03 Mar Mommy, Me and Montessori
Parents recognize the benefits that early learning experiences have on a child’s development and strive to find the best educational program for their children. Given that there are a variety of educational programs parents can choose from, what sets Montessori apart from play-based preschools or early childhood education options?
Montessori is a method of education that is based on child-directed activity and hands-on learning –allowing for self-paced, individualized learning. Children choose activities based on their interests, while teachers observe, track their progress and offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Through this approach, children learn independence and teachers support the children’s growth through all areas of development –cognitive, social-emotional, physical and academic.
In Montessori education, children of mixed ages (typically starting at age 2) work together in the same classroom. Students can stay in the same classroom for up to three years, providing opportunities to develop closer relationships with their teachers and peers and to form a stronger sense of community and stability. Multi-age groupings create an atmosphere where children learn to help and be helped by other children. Older children learn patience and serve as role models for the younger children. Younger children master new skills and learn social norms and conflict resolution by watching the older children.
Environment plays a vital role in Montessori education; the classrooms are consciously designed to stimulate and meet the developmental needs of each child in every stage of life. There are five main areas in each classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, and Cultural Studies. Each child is encouraged to progress at their own pace through the five main areas of the classroom. By enjoying the activities within each area, children will naturally develop gross and fine motor skills. In time, those skills will help them read, write and function independently.
Montessori curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, balancing social/emotional, cognitive, physical and academic development. Montessori schools provide academically rigorous and nurturing learning environments. Classroom design, activities, and daily routines support the student’s emerging self-regulation. Montessori lessons meet or exceed state learning standards and are introduced through hands-on experiences that lead to deep understanding.
Mommy, Me and Montessori
The best way to fully understand the benefits of Montessori education, is to see it firsthand. Attend Mommy, Me and Montessori; a four-week session that meets Saturdays from 9:30-11am. Mommy, Me and Montessori introduces you and your child to the advantages of Montessori childcare and how parents can implement skills at home. All classes will follow a condensed, typical day at a Montessori school.
Interested in attending Mommy, Me and Montessori at one of our CMMS locations? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today!