Montessori is a scientific method of pedagogy applied to the education of children, usually in a child’s home. Let’s take a closer look at what the Montessori method is and why a lot of parents are turning to this style of education.
A quick guide to Montessori
Montessori is an adventure that lasts a lifetime. It allows kids to learn through play in both natural and prepared settings. Not only do kids develop skills they need in life with the Montessori method, but they also discover who they truly are, outside of a traditional schooling system.
The approach focuses on kindness, mindfulness, peace, and freedom within a structured learning environment. Kids that use the Montessori method have the luxury of enjoying more individual attention. And with materials geared toward stage-specific areas of child development, kids in multi-aged classrooms all find their sense of belonging mixed group.
What Montessori focusses on
With the Montessori method, kids are led to focus on teachings that nurture their spirits as well as their minds. The teaching style encourages kids to become the best versions of themselves. While also focusing on the inherent kindness of all humans.
While the Montessori method is an individualised learning process, it happens in a mixed-group environment. Which teaches kids to learn and explore independently. Self-correcting activities help promote a sense of self-discipline and freedom to learn what the child is ready to learn.
In essence, Montessori doesn’t focus on teaching kids and showing kids how to do things, but instead, it teaches them how to solve problems on their own, in their unique ways.
Common Montessori method myths
Myth Number One- Montessori is some kind of religious affiliation
Fact – Montessori has NOTHING to do with the monastery. Montessori is an educational style named after its founder, Maria Montessori, an Italian physician.
Myth Number Two – Montessori is crazy expensive
Fact – In South Africa, Montessori schools might be a little more expensive. But that’s only because you’re paying for much more acceptable teacher-student ratios and private education.
Myth Number Three – Montessori teachers don’t teach at all
Fact – Montessori teacher analyse the needs of their students and then teach lessons based on what children are ready to learn.