“Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” – Maria Montessori
Today, Montessori has grown to be among the most popular forms of early childhood education. Often considered a modern alternative to mainstream schooling, Montessori is actually over a century old! Research has shown that Montessori educated children are, on average, ahead in various areas of development (link to one of our past blog posts). But how do you know if it’s right for your child?
The Montessori approach is child-centered — encouraging children to be independent and learn at their own pace. Montessori views children’s play as work and respects their independence and natural curiosity. Deciding on Montessori has a lot to do with your child’s personality and needs, as well as your own personality and needs, and it is important to know what environment would suit you both the best.
Is your child adventurous?
Does your child thrive with less structure?
As a parent, are you ready to support a teacher and your child in a non-traditional approach to learning?
Do you support cooperation rather than competition?
Does your child have an inner drive and desire to be independent?
Do you want an environment that acknowledges the differences in your child’s personality and rate of learning?
Does your child enjoy working in small groups?
Do you want your child’s innate curiosity, imagination & exploratory instincts to bloom and flourish at her own pace?
Do you encourage your child to make choices and to take responsibility at home?
Does your child love music, art & nature?
Do you want your child in a nurturing child-centered community based on mutual respect, empowerment and self-reliance?
Does your child enjoy learning through exploration of their five senses- taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing?
Do you sometimes find your child working on a puzzle or activity with an incredible amount of focus and concentration?
Do you believe that your child would benefit from choosing their own appropriate learning activities and materials?
Do you want your child to develop a relationship with his teacher that is collaborative, strong and long-term?
Do you support the Montessori belief in fostering children’s self-reliance, responsibility and independence?
If you answered YES to the majority of the questions, your child may be a good candidate for Montessori education!
Your beliefs are similar to the underlying principles of Montessori education and your child is likely to be well suited to a Montessori setting. If you want your child to explore at school, if you want your child to be in a beautiful, harmonious environment where the child’s interests and needs are at the core, then consider joining us at Eden Prairie Montessori Learning Center.
Eden Prairie Montessori has been providing a nurturing learning environment for more than 20 years. Hundreds of families who live or work in the Eden Prairie area have been overjoyed with the care, the nurturing and the wonderful learning environment of our school; one which prepares your child for a lifetime of social, moral and educational growth.
To learn more about our Montessori programs & child care center in Eden Prairie, contact us at 952-777-3606. We look forward to meeting you!
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