Some Benefits of Montessori
- A child is never held back nor pushed forward because of the learning rates of their peers. Traditional classrooms tend to have children all learning the same thing and moving through the curriculum at the same rate. Each child has different abilities and interest. Some children excel in language skills while others excel in math. It is unrealistic to expect all children to successfully lean at the same rate.
- Our Montessori curriculum gives the child the tools to develop their concentration and focus. This is a skill that is required for learning and one that can be largely ignored in traditional school systems. A Montessori day is structured so that a child’s focus is never interrupted by having to move on to the next lesson before finishing the current one.
- Some children are visual learners, some are auditory learners, some learn through body movement and feeling, and some use a combination of several learning avenues. In our environments we can cater to all learning styles, allowing every child to become successful life learners.
- Montessori’s aim is to nurture the inner motivation of the child while allowing the opportunity for the fullest possible exploration of his or her interests. This nurture of learning begins as soon as a child enters the carefully prepared environment. The prepared environment of a Montessori classroom helps children learn to think for themselves, become problem solvers and develop self-confidence. Children new to Montessori may require more direction at first, but as children grow in confidence they begin to make more decisions for themselves.
- Children achieve independenceby learning how to take care of themselves. Dr. Maria Montessori observed that at the heart of every child is a healthy drive toward independence leading to high self-esteem, self-competence and cooperation. All areas of the Montessori classroom have been designed with the goal of an independent child in mind. Everything in the classroom is fully accessible to the child, so they don’t have to constantly ask for help getting things. The Montessori adult encourages independence by allowing the children to the time to complete tasks for themselves as soon as they are capable.
- The prepared environment gives the children a sense of security and comfort they need to become self-directed. There is a sense of order and not chaos in the classroom. Order helps children become independent because they can always find what they need when they need it without the aid of an adult. By being taught to maintain this order, children will be learning awareness for others and cooperation.
The order of a Montessori classroom is also present in the routines that exist. There is also order within the materials themselves: every tray or piece of material on a shelf is always in its proper place and ready to be used. While at work, disruptions are kept to a minimum so children can focus on the task at hand. The Montessori classroom is a well-ordered, calm and functional environment that is perfectly set up for learning. There is only one of each lesson, leading to development of patience for each child. This also helps promote cooperation and patience.
- Children are treated with respect. We recognize that the way to help them learn is by not criticizing “failure”,” but by recognizing the incident as an opportunity to learn what went wrong, and helping the child find his or her path to a proper solution, leading to self-respect and the respect of others as well.
The biggest benefit of a Montessori education is that it teaches children how to learn instead of just what to learn. It instills in them a life-long love of learning, which prepares them to be successful whichever direction their skills and interests may take them in life.