Last month, Little Flower Montessori School explained a few reasons as to why you should choose Montessori education over Traditional Kindergarten. One reason is that moving your child to a completely different educational system can often be a big change a child and requires making adjustments to the new environment. Furthermore, Montessori education features different learning techniques and methods than public school kindergartens. Traditional kindergartens tends to focus on rote drill and memorization, while Montessori students learn through a more hands-on, investigative approach. In addition, Montessori schools allow the child to continue progressing at their own pace, whereas a child in traditional kindergarten will have to wait for the other children begin to catch up.
An additional benefit of continuing in the Montessori program is that the five-year-olds in a Montessori classroom often help the younger children by teaching lessons or correcting errors. Research shows that someone who teaches a skill or new concept to someone often leads the teacher to learn just as much, if not more, than the student. This can also be applied to a child who instructs another. Through this, a five-year-old gains real experience for running their classroom community. This sense of autonomy and the development of independence is not as prominent in traditional schools.
Another benefit to choosing Montessori education over traditional kindergarten is that the end goals of early childhood education are different. Montessori schools emphasize fostering a child’s natural curiosity for learning, allowing the child to realize their fullest potential. Children have the ability to choose their own work, with some input from the teacher; while, traditional education creates a curriculum that is structured for large groups.
Furthermore, in Montessori, there is no check list or end point to a child’s learning. For example, if a child is completely engulfed in understanding butterflies, they can continue to learn about butterflies. Or, if they are very interested in fractions at age 4, they can earn about fractions at age 4. Not every child is at the same pace. This methodology demonstrates that a child’s enthusiasm for learning comes intrinsically. This form of self-teaching allows the child to discover their own concepts and really teaches the child how to learn so that they learn to really enjoy the learning process.
As you can see, there a many reasons for a parent to choose Montessori education over traditional kindergarten. In addition to it being one of the most crucial years in a Montessori program, your child has been waiting for years to be one of the five-year-older leaders of their class. Enroll your child at Little Flower Montessori today!
At Little Flower Montessori School, our main goal is to provide an environment that fosters children’s independence. We do this by providing opportunities for a child to do things for themselves, such as dressing themselves, pouring water, choosing what they want to do, preparing a snack, and cleaning their work space, all through a prepared environment. Materials and activities that encourage the child to “do for him/herself” and nurtures developmental progress, confidence, and self-esteem are the foundations of the Practical Life curriculum.
As Maria Montessori said, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
We practice freedom and discipline everyday by allowing children to have the freedom of choice – the freedom to choose their activities for themselves; and time – to freely work with an activity for as long as they choose.
This freedom leads to discipline. The traditional approach to education believes that children are impulsive, disorderly, and must be disciplined externally through rewards and punishment. But unfortunately, the issues remain the same. However, Montessori education helps to develop the child’s character through their ability to make choices by listening to his or her interests. As natural limits exist, the child is able to practice the inhibition of those impulses. For example, in a prepared environment, there are only one set of materials, such as one easel for painting. Thus, only one child can paint at a time, and the activity is only complete when everything has been put back in its place and is ready for the next person to use.
Parents can encourage their child at home to participate in ways that help to induce self-discipline, confidence, and independence. Here are some helpful suggestions to incorporate Practical Life activities at home:
In order for a child to have freedom, they must have self-discipline. Self-discipline is something that must be taught, modeled and practiced. Thus, in order for a child to be independent, they must engage in continued concentrated activities of their own choice, so that they can grow in inner discipline. This “normalization” is the most important goal of the Montessori philosophy.
“The child has to acquire physical independence by being self-sufficient; he must become of independent will by using in freedom his own power of choice; he must become capable of independent thought by working alone without interruption.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori
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Michelle Irinyi (2009). North American Montessori Center Montessori Teacher Training (blog). “Parenting for Independence the Montessori Way: Fostering Self Discipline and Confidence.” Retrieved from: http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2009/06/parenting-for-independence-montessori.html#.U-pPY_ldWSo .
Absorbent Minds Montessori (n.d). “What is Montessori.” Retrieved from: http://www.absorbentminds.co.uk/acatalog/What_is_Montessori_.html
The Association Montessori International/USA is a national non-profit organization that strives to propagate and further the teachings and work of Dr. Maria Montessori in the United States. Click here for more info.
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