A Love for Learning, What a gift!
Maria Montessori doesn’t just have a birthday, she gives us all a gift. With each passing year the method becomes a way of life for more families, and further impacts our world. The North American Montessori Teachers Association has reported, as of 2015, an estimate of about 4,500 Montessori schools in the U.S. and about 20,000 worldwide practicing the Montessori method. We have been equiped with an educational method that will offer our children the development opportunity to enter the world as engaged, competent, respectful, and responsible people.
Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Montessori allows for each child to learn as quickly or as slowly as they need to. They may return to a particular study in order to master it or grow from it further. Children work independently with the assistance and guidance of the teacher. As students choose a work project from the materials, others may be sitting nearby, also working independently. At any given time in a day, children are working on various subjects such as math, reading, science, language, history, art, etc. Mastering a work builds the child’s self-esteem, giving confidence that he or she can achieve the next larger, deeper work. A multi-age class allows younger students to learn from the experience of the older ones. Children learn from other children as well as by lessons, offered individualy and to groups, by the teacher. Typical age spans of three years helps a child to feel secure in the fact that the room, many of the students, and often times the teachers, will be the same. Concentration can therefore be placed on the amazing work developed by Montessori.
Our children are encouraged by her method to develop a love of learning for its own sake… A gift to parents, a gift to educators, a gift to themselves, a gift to the world!
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”