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What Is A Montessori School?

Updated on March 29, 2014

Montessori Promotes Learning

Students at Lake Hills Montessori School in Austin, Texas
Students at Lake Hills Montessori School in Austin, Texas | Source

The Montessori Approach

In 1907, Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor and teacher, created the first classroom and named it "Case die Bambini" or "Children's House". One of the pivotal teaching styles, incorporated into this classroom was a large focus on being independent, respect for the child's mental, physical and social development, as well as basic freedom, within limits.

Sandra Karnstadt, Director at Lake Hills Montessori School, was recently quoted as saying that by following the "will of the children" and not the "will of the teacher", the children are encouraged to learn when their mind is "open and receptive".

An Introduction To Lake Hills Montessori School

Montessori Can Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential

Scientific research and studies were utilized in the creation of the Montessori approach to teaching. The focus is based on the all of the major aspects of a child's development - cognitive, social, emotional and physical.

This approach subscribes to the philosophy that the child has an innate eagerness and thirst for knowledge. Once an adult provides a structured learning environment, the children can engage and begin the learning process. Certified and trained teachers and support staff provide a nurturing environment that fosters a child's development and growth.

Creative Learning At Montessori

Children learning about gardening at the Bee Cave Montessori school in Austin, Texas
Children learning about gardening at the Bee Cave Montessori school in Austin, Texas | Source

Basic Facts About Montessori

There are Montossori schools available all over the United States. Below are the basic cliff notes on what these programs have to offer :

  • Mixed age classrooms - Ages 3 to 6 being the most widely used.
  • A set of activity options chosen by the students.
  • 3 hour blocks of uninterrupted work time.
  • A discovery model (aka "Constructivist) that allows students to learn concepts by working with materials instead of direct instructions from the teacher.
  • Unique set of specialized learning materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators.
  • There is free movement allowed within the classroom.
  • An officially trained and licensed Montessori instructor.

America's Brightest Began Their Journey With Montessori

An interesting side note is that many of America's most creative thinkers began their learning expedition in the Montessori School curriculum. Larry Page (Google), Sergey Brin (Google) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) are just a few.

A staggering fact that reinforces the success rate of the Montessori approach lies in a recent look at the Gifted and Talented Program at Lake Travis Independent School District. At one of the elementary school's within the district, 14 out of 15 students enrolled in the program were students at Lake Hills Montessori.

Montessori Activities At Home

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child
Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child

This is a great book of activities that you can do at home with your child, outside of normal class. Learning is a never-ending process that can be fun and rewarding for both of you.


What Is Montessori?

Tulsa Montessori students at work, learning.
Tulsa Montessori students at work, learning. | Source

Montessori Sign Ups Are Still Available

In a Montessori classroom, learning materials will typically include fun activities that engage the student in practical skills, as well as development of their senses, math skills, language, music, art and other subjects that offer a perfect foundation for educational growth and learning.

The perfect time to get your foot in the door at Lake Hills Montessori would be now, as the fall semester is just beginning (August 26). Call to schedule a tour of the campus and see the students and staff doing what they do best - learning through exploration. The best time to set a solid foundation for your child's future is now!

The Great Kapok Tree

Montessori Has A Proven Track Record

As education rates continue to decline in the United States, one can look to the Montessori system, as a bright spot. Homeschooling is a popular trend that continues to see parents take the initiative to teach their children. If having your child attend a Montessori Academy is not a realistic probability and you have opted to teach-at-home, I strongly recommend exploring some of the Montessori techniques. There are many different books, toys, games and learning materials available to help your child achieve amazing success.

The traditional education system has been broken for several years. America continues to fall behind other nations and while the Montessori academic approach is not for everyone, the success rate continues to speak for itself. It's widely known that ages 3 to 6 are pivotal years in a child's learning.

If you are curious about Montessori and have a few minutes, take a look at the video (top) that talks about some of the curriculum and teaching exercises that are utilized at the Montessori schools. I've never really given much thought to teaching technique, but I found the exercises to be unique and brilliant towards educating young minds. Who knows? You might even be able to implement a few of these into your home routine?

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