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Montessori Encourages Love for the Natural World

Posted by Edith On August 17th

The Montessori curriculum believes that an early and profound love for the natural world is an important part of a child’s personal development.

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

Dr. Montessori believed that nature possesses beauty, order, and harmony — all wonderful qualities for children to explore. Montessori students learn both from nature and in nature using lessons that not only contribute to an appreciation for the environment but also help develop a child’s motor skills and foster creativity.

A significant number of the learning materials in Montessori classrooms focus on the natural sciences and encourage environmental exploration, and many of our classroom activities are performed outdoors where students can interact with the native ecology of their community.

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Instinctive and Active Learning

Posted by Edith On June 17th

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.

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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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