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Community in Montessori Education

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right school for your child. Every child is different, and it is important to most parents that they pick a school that fits best with their child’s unique personality and learning style. The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that a child-centered approach to learning helps physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Children in Montessori school learn in an environment that offers multiple aged groups with uninterrupted blocks of work time that is guided by a teacher. One of the many benefits of a Montessori education is that it offers a child a sense of community. This community helps a child to grow and become a part of the real world without difficulty.

The Benefits of Peer Learning

One of the most unique traits about a Montessori School is that it supports “peer learning.” Unlike traditional school, age does not separate the students in a Montessori classroom. Students are placed in rooms with children of all ages. This is great for many reasons. Not only do the younger students learn from the older ones, but the older ones learn how to guide those around them while reinforcing what they already know. By helping each other grow, they are helping themselves grow as well.
It does not come as a surprise that this unique classroom set up benefits young learners. In the real world, we are constantly interacting with those around us no matter what age group that they fall under. In the end, we must learn to support one another and break the boundaries that separate us. This is exactly what a Montessori education can do for their students. If a child is brought up in a strong community, they will thrive in the one around them.

September 1st, 2016

Posted In: About Montessori

Practicing Montessori Values at Home

So, you decided to put your child in Montessori school… That is great news! Montessori school is a wonderful way to help your child learn to be an independent learner. When they are in the classroom, they will quickly learn to be problem solvers and gain a sense of self-esteem that is beneficial to their growth. Though you are thrilled by all of the things they will accomplish at school, sometimes it is hard to determine how to carry out those same behaviors at home. Don’t worry, it is a learning experience for both parents and children alike, and it is very easy to accomplish.

Let Your Child Be Independent

It is so easy to do things for your children. It would be an understatement to say that life at home is chaotic when you have a family to care for. Pouring that cup of juice, gathering supplies for bath time and picking up toys yourself might be easier (and quicker), but in order to assure your child is benefitting fully from a Montessori education, it is important to let them be just as involved as you are. Let your child get the juice from the fridge, gather their bath supplies for the evening and put their toys away at the end of the night. They will feel confident and you will witness, first hand, just how independent they are learning to be!

Get Creative during Play Time

Instead of buying a bottle of pre-mixed bubbles at the store, let your child be a scientist for the day. Give them the soap, water and let them make their own bubbles for an afternoon of fun! This will show them that they are capable of creating things and have fun in the process. Let your child be fully involved in any craft or game that you take part in!

Montessori school is an excellent way to let your child evolve to their full potential. Though they are continuously learning during school hours, putting their knowledge to the test at home is just as important. Always be open to letting your child be independent, ask their teachers for advice, or seek out ideas from other parents about how you can help your child continue to grow. Letting your child be independent is key when carrying out Montessori values at home.

June 23rd, 2016

Posted In: About MKU Metropark