Perhaps you have a friend with a child in a Montessori program. Maybe you have heard about Montessori at a local playgroup. Or maybe you just stumbled across it online.
It all sounds great in theory, doesn’t it? An environment that fosters a deep love for learning; teachers trained to meet the needs of each individual child; a classroom community that provides an opportunity for all children to develop independence.
But, in the back of your head, a nagging question remains: “Will Montessori really work for my child?”
You Are Not Alone
It’s a common question that most parents ask when researching Montessori education.
The reality is that most of us never had an opportunity to attend an authentic Montessori when we were young. Many of the experiences in a Montessori classroom are the complete opposite our own experiences in school. So, it’s completely understandable to question the efficacy of something so new for your own child!
There are an infinite number of reasons why Montessori will work for your child. But, let’s talk about 6 significant reasons why your child will thrive in a quality Montessori program:
1. Your Child Will Learn by Doing
Your child will be exposed to hundreds of materials that are specifically designed to support his natural stages of development and invite him with hands-on exploration. His individual interests will drive what he chooses to explore creating deep engagement, a love of learning, and strong neural pathways that contribute to the construction of a strong brain.
2. Your Child Will Learn From and Teach Others
Have you ever heard the expression “The best way to learn something is to teach it?” This happens every day in our Montessori classrooms. Children are grouped in three-year age spans, providing ample opportunity for mentorship, cooperation, and confidence building.
Younger children observe older children working with “Bead Bar Multiplication” or writing a story. They look up to and admire these older children who are doing all these incredible things: they want to emulate them and are motivated to learn to be just like them.
3. The Curriculum Adapts to Your Child
Most conventional early childhood programs assume that all children, born within a year of each other, are capable of learning and doing the same thing at the same time. As we all know, that simply isn’t true! When we teach to the whole class, rather than the individual child, many bright children are bored, and others, who need more time to learn, are left behind.
We recognize that your child has his own unique timetable for development and will learn different parts of the curriculum when he is ready. We teach to the individual needs of your child, not to the entire class or to a group of children.
4. Beautiful Classrooms Inspire Your Child to Learn
Our Montessori classrooms are beautiful and inviting. Materials are laid out on open shelves and call out to your child “Come touch me! Come explore!” Everything in the environment is carefully and specifically selected to support your child’s developing independence and help him gain confidence in himself and his abilities.
5. The Teacher Really Knows Your Child
“Follow the child” is the mantra uttered by all well-trained Montessori teachers. They are trained to observe and to support each individual child. They take the time to get to know your child’s strengths, challenges and interests. They plan lessons for your child based on their observations of him.
Your child will be a member of the same classroom community for three years, which affords the teacher the opportunity to know him deeply, and tailor his education specifically for him. He will feel seen, heard, and appreciated for who he is.
6. Your Child Will Be in Good Company
Many of the most successful and creative people in our modern society are former Montessori students.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin (cofounders of Google)
Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon)
Katherine Graham (Ex-owner of The Washington Post)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
Prince William and Prince Harry
Berry Brazelton (pediatrician and author)
William Wright (creator of “The Sims”)
Peter Drucker (business guru and lecturer)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize-winning novelist)