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!