Tweet K Shares My pre-schooler Brady loves it when I tell him we are going to do science experiments. He gets so excited and totally lights up.
Yet, in the past, I was never completely sure about sending him to a Montessori pre-school. I knew that I wanted to send him somewhere that was good match for his personality and learning style. I wanted the teachers to be child-centered and nurturing. I wanted him to gain self-confidence and self-direction.
So when we started searching for pre-schools, we considered a wide range of traditional, play-based, and Montessori programs. We found two schools that we like; as in, we could imagine R going there and doing well.
We found one school that we seriously love; as in, I want to go to that school myself, befriend the teachers, and delve right in to all of the interesting materials. R's face lights up anytime we talk about that school and he begs me to take him back there.
It is a Montessori school. Needless to say, we will be completely crushed if he doesn't get in. We are currently on the waitlist and will find out about our status in March. Here are some positive things that stood out to me about this school: Passionate about their students and about Montessori principles.
I could already see R bonding with several of them when we were there at the open house.
Each child is taught to develop their own unique personality instead of conforming to the social norms. A child does something because of an inner desire to do it, not because the teacher said so.
The program highly values freedom, responsibility, curiosity, thinking outside the box, motivation, concentration, persistence, respect for all living things, manners, discipline, structure without limitations, and actively contributing to society.
The children go at their own paces and are never made to feel that they are "behind. The primary classroom consists of 3 to 6 year olds, which means that the older students act as teachers and mentors for the younger ones.
They truly care about, admire, and support each another.
Each classroom as their own garden and they grow and eat their own vegetables. All of this really fosters a sense of independence and self-confidence. Along with a playground, the children are also provided with an abundance of natural materials to explore during recess, such as sticks and logs to build their own forts.
They go outside several times throughout the day to work directly with nature. Here are some drawbacks to consider about a Montessori school: The children do not play with toys or dress-up for imaginative play. I believe that this type of play is actually very important for a pre-schooler's development.
Since R will only be going to school for a few hours each morning 8: The name Montessori was never copyrighted, so any school can use the name Montessori and just do a few simple Montessori-inspired activities as a way of justifying their high tuition.
We made sure to check out the two Montessori schools that we were interested in before we visited them and they were both AMI certified.
There are a lot of wonderful options for Montessori in the DC metro area! I am not familiar with these, so I can not personally vouch for whether or not they are reputable, but I would encourage parents to do further research if this is something that they are interested in.
From an educational standpoint Child development research has shown that the most crucial years for brain development occurs during the first 6 years of a child's life. So, pre-school and kindergarten really set the stage.
During this time, a person builds the foundation for how they will process and use knowledge that they acquire then and later on in life. Of course, very few classrooms these days are completely traditional in this sense.
Many effective teachers combine some aspects from traditional methods with ideas from various other schools of thought. That is what I did as a 2nd grade teacher, as do most other teachers. This chart solely serves the purpose of contrasting a Montessori classroom with a completely traditional one.
This link only lets you read the first few paragraphs, but if you can find the entire article, it is a very interesting read! And if you really want to learn more about Montessori philosophy and practice, check out MariaMontessori.
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