The Montessori Method is a learning method over 100 years old and is used around the world as a means of educating children of all ages. Here are some of the benefits that many children experience from this learning style.
Focuses on Key Development Stages
The Montessori Method focuses on key developmental milestones for children in preschool. Those who are starting their preschool journey will focus on their large muscle skills as well as their language development. Older children will build upon these skills by learning from their communities through participation in special events and trips.
Encourages Cooperative Play
Preschoolers in Montessori-style schools will also learn respect for their peers through cooperative play. Because children learn through specific stations in the classroom, children will naturally learn how to work with others and will also begin to gain a sense of community.
Children are able to learn at their own pace and on their own terms. Montessori classrooms offer children a learning environment that allows them to explore and develop their interests. They also gain a chance to mentor their younger peers and develop relationships as leaders in the classroom.
Naturally Learn Self-Discipline
Though the teacher enforces the “ground rules” for each classroom, children become self-motivated as they work on activities and tasks that pique their interest. Because of their interest level as well as the environment that naturally cultivates learning, children will naturally develop self-discipline.
In the classroom, the children learn about order as each object and activity station has a specific place. Children are encouraged to put away the items that they use after they are done with them and to create an orderly environment by keeping their area neat. This focus allows children to fully unleash their creativity without distractions.
Teachers Facilitate the Learning Experience
In the Montessori classroom, teachers guide children in their learning experience rather than determine what occurs each day. This allows children to choose what they would like to focus on as well as learn at their own pace. Teachers help set the ground rules for the learning experience.
The Montessori Method inspires creativity in a few ways. One way is through focusing on the process rather than the end result, which naturally cultivates creativity and finding joy in the work. Children will also naturally broaden their view of the world through creativity and the exposure they receive through observing a variety of cultures.
Highly Individualized to Each Student
Because students enjoy the opportunity to learn at their own pace and focus on their interests, their learning experience is highly individualized. Children are also naturally encouraged to challenge themselves in more difficult areas of their education which helps to accelerate their learning experience. As a result, children can learn subjects at their own pace instead of being forced ahead or to hold back on their progress.
Focuses on Hands-On Learning
Hands-on learning allows students to focus on concrete concepts rather than abstract learning. Students learn language, math, culture, and practical life lessons and skills as they teach themselves and are guided by their teachers.
Montessori preschool can be an excellent experience for children in the Houston area that can set a foundation for success both inside and outside the classroom. Visit the Cy-Fair Montessori website to learn more about us and contact us to schedule a tour!