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In the Montessori curriculum, we think that mistakes are part of the learning process.

It's great to learn from mistakes in the Montessori curriculum

This is the fifth of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms, a free Montessori guide that can be downloaded from our website.

 

We teach students not to be embarrassed or ashamed by the errors they make. We want students to learn in a natural, human way and we think that rewarding perfection is not the best approach. Our teachers often use their own mistakes as learning moments in the classroom so that children can see that even adults are not perfect.

As we all know, the experience of childhood is filled with small errors like spilling water or dropping food. Instead of raising their voices or scolding the child, Montessori teachers use these moments as lessons.

They identify the mistake and then go about solving it with the child. For instance, a teacher might say, “It looks like you spilled water on the floor. Let’s clean it up together.”

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Montessori Teachers are more like Guides

Posted by Edith On December 17th

The Montessori method holds that classroom teachers are collaborative members of the learning process.

Montessori Teachers guide your child to enlightenment

This is the fourth of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms, a free guide that can be downloaded for free from our website.

You will not find our instructors standing in front of the classroom giving a lecture. Instead of dominating the classroom, they act as guides in a child’s developmental journey.

Our teachers offer personal and meaningful feedback to each child and never dispense false praise. Montessori teachers do not rely on harsh discipline or control to maintain a child’s focus. Instead, they encourage learning both individually and in small groups as they work with children. They also lead large group activities and circle time.

By taking this non-traditional role, Montessori instructors make room for students to manage their own classroom experience. This allows children to develop their positions in the classroom community and encourages them to hone their leadership and independence skills. Our instructors facilitate learning, but a child’s individual passion leads his or her learning process.

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The Montessori philosophy assumes that all children are born intelligent.

Montessori classrooms accommodate varied learning styles

We believe that an individual child’s learning style is as unique as his or her personality and each child learns in his or her own way at his or her own rate.

Montessori classrooms are conscious of these innate difference, and that’s why we provide a wide variety of settings and activities to appeal to each child’s interests. We offer learning centers where lessons can be completed alone or in small groups, as well as fieldwork excursions led by an instructor where children learn as a class. This variety not only ensures that each child’s unique learning needs are being met, but it also helps young learners develop flexible thinking strategies. Montessori classrooms have high expectations for all students, not a select few.

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Children Gain Independence in Montessori Classrooms

Posted by Edith On October 21st

Montessori classrooms place a high value on independent learning.

Independence in montessori environment

Students are encouraged to reach their highest potential at their own individual pace. In traditional classrooms, students follow the same lessons — leaving some children behind while others pull ahead.

In Montessori classrooms, students don’t have to keep pace with others. They set their own learning agendas, challenging themselves when they’re ready.

The learning materials first designed by Dr. Montessori encourage young learners to assess their own learning progress and spot errors.

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Cylinder Blocks are tools used as part of the Montessori philosophy

This is just one of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms. Download a free copy of this eBook by clicking here.

The core of the Montessori philosophy revolves around our firm respect for each child.

Montessori classrooms are deeply invested in the social and emotional development of every student. The Montessori approach to learning assumes that children learn in different ways at individualized paces.

Young learners master skills at their own rate and the unique Montessori learning environment lets them advance as they are ready.

Montessori classrooms do not label some children and not others as “gifted.” We understand the specialness of each and every child in the classroom.

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Yet Another Free Montessori eBook

Posted by Edith On August 26th
Free Montessori eBook

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So many prospective parents when shopping around for day care and preschools for their small children aren’t sure about the advantages of each.

If you’re struggling with choosing child care, we recommend enrolling your child in the best Montessori school you can find.

Although we’ve touched on reasons why we believe Montessori schools provide superior education to traditional classrooms, we’ve never taken the time to go into detail why…that is until now.

The Montessori eBook pictured above is our latest free offering to help parents like you decide whether investing in a Montessori education is right for their child.

Once you read it, we believe you’ll see the value that schools like Montessori American provide on a daily basis that truly impacts your child’s willingness to learn new concepts.

If you would like to enroll your child in a Montessori preschool & kindergarten and you live in the San Diego, CA area, please call us at (619) 422-1220 or email us for a tour. We look forward to meeting you.

-Edith

10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact In Your Child's Life

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As parents of young children it’s our goal to mold our kids into productive members of society so that they live the best possible version of their lives.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your relationship with your children while educating them in the process, we wrote this free eBook for you.

Nothing in here is an earth-shattering idea…more like gentle reminders of simple things you can do with your child to positively impact their lives. We hope you find it helpful.

You can either download a copy by clicking the icon to the right and giving us your email address OR click each of the links below as we do a quick recap of the subjects we covered over the past few months.

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When you want to make a positive impact in the life of your child, consider enrolling them in a Montessori school instead of a traditional day care setting.

What is a Montessori School?

In the United States, the economy and changing family structures often requires both parents to work. It has been estimated that over 85% of mothers across America are working. Because of this, some sort of day care is often necessary for younger children who have not yet reached school age.

It is important to ensure your child is in an environment that encourages learning from the start. A simple day care setting provides “care”, but does not always provide an education. The psychology and learning style of a child may not even be taken into consideration in a traditional day care.

Instead, consider enrolling your child in a Montessori environment.

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Teaching Children Second Languages

Posted by Edith On June 13th

No one but a child can learn to perfection as many languages as he/ she hears spoken about him. ~Dr. Maria Montessori

Preschool student learns Spanish

A student at our child care center in Chula Vista, CA learns to count in Spanish

From birth to around the age of six, a child is in what Dr. Montessori called the “sensitive period for languages.” This means, that during this time in their life, a child can learn a second language with no effort and no accent.

In our increasingly global world, most parents realize that it is a great benefit for their children to be fluent in multiple languages. Take advantage of the fact that your young child is at the prime learning stage for comprehending and retaining the ability to speak a second language.

At the ages of two and three, your child is increasing his or her vocabulary. However, they’re also starting to…

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Exercise Activities for Preschoolers

Posted by Edith On May 13th

If it’s there’s one thing that we know how to do well at our Montessori school, it’s keeping children occupied!

Exercise Activities for preschoolers

Then again, we are well equipped to keep our preschoolers occupied both physically and mentally and we realize that not everyone has access to a playground like ours. But keeping your young children fit is not only important for their health, but also for your sanity. :)

Child obesity numbers have continued to climb over the years. With today’s technology, children have even more options of sedentary activities. Because of this, incorporating exercise into your child’s daily routine is more important than ever.

Plus, any parent with a small child knows this equation:

Small child + lots of exercise → Nap time = alone time/rest for mommy or daddy.

Exercise with your children

To get your child excited about exercise, start by being a good role model. Show them that physical activity can be fun, rather than a chore, and remind them that it that it is an important time to take care of their body and health.

Come up with activities you can enjoy as a family, and incorporate these activities into your routine at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Remember, adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, however children need at least an hour. So, make sure you’re also encouraging your child to have independent active play time or time playing outdoors with friends as well.

10 exercise activities for preschoolers

Here are 10 ideas that we came up with for you to use with your young children so that they stay healthy and you stay sane.

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