Children today are growing up in a different world than their parents. The pace that is set for a child today often creates overstimulated, malnourished, cranky children who don't get enough sleep. Dr. Montessori developed a scientific approach to teaching children in the early 1900's that is still the foundation of what our children need in their developmental years: freedom, respect, love, consistency, and the ability to grow into the person they are meant to be.
In her training in science and medicine, Dr. Montessori learned that children have different needs and tendencies at different ages. She determined that the methods and practices of education should change with the children.
Parent/Infant Class: Newborn -16 months
Toddler: 16 months - 2 1/2 years
Children’s House: 33 months-5 years
Kindergarten: Children's House Capstone Year for 5 year olds
Elementary: 6-12 years
Watching the children help each other is one of the joys of a Montessori classroom. A 5-year-old in her third year (Kindergarten) is proud to show a new member of her Children's House environment how to properly carry a tray. They are able to aide each other as peers in all areas of work, such as math and phonetic reading. It also eliminates competition among classmates because each child is at a different stage of learning. Read More -->
There are several positive academic pay offs to a Montessori education. In the Milwaukee study, students who had participated in a Montessori program significantly outperformed the Peer Control group on Math/Science scores. One of the conclusions they drew: Attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of 3 to 11 predicts significantly higher math and science standardized test scores in high school. Read More -->
By choosing a Montessori school, recognized by AMI (American Montessori International), you are ensuring that your child’s teachers are both extremely skilled and highly trained. While the adults in charge of most preschool programs certainly care about children, there is little or no consistency in the level or type of training they have received.
Many Montessori teachers have a degree in education, and it is common for their Montessori training to be part of a Master’s in Education degree. All AMI teachers must become certified for the program they want to teach. Teachers can be trained to teach infants, primary and/or elementary. Read More -->
Listen to a Montessori father describe why he believes the Montessori method is the best option for educating children in today's global economy.