“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”– Maria Montessori
Montessori is a method of education started by Italian physician Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. Today, Montessori schools are found throughout the world and may go through high-school level. Still, Montessori preschools are more common than Montessori schools for the upper levels. Montessori principles can easily be used at home as well as in schools.
But, to only define Montessori as a method of education doesn’t do it justice. The Montessori Method was developed through observation of the child, with the individualized needs of each child as a primary focus.
Montessori education is devoted to helping each child achieve his or her potential and develop a lifelong love of learning. An attractive and orderly prepared environment, unique learning materials, and special way of viewing and teaching the child are essential parts of Montessori education.
The teacher in a Montessori class acts as a source of guidance and gentle direction. Whether the child is ready to learn how to tie shoes, how to differentiate shades of color, how to read, or how to understand the decimal system, the child determines the major educational direction. While the children develop inner direction and discipline, the teacher provides freedom within limits.
Although acceleration of learning may occur with Montessori education, it’s a by-product rather than the goal. The goal is to provide carefully prepared conditions which foster love of learning, independence, self-discipline, and a joyous response to life. The manner in which subjects are taught is one which simply meets the child’s need for knowledge and self-development.
As Maria Montessori said:” . . . the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be.”
At The Basilica of Saint Mary Montessori Academy, our first priority is to provide a safe, loving and caring environment for our children that natures their development. In the words of Maria Montessori, “…The adult must recognize that he and she must take second place, endeavor all they can to understand the child, and to support and help him in the development of his life. This should be the aim of mother, father, teacher…”, we strive to ensure that the children are at the center of everything we do. With the best Montessori curriculum, our program gives you peace of mind that your child’s education, self-discipline and positive self-image are cultivated for success.
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Important things Teachers wish Parents Knew
1. Respect the work of your child.
Children are involved in the huge task of trying to build an adult to live in a world that we cannot begin to imagine.
2. Be a help to life.
When we assist children by creating a place where children can grow to be unique individuals, we not only help that particular child but we help all life on our planet.
3. Any unnecessary help is a hindrance.
Use it or lose it. When we do for our children anything they can do for themselves we slow down their progress towards building strong independent people.
4. You don’t have to react to popular culture.
Step back and think about what your child really needs. Does the pop world of toys, movies and teen celebrities support the developmental needs or personality of your child and your family? For example, are cartoons the best way to spend Saturdaymorning? Is a certain video game important to your family’s long-term goals?
5. Parents need to be the adult in the relationship.
Parenting is not about being your child’s best buddy. It’s about leadership and guiding your child to adulthood.
6. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries.
Sometimes we have to be the bad guy by calling our children back to a safe path. Setting firm expectations for behavior helps our children learn to be responsible and understand the relationship between freedom and responsibility.
7. Have children take responsibility.
Our children are much more capable than we give them credit. Give your children responsibility and the freedom to make mistakes within the boundaries that you’ve set.
8. Let kids be kids.
On the other hand, children aren’t little adults. Their needs are much different. Understand developmentally what your child needs, and let your children be kids, not miniature grown-ups.
9. Understand sleep and nutrition for children.
Children need more than eight hours of sleep per night, more in the range of 10 to 14 hours. Children’s diets require complex carbohydrates versus simple sugars. Invest some time to understand dietary and sleep needs of children and how they differ from adults.
10. Children need quiet and transition times.
Modern day children seem to have their days, weeks, months and years programmed from getting up to bedtime. “Do nothing” time and adequate time to move from one activity to another helps make for a happier healthier child
11. Give your child your quality time. And lots of it.
Children require one-on-one adult time to thrive and survive. Today our children have to compete with cell phones, computers, jobs, etc. for parent attention. Block off time each day to focus only on your child’s and your relationship. Amazingly ten minutes of focused time per day can make a huge difference in both your lives.