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Kindergarten vs Montesorri - The best method for inclusion
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a type of environment and teaching method in which children with disabilities and other differences are taught with non-special needs students. It's named after Dr. Maria Montessori, who taught the importance of respecting individual differences and emphasizing social interaction and all aspects of education, not just academia.
The International Montessori Index describes the method as such: "Montessori is not a system for training children in academic studies; nor is it a label to be put on educational materials. It is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is respected individual choice of research and work, and uninterrupted concentration rather than group lessons led by an adult. Group lessons are seldom found in a Montessori classroom, but learning abounds."
Today, there are Montessori teacher training centers and schools worldwide, including Montessori parenting classes, "Nidos" ("nests" for infants), infant communities, "children's houses" (for age 3-6), and classes for children up to age eighteen in public and private schools. There are also gifted and talented programs as well as those for children with various developmental disabilities. The Montessori method can also be used at home.
The Montessori method has been valid for years because observation and meeting individual needs is always an important part of teaching. "When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create," the Index website said. "They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment."
Children learn from each other, but it's almost as if the regular students learn the most from those with disabilities. They learn patience, tolerance, understanding, expression, restraint, maturity, moderation, love and more! These are so valuable to students for the rest of their lives, and parents realize this.
Montessori: Planting the Seeds of Learning
- MONTESSORI, International Montessori Index of schools, teachers, materials, method,teacher training,
The Official International Montessori Site with links to schools, organizations, teacher training centers, conferences,Montessori teaching materials, and other Montessorisites
- Association Montessori Internationale
The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr Maria Montessori to champion the cause of all children. AMI is the world's leading authority on Montessori education.
Is Montessori right for my child?
You can't just assume Montessori is best for your child. First of all, there are certain features a good Montessori school should have:
- Montessori certified and trained teachers and/or even administrators and principals.
- Tested and proved Montessori materials and an organized Montessori environment
- Happy children
Make sure to look at the different kinds of Montessori schools in existence. Certain ones cater to differing needs, age groups, regions and more.
There are several ways to look for a good Montessori school. You can look through the lists from the actual Montessori site and narrow down some choices. You need to do some research on any schools you may choose. Finally, you can even create your own Montessori school to your liking.