Children sitting on the floor, bent on knees, tussling with their toy screws, or feeding their dolls, each and every child focused on executing the self chosen task. The moods are serious but relaxed and room is silent. “The work time is ending”, says the lady in the room. “It’s time for lunch now!” This is the inside glimpse of a Montessori world.
Montessori education system centers on children’s while encouraging them to learn on their own at their own pace. Yet silence reigns inside the Montessori school, but that designed silence is an indication of relaxed and calm moods. For Montessori education child play is work and this independent act by children is respected. The emphasis here is to allow the children to be independent and learn from their own analysis and mistakes.
Montessori system allows children’s to learn and figure out how to do things on their own rather than depending on parents or teachers. While teachers model behavior in Montessori teaches children to show care and respect and accept new challenges. They also enable children to learn organization, good habits, and strategizing.
Physical activity in Montessori school is another strongly focused aspect. Montessori curriculum also links physical activity innately with multi sensory. Montessori education started as a system with radical ideas and today, Montessori system as Red Apple has grown to be among the most populated and popular forms of early childhood education.
Montessori education is primarily for younger kids, the preschoolers, however there are even some Montessori based elementary schools as well now, and very rare but you might as well find Montessori middle and high school. Today, we want you to walk through the Montessori classroom and feel the warmth of this education system for your kids while you read these features:
Relaxed and Calm Smiles and Focus– You will never find chaos in Montessori classroom, neither is there cacophony. Quietness and calmness is the only rule that prevails here.
Clean and Tidy– Montessori classroom is clean, simple, and uncluttered. The furnishing is simple with stacked bins of learning things and everything is perfectly arranged in its own place.
The Learning Material- Montessori has an own and specific learning material stocked in classes for promoting self directed learning while at the same time stimulates senses and motor skills of children. These materials are usually made of wood, enameled metal, or fabric and children love sorting them, stacking them, and manipulating them. Montessori education also focuses on teaching children how to button and un-button shirts and pulling up pants.
Independence– Montessori centers on child independence. Children’s are although taught on working in groups but they are also taught to work on their own as well. This develops the sense of responsibility so they can take care of their own belongings.
Different Ages– Montessori class becomes opened to children ranging in 3 years age. They are aimed on creating a flexible and non-competitive peer learning environment. Most of the Montessori schools are based on primary program only, elementary and upper elementary programs are less common to find.
Larger Class Rooms- Montessori classrooms are often larger than regular classrooms which allow children to not only roam in them but also find their favorite activity.
There Are No Grades, Rewards, or Even Punishments- Most of the parents worry for the less or no homework and grade report cards, but a study found that Montessori children have better social and creative skills, and are even better at math with better reading skills then traditional school teachings.
Long Periods- For children ranging in 3 years of age there are uninterrupted activity periods of varying duration from 1 to three hours.