A Montessori Education
My daughter attended our local Montessori school for 3 years. I could not recommend this from of education strongly enough. Before she attended I really didn’t think it would be as amazing as it has turned out to be. The children who attend Montessori are extremely well behaved, respectful, and are very conscious of solving conflicts peacefully. They grow to be so independent and really learn so much more than you’d ever expect preschool children to know.I began this lens during the 100th Anniversary of Montessori Education. I made it to briefly explain what goes on in a Montessori classroom.
What Montessori is all about
Maria Montessori founded the first "Casa dei Bambini" in 1907. Her goal, and what is still to this day the goal of a Montessori Education, is to encourage independence, love of learning and a positive sense of self . This is obtained through five areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Cultural. In the traditional three-year program of 3-6 year olds, the child is exposed to areas that enhance independence through concentration, order, and creativity. The child has the opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally to his or her full potential.
Practical Life activities are designed to develop coordination and independence. Through repeated use of materials such as spooning, pouring, twisting, squeezing, fastening, and sewing a child works towards the mastery of skills needed for everyday life that includes the physical skills needed for writing. Materials also develop care of the environment, care of people, grace and courtesy.
The world is color, dimension, shape, form, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Children live in the world of the senses. In order to continue their creative task of development, children need to classify and express the impressions they have received. Through sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell the sensorial Montessori materials enable the child to clarify and comprehend the world.
Children work on fine motor abilities while developing skills from basic sorting to predicting logical patterns.
Preschool-aged children have naturally mathematical minds. They have the capacity to reason, to calculate and to estimate. They are intensely conscious of quantity, counting pebbles on the beach or cookies for desert. The concrete Montessori mathematical materials allow these sensorial explorers to begin their mathematical journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and invention.
Teaches number recognition, counting, and the concept of quantity.
The Montessori primary classroom emphasizes spoken language as the foundation for all linguistic expression. By using language in the classroom through listening, storytelling, reading, and dramatic play a child develops a love of literature and good communication skills. Dr. Montessori saw the road to reading as a dual path that involved the education of the hand and the education of the mind.
The cultural studies curriculum includes botany, zoology, geography, history, music and art. Through exploring history and natural world the children begin to have an understanding and appreciation of the physical and cultural nature of the Earth and its diverse populations.
A Few Short Songs
Sung In the Morning
Good morning dear earth,
Good morning dear sun,
Good morning to the animals,
And to the flowers everyone
Good morning to the busy bees
And the birds in the trees,
Good morning to you,
And good morning to me.
Sung Before Snack
Earth that gave us all this food
Sun that made it ripe and good
Dearest earth, and rain and sun:
We'll not forget what you have done
Sung at the End of the Day
Good bye, so long, farewell my friends.
Good bye, so long, farewell.
I'll see you soon again my friends
So goodbye, so long, farewell.
More Montessori Materials
Can be used on the floor or tabletop. Holds up to 5 lbs of sand.
Giant tumble down ball maze with 6 brightly colored soft balls.
Stack, nest and arrange in sequence in 6 different ways.
I'd Love to Know
Which of these best describes you?
Books about Montessori
- Montessori the International Montessori Index
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 maintain the integrity of her life's work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.
- American Montessori Society
For those in the United States to find schools in your area.
This website answers the questions that parents and educators ask about the Montessori approach.