Montessori education differs in many ways from traditional schools and
can have a profound impact on the way your child learns for life. Montessori
schools are all designed around
Maria Montessori’s method of educating children, which she based on extensive research into how children develop and learn.
Schools operate around five core principles that define the Montessori
approach to education.
Respect for the Child
Respecting each child is the foundation upon which Montessori education
is built. In the Montessori classroom, teachers respect children by allowing
them to learn and make choices for themselves. Instead of instructing,
correcting, and assessing, teachers are there to guide children as they
explore their own interests.
The Absorbent Mind
The Montessori philosophy is that children don’t need a formal instruction
session to learn. Instead, their naturally absorbent minds involuntarily
retain information from the environment around them. Learning is something
that happens without any specially directed efforts.
A sensitive period is one in which a child is particularly open to learning
a certain set of skills. Sensitive periods are tied to a unique skill.
For instance, during a child’s sensitive period to writing, he or
she will learn writing more easily than at any other time. All children
experience sensitive periods, but they don’t necessarily have them
in the same order or at the same point in their lives. Teachers in Montessori
classrooms look for signs of sensitive periods so they can guide children
towards activities that make use of this special learning ability.
The Prepared Environment
Montessori school classrooms are prepared environments. This means that
they are equipped with things that allow children to learn for themselves
and move freely to explore. This includes the use of child-sized materials
and a variety of learning tools so that education can truly be active
Auto-education underpins most of the practices in the Montessori classroom.
Children are able to auto-educate, or self-educate, if they are in a prepared
environment in which they have freedom of choice. The teacher’s
role is to facilitate auto-education for the students.
Our educators at The Montessori School are available to answer your questions about
Montessori daycare, primary, and elementary education. Call our Allen campus at (972) 908-5055
or our North Dallas location at (469) 685-1732.