If you are considering
Montessori school for your child, the first thing you will want to do is educate yourself
about the Montessori approach. In doing so, it can helpful to be familiar
with some basic Montessori terminology as you do your research. Here are
some terms you need to know.
The absorbent mind is a major concept in Montessori education, because
it recognizes the ability of a young child to absorb things as a way of
learning. The belief is that the brain undergoes tremendous change during
this period, which makes it extremely capable of learning new information.
The child’s brain, up until about age six, absorbs massive amounts
of information from the environment around it naturally and without focused
effort. Under the Montessori approach, a rich learning environment is
provided for children at this age to encourage them to absorb as much
information as possible.
Control of Error
The materials in Montessori classrooms are designed to provide the learners
with instant feedback, so that the ability to make and control mistakes
is all within the child’s hands. Students in Montessori classrooms
self-correct themselves as they learn, rather than being assessed and
corrected by adults. This increases the child’s confidence in his
or her own ability to be a self-motivated, independent learner.
Montessori teachers introduce information in three steps. The first step
is the introduction to the concept. The second step involves the child
demonstrating that he or she can recognize on sight what was shown to
him or her. The third step is recall and requires the child to remember
the name of what was introduced.
At The Montessori School, we’re invested in instilling a lifelong
love of learning and deep sense of self-confidence in all our learners.
Find out more about the Montessori difference for yourself by visiting
one of our schools. To arrange a visit to our Montessori school in Allen,
call (972) 908-5055, and to
visit our North Dallas school, call (469) 685-1732.