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 did not have an opportunity to attend an authentic Montessori school 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 six 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 their own unique timetable for development and will learn different parts of the curriculum when they are ready. We teach to the individual needs of your child, not to the entire class.
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 unique observations of them.
Your child will be a member of the same classroom community for three years, which affords the teacher the opportunity to know them deeply, and tailor their education specifically to them. Your child will feel seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are.
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)
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize-winning novelist), Anthony Doerr (author, Pulitzer Prize recipient)
- Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (rapper, actor, record producer, and record executive), Beyoncé Knowles (singer, songwriter), Taylor Swift (GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter), Joshua Bell (Grammy Award-winning violinist, conductor)
- Anne Frank (diarist)
- Julia Child (chef, author, TV personality)
- Steven Curry (NBA MVP), Seth Curry (NBA)
- Will Wright (video-game designer, SimCity and Spore)
- George Clooney (actor, producer), John Cusack (actor, producer and screenwriter), Joan Cusak (actor), Dakota Fanning (actor), Melissa Gilbert (actor, television director, producer, politician, and former president of the Screen Actors Guild), Helen Hunt (Emmy Award-winning actor, director), Anne Hathaway (actor), Morgan Saylor (actor)