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29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori Schools

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29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori Schools

29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori Schools

Montessori is a system of education that is different from other educational systems because it allow children to learn at their own pace without force or coercion. Below are the facts every parents should know:

29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori Schools

  1. Montessori system of education is an innovation of Dr.Maria Montessori
  2. Maria Montessori was born and raised in Italy (1870-1952)
  3. Maria Montessori graduated from University of Rome in 1896. Her speciality was pediatric medicine.
  4. While Dr. Montessori was working towards her degree, she had studied and worked with mentally disabled children. She got her chance to put her experience, observations and theories into practice when she was invited to open a school for the children of working class families in a low income housing project in Rome in 1907. 29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori Schools
  5. Montessori developed the teaching materials we now recognize as Montessori to support reading, writing and mathematics. She codified her approach in The Method of Scientific Pedagogy Applied to the Education of Children in the Children’s Houses.
  6. There are 20,000 Montessori schools word wide. 29 Facts You Must Know About Montessori
  7. Montessori is one of the fastest growing forms of education for young children in the world
  8. In a Montessori classroom, children of different ages are mixed together.
  9. The Montessori method holds that the most important years of education for children are between 0 – 6 years because intelligence is formed within the first 6 years
  10. Most of a child’s day at a Montessori school is spent in self chosen work
  11. There are no grades or comparison to other children in a Montessori program. Each child advances at his or her own pace through the curriculum. 29 Facts You Need To Know About Montessori Schools
  12. Montessori techniques can be used successfully with all children, whether they are gifted, have learning disabilities or other special needs. montessori 2
  13. “In the Montessori classroom, learning materials are arranged invitingly on low, open shelves. Children may choose whatever materials they would like to use and may work for as long as the material holds their interest. When they are finished with each material, they return it to the shelf from which it came.” North American Montessori Teachers’ Association
  14. Montessori classrooms are equipped with low sinks, chairs and tables, and perhaps even a child sized couch.
  15. Materials in a Montessori classroom are kept on open shelves that are easily accessible to children.
  16. Natural light and beautiful furnishings are important. You may see “homey” items such as rugs, lamps, framed artwork and plants throughout the room which adds to its beauty.
  17. There are large open spaces where children can spread out to do their work as well as places for large groups and independent work. 29 Facts You Need To Know About Montessori Schools
  18. Montessori classrooms also have quiet places where children can read or think.
  19. A Montessori environment allows the children to make independent choices and work at their own pace.
  20. Classrooms are decorated with artwork created by the children.
  21. There is an emphasis on learning through all five senses rather than the traditional listening, watching and reading.
  22. There is a focus on learning that leads to concentration, self-discipline and a love of learning in Montessori programs.
  23. Teachers work with children on the floor or at tables rather than at the front of the classroom.
  24. The teacher’s role is to observe and guide children’s learning rather than instruct. “The teacher is a quiet observer only interfering if she/he sees that a child may need assistance,” states Wallace. “The teacher’s responsibility is to create the environment that entices and enhances the development of each child. The child then acts on this prepared environment at their particular stage of development.”
  25. Teachers keep notes and records on each child’s progress and introduce lessons according to the needs of the children in the class
  26. Montessori classrooms are typically multi-aged. The age span will usually be 3 years.
  27. Older children help the younger children master skills.
  28. Often the teacher and children stay together as a group from year to year, especially in programs that continue into elementary or even secondary grades.
  29. Children in a Montessori classroom are part of a caring community. They are trained to be kind to one another and help each other.

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