How very Montessori of them!
Did you know chess has been part of the curriculum for most Russian schools for over 40 years? Children are encouraged to play chess at a very early age to increase their problem solving and reasoning skills.
How very Montessori of them!
If you haven't heard Dr. Steve Hughes speak before, you are in for a treat. Apart from being incredibly intelligent, he's an engaging speaker and able to translate neuroscience into terms we can all understand.
In this video, he explains why the current model of education isn't working... and why children's brains need something more along the line of Montessori.
Education in early childhood isn't about learning as much as it is discovering. The world is very new at this age, and children have a natural hunger to explore it and understand it and make it their own.
We call it primary, but the preschool age Montessori classroom is an amazing place. It's a multi-age environment specially designed for children ages 3 to 5.
1. Montessori preschool focuses on key developmental stages
Younger children focus on honing large muscle and language skills. Four-year-olds work on fine motor skills and completing everyday activities, such as cooking and arts and crafts. Older preschoolers broaden their learning experience to their communities, through trips and special events.
3. Learning Is child-centered
Montessori preschool students enjoy a classroom and curriculum designed around their specific needs and abilities that allows them to explore and learn at their own pace and on their own terms. Everything in the classroom is within reach of the child, and furniture is sized for children to sit comfortably. In addition, older children in the class work with the younger ones, so mentoring comes as much from peers as it does from the adult teachers in the classroom.
4. Children naturally learn self-discipline
While the Montessori Method allows children to choose the activities they want to work on each day, and how long they will work at a specific task, there are specific “ground rules” for the class that are consistently enforced by the teacher and other students. This environment naturally teaches children self-discipline, and it refines important skills like concentration, self-control and motivation.
5. Teachers facilitate the learning experience, rather than dictate it
Teachers in the Montessori classroom are “guides” that are there to facilitate the learning experience, rather than determine what it will look like. Teachers take the lead from the children in the classroom, ensure the ground rules are followed, and encourage students to perform tasks at their own pace. However, teachers do not determine the pace of the classroom – that is strictly up to individual students, as teachers strive to remain as unobtrusive as possible.
These are only five of the many reasons to choose Montessori for preschool. To see it in person, please call Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough at 919-644-2090 to schedule an observation.
See for yourself!
Observation is key to understanding Montessori, and experiencing Pinewoods first hand.