Education for Life
History of Our Curriculum
Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the first female doctors in Italy. Although misunderstood by her contemporaries and some today, she was a pioneer in her thoughts and actions toward children. She did not work with the elite, as many people think, but the disadvantaged, the mentally and physically challenged, and the poor. She brought her theories of sensorial learning to life and began to give children tools that would expedite and facilitate their love for learning. She was the first to create child-sized everything; instead of mini-adults, she respected children as children. She frequently used the phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place” as she recognized the child’s need for organization.
Eight Reasons to Choose a Montessori Education
1. Academic Achievement
Studies suggest that Montessori students perform well academically. The emphasis on hands-on learning and individualized instruction contribute to strong academic foundations.
2. Independence and Self-Regulation
Montessori education places a significant focus on developing independence and self-regulation in students. Montessori students often demonstrate a remarkable ability to manage their time, make decisions, and engage in tasks independently.
3. Love for Learning
Montessori education instills a lifelong love for learning. The child-centered approach, hands-on materials, and emphasis on exploration contribute to a joyful, curiosity-driven approach to learning.
4. Creativity and Critical Thinking
The Montessori method encourages creativity and critical thinking by allowing children to explore concepts in a hands-on and open-ended manner. Children learn to think outside the box, adapt to new situations, and find innovative solutions to problems.
5. Strong Work Ethic
Self-directed learning and completing tasks at one’s own pace helps children develop a strong work ethic. Montessori students develop persistence, focus, and a commitment to completing tasks.
6. Collaboration and Communication Skills
Montessori education often involves collaborative learning experiences. Children work in groups, share ideas, give presentations, and engage in discussions. These interactions develop strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others.
7. Responsibility and Decision-Making
The freedom within limits philosophy of Montessori education encourages children to take responsibility for their actions and decisions.
8. Leadership Skills
Leadership skills blossom from the roots of independence, collaboration, communication, responsibility, adaptability, and the other qualities developed through Montessori education. As a result, students are well-equipped to take on leadership roles in various aspects of their lives.