Montessori enrollments are on the rise and it is no wonder. Often described as magic in the classroom, Montessori taps into the way children learn best. Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and innovator, created a child-centered educational approach based on nurturing and cultivating a child’s natural desire to learn.
Children learn in an environment that is safe and fosters growth and exploration. Children who participate are engaged and relaxed learners. They are excited to start the day. So, how does the magic work?
Child Directed Work
Children who attend Montessori schools, participate in a program that is self-directed. Children explore their environments and chose their path for each day. The way the Montessori Classrooms are designed, support this idea. They are designed to support children’s freedom of movement and spark their curiosity with organized and calm uncluttered work areas.
Montessori Teachers go through rigorous training, specifically in the age level they are looking to teach. This training is something that sets Montessori teachers apart. They are trained to provide a nurturing environment so that children can grow and discover their world and how they fit into it. This includes specific training on not only the Montessori philosophy but also the appropriate use of the Montessori materials in the classroom. Often in a Montessori setting you will find lead teachers, assistants and specialty teachers.
The Multi – Age Classroom
A Montessori classroom is a mixed age classroom. This ensures that younger children can learn and grow from older children. The younger children share experiences with older children which in in turn creates a leadership experience for the older child. In this environment, cooperation grows.
Uninterrupted Work Period
The uninterrupted work period is an extended time where children can choose the work or lesson they will be working on. During this time children are supported by the teacher assisting only when needed to foster independence and individual concentration. The time varies for individual age groups and is usually in the 2 – 3-hour range. These work periods are often called cycles.
Looking for more information on how to get your child started?
Richmond Montessori School is having an “Intro to Montessori” event and would love for you to attend. The event is taking place on July 17, July 23, & Aug 7 from 9a-11a.
With a focus on individual development, all aspects of the child are taken into consideration – academically, emotionally, socially and morally – allowing the whole personality to take shape, not just the intellect. Richmond Montessori School strives to create not only good students, but good people too.