Montessori is a unique and holistic educational approach that places a child’s inherent desire to learn at the center of everything. Unlike a traditional school, where teachers are the main focal point of the class and the learning pace is set by class averages or school board timelines, Montessori schools are entirely focused on students and fostering their individual interests and learning styles. This self-directive approach has earned a reputation for having many positive long-term effects on students. Specifically, as many studies show, Montessori schools have become known for effectively and enthusiastically instilling children with independence, leadership, responsibility, self-discipline, a love for learning, and much, much more!
Are you a parent in the Omaha area who is looking for more than a traditional daycare or elementary school to send your child? Check out our Montessori Educational Centers. We have a network of nine Montessori schools, serving children from 6-weeks old to 12-years old. Contact us today to learn more!
Below are a few reasons why more and more parents are turning to Montessori schools.
Teaches a Hands-On Approach
One comment often made about Montessori education centers is that the classrooms are known for their beauty. They often have lots of natural light, open space, and access to a wide array of learning materials, including many sensory-based materials for students at various developmental stages. This is of paramount importance when teaching children—especially children who are the directors of their own learning. Adhering to this hands-on approach makes it possible for kids to explore learning opportunities, learn at their own pace, and do what kids do best: learn through their senses and pursue answers to their own burning questions. There are five main areas in our classrooms; practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural. The shelves are always set top to bottom and left right (just like how we read), with the easiest activities/works in the top left to the more challenging works at bottom right. The child proceeds through these various works at their own pace. The teacher gives sequential lessons as the child is ready to advance.
At the heart of Montessori education is the idea that children learn in different ways and their education should accommodate their unique learning style. Moreover, it is a method that encourages children to follow their interests and teachers to help assist and guide this explorative learning. This type of arrangement helps children gain a sense of independence, confidence, coordination, concentration and creative freedom through order much faster than they would in a traditional school setting.
Invites Collaboration and Improves Social Skills
Children are often very curious about what other children around them are doing. Montessori classrooms capitalize on this natural tendency and use it as a vehicle to promote the development of collaborative and social skills. Montessori schools utilize mixed-aged classrooms, which allows older students to serve as mentors and guides for younger students. This type of approach not only fosters both independence and collaboration, but it also mimics a family structure, increasing the likelihood that children will feel confident, supported, and cared for.
Promotes a Love of Learning
Children are naturally and vibrantly inquisitive. They are fueled by a natural curiosity and are routinely amazed by the joy of new things. The sad reality is that over time traditional schools tend to weaken this fire when they should be enhancing it. This is an understanding that is integral to the Montessori approach. Everything from the teachers to the materials to the facility is geared toward creating an environment where students have the freedom and tools to get the answers to their own questions through carefully prepared materials with a built-in self-correction. Over time, this approach helps build self-discipline, and it arms students with a perpetual curiosity about the world around them. This is something that can go on to propel and benefit students throughout the rest of their lives.
Additionally, all of the learning materials at Montessori Educational Centers revolve around cues and signals that indicate when a child has mastered a subject and is, therefore, ready to move on. This type of learning process is conducive to building confidence and true understanding. It reduces the risk of shame and failure that can often emerge in traditional school settings, and it allows students to follow their interest wherever it leads as quickly as they want. They are not restricted from progressing because other students are not caught up.
These are just a few of the benefits of a Montessori education. As you can see, the Montessori approach is more than a method; it is a way of life and a guide for helping each child reach their individual potential. Everything about Montessori education is driven by the end goal of helping children become more well-rounded, rational, caring, inquisitive, innovative, confident, social, and likely to be forces for good.