttons, carrot peeling, serving, mirror polishing and many other activities using real-life objects in a child-sized environment.
- Sensorial, which will prepare the child to sharpen their abilities in learning reading, writing and mathematics.
- Language, which is explored phonetically in a Montessori classroom.
- Mathematics, where teachers will use hands-on materials to provide the child with a simple and clear understanding of the mathematical concepts being taught.
- Cultural, which usually divided into geography, history, nature and science.
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At iKids Montessori Academy, we profoundly believe that all children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. We desire to ensure that each and every child in our care is successful by fostering these areas in their daily experiences.