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The earlier you start your child in a quality educational program, the better.  Children who receive top-notch education early on are more likely to continue their education further, such as in attending college or graduate school, and they are also more likely to have continued success in their careers.  The Montessori Method of education is one that is becoming more and more popular and is receiving positive feedback from parents.  This article will discuss three main educational aspects of the Montessori Method.

Follow the Child Approach

The “Follow the Child” approach is perhaps what the Montessori education method is most known for.  This approach means that the teacher educates at the child’s pace based on his/her needs.  For example, this could mean that each child is presented a lesson from the teacher that is on his or her own level, rather than presenting one lesson to all children in the classroom.  In addition to having their own specific lessons, the child will be able to work on the lesson at his or her own pace and time.  This approach allows the child to feel more self-assured and to learn as he or she learns best.  The child is also allowed to choose their own work based on the lessons presented in class, allowing the child to take ownership in their work as well as giving them a sense of purpose and excitement about their education.  The lessons are also presented in a unique visual and hands on approach in order to promote learning in a variety of different ways.

Unique classroom settings

The Montessori education method believes that including children of different age levels into the same classroom promotes a better learning environment.  The Montessori Method has found that children within certain age groups and levels can benefit from being in the same classroom as children with different ages.  Also, the same children will typically be in the same classroom for at least three years, as well as with the same teacher.  By having different age groups together in one classroom, the belief is that the younger children will learn and benefit from seeing the success of the older children, and the older children will benefit and learn by being role models for the younger children.  Another unique factor in the Montessori classroom is the belief in freedom of movement.  This means that the children are allowed to move about freely in the classroom to obtain materials or as needed.  This freedom of movement is to promote self-control and a sense of independence for the child as well as allow him/her to feel self-respect as a result of being allowed to make their own choices.

Community/Practical approach

The Montessori Method allows children to learn and develop practical life skills.  The classroom curriculum includes lessons on community involvement, the importance of protecting the earth, and conflict resolution skills.  These lessons allow children to learn about and understand their significance to the world itself, along with educating them for their future.  The curriculum often includes a Peace curriculum, which teaches the children about positive relationships with others and positive approaches to solving conflicts with peers.

About the Author

Michelle has been an educator for many years and strongly believes in the Montessori Method to education.  She suggests checking out the website for Alden Montessori to learn more about this particular method of education.