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An Introduction to Montessori Terminology

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.

Absorbent Mind

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.

Three-Period Lesson

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.

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