Why I send my child to a Montessori pre-school

July 24, 2016

Parents often ask me this question at the when they hear that Parker is at Liberty Prep, or see him in his uniform. Some ask what Montessori is, and others ask how it is different. My answer generally goes something like this:

How Montessori is different:

 

1. The Montessori Method

 

Multi age classrooms

 

Most programs separate children by age, while a Montessori classroom includes 3 age groups. Younger children look up to and learn from the older peers, while older children have the opportunity to be leaders and mentors. Three years in the same room with the same teachers and friends results in a family like community. 

 

An uninterrupted 3 hour work period

 

The norm of numerous short periods of study results in constant interruption and no time to truly investigate a topic. 

 

                                                                                                 Individual lesson plans

 

Children differ widely in their abilities, interests, and learning styles. Montessori teachers are trained to build on each child's strength as well as support a child in an area where more time might be required. The unique Montessori materials were created to attract children to work with concrete representations of abstract ideas such as letters and numbers.

 

                                         The Result

 

     Independence and self-confidence 

 

     Autonomy is the path to self- motivation. It leads both to a passion for learning and to self-esteem. The experience of being trusted with real responsibility for meaningful tasks—and rising to the occasion by successfully meeting that responsibility—results in children who have the earned self confidence that comes from actual mastery.

 

 

 

 

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