Parents and educators know that self-esteem is essential for the success of students. Beginning in Montessori pre-school, children start to build their self-esteem in the Montessori classroom and continue to do so in the lower and upper elementary programs. For Montessori students, self-esteem is cultivated through activities that foster leadership and meaningful self-education. Here a few examples of what that can look like in the classroom or at home.
Whether your child is returning to their Montessori pre-school classroom as a kindergartener or this will be their first experience in a Montessori classroom, starting a new school year or joining a new class can be intimidating, especially if your child is shy. Shyness comes in all shapes and sizes, but try these three exercises with your child to help them feel prepared for kindergarten, no matter what their type of shyness looks like.
No matter who we are or what is going on in our lives, we all have something to be grateful for. By showing-- which is identical to teaching-- gratitude to your young children, you can teach them the path to a gratitude mindset that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We encourage this mindset in the Montessori elementary school, and encourage parents to do the same at home.
Your Montessori elementary school is a holistic environment, putting an emphasis on developing the total child. This means that emotional and social education takes place alongside more traditional studies such as math and reading. The underlying goal is to help your child become an integral part of the classroom and community, using respect and conflict resolution to reduce confrontations and disagreements
For those considering Montessori pre-school or elementary school for their child, there are three significant differences in Montessori schools as compared to traditional schools to explore: the class teacher, environment, and schedule.
One of the defining characteristics of a Montessori pre-school or elementary school classroom is the everyday presence of hands-on, student-driven learning. This approach to education is called the Montessori method and is guided by the principles of child education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was a researcher and educator who pioneered this method in the early 1900s and trained a generation of educators across the world in the practice. Today, there are thousands of Montessori schools in dozens of countries with millions of students and passionate adherents to the concept of learning by doing.
Montessori elementary school is significantly different than the public school system. It focuses on the entire child, promoting self-esteem and responsibility, life in the real world, and encourages a love of the learning process. Since the Montessori method involves every aspect of the child’s life, your role as a parent is part of the process as well.
Music education is often thought of as an extracurricular activity with isolated educational objectives and outcomes. But within Montessori schools, even as early as Montessori preschool, music education is held in the same esteem as the other elements of the classroom curriculum.
A child’s formative years are the most important educational years of his life, and attending kindergarten at a Montessori elementary school is considered to be an essential part of the learning cycle. The American Montessori Society points out that children are constantly being observed and assessed in the classroom, and teachers use those observations to provide intuitive individual guidance which helps children learn more and develop essential social and real-world skills.
At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is respect for the child, which has profound implications for the way children are taught in a classroom. In a Montessori Pre-school, this translates into the understanding and support of children’s developmental stages, versatile curriculum throughout their elementary school career, and a more hands-off role for the teachers, all of which encourage children to learn at their own pace.