I learned about Montessori in an elective class in college.
Maria Montessori’s principles on education felt good and spoke to my heart. Then, I had kids and fall more and more in love with this educational approach. The beauty of the Montessori method is based on the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, etc) providing many opportunities for growth as they learned to be responsible, engaged, respectful and active seekers of knowledge.
Here are a few other reasons why I love Montessori:
1. Montessori celebrates the uniqueness of every child.
When children learn about their capabilities of doing amazing things, it benefits their self-esteem and confidence.
2. Hands-on learning and love for learning.
The Montessori curriculum is designed around the specific needs and abilities of each child giving them freedom to explore at their own pace. The freedom to follow their interests will allow them to develop a love for a continuous learning.
3. Classroom environment
Montessori also enables children to learn self-control and independence since everything in the classroom is within reach of the little ones. The materials are engaging and their purposefulness promote responsibility, creativity and order. Also, Montessori multi-age classrooms reinforce teamwork and empowers children to become leaders and good followers.
4. Child-led learning
In a Montessori classroom, teachers are considered guides that strive to stay unobtrusive as much as possible. Their job is to ease the learning and to make certain that the basic Montessori principles are followed.
5. Encourages respect for others
Maria Montessori also believed that teaching values such as respect for diversity, personal responsibility and global citizenship were as important as learning Math, Science or Language. I have enjoyed how my child’s Montessori school promote the importance of cultures and languages, and respect and responsibility for nature.
6. Montessori teaches to give to the community
The sense of belonging in a community feels strong in Montessori schools. I have been very impressed with the involvement and cooperation of parents in the school festivals and other events of the school.
Although Montessori is not suitable for everyone, I strongly believe that all children will benefit from most of their principles. I am grateful for the great Montessori schools in the area, and all the amazing people we have met there.
“One test of the correctness of educational procedure
is the happiness of the child” –Maria Montessori