Authentic Montessori preschool classrooms take a different approach to learning. Because it is based on freedom of movement and allowing children to work at their own pace, some critics have asked whether it is an effective form of education. Where early education is concerned, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
For Montessori preschool students, the freedom of movement and hands-on activities provide crucial development of fine motor skills and much more. Montessori addresses the growth of the whole child including learning to interact with others, personal responsibility, and a sense of personal value.
Letting Children Learn
Maria Montessori recognized that children have a natural interest in learning, and the Montessori Method includes providing children with ample opportunities to explore different concepts with simple games and materials. Because it is oriented around hands-on activities, even household tasks like getting dressed or helping pack a lunch follow the general principle of Montessori education.
Experience Over Memorization
Traditional classrooms attempt to teach through repeatedly exposing children to the same information until it is memorized. In Montessori, children learn academic subjects like reading and math as they engage with play-based learning tools. Montessori preschools spend time outside as well, giving children a first-hand experience with nature and how all things work together.
We value social interaction in the Montessori preschool classroom. Children learn positive ways to address their emotions and interact peacefully with their peers. They learn grace and courtesy, fundamental factors in Montessori education, and practice life skills they will carry with them from preschool throughout life. Children are guided to finding the correct solutions rather than given ultimatums that must be followed blindly.
Parents of Montessori preschool students speak positively about their experiences. They comment on the improvements they’ve seen and communicate questions or concerns. Because Montessori addresses the whole child, it must also include the immediate family through everyday routines and setting up a prepared environment at home.