Welcome to the Cy-Fair Montessori blog — the top rated Montessori Preschool in Houston. Our school is dedicated to the enrichment and development of our students, and as a result, we structure our classrooms using the Montessori philosophy. Today on our blog, we are going to discuss why we choose this method as well as take this opportunity to explore the pros and possible cons of this type of teaching.
Why Choose the Montessori Method?
The Montessori approach to education is over one hundred years old and began with Dr. Maria Montessori and her teaching some of Rome’s most disadvantaged children. Ever since, schools around the world have used this method, allowing children to engage with their environment and their communities while teaching themselves. After years of teaching our children in the Houston area, we have discovered several “pros” of this method, and discuss why we continue to teach Montessori.
Enjoy Benefits of Hands-On Learning
Due to classroom design, students get the opportunity to explore abstract concepts through the use of concrete materials at various stations around the classroom. These items are often sensory-based materials that can include geometric solid shapes, sandpaper letters, and colored beads for arithmetic. Sensory items can help students concentrate as well as learn valuable coordination. Also, because students are allowed to learn at their own pace, they can explore these concepts while building upon their own skillset — allowing them to progress as an individual.
Provide Enhanced Social interaction
The Montessori method capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity of what other children are doing. Because Montessori classrooms group children of different ages together, younger children can begin to learn from the older children while the older from the younger, while the older students can also act as mentors. This dynamic allows older children to learn how to be leaders and teach while allowing the younger children to experience the benefits of mentorship. This also promotes inclusion and acceptance in the classroom.
Because education is self-directed, children have the opportunity to develop independence and confidence. Many have remarked the Montessori method cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit. Children who have experienced the Montessori method are more apt to propel themselves through their ongoing education and into success later in life. Additionally, the Montessori method allows children to develop a love of learning that can last a lifetime.
Easily Facilitates Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
Maria Montessori, when she created her school, studied the method and how it could aid children with special needs. She found — and Montessori schools today continue to find — that children with special needs feel less pressure to keep up with their peers but can excel at their own pace. Additionally, they can often form strong bonds with their classroom and peers, providing them a stable environment to thrive.
Concerns About the Montessori Method
Though we would like to say this method is perfect for everyone and every situation, it isn’t always. Here are some some of the possible cons parents and children can experience.
Can Be Expensive
Many remark that Montessori schools are expensive. The reason why a Montessori school may be more expensive than other schools is the need to invest in high-quality materials. However, there are many organizations that are working to combat this issue. If cost is a concern for your family, contact us! We would love to discuss our school and how it can fit into your child’s future and budget.
Curriculum is Too Loose For Some
One criticism of the method is that it might be too loose for some children. This could be true for some individuals. However, teachers and assistants work hard to guide the students and make sure they have independence while also progressing in all subjects and getting the education that they need.
Open-Ended Structure Can Be Intimidating
Though some children thrive in the open learning environment, some can find it intimidating and uncomfortable. Though desks and barriers can be comforting to some students, the Montessori classroom is more open, providing the opportunity for movement and change. This can allow teachers and assistants to better guide the children as they work at various stations.
Though we recognize that a Montessori preschool isn’t for everyone, many children in the Houston area have found success both in their education and their personal development. To learn more about Cy-Fair Montessori and if it would be right for your children, contact us for a tour!