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Montessori programs use special materials that are uniquely designed to encourage the learning process.

We don’t rely on texts or workbooks, but instead employ a range of beautiful, hands-on tools that foster a deep sense of concentration and a curiosity about the world. Many of the materials found in Montessori classrooms seek to teach lessons especially important for young learners, like how to tie a bow or fasten buttons.

Our learning materials are made from a variety of elements, like polished wood or enameled metal, and we like to use items from the natural world in our classrooms such as sea shells and butterflies. These tools have a variety of unique textures and can be used for exploratory activities like sorting.

Our materials appeal to all the senses and encourage children to use their abilities to look, taste, touch, smell, and listen.

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

Montessori classrooms are intended to be exciting and fascinating places where children love to learn. We use natural lighting and soft colors, keep our spaces uncluttered, and arrange materials on open shelves so that children can access them easily. We believe that a harmonious, ordered, and calm classroom encourages learning.

Because we place such an emphasis on personal choice, Montessori classrooms are divided into different sections for various activities. There are quiet corners for solo learning projects and larger areas where students can work together in groups. A child might choose to sit for a time in the space devoted to peace and reflection or curl up in the classroom’s library on a soft floor cushion. He or she might investigate the Language Arts or Math areas for a lesson on vocabulary words or counting.

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Montessori Schools Encourage Social Classrooms

Posted by Edith On March 17th

The Montessori approach believes that children learn best in a social environment.

Montessori classroom meets outside to hatch butterflies

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

We think that a comfortable classroom filled with developmentally appropriate materials open to exploration is the best way to encourage each child’s unique development. Children are born with individual personalities and these personalities develop and grow as they interact with others, especially other children.

In the Montessori classroom, young learners spend much of their day socializing with other students. This helps them grow both their interpersonal skills and independence.

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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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