When it comes to our children’s education, the sheer amount of options available can be overwhelming. Private vs. public? Play-based vs academic focused? And what in the heck is a Forest School? There are so many options! We need a course to understand all of the different philosophies of teaching! Unfortunately, I’m not an expert in all the teaching approaches to early childhood education. Although, as a former Montessori teacher, I can help explain Montessori Education so you can check that one off your list!
So what exactly is Montessori Education?
Montessori at its core is a student-led educational approach. The self-paced learning approach is guided, assessed, and enriched by teachers. Organized in multi-age classroom that help foster natural opportunities for independence, citizenship, and accountability.
What are the benefits to Montessori Education?
Each child is valued as a unique individual. Therefore, they aren’t assessed according to how their peers are performing. Montessori nurtures self-regulation, self-correction, and self-assessment. They are challenged to think critically about their own work, behaviors, and actions. Therefore, students take ownership of their education. They become active participants, deciding what their focus will be based on the parameters set by their teachers.
Children learn at an early age to be active participants in their community. Students are given the freedom and tools to explore and answer their own questions. Research has shown that Montessori children demonstrate stronger social-emotional skills when compared to their peers in traditional classroom settings.
What does a Montessori classroom look like?
Montessori is a full-body and sensory education. Therefore, children will not be traditionally sitting at desks and working out of a textbook. Classrooms are open spaces with intentional lay-outs to encourage self directed learning and collaborative play. All classroom materials are things you would find in nature. They do not use durable plastics as seen in most traditional classrooms. The toys and tools in a Montessori classroom have been carefully crafted to encourage critical thinking, learning through trial and error, and engage all five senses.
Bring the Curriculum home!
Due to the nature specific and intentional design of a Montessori curriculum, it is surprisingly very easy to bring home! Thanks to all of the options available to modern parents, companies like Monti Kids make assessing Montessori education that much easier!
Now if someone can explain to me what a Forest School is, that would be much appreciated!
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