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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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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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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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Montessori philosophy believes that choosing toys in a Montessori home should challenge a child’s interest and imagination, without being too difficult or too easy.

If your child destroys a toy, it is often because the toy is either too simple, too difficult, or is in a deteriorated condition. Toys should inspire a sense of joy, wonder or fulfillment as a child plays with them. (Of course, first and foremost, toys should be safe!)

Types of toys

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