Posted on: 9 July 2020Share
Society often wants young children to conform to their ideas and concepts, particularly when it comes to learning. However, the reality is that, in the same manner that all children do not develop in the same way, children do not all learn at the same pace or with the same methods. A Montessori preschool is an excellent option for those parents who want their children to develop and grow based on their specific needs rather than societal norms.
In traditional learning environments, all the children in the classroom are forced to learn at the same pace. As a result, it does not matter if some children are a few paces ahead and some several paces back — everyone moves through the curriculum together. Montessori education focuses on the curriculum and development based on the specific needs of the child so that every child's needs are accommodated. Children are not forced to wait on their peers or advance before they are ready.
Every topic or subject that is introduced to a child being supported by a Montessori education is intentional. This thoughtful engagement is meant to spark creativity and interest within the child that does not feel forced but instead opens them up to the idea of exploring more knowledge and information on their own. This type of mindset will help the child during their preschool years through adulthood.
During the preschool years, independence is often an important concept. Throughout these years, children often fight for this independence, and parents look for ways to grant it. Montessori education believes in fostering independence not just in terms of the curriculum but in the intentional layout of the learning spaces. These classrooms are set up in a way that allows the young children to perform tasks on their own and support their own needs while the staff is there to help when they need it.
In traditional classrooms, preschoolers are given the rules and told how to react and respond to certain situations. Although safety remains the utmost priority, in a Montessori environment, the goal is often to instead create an environment in which children will self-assess and self-regulate themselves. These skills will improve your child's social interaction and even help when it comes to their academic path, as it teaches them how to view things introspectively.
If you believe your child would benefit from a Montessori education, contact an education professional to learn more about this unique and beneficial learning opportunity.
To learn more, contact a preschool near you.