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The Montessori Education Approach


Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person.  She must do it herself or it will never be done.  A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years she spends in the classroom because she is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge.  Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate her own natural desire to learn.

In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways:  first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by her own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping her to perfect all her natural tools for learning, so that her ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations.  The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.

Parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a babysitting service nor a play school that prepares a child for traditional kindergarten.  Rather, it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage o a child’s sensitive years between three and six, when she can absorb information from an enriched environment.  A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the advantage of beginning her education without drudgery, boredom, or discouragment.  By pursuing her individual interests in a Montessori classroom, she gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to her becoming a truly educated person.

Montessori vs. Traditional Learning

MontessoriTraditional
Emphasis on cognitive structure & social developmentEmphasis on rote knowledge & social development
Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom activity; child is an active participant in learning.Teacher has dominant role in classroom activity; child is a passive participant in learning.
Environment & method encourage internal self=discipline.Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline.
Instruction, both individual and group, adapts to each student's learning style.Instruction, both individual and group, conforms to the adult's teaching style.
Mixed age grouping.Same age grouping.
Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other.Most teaching is done by teacher and collaboration is discouraged.
Child chooses own work from interests and abilities.Curriculum structured for child with little regard for child's interests.
Child formulates own concepts from self-teaching materials.Child is guided to concepts by teacher.
Child works as long as s/he wishes on chosen project.Child generally given specific time limit for work.
Child sets own learning pace to internalize information.Instruction pace usually set by group norm or teacher.
Child spots errors through feedback from the material. If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher.Instruction pace usually set by group norm or teacher.
Learning is reinforced internally through the child's own repetition of an activity and internal feelings of success.Learning is reinforced externally by rote repetition and rewards/discouragements.
Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration.Fewer materials for sensory development and concrete manipulation.
Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)Less emphasis on self-care instruction and classroom maintenance.
Child can work where s/he is comfortable, moves around and talks at will (yet does not disturb the work of others); group work is voluntary and negotiable.Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to sit still and listen during group sessions.
Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and participate in the learning process.Voluntary parent involvement, often only as fundraisers, not participants in understanding the learning process.

 

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248-348-3033

23835 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48375-3243
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