This is the ninth of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms, a free Montessori guide that can be downloaded from our website.
The Montessori curriculum emphasizes our belief that children gain knowledge instinctively through active learning. Our educational approach is hands-on, experiential, and investigative. Children don’t wait passively to be taught. Instead, they seek out their own lessons and follow their own passions.
We don’t practice information drills or rote memorization. Children are free to choose the specialized materials they would like to work with and lessons are constructed to appeal to a child’s unique abilities and enthusiasms with a special emphasis on puzzles and problem-solving.
We believe that a child who is fully engaged learns effortlessly. This is why Montessori classrooms offer a wide variety of activities and materials — there are many ways of learning and information sharing. Our approach emphasizes immersion learning, independent investigation, and multi-sensory instruction.
Moreover, we believe in embodied education, the philosophy that movement and learning are tied together. Our students are free to move through the classroom as they see fit. If they want a drink of water, they help themselves. If they would like to share something they’ve learned with a friend, they’re encouraged to go to that friend.
Traditional classrooms often emphasize disembodied education — seated, book learning. We believe that an ability to move about the classroom encourages the deep concentration that is at the core of the Montessori philosophy.
Would you like to immerse your child in a classroom where they gain knowledge instinctively through active learning? Are you in the South Bay area? Email us for a free tour of our preschool & kindergarten.