The Montessori method was introduced over a hundred years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator acclaimed for her work with children. Named after her, the method was based on her life-long research and observation of children and how they really learn. It builds on children’s own ability to learn through sensorial exploration and self-discovery. Children are at the core. Adults in the classroom are merely consultants or guides, hence the lead teacher is called the Directress.
What makes Montessori different? Why should I let my older child be with the younger ones? Wouldn’t the younger ones slow my child’s progress? Or the older ones, bother my younger ones?
Why there are no computers and TVs in the classroom? Is Montessori rigid or too flexible? Why do the classrooms look so organized and feels controlled? Why not play-based learning? Why no imagination time?
If you are new to Toddler (1.5 to 3 years) and Casa (2.5 to 6 years) Montessori programs, we may have got your attention with a few of these questions above. Yes, the questions are plenty and we have tried to summarize our thoughts below to address these questions.
Below are the key differences in the three popular teaching approaches. We hope that these details will enable you to pick one that is most suitable for your child. Please feel free to contact us to talk to us.
Structured curriculum and materials developed through years of observation of children by Dr. Montessori enable children to learn independently by manipulating self-correcting materials. The attention, respect, and freedom provided for each child in a Montessori classroom and the confidence they gain by learning concepts by themselves develop a natural love for learning.
While traditional and play-based schools are alternatives, the core to Montessori is the focus on providing the foundation for holistic development by observing and guiding each child towards achieving his or her highest potential. This is critical for our children to become well-rounded individuals who are confident, independent, and socially fit.
With a structured curriculum focused on holistic development and the love of learning it instills, we believe that Montessori offers a proven learning environment for the development of young children. We highly recommend that you consider an authentic Montessori school before deciding the best option for your child.