The Benefits of the Montessori Approach to Education

July 07, 2018

In 1907 Dr. Maria Montessori opened her first school that over 100 years later is the model for Montessori schools worldwide. Montessori schools are a setting where students participate in curriculum that is based on studies of how children naturally learn. Montessori schools are characterized by calm, orderly and focused education led by the students themselves, in partnership with specially trained teachers. The Montessori way is quite different from traditional public school education and there are many benefits to this unique approach to childhood development:

  • A Nurturing Environment. Montessori classrooms are open, inviting and beautiful. Classes have a variety of age groups, allowing for a family-like feel and opportunities for learning and teaching between peers. Specific and carefully arranged materials are used that encourage interaction and are scientifically designed to be self-correcting learning experiences.
  • Application to Practical Life. Along with learning to multiply, students learn to mop a floor, dress themselves or chop vegetables. Time spend on practical education results in independence and purpose in developing adolescence as they learn self-care and responsibility.
  • Child-Centered Curriculum. The Montessori method of teaching and learning is highly personalized. Students are encouraged to learn independently and in small groups, moving from one activity to another when they choose to. Children can spend time studying their personal interests, not just content that is deemed age-level in traditional education settings. This emphasis on self-direction encourages students to become active participants in their own education.
  • Process Before Results. Assessments and reflections in Montessori classrooms are generally student-led. The learning process encourages creativity and development of the whole child. Students in traditional schools spend a significant amount of time being transitioned and managed, while a core component of Montessori education is uninterrupted work time. Although the learning process is the emphasis in Montessori education, student outcomes are generally equal to or better than those of other learning models.

A Montessori education is a good fit for students who thrive in communities and with order. The emphasis on whole-child development results in students who are capable, self-confident and eager to learn.

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