In preparing to homeschool, we are looking into the various educational methods and philosophies, and have already begun incorporating different ideas into our learning-at-home plans. The Montessori method is appealing to me because it encourages “following the child.” I hope to spark a lifelong love of learning in my preschooler, and I believe part of that spark is going to come from allowing her to pursue her own interests.
Guest author Tess Young gives us “A Simple Introduction to the Montessori Education Method.”
The Montessori Education Method is a special method of education that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The method was designed to ensure that children are given the right level of education in accordance with their needs. Most of the material for this method came from observations of children’s needs from all over the world. Montessori herself decided to create a method that provided children with something that helped them to cultivate their natural learning tendencies. The Method itself is designed to benefit children of any age, and in some cases children are taught in various different age groups. The Method ultimately aims to cultivate a love of learning as well as discovering “materials for development” and cultivating the child’s ability to concentrate properly.
The Needs of the Child
The child’s needs are very important with regards to the Montessori Method. Freedom within certain limits is taught to the child. The environment itself is also designed and prepared in order to give children the correct materials. They will be able to use these materials in order to discover more about them and use their natural tendencies for curiosity. Exposure to different experiences and materials will allow the child to grow in many different ways. This includes mentally, physically and emotionally. The psychological needs of the child are also met. Ultimately, it is the child who decides how they react to certain things and develop their own capabilities. Adults are the ones who help the child get used to and understand the different experiences that the world has to offer.
The Premises of Montessori Education
The first premise of Montessori education is that as individuals, children are different from one another. One of the biggest points that is made is that children have a greater ability to learn and absorb information, one that is greater than that of most adults. Montessori methods also place a high level of importance on the first six years of a child’s life. Purposeful work for children is also important, although this kind of purposeful work is usually going to be different from what an adult sees as being “purposeful”.
The Montessori Method is about the development of the child and how the child develops through the use of experiences and different techniques that are on offer. Children are all different and will all have different ways of reacting to certain things, so it is a good idea to start your child early if you plan on sending them to a Montessori school. This method will help them to grow and to learn in a unique way that will nurture their natural abilities.
Guest author Tess Young is a freelance writer and blogger. She writes for various websites and covers a wide range of subjects. Some of the subjects that she writes about include alternative energy, career development, business education and training, travel, gardening, design, cookery and more. Tess recommends Alden Montessori as a perfect option for education method.
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