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A Montessori Perspective

A Montessori classroom is where children can problem solve, grappling with real life issues, while pursuing their own interests. A Montessori child will work in small groups, or “teams”, negotiating their roles and determining the best course of action. They are learning how to work with other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are learning how to assess themselves and how to acquire …

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Top 5 Reasons Why Montessori Works

 Montessori is not a trend.  It fosters independence.  Children grasp the ides of “why.”  It meets children where they are.  Learning is actually fun.  (It really is!) Choosing a school or method of education is one of the most important duties of a parent.  Parents need to base their decisions  on what type of education …

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MAXIMIZING EVERY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Maria Montessori warned us that no amount of good teaching would help children if given at the wrong time.  We must study and observe development to find our what children’s particular aptitudes are at every stage of development.  Every period prepares for the next.  If children are neglected during one period, this cannot be …

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EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF A MONTESSORI PROGRAM

  Studies have shown and concluded that Montessori education results in comparable( but not higher) academic achievement to traditional approaches.  The review also concluded that studies have found no detectable differences in personality are a result of attending Montessori schools.  Another study published at the Science Magazine pointed out that “…when strictly implemented, Montessori education …

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STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT IN A CHILD

NORMALIZATION ABSORBENT MIND Montessori described the young child’s behavior of effortlessly assimilating the sensorial stimuli of his or her environment, including information from the senses, language, culture, and the development  of concepts with the term “absorbent mind”  She believe that this time is a power unique to the first plane, and that it fades as …

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STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT IN A CHILD

There are 4 Distinct Planes of Development From Birth to six years In the Montessori Approach, these planes of development are seen as driving behavior in very stage of development, and education should respond to and facilitate their expression.  From birth to six years of age is the first plane.  During this period, Montessori observed …

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MONTESSORI EDUCATION THEORY

11 IDENTIFIED HUMAN TENDENCIES Abstraction                                                                                                                                                           Activity                                                                                                                                                                              Communication                                                                                                                                                             Exactness                                                                                                                                                                           Exploration                                                                                                                                                                   Manipulation (of the environment) Order Orientation Repetition Self-Perfection Work (purposeful activity) In the Montessori approach, these human tendencies are seen as driving behavior in every stage of development, and education should respond to and facilitate their expression.   

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MONTESSORI EDUCATION

EMPHASIZES INDEPENDENCE, FREEDOM WITHIN LIMITS, AND RESPECT FOR A CHILD’S PHYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours A “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working …

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