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How Montessori Schools Teach Community Living

Posted by Edith On July 17th

In Montessori schools, we believe that a strong community is at the heart of a productive learning process. Our community is made up of students, teachers, and parents, and we aim for this network to be as warm and supportive as possible.

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

How is our community different from traditional classrooms? Because we offer a multi-age-level approach to learning, students remain with a single teacher for three years. This allows strong bonds to form between the teacher and child, and between the teacher and the child’s parents. The teacher is able to understand and appreciate a child’s learning patterns and interests.

Just as importantly, children come to know the other members of their class on a deep and personal basis. This forms tight bonds and helps foster a sense of collaboration that is at the heart of the Montessori experience. These relationships between students encourage group work and learning, problem solving and sharing. We emphasize respect within this community — children are discouraged from raising their voices or using hurtful behavior. We like considerate, courteous manners and a willingness to help.

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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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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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Yet Another Free Montessori eBook

Posted by Edith On August 26th
Free Montessori eBook

Click photo to download a free copy

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

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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